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RTÉ Radio 1 Drama On One

The Old Tune by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Conall Morrison.

The Old Tune by Samuel Beckett

Broadcast by kind permission of the Estate of Samuel Beckett.

Adapted from the radio play La Manivelle by Robert Pinget 

Starring Barry McGovern as Cream and Eamon Morrissey as Gorman. 

Directed by Conall Morrison. 

Conall Morrison writes: "The Old Tune is Samuel Beckett's free adaptation of The Crank, a radio play by French writer, Robert Pinget. Two old acquaintances - Gorman and Cream - meet at a roadside bench, where one of them is a street hawker with a barrel organ. As they trade memories, it becomes clear that they can't agree on any of the facts of what happened in the past. It is a piece - as funny as it sad - about how time corrodes memory, how the old tune we have our in heads becomes fainter and fainter".

Based on the stage production of the play, which premiered at the Enniskillen Happy Days Beckett Festival 2018. 

Photo: Euan Gébler - Enniskillen Happy Days Beckett Festival 2018

The programme was funded by the Broadcasting  Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee. 

Sound Design and Sound Supervision: Damian Chennells and Michael Stapleton 

Producer: Kevin Brew 

Series Producer: Kevin Reynolds. 

Group Head of Drama & Comedy: Shane Murphy

1st TX 27th September 2020