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Review: The Song Thief (Radio 4 22Feb20130

GUEST,JHW(cookie on old computer) 22 Feb 13 - 05:14 PM
matt milton 23 Feb 13 - 07:50 AM
Continuity Jones 23 Feb 13 - 09:31 AM
GUEST 23 Feb 13 - 05:01 PM
McGrath of Harlow 24 Feb 13 - 01:42 PM
Richard Mellish 24 Feb 13 - 02:57 PM
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Subject: Review: The Song Thief (Radio 4 22Feb20130
From: GUEST,JHW(cookie on old computer)
Date: 22 Feb 13 - 05:14 PM

You might like this. I chanced to hear it tonight 22Feb2013.
BBC Radio play set in Allendale around the visit of a song collector.
Download or Listen again presumably will follow.
The Song Thief


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Subject: RE: Review: The Song Thief (Radio 4 22Feb20130
From: matt milton
Date: 23 Feb 13 - 07:50 AM

I heard this last night. Compellingly awful, I listened right through. It was interesting to hear that someone had written a radio melodrama based on a Vaughan Williams/Cecil Sharp character, but everything about the actual play was unmitigatingly terrible.

Unconvincing dialogue (formal arguments/debating points cut'n'pasted from textbooks and shoved in the mouths of its characters). Unconvincing plot. Regional accents that kept on slipping. Periodic bouts of those heavy sighing sounds that characters in Radio 4 dramas always make when they're snogging/shagging. Some wince-inducing singing. Topped off with a cheesy ending.


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Subject: RE: Review: The Song Thief (Radio 4 22Feb20130
From: Continuity Jones
Date: 23 Feb 13 - 09:31 AM

That's enough of the Show of Hands* review, how was the play?












*insert comic name here to suit taste or lack of.


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Subject: RE: Review: The Song Thief (Radio 4 22Feb20130
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Feb 13 - 05:01 PM

'It was interesting to hear that someone had written a radio melodrama based on a Vaughan Williams/Cecil Sharp character,'

Exactly what I thought but that was as far as it went, moreover having heard no trailer, as it started I was hoping for the dramatisation of a real story! And like sometimes in the theatre I'll stay after the break solely out of morbid curiosity so did I listen right through.
As with writing a song, if you have a good idea, you have a responsibility to make a good job of it or you've spoiled it for someone more able.


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Subject: RE: Review: The Song Thief (Radio 4 22Feb20130
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 24 Feb 13 - 01:42 PM

As with writing a song, if you have a good idea, you have a responsibility to make a good job of it or you've spoiled it for someone more able.

I can't see that. Any number of great songs and plays and stories where the ideas have been used less successfully. In fact probably virtually all of them. There's no copyright in an idea, fortunately.


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Subject: RE: Review: The Song Thief (Radio 4 22Feb20130
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 24 Feb 13 - 02:57 PM

I listened to it last weekend (16th) having by chance come across a file datestamped in 2009, presumably downloaded shortly after it was first broadcast. I agree that the plot was a bit thin, but I thought it good enough for a half hour's entertainment, subject to the appropriate suspension of disbelief.

As for the accents: at least there were some convincing "Geordie Rs", which is better than one might expect from any actor who doesn't come from somewhere between the Tyne and the Tweed.

As for the (minimal amount of) snogging: there's not a huge range of possible sounds that could be used in a radio play. What would you prefer?

Richard


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