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South Downs

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.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Fri 16 Aug 2013 21:00


Role Contributor
Rev Eric DewleyNicholas Farrell
John BlakemoreAlex Lawther
Jeremy DuffieldJonathan Bailey
Basil SpearAndrew Woodall
Colin JenkinsBradley Hall
Tommy GunterJack Elliott
Roger SpruleLiam Morton
Belinda DuffieldAnna Chancellor
The voice of Sheila BlakemoreStella Gonet
WriterDavid Hare
DirectorJeremy Herrin
ProducerCatherine Bailey

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