Picnic at Hanging Rock is a classic mystery, made famous by Peter Weir's 1970s film. This new interpretation goes back to the original story, recreating the strong underlying sense of horror and supernatural that resonate in Joan Lindsay's novel, abridged for Radio 4 by Polly Thomas. Starring Penny Downie, Fenella Woolgar and Simon Burke, this radio version features music from award winning composer and producer Jon Rose.
Set in Edwardian Australia, the drama starts innocently enough as an excited party of school girls prepare for their Valentines day treat - a picnic on Hanging Rock.
Narrator ..... Penny Downie
Mrs Appleyard ..... Fenella Woolgar
Mademoiselle ..... Elizabeth Boag
Miss McCraw ..... Sarah Rutherford
Constable Bumpher ..... Simon Burke
Miranda/Sara ..... Celeste Wong
Irma ..... Anna Skellern
Edith ..... Andi Snelling
Miss Lumley ..... Lauren St Paul
Michael ..... Nicholas Banks
Albert ..... David Palliser
Sound design: Eloise Whitmore
Original music: Jon Rose
Script editor: Helen Meller
March of the Men of Harlech played by Amanda Dalton
Participation with Year 12 students of Springwood High, New South Wales
Producer/Director: Polly Thomas
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.