Family Voices

Family Voices

Postby starlight » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:04 pm

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Does anyone have a recording of this radio play, where Caught On a Train alumni Dame Peggy and MK play mother and son?

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No? Well, our luck is in. I found it on this Mexican site.

Caramba! :bouncy:

(I bet Lynne already had it :D )
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Re: Family Voices

Postby Lynnedean » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:56 pm

starlight wrote:(I bet Lynne already had it :D )

Yep - a recording from the radio from way back. It's not something I'd listen to more than once; forgot I had it. Pinter is far from my favourite playwright; Family Voices is a perfect example of why! :-?
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Re: Family Voices

Postby starlight » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:02 pm

Lynnedean wrote:
starlight wrote:(I bet Lynne already had it :D )

Yep - a recording from the radio from way back. It's not something I'd listen to more than once; forgot I had it. Pinter is far from my favourite playwright; Family Voices is a perfect example of why! :-?

Heh! Well, you've seen my opinion of No Man's Land :cool:

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Re: Family Voices

Postby amiga » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:05 pm

Great find. Anything new with MK is so welcome, even if it is Pinter.

Would love to know what other treasures you have hidden, Lynne :smile:

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Re: Family Voices

Postby Wolesley » Thu Apr 30, 2015 1:01 am

If it wasn't MK's mellifluous voice, I'd be tearing my hair out listening to this... I don't know what to call it.
Why on earth is Pinter even a thing (as the young folk say these days)?!!! Why is his stuff performed? Is it the theatrical equivalent of the emperor's new clothes? I do attend a fair bit of theatre, I'm no philistine, but the merit of Pinter's stuff is beyond me.
Parts of it were as literary as Dr. Seuss. :puzzled:

That being said, thanks so much for posting the link, Sue! :rofl:
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Did you hear him say, "vagabondage"?!!! Wheee!

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Re: Family Voices

Postby kitchentease » Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:07 am

Wolesley wrote:If it wasn't MK's mellifluous voice, I'd be tearing my hair out listening to this...

Totally agree - this coming from someone who loves No Man's Land and not because of Foster's trousers. :foyle5:
But, what does the brain matter....compared to the heart?
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Re: Family Voices

Postby amiga » Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:11 am

kitchentease wrote:
Wolesley wrote:If it wasn't MK's mellifluous voice, I'd be tearing my hair out listening to this...

Totally agree - this coming from someone who loves No Man's Land and not because of Foster's trousers. :foyle5:
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Re: Family Voices

Postby starlight » Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:58 am

:sick: Well that'll teach me NOT to bounce too much before I've listened past the first few minutes.

Fair dos: interpreting a thing like this must call for just a LITTLE bit of love for every sentence, otherwise it wouldn't sound as classy as it does. And Mr Velvet Voice delivers beautifully, as do rest of cast. But this is one depressing heap of :keepmum:.

Pinter is appropriately named, IMHO: I'd like to bet he'd sunk a few pints when he wrote this masterpiece, and anyone who's listening to it now will wish they had a pint or two inside them. The characters sound like the spawn of Eeyore - not that Eeyore would sink low enough to reproduce :wink:. Well, maybe after a few pints, he would.

I'd like to know: is this sort of scenario a Pinter trademark? I spy some commonality with No Man's Land: lithe-bodied young chaps, sharing houses with old blokes in seedy rooms with dubious preoccupations... :lol:

I'm wondering what trousers MK's character would wear... :geek: Impossible to 'hear' the straining seams, but (ha-ha, Lesley!) 'vagabondage' conjures images.
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Re: Family Voices

Postby Wolesley » Thu Apr 30, 2015 1:18 pm

It is certainly read and performed with class and dedication.
In 'straining' to assign some depth and significance to the work, I imagined Pinter was trying to present a gradual revelation of each character's self-delusion of their own...what? Integrity?

So as the play goes on we are meant to understand that the son and mother, despite their words of love and devotion, in letters they may have only composed in their heads (and never sent), have treated each other quite badly, and are in fact estranged.
The older man is a repressed homosexual who may not be as self-disciplined as he asserts.
The house that the son is living in may be some sort of group home for the mentally ill?
The Withers family...? No idea.
Can't remember what the very old man said.
And the father may or may not be dead. He says he's not, but then he says he is.

It all seems very Freudian.
Perhaps I'll give it another listen. :-? Along with a pint. :rofl:

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Re: Family Voices

Postby Lynnedean » Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:33 pm

Wolesley wrote:Perhaps I'll give it another listen. :-? Along with a pint.

Only a Newcastle Broon with a double whisky chaser will serve, kidda!
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Re: Family Voices

Postby starlight » Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:45 pm

:alcpal: Lesley and Lynne listen to Pinter :lol:
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Re: Family Voices

Postby Wolesley » Fri May 01, 2015 1:44 am

Yep. That's what it will take!

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