David Edgar’s MAYDAYS adapted for radio

MAYDAYS was originally produced on stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Theatre in London in 1983, directed by Ron Daniels. The play was revived in a new version at the Other Place in Stratford in 2018, directed by Owen Horsley.

David Edgar’s epic theatre play from 1983 ranged across continents and decades to explore how young activists who came of age in the 1960s subsequently made the leap from the far left to the die-hard right. After revising the text in 2018, Edgar has now reworked the rich and compelling narrative into a sweeping three-part audio version.

The radio version of the epic MAYDAYS is presented in three 45-minute parts.

David Edgar wrote a solo show, TRYING IT ON (see my review here), which reveals the autobiographical background to MAYDAYS. First seen on stage in 2018 in an engagingly honest performance by its author, it was then reversioned for Radio 4 and recorded in front of an audience at the Radio Theatre in London Broadcasting House in 2019. You can hear that again on Radio 4 on 4th March 2023 and then on BBC Sounds.

Listen to MAYDAYS here


£35 million more from Culture Recovery Fund benefits few arts spaces

Harwich Electric Cinema

The announcement of more money from the Culture Recovery Fund is as welcome as it is overdue.

Amongst a range of benefitting venues, the ones which most interest theatre folk are

Morecambe Winter Gardens which receives £209,000 will undoubtedly welcome this boost along their long road to restoration, although with w thriving supporters group and events they are staging, it is great to see life returning to this mixed-used venue with its huge, richly-decorated auditorium.

The Electric Cinema in Harwich which receives £151,000 which has earmarked some of the funding to be spent on improving flooring which had attracted damp previously.

The Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham, which receives £1000,000, is undergoing extensive refurbishment as a community swimming centre, alongside reinvention as an arts centre with theatre space inside a richly-decorated and much-loved building.

Let’s wish all of these wonderful buildings and those that keep them running every success in the fight back from Covid.