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The Beach of Falesa

David Tennant stars as Wiltshire, a trader freshly arrived on a Samoan island. He marries a native girl, only to find himself tabooed by the rest of the inhabitants.

The first of two dramatisations of Robert Louis Stevenson's gripping novellas set in Samoa and written while he lived there.

David Tennant stars as Wiltshire, a trader freshly arrived on a Samoan Island. He marries a native girl, only to find himself tabooed by the rest of the inhabitants.

At the height of his powers, Stevenson tackled the most pressing theme on the islands - the vicious effects of colonialism including slavery, racism, sexual exploitation and the conflict between traditional and modern values. The subjects are as vivid today as in 1894 and these compelling and violent stories feature some of the most driven, dangerous and obsessive characters in fiction. Joseph Conrad drew on these novellas for Heart of Darkness.

Dramatised for radio by Jane Rogers
Produced and Directed by Clive Brill

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.

58 minutes

Last on

Sat 10 Dec 2016 21:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Wiltshire David Tennant
Uma Adjoa Andoh
Case Dan Mullane
Captain Randal Nigel Cooke
The Sea Captain Nigel Cooke
Tarleton Theo Fraser-Steele
Galuchet Theo Fraser-Steele
Director Clive Brill
Producer Clive Brill
Author Robert Louis Stevenson
Adaptor Jane Rogers

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