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Sunday Play: Up Against It


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Joe Orton 's unfinished screenplay, written for the Beatles in 1967 and adapted for radio by John Retcher. Orton was found dead on the very day he was to meet director Richard Lester about the making of the film. In this first production of the play, Blur's Damon Albarn provides a musical link to the original Beatles casting. Adrift in a world run by monstrous tweed-suited women shod in thick leather brogues, three men decide to start a worldwide revolution to overthrow the matriarchy. By turns funny, moving, sexual and surreal, the play celebrates the ferocity of Orton's farce, the music of the Beatles and the Summer of Love. with Allan Mitchell , Edward Halstead , Mark Webb , John Gielgud and Joe Dowling Director John Adams
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Unknown: Joe Orton
Unknown: John Retcher.
Director: Richard Lester
Unknown: Damon Albarn
Unknown: Allan Mitchell
Unknown: Edward Halstead
Unknown: Mark Webb
Unknown: John Gielgud
Unknown: Joe Dowling
Director: John Adams
Narrator: Leo McKern
Connie: Sylvia Syms
Prime Minister: Prunella Scales
Jack Ramsay: Damon Albarn
Ian Mc Turk: Douglas Hodge
Christopher Low: Joe Fiennes
Rowena Torrence: Louise Lombard
Patricia Dromgoole: Jacinta Mulcahy
Mayor: Kenneth Cranham
Bernard Coates: David Calder
Father Brodie: Mark Lambert

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Sunday Play: Up Against It

BBC Radio 3, 21 September 1997 19.30

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