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Radio

By: Al Smith
Narrated by: Adam Gillen
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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'Lying there, drifting up into those ancient lights was exactly like looking into the past. It is looking into the past. History, I think, is just a property of light.'

Charlie Fairbanks was born in the dead centre of the United States at the dead centre of the 20th century.

Americans are going to the moon, and Charlie’s sure he’ll be the first one there. But as he shines his spotlight on the moon, so too does it illuminate the darker side to his nation’s history.

Radio is a story about memory, love and spaceships.

By multi-award-winning writer Al Smith (Harrogate, Diary of a Madman) and directed by Josh Roche, winner of the JMK Award 2017 (My Name Is Rachel Corrie).

©2019 Al Smith (P)2019 Audible Originals, Ltd

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  • Simon
  • 07-04-19

Fragile American Dreams

Resurrecting this play for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing is a classy touch by Audible. Adam Gillen is the man chosen to represent Charles L Fairbanks Jr as he looks back on his life and his parents, his dreams of being an astronaut and their more terrestrial ones. Gillen's version of Fairbanks is compelling as he roves wistfully through memories of a life dominated by flavours of the American Dream.

There are very minimal sound effects so it's just Gillen alone to carry the show and credit where it's due he makes it work. Fairbanks is a man for whom the lustre of the dream has faded but who still remembers the spark all too well. It's a charming story of his father's attempts to exploit their home being the geographical centre of the United States and a theme of how dreams can both transport people or eventually wear them down.

There is some extremely good quality writing and the play's poignant ending and suggestion that sometimes when we gaze at the stars they distract us and make us miss what's right in front of our eyes is very satisfying. A short but very worthwhile listen.

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  • Gourley S.
  • 09-08-19

A charming piece of theatre

This was an enjoyable listen of a first person account of the desire to see space!