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Another Part of the Sea (BBC, 1960)

Louis MacNeice (1907-1963) was a significant mid-century poet who worked for the BBC between 1941 and 1963, and he is celebrated as a producer for his imaginative use of sound in plays like The Dark Tower (1946) and Persons from Porlock (1963), both of which he also scripted. MacNeice worked briefly – and rather unhappily – in television, for which he produced two one-act Strindberg plays, as well as one of his own scripts that had originally been performed in the theatre, Another Part of the Sea (1960), which is the primary subject of this post. Drawing on his television experience, he also wrote the draft of the play One for the Grave (1958-59) which is set in a television studio and was produced posthumously in 1966. Continue reading

Emitron camera at Alexandra Palace