If you are looking for a Pink Floyd Christmas present then look no further than the new Pink Floyd Darkside Radio drama which is coming to double CD on 25th November 2013!
Written by Tom Stoppard, and broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music in a multicast event, the radio drama tells the story of Dark Side of the Moon via a series of thought experiments involving the lead character Emily.
Contents of the Deluxe Package
“Darkside, ” a play written by Tom Stoppard for BBC Radio 2, incorporating music from Pink Floyd s iconic The Dark Side of the Moon is released as a deluxe CD package on 25 November. The play was an original commission by Radio 2 to mark the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd s album, and broadcast on 26 August 2013. There are lots of screenshots from the video that accompanied the broadcast of the Darkside radio documentary for you to look at if you haven’t already.
Produced in collaboration with Sir Tom Stoppard’s publishers Faber and Faber, the luxury package resembles a hard-backed book, including a CD carrying 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.
“Darkside” is an abstract and compelling drama which follows Emily, a philosophy student, through a series of thought experiments, which are vividly brought to life. The play also ranges over a series of grand themes, which are both thought provoking and laced with Stoppard’s characteristic wit and humour. The cast is impressive, with Bill Nighy as Dr Antrobus/the Witch Finder, Rufus Sewell is Mr Baggott/Ethics Man, Adrian Scarborough is Fat Man and Emily is Amaka Okafor.
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. “
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.