Peter Blegvad American musician/artist has created a new play entitled Use It Or Lose It with Ian Chamber. Peter who is perhaps best known to music fan as a member of the cult band Slapp Happy and briefly Henry Cow also features in the play as narrator and the character Dr. Charles Proctor that will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 3rd of December between 21:55-22:30
Details of the play are below. Peter has a long relationship with Gonzo MD Rob Ayling with Gonzo releasing two recent Slapp Happy albums
Dame Harriet Walter and David Horovitch appear in Use It Or Lose It, a radiophonic play created by Peter Blegvad and Iain Chambers, charting the failing memory of a fictional GP, Charles Proctor (Peter Blegvad).
Combining narrated fiction with observations from the world of history and culture, the programme uses radiophonic music and sound design to take us inside Charles Proctor’s mind.
As Dr Proctor descends deeper into amnesia, we hear voices reflecting on memory: Walter de la Mare, Rabbi Ben Ezra, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, Luis Bunuel, Harold Pinter, Francis Galton, René Descartes, W.B.Yeats, and Elvis Presley.
And we encounter a new age healer, Madam Aladdin (Harriet Walter), a radical who advocates going with the disease. She entreats Dr Proctor to join her Lamp Camp and Illumination Showroom, and embrace amnesia as a way of ‘extending the boundaries of the self… of becoming someone else’.
Peter Blegvad is an American musician, songwriter, and cartoonist. He is a regular contributor to Radio 3’s The Verb.
Iain Chambers makes features for BBC Radios 3 and 4, and podcasts for The Guardian. He recently made Requiem For A Moth for Radio 4.
• Nurse Angela, Kitty: EMMA POWELL
• Dr Charles Proctor: PETER BLEGVAD
• Madam Aladdin, Mrs. Chakravarty HARRIET WALTER
• Mr. Chakravarty: RENU SETNA
• Dr Lucas Wheelwright: DAVID HOROVITCH
• Dr Dragos Petru, Max: EDWARD AKROUT
Slapp Happy Albums available from here:http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/artists/Slapp%20Happy