RADIO PREMIERE: David Tennant Stars In Terror In The South Seas: The Beach Of Falesa Today



As part of BBC Radio 4's Robert Louis Stevenson season, David Tennant today stars in the first of two adaptations of stories from the Scottish writer's collection South Sea Tales. David takes on the role of Wiltshire in a new production of Stevenson's classic novella The Beach Of Falesa, which is broadcast as part of the miniseries Terror In The South Seas. The tale was written by Stevenson after he settled on the island of Samoa.

The production also stars Adjoa Andoh, the RSC and National Theatre actress who is familiar to many through her recurring role as Francine Jones in Doctor Who.

The drama airs today on BBC Radio 4 from 3pm GMT. Listeners outside the UK will be able to listen online via the BBC Radio 4 player.


Terror In The South Seas: The Beach Of Falesa
BBC Radio 4
Sunday 4th December, 3pm GMT
David Tennant stars as Wiltshire, a trader freshly arrived on a Samoan Island. He marries a native girl, only to find himself tabooed by the rest of the inhabitants.
At the height of his powers, Stevenson tackled the most pressing theme on the islands - the vicious effects of colonialism including slavery, racism, sexual exploitation and the conflict between traditional and modern values. The subjects are as vivid today as in 1894, and these compelling and violent stories feature some of the most driven, dangerous and obsessive characters in fiction. Joseph Conrad drew on these novellas for Heart of Darkness.

Cast:
David Tennant - Wiltshire
Adjoa Andoh - Uma
Dan Mullane - Case
Nigel Cooke - Captain Randal and The Sea Captain
Theo Fraser-Steele - Tarleton and Galuchet

The Beach Of Falesa has been dramatised for radio by Jane Rogers and has been directed and produced by Clive Brill for Brill Productions.

Next Sunday at the same time, David will narrate the second dramatisation in the Terror In The South Seas series, The Ebb Tide. 




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