Paul Buck

Listening

Edward Albee

 

‘While we may listen we do not always hear, and our lives, for better or worse, are shaped accordingly.’                           Edward Albee

 

Listening was commissioned by the BBC and broadcast on Radio 3 on March 28, 1976. Along with Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Severo Sarduy, and Marguerite Duras, these five writers awakened my listening ear to what could be achieved in this medium. When I presented my radio play Fades to the BBC, the producer, Ned Chaillet, called me in and explained that if Pinter or Beckett were to offer their radio plays today (the early eighties), the BBC would have to reject them.

 

 

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