Have you heard about this new BBC radio play, Dark Side?
To mark the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s epic Dark Side of the Moon, playwright, Academy Award-winner and long-time Floyd fan, Sir Tom Stoppard, best known for Shakespeare in Love and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (as well as Rock ‘n’ Roll, semi-autographical and partly inspired by one Syd Barrett) has written a story incorporating the album’s well-documented themes of greed, paranoia and madness.
It’s an idea that’s been festering since 1973.
The album, you’ll be pleased to hear, is to be played in its entirety, as it is known and loved, with the characters’ dialogue spoken between tracks and over the instrumental sections.
David has read the script and described it as “fascinating.”
The hour-long play will feature actors Bill Nighy, Amaka Okafor, Iwan Rheon, Adrian Scarborough and Rufus Sewell, and be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Monday 26 August.