Monday
Apr142014

KRAZY KAT: DREAM

Just spent the day in rehearsal with Kinny and the Krazy Kat team working on their new version of Midsummer Night's Dream. Wonderful to see the puppets coming to life in the actors' hands. Imaginative design as always from Chris de Wilde.It's going to be good.

Details of performances can be found on the March 21st post.

 

Sunday
Apr132014

THE DIVINE COMEDY: STAGE

Moira Petty praises our "Glorious adaptation" in The Stage.

Wednesday
Apr092014

THE DIVINE COMEDY: THE SPECTATOR

Another nice review from Kate Chisholm in The Spectator. The review is in the second part of the article.

Sunday
Mar302014

THE DIVINE COMEDY: FINANCIAL TIMES

Another very favourable review in The Financial Times from somebody who clearly knows his Dante. Here's a slightly abridged version of what he had to say.

Pick of the Weekend: Martin Hoyle

Stephen Wyatt’s dramatisation of Dante’s Inferno grabs us by the hand in Radio 4’s ebullient production by Emma Harding and Marc Beeby as confidently as Virgil steering Dante through the underworld.

Characterised by vigour, energy and an atmospheric sound-plan (inventive variations on wailing, groaning, crunching ice and diabolical farts) the first part of The Divine Comedy makes a riveting introduction on air as in print... The cast is flawless, young actors and old masters alike.

There are no unintentional laughs in this hell... Quotations are read in perfectly pronounced Italian (a BBC first?). A beautifully incorporated line of T.S.Eliot’s typifies the production’s imaginative approach. Weary and frightened, Dante and his guide make it back for Easter Sunday and the sight of the stars. It has been quite a journey.

****

Tuesday
Mar252014

THE DIVINE COMEDY

Very nice review in The Radio Times:

THE DIVINE COMEDY

Review by:
Jane Anderson

It’s a brave writer who dares to take on Dante’s epic three-part poem The Divine Comedy. Playwright Stephen Wyatt, who has steered a radical course with this version, follows in the footsteps of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dorothy L Sayers and, most recently, Clive James, who have all written of the difficulties they faced in achieving a decent, scholarly translation.

So, if literary heavyweights like Longfellow, Sayers and James have struggled, how has Wyatt fared in turning it into a listener-friendly piece of radio?

He’s done a remarkable job. Out go the cantos and rigid rhyming structures. In comes a flowing narrative that loses none of the evocative imagery of the original. And it does Wyatt’s case no harm that the three central characters — Dante the younger, Dante the elder and Virgil, his ghostly omnipresent guide through hell, purgatory and paradise — are played by Blake Ritson, John Hurt and David Warner.

Friday
Mar212014

THE DREAM

Krazy Kat's version of Midsummer Night's Dream goes into rehearsal in early April.

As always, very much looking forward to working with the company.

Details of performances are on the Krazy Kat website. Here's a link to the performances at Emporium in Brighton.

Update: Krazy Kat has been granted Arts Council of England funding for a new programme of work for 2014/15. Well done, KK!

Friday
Mar212014

THE DIVINE COMEDY

THE DIVINE COMEDY by DANTE ALIGHIERI

Dramatised by STEPHEN WYATT


With BLAKE RITSON, JOHN HURT, DAVID WARNER and HATTIE MORAHAN

Directed by MARC BEEBY and EMMA HARDING

 

Episode One: INFERNO

Sunday 30th March 3 pm BBC Radio 4

Episode Two: PURGATORIO

Sunday 6th April 3 pm BBC Radio 4

Episode Three: PARADISO

Sunday 13th April 3 pm BBC Radio 4

Each episode will be repeated the following Saturday at 9pm and the series will also be available on iPlayer.

Monday
Mar102014

BBC WRITERS ROOM

There a short piece from me about working with Claire together with an extract from our radio drama book available now on the BBC Writers Room blog .

 

Monday
Feb172014

THE DEVIL IN THE BELFRY

Here's a link to a recording of the Gottingen performance of The Devil in the Belfry, Rob Orledge's completion of Debussy's short opera based on Poe's story with a libretto by Stephen Wyatt.

See also the post for 3rd December 2013.

 

 

Tuesday
Feb042014

THE ORGANIST'S DAUGHTER

Delighted to learn that Pier Productions have put The Organist's Daughter up for the Sony Radio Academy Awards