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HOFFNUNG - DRAWN TO MUSIC (Above The Title/BBC Radio 4)

Commissioned Afternoon Play, broadcast on 28th September 2009, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of cartoonist and musical humourist Gerard Hoffnung.  Repeated January 2012.  The play follows preparations for the first Hoffnung Music Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in 1956 – which included such bizarre items as a concerto for vacuum cleaners and a floor polisher.  It was based on research and new interviews with John Amis, Joseph Horovitz, George Engel and Annetta Hoffnung.  "Alan Stafford's play Hoffnung Drawn To Music is a triumph.”  (Chris Campling, The Times) 
Script and new music: Alan Stafford.  Cast: Matt Lucas, Gina McKee, Hugh Bonneville, Felicity Montagu, Nicholas Jones, Stephen Boswell, Jon Glover, Annetta Hoffnung.  Musicians: Alan Stafford, Geoff Webb.  Studio Manager: Gerry O'Riordan.  Editor: Rex Brough.  Director: Lissa Evans.  Producer: Adam Bromley.
Photos: http://www.abovethetitle.com/

HENRY'S GIRLS (Above the Title/BBC Radio 4)

Commissioned Afternoon Play, broadcast 15 May 2007.  Henry Purcell receives a dream commission - his first full-length opera 'Dido and Aeneas'.  Not for the professional theatre – but for a girls' school in Chelsea.  A restoration romp based on fact.  All vocal music was performed by the actors and choir.  "A play full of music and delight" (Susan Jeffreys, Daily Mail)
Cast: Robert Glenister, Naoko Mori, Robert Duncan, Nichola McAuliffe, Chloe Annett, Saskia Butler, Catherine Shepherd, Brian Bowles.  Musicians: Alan Stafford, Katherine Joyce.  Singers: Naoko Mori, Catherine Shepherd, Saskia Butler, Robert Duncan.  Choir: Capella Nova, conducted by Lindsay Blay.
Producer/Director: Dirk Maggs
Cast photos: http://www.dirkmaggs.dswilliams.co.uk/

ALL FINGERS AND THUMBS (Above the Title/BBC Radio 4)

Commissioned afternoon play, transmitted 29th December 2004 and repeated in January 2007.  A romantic comedy about communication.  Sign language interpreter Marie want more deaf people to enjoy the theatre. So does director Tom – but not when it involves a gurning spot-lit woman flailing her arms around.  “This highly entertaining play boasts the winning combination of witty writer Alan Stafford and national treasure Bill Nighy." (Stephanie Billen, Observer)
Cast: Bill Nighy, Susannah Doyle, Jenny Eclair, Felicity Montagu, Steve Day, Fifi Garfield, Brian Bowles
Producer/Director: Dirk Maggs
Cast photos: http://www.dirkmaggs.dswilliams.co.uk/

DIRTY TRICKS (BBC Radio 4)

30 minute comedy drama, first broadcast  September 18 1982.  An amateur magician seeks out his former assistant for one last performance.  Cast: Rodney Bewes, Polly James, Crawford Logan, Miranda Forbes, Mary Cornford.  Producer: Michael Bartlett.