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The Wire


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The Switch
By Ali Smith. Partly inspired by the magically romantic film musicals of Jacques Demy , this is the story of George, a young electrician from the North of England, told in a sequence of songs, with words written by Ali Smith to a diverse selection of library recordings. Accompanied by his French bride, Sidonie, George heads for the Scottish
Highlands to set up in business in the optimistic
1960s. Forty years later, their daughter Genevieve remembers her parents and her childhood as she journeys by train from London back to Scotland.
Chorus of townspeople: James Bryce , Richard Conlon ,
Monica Gibb , Douqal Lee , Joanna Tope and Anita Vettesse Producer/Director David Jackson Young


Unknown: Ali Smith.
Unknown: Jacques Demy
Written By: Ali Smith
Unknown: James Bryce
Unknown: Richard Conlon
Unknown: Monica Gibb
Unknown: Douqal Lee
Unknown: Joanna Tope
Director: David Jackson Young
Georqe: Nick Farr
Sidonie: Lucy Paterson
Genevieve: Gabriel Oulgley

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