Darkside, a radio play by Sir Tom Stoppard, inspired by Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon.
Celebrating 40 years of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, playwright Sir Tom Stoppard has penned a fantastical story based on themes from the seminal album, featuring Bill Nighy, Rufus Sewell and Adrian Scarborough, with the lead roles played by Olivier Award-winning Iwan Rheon (Misfits) and stage actress Amaka Okafor (The Garbage King).
Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music will be simulcasting Now Playing, a unique show that will put the audience in control of the music across both networks for two hours, as they collaborate online to pick the tracks.
Following the broadcast, The Record Producers – Pink Floyd Special will give listeners another chance to hear Richard Allinson and Steve Levine’s look at the work of Pink Floyd concentrating on the late 60s through to the mid-70s. The show will feature guitarist David Gilmour and percussionist Nick Mason, and Richard and Steve share the original multi-track recordings of some of Pink Floyd’s best work from this period.
On the night of broadcast, visitors to bbc.co.uk/radio2 will be able to watch a specially commissioned animation by Aardman to accompany the drama, creating a unique, immersive audio-visual experience.
Darkside, Monday 26 August, BBC Radio 2, 10pm
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