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Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter

Radio play: Family Voices

The West acting dynasty performed Harold Pinter's drama about family relationships starring Samuel West, Timothy West and Prunella Scales.

A mother, father and son tell their life stories through their letters to each other in Harold Pinter's radio play Family Voices.

Prunella Scales marks her Family Voices script
Prunella Scales marks her script for the reading

To celebrate Sheffield Theatres' Harold Pinter season, we recorded a special performance of the play at Sheffield Crucible Theatre with actors Prunella Scales, Timothy West and Sam West.

The trio, who are mother, father and son in real-life, performed a "rehearsed reading" in front of an audience of BBC Radio Sheffield listeners on Monday 6th November.

Many of the audience, who all got to see the live performance for free, hadn't seen a Harold Pinter play before. Here's what some of them thought:

"Fascinating to see the family working together."

"A fantastic idea, I think you could encourage more theatre attendance this way."

"Better than reading a book but allows full use of the imagination."

The new production of the play, which was first produced by BBC Radio 3 in 1981, and was broadcast for the first time on BBC Radio Sheffield's Rony Robinson programme on Thursday 9th November 2006.

The play was available for online listening for 14 days from the original broadcast. That was up to and including Wednesday 22nd November 2006. Due to rights agreements the play is no longer available.

last updated: 23/11/06
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