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South Downs

1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 01 September 2012

The much acclaimed Chichester Festival production of David Hare's play is brought to radio. Set in the 60s in Lancing College, Sussex, where the author went to school.

A pin sharp young pupil ( an astonishing professional debut from Alex Lawther) is cut off from his fellow boys by virtue of his own intellect, background and questioning spirit.

The school, with its unyielding and rigid outlook on life, leaves the boy isolated and confused. In an unlikely meeting with the free-spirited mother of another pupil (Anna Chancellor) her generosity and sound advice offers the boy a world of kindness and possibility.

The original music was composed by Paul Englishby and the original theatre sound was designed by Ian Dickinson.

The Chichester Festival production of South Downs was first performed at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin
A Catherine Bailey Production for BBC Radio 4.


Rev Eric Dewley
Nicholas Farrell
John Blakemore
Alex Lawther
Jeremy Duffield
Jonathan Bailey
Basil Spear
Andrew Woodall
Colin Jenkins
Bradley Hall
Tommy Gunter
Jack Elliott
Roger Sprule
Liam Morton
Belinda Duffield
Anna Chancellor
The voice of Sheila Blakemore
Stella Gonet
David Hare
Jeremy Herrin
Catherine Bailey


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