DARKSIDE, A PLAY INCORPORATING DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Posted 11/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
OUT NOW: DARKSIDE, A PLAY BY OSCAR-WINNER
TOM STOPPARD INCORPORATING PINK FLOYD'S
THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE

 

COMMISSIONED BY BBC RADIO IN CELEBRATION OF 40th ANNIVERSARY OF ICONIC ALBUM THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

 

FEATURING BILL NIGHY, RUFUS SEWELL, IWAN RHEON, AND MORE

 

Darkside, a radio play written by Academy Award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard for BBC Radio 2, incorporating the music from Pink Floyd's iconic The Dark Side of the Moon, is out now worldwide as a deluxe CD package. Distributed worldwide by ADA for Parlophone/Warner Music Group, the play was an original commission by Radio 2 to mark the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's album, and was broadcast on August 26, 2013.

 

Tom Stoppard says, "When The Dark Side of the Moon was a new album in 1973, a friend of mine walked into my room where I was working with a copy in his hand and said 'You really have to do a play about this album.' So, when, roughly 39-and-a-half years later, Jeff Smith from Radio 2 asked me if I'd like to do some kind of play around the 40th birthday of the Pink Floyd album, it really wasn't a very difficult decision."

 

Produced in collaboration with Sir Tom Stoppard's publishers Faber and Faber, the luxury package resembles a hard-backed book, including a CD of the 54-minute play, which includes the majority of The Dark Side of the Moon album, plus a 56-page bound insert of the play's script. The cover features artwork by Hipgnosis designer Aubrey "Po" Powell in collaboration with Storm Studios, based on the specially-created Aardman Animations piece used to publicize the broadcast. The full play script includes all the dialogue and stage directions, plus Roger Waters' original lyrics from the album. A second disc will feature text translations in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin and Japanese.

 

Watch the animated trailer for Darkside:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=LmhRvSZiVkQ&hd=1

 

Darkside incorporates music and lyrics from The Dark Side of the Moon which serves as the underscore to an abstract and compelling interpretation of the album's series of grand themes, which are both thought-provoking and laced with Stoppard's characteristic wit and humour. The play follows Emily, a philosophy student, through a series of thought experiments, which are vividly brought to life by a cast of characters portrayed by Bill Nighy, Rufus Sewell and others.

 

David Gilmour: "I found the script of Tom's play fascinating; I can't think of a better way to celebrate The Dark Side of The Moon's 40 year anniversary."

 

Nick Mason: "I love it. If anyone is going to mess with the crown jewel of albums, Tom is a very good choice."

 

Bill Nighy: "To get a combination of Tom Stoppard and Pink Floyd...is a massive deal, a marriage made in radio heaven."

 

The Dark Side Of The Moon remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 50 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album and is frequently ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time.

 

 
Cast list and production credits:

 

Emily....................................................Amaka Okafor

The Boy...............................................Iwan Rheon 

Mr Baggott / Ethics Man.............Rufus Sewell

Dr Antrobus / Witch Finder.......Bill Nighy

Fat Man...............................................Adrian Scarborough

Wise One............................................Peter Marinker
Banker.................................................Robert Blythe
Politician / Commentator...........Ben Crowe
Emily's Mother.................................Philippa Stanton


Produced and Directed by James Robinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What the Radio Critics Said:

NPR: "Stoppard manages to pull of what seemed like an impossible challenge: He takes a foundational work of art and re-imagines it in a way that remains true to the album's original spirit and intent. It becomes more and more curious, thought provoking and engaging with each scene."

The Guardian: "A trippy hour of Stoppard."

Daily Telegraph: "And I still don't get it, what's wrong with me?"

Independent: "It was clever and funny, its themes are grand."

 

 

You can now order the deluxe CD offering of Darkside on Amazon, and digitally via iTunes.

 

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