Riel Radio Theatre

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by Edward Pearse on Thursday, 25 September, 2008

Thursday night will see the beginning of what I hope will become a regular spot in Radio Riel’s programming: an evening broadcast of a Radio Play each week from the Radio Riel HQ in Caledon Penzance.

This week’s broadcast will begin with an adaptation that captured my imagination as a child and is still very dear to me, despite few people having ever heard it: Nicol Williamson’s version of The Hobbit.

Nicol Williamson, possibly best know to many people as the chrome-skulled Merlin from John Boorman’s Excalibur, narrates an abridged version and performs about 20 different voice characterisations for this recording of the story.


Released on 4 LPs in 1974 by Argo Records, and adapted and produced by Harley Usil, Williamson does all the voice work with traditional medieval music used as bridging pieces throughout.

Sadly the set has never been released on CD, and the originals now fetch rather steep prices with collectors.

So join us at the Caledon Penzance HQ at 7:00 PM SLT.

Each week we’ll broadcast an hour’s worth of radio play. Join us this Thursday for An Unexpected Party or listen in on http://music2.radioriel.org via your favourite stream media player.

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