Riel Radio Theatre

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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