Pink Floyd radio play celebrates Dark Side’s 40th
A play based on Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 to mark the album’s 40th anniversary.
Entitled Dark Side, it was written by long-term fan Sir Tom Stoppard and the cast includes Bill Nighy and Rufus Sewell. It’s set for broadcast on August 26.
Floyd guitarist David GIlmour has read the script and says he found it “fascinating.” He adds: “I can’t wait to hear it come to life with the great cast performing it, and our music woven into it. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate The Dark Side Of The Moon’s 40-year anniversary.”
Stoppard admits he’d been thinking about writing the work since the album was released in 1973. “I had no idea for a long time what I would do,” he explains. “Finally I found some time, sat down and listened to the album for the thousandth time, picked up from the beginning and kept going.
“This is, more or less, the first time anything like this has been done on radio.”
Radio 2′s head of music, Jeff Smith, calls Dark Side “a very special hour” and explains: “It’s a dramatic examination of themes including conflict, greed and madness. A combination of Sir Tom’s brilliant, an iconic album and an outstanding case ensures this production will be unmissable.”
The Dark Side Of The Moon was recently added to the US LIbrary Of Congress’ National Recording Registry as a result of its significant contribution to culture. Officially-sanctioned tribute act The Australian Pink Floyd Show will perform at Jodrell Bank on July 6 under the giant Lovell Telescope to mark the album’s anniversary.
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