In The Dark presents The Rescue (1943)

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Enjoy this superb archival recording, followed by a discussion about its continuing relevance and significance

In the Dark presents the third 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 Rescue, Edward Sackville-West’s 1943 radio dramatisation of part of Homer’s Odyssey with music by Benjamin Britten, appears to be the first substantial treatment of Homeric epic on BBC Radio, and also the most enduring (with six further productions to 1988). The collaboration of Sackville-West and Britten on this work resulted a distinctive exploration of the dramatic potential of radio. Further, the close association of words and music suggest a reflective awareness of The Rescue’s relationship with ancient epic performance, especially through the character of the bard Phemius.

The narrative both resonates with the contemporary international situation and argues for the humanising potential of aesthetic experience.

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


Name: In The Dark presents The Rescue (1943)
Where: Foyle Visitor and Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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