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Philip and Sydney

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 11 June 2010

In 'This Be The Verse', Philip Larkin famously bemoans the impact parents have on their children. In Philip and Sydney, playwright Alan Pollock uncovers some of the reasons why Larkin may have had such a profound sense of anguish.

In 1937, Philip Larkin's father took him on holiday to Germany. Sydney was Coventry's City Treasurer and had a keen interest in the Nazi regime.

It was a holiday that Philip never spoke of. But, taking inspiration from Sydney's diaries, Philip and Sydney imagines what might have happened during their trip.

A witty and powerful coming of age drama starring Tim McInnerny as Sydney and Pip Carter as Philip.

Alan Pollock is a playwright, translator and screenwriter. Plays include One Night in November, Pigs, and All Tomorrow's Parties.


Sydney Larkin
Tim McInnerny
Hotel Keeper/Drinker
John Rowe
Herr Hinck
Sam Dale
Hans and all other parts
Gunnar Cauthery


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