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Insomnia

Saturday 28 October 2006 21:35-22:20 (Radio 3)

Ian McMillan presents a special edition of the weekly language and literature cabaret devoted to the subject of insomnia. The centrepiece is a new play starring Rufus Sewell.

Duration:

45 minutes

Playlist

On The Verb this week there's a chance to hear a spellbinding and hypnotic radio play starring Rufus Sewell, Josette Simon and Fiona Shaw as nocturnal plants.

Written by Janice Kerbel, the play deals with the subject of insomnia, and how love, wakefulness and sleep are intertwined.

Ian McMillan talks to Janice Kerbel about her unusual literary treatment of sleeplessness and why insomnia is at the heart of so much creativity.

They'll also be joined by the literary critic John Sutherland and the novelist D J Taylor to discuss the long and honourable tradition of sleeplessness in literature, from Hamlet and Macbeth, to Dickens and Evelyn Waugh.

The Verb's resident eartoonist, Peter Blegvad, also tackles the subject of sleep and its many mysteries in his specially commissioned aural cartoon.

Plus, three mesmerising, and potentially soporific, lullabies from the jazz singer Barb Jungr. 

The Verb production in collaboration with Artangel Interaction, 'Nick Silver Can't Sleep' by Janice Kerbel can be heard for the next year on the Artangel website: www.nicksilvercantsleep.org.uk




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