Drama on 3 - BBC Radio 3 - TX 8 July 2012


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Recording at Twickenham Film Studios, London
Oscar Kennedy and Richard Griffiths
New adaptation by Frances Byrnes of LP Hartley's classic novel where a young boy ferries love letters for a woman he worships.

It is the story of a 13 year old boy, Leo, who's invited to spend the summer holiday in the country with a school friend who's family have made a fortune in banking. But when he arrives at the mansion Leo becomes besotted with the older sister and agrees to secretly ferry letters to a friend of hers, a farmer and something of a 'ladykiller', Ted Burgess. Those are the bare bones of a much more complex tale of the lures and snares of memory, and of downright emotional savagery.

All that happened in the past - we hear the drama unfold in the company of the grown up boy, played by Richard Griffiths, as he re-reads for the first time in 50 years his childhood diary. He begins to understand what actually happened by re-experiencing those events as memories flood back. We invite you to join him on that ride in The Go-Between .

LP Hartley puts it so much better in a single line: 'The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.'
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Please excuse the dodgy camerawork - I was directing a radio play at the time - Matt
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Actors:
Leo Colston……………………..….Oscar Kennedy
Lionel Colston………………….….Richard Griffiths
Mrs. Maudsley ...............…….........Harriet Walter
Marian Maudsley………………....Lydia Leonard
Mrs Colston (Mother)………….....Amanda Root
Ted Burgess…………………….…Joseph Arkley
Viscount Trimingham...........…......Blake Ritson
Marcus Maudsley………………..…Josef Lindsay


Musicians:
Max Carsley - Chorister at St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh, and
Duncan Ferguson, Organist & Master of the Music, St Mary's Cathedral
Edinburgh.

George Gillespie - sings for Ted

Runner:
Christine FitzGerald



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L.P. Hartley's story of a boy who is betrayed by a sophisticated young rich woman and her farmer lover who use him to ferry letters back and forth in the blazing summer of 1900.  
 
Missing from the film - and working beautifully for the radio - is a clear incremental, emotional journey of a fragile boy-man, who lives in his imagination and is destroyed by an increasingly separate reality. From the beginning the boy's (Oscar Kennedy) vulnerable (fatherless, socially one-step down, child of a pacifist). Leo's struggles to be made whole again; his past and present, reality and imagination, re-integrated.

Polly Thomas is the script editor.

Joe Acheson is the sound recordist of drama and musical sections. He also plays the piano.

Matt Thompson directs and is sound designer.   Music used is by Delius.

Frances Byrnes has had 6 original dramas and 2 adaptations broadcast on BBC Radio since 2006, working mostly with Polly Thomas and Kate McAll. She also co-produces.