Posted on 25/03/2011
A new, innovative play by Dan Rebellato, Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London is being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Monday 4 April.
Entitled: My life is s series of people saying goodbye, the play is about farewells and the end of things. It interweaves a series of different stories of departure and goodbye: a son going off to war, a girlfriend having to get away, a boss letting his employee go, an MP being deselected. Out of these stories emerges a pattern of loss and departure, but also hope of return. The stories blur into one another in an unusual and innovative way to comic and ultimately moving effect.
Professor Rebellato says: “It's an experiment with radio form and I think we've pulled it off. I'm very proud of it. It's got a brilliant cast including David Annen, Sean Gallagher, Frances Gray, Jenny Jules, Will Payne, and Fenella Woolgar and a beautiful, epic sound design by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmote that ties everything together. And there are some quite good jokes along the way.”
Professor Rebellato’s play Chekhov in Hell is also being performed at the Soho Theatre, London on 20 April for a three and a half week stint. The play imagines Anton Chekhov waking from a hundred-year coma and exploring contemporary Britain. What would Anton Chekhov make of a world of iPhone apps, plasma screens, speed dating and reality TV? Chekhov in Hell is an attempt to take a snapshot of the Britain we’ve become and it received four stars in the Guardian. The cast includes Paul Rider, Emily Raymond, Jonathan Broadbent, Ruth Everett and Geoffrey Lumb. It’s directed by Simon Stokes.