Enjoy this superb archival recording, followed by a discussion about its continuing relevance and significance
In the Dark presents the fourth in a series of five listening events at which some of the most important, innovative and exciting BBC Radio feature programmes of the mid-20th century may be heard. Enjoy these superb archival recordings in a shared space, leading to some discussion about their continuing relevance and significance for a contemporary audience.
The Dark Tower (1946) is one of the most acclaimed creative works written and produced for BBC Radio. The poet, classicist and BBC writer and producer Louis MacNeice (1907-1963) wrote it in the spring and summer of 1945, at the close of World War Two, and it was first broadcast on 21 January 1946, with many subsequent revivals. Alongside MacNeice's words, an exciting score by Benjamin Britten provided another dimension to the aural experience.
The location of the piece in its historical moment is crucial for its interpretation.
This event takes place in the Foyle Suite, at the British Library Centre for Conservation.Doors open at 17.00 for a prompt start at 17.15.
Presented by In the Dark, in collaboration with the British Library, the Centre for Media History at Bournemouth University and the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster