Out of My Head
Grace Cookey-Gam and Toby Jones & a binaural journey of intoxication, inspiration and loss of words & sanity. Music from Doris Day and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to Oliver Knussen.
Out of My Head is a binaural journey about intoxication and inspiration.
Like any good party we begin with an invitation from Kurt Weill as he staggers from bar to bar in Alabama Song. He’s joined by Baudelaire and Rimbaud but age and time are elastic and before long we are battering down Huxley’s Doors of Perception and entering the psychedelic realm of Jefferson Airplane. It will sound like it too, particularly if you put on headphones, as the programme is a binaural transmission. You will hear the sun moving across the stereo picture talking to Frank O’Hara and nightingales jamming with Clive Bell’s shakuhachi flute; you will hear rain and footsteps as you enter the upside down world of Thomas Traherne's great metaphysical poem, Shadows in the Water. Imagination is our vehicle – the imagination that leads Sasha Dugdale to conjure the grieving spirit of William Blake’s wife, Catherine: or allows us to leap with Anne Sexton into the heart and mind of an old woman stricken with Alzheimer’s but still able to recall a favourite tune as writers conjure different images of mental health.
The voices you’ll be hearing in your head are those of the actors Grace Cookey-Gam and Toby Jones.
Producers: Zahid Warley, Christopher Rouse and Georgia Mann Smith
Baudelaire - Be Drunk
Aldous Huxley - Doors of Perception
Rimbaud - Deregulation of the Senses
Lewis Carroll - The Hunting of the Snark
Emily Dickinson - The brain is wider than the sky
James Merrill - Voices from the Other World
Shakespeare - Ophelia's soliloquy from Hamlet
Sasha Dugdale - From Joy
Anne Sexton - Mister Wait
Rumi - The Turn
Clare Shaw - Tree
Frank O'Hara - A True Account of Talking to the Sun on Fire Island
Thomas Traherne - Shadows in the Water
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Be Drunk read by Toby Jones.
Extract from The Doors of Perception read by Toby Jones.
Extract from letter deregulation of the senses read by Grace Cookey-Gam.
From The Hunting of the Snark read by Grace Cookey-Gam.
The Brain is wider than the sky read by Grace Cookey-Gam.
Voices from the Other World read by Toby Jones.
Hamlet Act IV scene 5 Ophelias madness read by Grace Cookey-Gam.
From Joy read by Grace Cookey-Gam.
Music Swims Back to Me read by Grace Cookey-Gam.""Added, go to My Music