Playing: Concerto in A minor Op.102 for violin, cello and orchestra by Johannes Brahms
BBC Radio 3
Free Thinking
2 Nov 2012 – 4 Nov 2012 Sage Gateshead

Radio 3's Free Thinking - 2012 Drama: The Torchbearers



20:45 Sunday 4 Nov 2012 The Baltic

By Simon Armitage

Award winning poet and dramatist Simon Armitage captures our extraordinary relationship to the Olympic flame in this year's Free Thinking Drama transmitted live from the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

Ray ..... Kevin Whately
Paula ..... Julie Hesmondhalgh
Chloe ..... Phillippa Wilson
Spencer ..... Chris Connell
Colin ..... Mark Benton

Director: Kate Rowland

Kevin Whately (star of ITV's Inspector Morse and Lewis) and Julie Hesmondhalgh (best known as Hailey Cropper in Coronation Street) lead the cast in a new drama written for Free Thinking by award winning writer and poet Simon Armitage to be broadcast live in front of an audience in the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

In the aftermath of the Olympic Games, The Torchbearers tells the stories of four people whose lies and obsessions come within touching distance of the eternal flame.
Can an illness be cured? Can a death be undone? Can the past start haunting the present?

As their loved ones struggle to cope with their lies, a blazing torch passes through their world and changes things forever as strangers meet in unexpected places.

Come to the Baltic for the rare chance to see a radio drama performed and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Standby seats will be available on the day.

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