The Independent’s journalism is supported by our readers. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commission.

Free Independent Drama: Late poet Ted Hughes is remembered in Dreaming of Foxes

Thursday 19 August 2010 00:00
Comments

The late poet laureate Ted Hughes would have been 80 this month, and to mark the occasion, The Independent is giving you the chance to listen to and download an exclusive new drama by Made in Manchester/Dark Smile.

In Dreaming of Foxes (which is based loosely on a true story) Ted is reunited with a long-lost schoolboy friend after almost fifty years. But what do these men have in common now except memories of old haunts and the landscape which inspired them both?

To download, right-click here and click "Save target/link as..."

Click here to download from iTunes

Written by Aelish Michael and Directed by Joyce Branagh, Dreaming of Foxes was recorded on location at Ted Hughes’ former home at the Arvon Centre in Heptonstall in West Yorkshire.

The stage version was performed at the Ted Hughes Festival in Mytholmroyd in 2008 and this is Aelish Michael’s first piece for radio. As well as Dreaming of Foxes, she is currently under commission to write a drama about steeplejack Fred Dibnah for Bolton Octagon next year called The Demolition Man. For more information go to www.aelishmichael.com

About the Actors

ROBERT GARRETT plays Ted Hughes

Robert played Ted Hughes in the theatre version of Dreaming of Foxes. This RADA trained actor’s TV credits include Elizabeth R, Family at War, Heartbeat, Money for Nothing, Emmerdale, Brookside and Liverpool One and for radio - Brief Lives for BBC Radio 4.

IAN BLOWER plays Douglas Greenwood

Ian is a seasoned theatre and TV actor. His television credits include parts in Juliet Bravo; Coronation Street; The Bill; Casualty; Heartbeat; Emmerdale; A and E; Back Up; All Quiet On The Preston Front; Max and Paddy, Island at War; Northern Lights Silent Witness and Doctors.

The children are played by Joe Cotton, Joseph Moorhead and Kieran Bell

About the music

The music was written by Matthew Ganley. Matthew, whose acting credits include Hollyoaks, The Bradford Riots and Block, has also written music for drama including most notably ‘Carve a Key’ for the recent Manchester-based production of the ground-breaking new play Be Rain For Me. More at www.happystormtheatre.co.uk

To download the signature theme to Dreaming of Foxes, right-click here and click "Save target/link as..."

For further information about Dreaming of Foxes or about Independent Drama generally please go to www.madeinmanchester.tv and www.darksmile.co.uk

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in