Tom Stoppard the writer of amazing stories as Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Arcadia and the screenplay to Shakespeare in Love, has written a story called “Darkside” loosely based on the Pink Floyd album. The radio play, which aired on BBC Radio 2 August 26th, was commemorating the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” (history’s second highest selling record, after Michael Jackson’s Thriller).
(via. The Line of Best Fit)
Speaking to the BBC, Stoppard said that he ”didn’t try to make a story that was the album writ large in any way,” but rather to invent “a little story in the spirit of the album, taking a cue as to what level of reality this story might be on.”
The show features instrumentals from the album and voice narration from actors like Bill Nighy, Rufus Sewell, and Iwan Rheon of Game of Thrones and Misfits.
This amazing trailer for Darkside was created by Aardman Animations the people behind Wallace and Gromit.
LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE
- Darkside: Tom Stoppard’s play was as pretentious as Pink Floyd’s music, review (telegraph.co.uk)
- SPECIAL NOTICE: A Radio Play Based on Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, Coming Monday – Watch the Trailer (psychedelichippiefashion.blogspot.com)
- Pink Floyd’s Dark Side LP inspires Aardman – video (theweek.co.uk)
- Aardman animates Pink Floyd trailer (bbc.co.uk)
- Aardman Animation, Pink Floyd and Tom Stoppard Collaborate for Trippy Short (toplessrobot.com)