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Darkside, a Play by Tom Stoppard incorporating 'The Dark Side of the Moon' by Pink Floyd.
October 10 2013


• Released Worldwide on 25 November 2013

‘Darkside’, a play written by Tom Stoppard for BBC Radio 2, incorporating music from Pink Floyd’s iconic ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ is released worldwide as a deluxe CD package on 25 November. Distributed worldwide by ADA for Parlophone / Warner Music group, the play was an original commission by Radio 2 to mark the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s album, and broadcast on 26 August 2013.

Tom Stoppard said: “When ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ was a new album in 1973, a friend of mine walked into my room where I was working with a copy in his hand and said “You really have to do a play about this album.” So, when, roughly 39-and-a-half years later, Jeff Smith from Radio 2 asked me if I’d like to do some kind of play around the 40thbirthday of the Pink Floyd album, it really wasn’t a very difficult decision.”

Produced in collaboration with Sir Tom Stoppard’s publishers Faber and Faber, the luxury package resembles a hard-backed book, including a CD carrying the 54-minute play, which includes the majority of the Dark Side of the Moon album, plus a 56-page bound insert of the play’s script. The cover features artwork by Hipgnosis designer Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell in collaboration with StormStudios, based on the specially-created Aardman Animations piece used to publicise the broadcast. The full play script includes all the dialogue and stage directions, plus Roger Waters’ original lyrics from the album. Versions outside the UK will feature a bonus disc with text translations in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese and Mandarin.

‘Darkside’ is an abstract and compelling drama which follows Emily, a philosophy student, through a series of thought experiments, which are vividly brought to life. The play also ranges over a series of grand themes, which are both thought provoking and laced with Stoppard’s characteristic wit and humour. The cast is impressive, with Bill Nighy as Dr Antrobus/the Witch Finder, Rufus Sewell is Mr Baggott/Ethics Man, Adrian Scarborough is Fat Man and Emily is Amaka Okafor.

David Gilmour: “I found the script of Tom’s play fascinating; I can’t think of a better way to celebrate The Dark Side of The Moon’s 40 year anniversary.”

Nick Mason: “I love it. If anyone is going to mess with the crown jewel of albums, Tom is a very good choice.”

Bill Nighy: “To get a combination of Tom Stoppard and Pink Floyd…is a massive deal, a marriage made in radio heaven.”

The Dark Side Of The Moon remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 50 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and is frequently ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time.
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Notes to Editors:

Cast list and production credits
Emily - Amaka Okafor
The Boy - Iwan Rheon
Mr Baggott / Ethics Man - Rufus Sewell
Dr Antrobus / Witch Finder - Bill Nighy
Fat Man - Adrian Scarborough
Wise One - Peter Marinker
Banker - Robert Blythe
Politician / Commentator - Ben Crowe
Emily's Mother - Philippa Stanton
Produced and Directed by James Robinson
What the Radio Critics Said:

‘A trippy hour of Stoppard’ Guardian
‘And I still don’t get it, what’s wrong with me?” Daily Telegraph
‘It was clever and funny, its themes are grand.’ Independent