Texts and music on the theme of exile, with readings by Frances Barber and Greg Hicks. With Shakespeare, Yeats and Shelley, plus music by Chabrier, Byrd, Bach and Bob Marley.
Frances Barber and Greg Hicks read poetry and prose exploring the theme of exile. The texts look at differing reactions to being away from home and its effects, or thinking that home should be somewhere other than it is. Shakespeare, Du Maurier, Italo Calvino, WB Yeats, AE Housman, Browning, Shelley, John Clare, Edward Lear, and Emily Dickinson provide the words; music from Chabrier, Byrd, Bach and Bob Marley, among others.
Produced by David Papp.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Anon., Anglo Saxon
The Seafarer, reader Greg Hicks
The Jumblies, reader Frances Barber
Anon. [from The Bible]
Psalm 137, reader Frances Barber
Storm scene from King Lear, reader Greg Hicks
The Lake-Isle of Innisfree, reader Frances Barber
Italo Calvino [translated by William Weaver]
A Journey with the Cows [from “Marcovaldo”], reader Frances Barber
Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca [excerpt], reader Frances Barber
Yon Far Country [from “A Shropshire Lad”], reader Frances Barber
Home-Thoughts, from Abroad, reader Greg Hicks
Percy Bysshe Shelley
England in 1819, reader Greg Hicks