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I dug out my old cassettes of Arcadia by Tom Stoppard to have another listen.
I saw the original NT production of it when it visited Bath on tour some time around 1993 (I daresay I have my programme tucked away in the loft). Subsequently the production was recorded by Radio 3, and my cassettes are an off-air recording of that production which had the original cast.
I had quite an enjoyable couple of hours listening to the first two-thirds of it last night (it’s a long play), at the same time, dubbing the audio onto PC.
To be honest, I’m not sure how much I’m going to be able to clean up the audio, but I’ll have a go. I had a bit of a hunt around on the web, but it seems that the play was never released commercially – just the script (which I have, and was reading along to the production last night – it’s interesting to see changes and additions made to play for radio to allow it to be followed by listeners).
I just love the breadth and intelligence of the play, never letting the viewer rest or sit back as new things are introduced. Anyway – hopefully I can finish off listening to it tonight.