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Road to Oxford

When David gets in to Oxford, it’s everything he and his parents had hoped for – until he goes missing. A drama recorded against the backdrop of the Oxford May Day celebrations.

David is the first of his family to go to university. The young student goes up to Oxford full of hope and with his parents bursting with pride, but finds that it's not all plain sailing. Matters come to a crisis during the chaotic festivities of May Day.

The latest in the long line of Road plays created by writer Douglas Livingstone and director Jane Morgan. The plays in this long running, occasional series are based on extensive original recordings of festivals from all round the world.

Road to Oxford is set at the celebration of the dawn on May 1st, when the choristers sing from the top of Magdalen tower and the students shiver in their evening clothes at the base - after a night of partying. The production team went to Oxford to record the overnight festivities and shivered with the rest of them, town and gown, but managed to avoid the temptation of a warming nip of alcohol - a temptation which quite a few other people succumbed to.

A number of the actors are making their radio debuts and are graduates of the Oxford School of Drama or from The University of Oxford itself. Students advised on the setting for the recordings and storylines have been suggested by a number of Oxford graduates, who contributed their thoughts on their time in the city of dreaming spires.

Bernard ….John McAndrew
David….Michael Gilbert
Shirley…Annabel Smith
Mary…Jane Whittenshaw
Julian…Jordan Metcalfe
Christopher…Charlie Bateman
The Porter…Christopher Benjamin
The Senior Tutor…Frank Stirling
The Guide…Ella Road
The Policeman…Christopher Royle

Written by Douglas Livingstone
Directed by Jane Morgan
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4

44 minutes


Role Contributor
Bernard John McAndrew
David Michael Gilbert
Shirley Annabel Smith
Mary Jane Whittenshaw
Julian Jordan Metcalfe
Christopher Charlie Bateman
The Porter Christopher Benjamin
The Senior Tutor Frank Stirling
The Guide Ella Road
The Policeman Christopher Royle
Writer Douglas Livingstone
Director Jane Morgan


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