Dark Side play

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.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

27 thoughts on “Dark Side play”

  1. Wow, I hope we not-Britons will be able to hear it via satellite or internet.

    Thanks for posting that, FEd!


    1. Wait a minute … If I had read it more carefully I would find it’s on Radio …. 2 ….. Yikes. Haven’t recorded from the radio since about 1975 when we got one of those Philips tape recorders and cursed when the DJ talked over the end of a song in the Top 40.

    2. … those “DJ” are the main reason I stopped listening music radio stations years ago (7 years!).

  2. My guess is that it will be well worth it and hopefully the broadcast will stream to those of us abroad.

  3. Sounds like it will be an intriguing event. I trust that Bill Nighy will not be resurrecting his rock-god character (Billy Mack) from ‘Love Actually’, though.

    P.S. Happy Birthday to Pavlov. Have a ‘Good Friday’.

    1. Hope you had a good one, Pavlov. The same to everyone who had a March birthday. May you have many more.

  4. Hello FEd, gang,

    The news is also mentioned in Belgian newspaper “De Standaard” – here.

    Happy Easter,

  5. I’m picturing myself now, sat in the back garden, lovely summer’s evening, nice glass of red and the old radio playing DSOTM in the background.

    Regards Damian.

  6. I don’t suppose we (here in America) will be able to hear it for another couple of years. 🙁 The term “radio play” is a bit strange to me. Not sure how they will “term” it over here. Enjoyed the article about Sir Tom Stoppard. 🙂

    Tim, all the DJs did that here too, oh how I did cuss them for that. 🙁

  7. Bearing in mind that a lot of radio stations are also on digital TV, might be easier recording from that than the radio.

    I like David’s quote that he couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary… I’m pretty sure we could think of something!!!!!!

    Best wishes

  8. Dear Fed

    so nice to read this for the celebration of 40 years of DSOTM.

    Hard to find other albums equally capable of influencing the music scene and continue to do so at a distance of decades.

    Happy Easter to all of you

    1. Appreciating the creative use of plectrums, Elisabetta. I imagine it took a fair bit longer than this attempt with socks.

  9. Dark Side Of The Moon is a visionary album, it’s timeless. The themes of greed, paranoia and madness are more relevant than ever, so, what a perfect way to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

    Tom Stoppard… A quick search online made me discover that he wrote ‘Three Men In A Boat’ for BBC Television. I wonder if it has anything to do with this.

    1. I didn’t realise that Sir Tom was responsible for the 1975 version starring Tim Curry (Jerome), Michael Palin (Harris) and Stephen Moore (George). Thanks for that welcome addition.

  10. Ich habe auch mal vor knapp 40 Jahren Pink Floyd gehört. Irgend wann habe ich geheiratet, vorher noch gekifft. War damals angesagt. Pink Floyd macht ja nix mehr. Umso mehr muss man auf die alten Sachen zurückgreifen. Gibt wohl keine besse Band in der Katherogie. Straight. Alle Instrumente sind hörbar.. Ist wichtig für mich, weil hier noch eine Jamaha DX7 und ein Stage-Piano rumliegt (liegen), die ich nachts quälen muss.

  11. I’ll have to look for this when it comes to the USA. Hard to believe DSotM is 40 now. Where have the years gone? I was only 7 years old when it was released, but have been listening to it since I was 11 or 12. It’s held up well through the years!

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