Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

May Day

May Day is often associated with English pastoral images: Maypoles, morris dancing and the gathering of greenery. But there's a darker side too, as May Day has throughout history had an undercurrent of misrule, evil practices and sexual liberty. Sarah Alexander and Julian Rhind-Tutt perform poems and prose on the theme by Milton, Chaucer, Herrick and Richmal Crompton, with music including Britten, Debussy, Michael Berkeley, and The Rolling Stones.

Producer - Ellie Mant.

Release date:

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 6 May 2012 18:30