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All That Fall by Samuel Beckett
Produced by Donald McWhinnie
BBC Third Programme 13/01/1957

Extract from Schubert's String Quartet No.14 'Death and the Maiden', D810, second movement,
performed by the London String Quartet

Maddy Rooney's epic journey to the railway station.

Samuel Beckett’s first radio play is full of Irish humour and pathos. In it, Maddy Rooney, seventy years old, "two hundred pounds of unhealthy fat", makes her laborious way to the Boghill railway station to meet her blind husband, Dan, as a surprise for him on his birthday. Along the way she meets a comic array of Irish characters. On the return home, deluged by neighborhood children and by rain, they keep their spirits up with a lively banter, sometimes savage, sometimes heart rending.............


The Cast:

  • Mrs Rooney, an old lady....................................Mary O'Farrell
  • Christy, a carter................................................Allan McClelland
  • Mr Tyler, a retired bill-broker...............................Brian O'Higgins
  • Mr Slocum, Clerk of the Racecourse...................Patrick Magee
  • Tommy, a porter................................................Jack MacGowran
  • Mr Barrell, a station-master................................Harry Hutchinson
  • Miss Fitt, a lady................................................Sheila Ward
  • A Female Voice................................................Peggy Marshall
  • Mr Rooney (Dan), husband of Mrs Rooney..........J. G. Devlin
  • Jerry, a small boy.............................................Terrance Farrell

and members of the BBC Drama Repertory Company

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