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Rob Roy

Rob Roy by Walter Scott
Adapted by Robin Brooks

Our Rob Roy has dispensed with the Jacobite setting and updates the story to the 20th century. It is 1924 and 20-year-old Frank falls foul of his father. He has spent a year in Paris, supposedly learning the business, but actually hanging out with Imagist poets. When he refuses to join the business his father sends him north to stay with his Uncle - a radical and mixed up in the cause of Irish Nationalism.

Scott's book doesn't really depend on the historical trappings on which the author's reputation now rests. A son being banished by his father because he wants to be a long-haired poet is a perennial situation, as is the love-triangle between Frank, Die Vernon and her wicked cousin Rashleigh. With this production the listener is asked to regard Scott as a novelist like any other, concerned with the workings of the human heart and how they play out in a society more like ours.

With David Tennant as Walter Scott
All other parts were played by members of the cast
The music was composed and performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalve

Producer: Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Release date:

58 minutes

Last on

Wed 6 Sep 2017 03:00


Role Contributor
WriterRobin Brooks
FrankPaul Ready
Die VernonDenise Gough
Rob RoyMark Bonnar
QuentinChristian Rodska
Frank's FatherChristian Rodska
RashleighJoe McFadden
OwenMichael Eaves
Uncle HilaryStuart McGugan
VernonStuart McGugan
The Post MasterStuart McGugan
O'BrienPaul Reid
DougalCallum O'Neill
HenryCallum O'Neill
CummingsCallum O'Neill
Walter ScottDavid Tennant
ProducerClive Brill
ComposerRoss Hughes
ComposerEsben Tjalve

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