Sunday, 18 December 2011
And so the actor said to the drummer....
This play is both a humorous and bitter sweet examination of those days - it's also a study of friendship and was bloody brilliant. Written by Matthew Broughton, and directed by Sam Hoyle. the same team have previously collaborated on several radio plays, most recently, Vincent Price and The Horror of The English Blood Beast - a peek behind the scenes of the British cult horror classic, WitchFinder General.
Burning Both Ends, stars Sean Pertwee as Oliver Reed, and Arthur Darvill as Keith Moon.
In the mid-1970s, Oliver was an international movie star, and Keith was a rock n'roll legend, the drummer for rock band, The Who. Both were famous for their partying and boozing, as well as their undeniable talents. Mercurial and unpredictable, both men were at the top of their game - but the top can be a very lonely place.
Then they met, on the film set of The Who's epic rock opera, Tommy. What followed was a revelation - in each other they found a true kindred spirit, their own shadow image.
This is a story of madness and mayhem, antics and adventures, but also of love and loss - the dangerous, dazzling brilliance of two unbridled spirits connecting, but then the huge pain when one of them dies prematurely.
Recounting the electrifying "bruv-affair" between these two iconic figures, Burning Both Ends is the story of two men who found in each other a true friend, and who loved each other as fiercely as they partied...
Excellent stuff - top marks to BBC Wales who produced the radio play