The Dark Tower

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


96070. The Dark Tower. January 21, 1946. BBC. A program, described by the writer as, "a radio parable play, written in response to the rise of Fascism and the events of World War II. It stages debate about free will with reference to the ancient theme of the "Quest," but in modern contexts exploring sexuality, gender, family and geography." Setting aside this oratory, this is one of the better pieces of writing for radio. You get out of it value in proportion to the thought you put into it. The program is based on a poem by Robert Browning, "Childe Rowland To The Dark Tower Came." The script was produced again by the BBC on May 14, 1956 (see cat. #106270) and in 1985 (see cat. #101185) Benjamin Britten (composer of the incidental music), Louis MacNeice (writer), Dennis Hawthorne, Duncan McIntyre, Nigel Antony, Joan Matheson, Eva Haddon, Mary Wimbush, Jeffrey Wincott, Norman Shelley, David March, Charles Leno, Noe Howlett, Henry Stamper, Barbara Mitchell, Harold Casket, Peter Clawton, Michael McClaine, Betty Huntley Wright, Alan McClelland, Goodrin Yure, The BBC Midland Light Orchestra, Alan Rothorn, James Hutchin (solo violin), John Lamb (solo trumpet), Norman Parker (percussion), Joe Burrows (producer). 1:25:04. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

106270. The Dark Tower. May 14, 1956. BBC Home Service. A program, described by the writer as, "a radio parable play, written in response to the rise of Fascism and the events of World War II. It stages debate about free will with reference to the ancient theme of the 'Quest,' but in modern contexts exploring sexuality, gender, family and geography." Setting aside this oratory, this is one of the better pieces of writing for radio. You get out of it value in proportion to the thought you put into it. The program is based on a poem by Robert Browning, "Childe Rowland To The Dark Tower Came." The play was previous produced by the BBC on January 21, 1946 (see cat. #96070) and in 1985 (see cat. #101185). Richard Burton, Louis MacNeice (writer, producer), Benjamin Britten (composer), Robert Ferguson, George Bishop, Denise Briar, Lakeman Brian (?), Desmond Jordon, Violet Mukasita (?), Hendley Anderson, Alan McClelland, Charles Leno, Andrew Sachs, Leon McKern, Syngen Barry (?), Malcolm Graham, Jill Raymond, Douglas Hanken. 76:37. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

101185. The Dark Tower. 1985. BBC Radio3, Belfast origination. A program, described by the writer as, "a radio parable play, written in response to the rise of Fascism and the events of World War II. It stages debate about free will with reference to the ancient theme of the 'Quest,' but in modern contexts exploring sexuality, gender, family and geography." Setting aside this oratory, this is one of the better pieces of writing for radio. You get out of it value in proportion to the thought you put into it. The program is based on a poem by Robert Browning, "Childe Rowland To The Dark Tower Came." The script was previously produced by the BBC on January 21, 1946 (see cat. #96070) in 1985 (see cat. #101185). Louis MacNeice (writer), John Hewitt, Sean Campion, Eileen Pollack, Lyn Cahill, J. J. Murphy, Mark Mulholland, Neil Cusack, Paddy Scully, Wilma Tomilty, Sean Penn, Wesley Murphy, Jo Keenan, Phillip Hammond (composer), The Renaissance Singers, Michael Quinn (director), Amanda Maguire. 1:34:54. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

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