A radio documentary on the Dublin Theatre Festival play 'Silver Stars', performed by an all male gay cast originally commissioned by Bealtaine, the celebration of creativity in older age.
"Silver Stars Unplugged" is a behind the scenes look at a most unusual play – composed mostly of songs based on interviews that circle the lives and loves of older gay Irish men.
One of these is designer Richard Lewis who, less than two years ago, lost Jim, his partner of thirty years. Throughout the documentary he tells his story highlighting heartbreaking personal details and also the consequences of lack of civil union legislation in Ireland.
The choice of cast is also unusual – there are no actors involved – Silver Stars uses just ten gay men taking time out of their busy lives to perform for many it’s their first time on stage.
Producer Ann Marie Power joins the cast two weeks before opening night and reveals the doubts and motivations behind this group of ten and joins Richard Lewis on opening night when he listens to his words of love and loss being sung right back to him.
Produced by Ann Marie Power.
Broadcast Saturday 17th October 2009, 6pm.
Silver Stars was staged by Brokentalkers in association with the Abbey Theatre and ran as part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival 2009 and as part of 'ReViewed' - a showcase of successful Irish productions restaged in partnership with Culture Ireland and Irish Theatre Institute.
An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries