By Mike Harris.
Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic travelogues, journals and personal letters.
In pursuit of the woman he loves Stevenson first catches a steamer to New York and then undertakes a momentous train journey across America - ending in California. But will she leave her husband for him.
In 1879 and 1880, three years before he was to write 'Treasure Island', Robert Louis Stevenson was a largely unpublished and unsuccessful writer.
Despite his father's wishes, however, he saw his life in literature. In 1876, he had met Fanny Osbourne the woman who was to become his lover and later his wife. At the time of their meeting Fanny was escaping from America with her children - away from a husband who only brought her misery through his serial infidelities.
One of Stevenson's earliest publications was an essay 'On Falling in Love' for The Cornhill magazine.
In 1878 Fanny decided that she had to return to America and to her husband. Stevenson embarked on a walk through the Cevennes with a donkey in 1879 which was later to be published as 'Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes' and in August of the same year he resolved to follow Fanny to America.
His journey was also published - most particularly in 'The Amateur Emigrant'.
Mike Harris' two plays portray these two enormously significant journeys and attempt to capture Stevenson's feelings for Fanny and how they affected him on his travels.
Producer: Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
|Robert Louis Stevenson||David Tennant|
|Irish Conductor||Forbes Masson|
|RLS Father||Nigel Cooke|
|Dutch Woman||Jane Slavin|
|Milk Woman||Jane Slavin|
|Nose in a Book||Danny Webb|
|NY Conductor||Chinna Wodu|
|Chicago Telegraph Man||Chinna Wodu|
|Ogden Conductor||Chinna Wodu|