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Sian Clifford and Michael Maloney read poetry and prose on the theme of incarceration.

Readings by Sian Clifford and Michael Maloney reflecting all sorts of incarceration. We'll hear from a hostage in Beirut, a schoolgirl in a young offenders institute, a bored employee, and a housewife trapped by her husband's good intentions. Plus a long-planned prison escape penned by Stephen King and made famous by Steven Spielberg. With music from Anna Meredith, Arvo Part, John Adams, Sam Cooke and Matvej Pavlov-Azancheev, a Russian guitarist who spent a decade in a Soviet Gulag.

The Panopticon (1791) - Jeremy Bentham
The Panopitcon (2012) - Jenni Fagan
Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent's Narrow Room - William Wordsworth
Grey is the Colour of Hope - Irina Ratushinskaya
Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
De Profundis - Oscar Wilde
How soft this Prison is - Emily Dickinson
An Evil Cradling - Brian Keenan
To Althea, from Prison - Richard Lovelace
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption - Stephen King

Producer: Ruth Thomson

1 hour, 14 minutes

Last on

Sun 2 Jun 2019 17:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Jeremy Bentham

    The Panopticon, read by Michael Maloney

  • 00:01

    Anna Meredith


    Performer: Anna Meredith.
    • Moshi Moshi Records MOSHICD67.
    • Tr 1.
  • Jenni Hagan

    The Panopticon, read by Sian Clifford

  • 00:09


    Annunciation bells

    Performer: Benedictine Nuns of Notre Dame.
    • Decca 2748264.
    • Tr 4.
  • William Wordsworth

    Nuns Fret Not At Their Convent’s Narrow Room, read by Michael Maloney

  • 00:10


    Adoro te devote

    Performer: Benedictine Nuns of Notre Dame.
    • Decca 2748264.
    • Tr 11.
  • Irina Ratushinskaya

    Grey is the Colour of Hope, read by Sian Clifford

  • 00:16

    Matvei Pavlov-Azancheev

    Perpetuum Mobile

    Performer: Oleg Timofeyev.
    • Hanssler Classic 8458.
    • Tr 1.
  • Richard Yates

    Revolutionary Road, read by Michael Maloney

  • 00:20

    Sam Cooke

    Chain Gang

    Performer: Sam Cooke.
    • RCA.
    • Tr 1.
  • 00:23

    John Adams

    Shaker Loops (Part 1 Shaking and Trembling)

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Edo de Waart.
    • Philips 412214-2.
    • Tr 1.
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    The Yellow Wallpaper, read by Sian Clifford

  • 00:32

    Arvo Pärt

    De Profundis

    Performer: The Hilliard Ensemble. Performer: Paul Hillier.
    • ECM 8319592.
    • Tr 4.
  • Oscar Wilde

    De Profundis, read by Michael Maloney

  • 00:00

    Amy Beach

    4 Sketches Op.15: no.3; Dreaming

    Performer: Judith Herbert. Performer: Diana Ambache.
    • Chandos CHAN10162.
    • 7.
  • Emily Dickinson

    How Soft This Prison Is, read by Sian Clifford

  • Brian Keenan

    An Evil Cradling, read by Michael Maloney

  • 00:49


    Prisoner’s Chorus from Leonore

    Performer: Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor).
    • Archiv 453461-2.
    • 1.
  • Richard Lovelace

    To Althea, from Prison, read by Sian Clifford

  • 00:58

    Lennon & McCartney

    Free as a Bird

    Performer: The Beatles.
    • Apple CDP 7243 8 34445 2.
    • 1.
  • 00:01

    Thomas Newman

    Shawshank Redemption – End Title

    Performer: Studio Orchestra.
    • Sony.
    • 21.
  • Stephen King

    Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, read by Michael Maloney

  • 01:09

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    'Sull’aria che soave zeffiretto' from the Marriage of Figaro

    Singer: Edith Mathis. Singer: Gundula Janowitz. Orchestra: Chorus and Orchestra of the German Opera. Conductor: Karl Böhm.
    • DG 415 5202.
    • 12.


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