Worlds and egos collide in this unique live theatre/radio play co-production between CBC and Oney Yellow Rabbit to be recorded live in front of Rodeo audiences and broadcast nationally on the network’s Sunday Showcase and Monday Night Playhouse. Back in World War II, Canadians would huddle around their radios listening to the breathless programs like Theatre of Freedom, Fighting Navy, and L for Lanky. What they had in common, along with most other dramas from CBC Radio’s golden age, was the guiding presence of Andrew Allan. All told, Allan produced some 400 radio plays in his decades-long career. He was a notorious autocrat who dressed formally for radio broadcasts and insisted that his artists – people like Lister Sinclair and John Drainie – did the same. Here, at the High Performance Rodeo, a contemporary group of performers prepare to stage a live radio drama. The atmosphere is electric with a sense of determination and expectation. Is this a gang of articulate and serious observers of the world scene? Are they prepared to slay the sacred lambs and roaring lions of political hypocrisy, indifference, and corruption? Into this mix of modern-day crusaders comes a mysterious stranger. From beyond the grave, with all the august portent of Lorne Greene’s “Voice of Doom,” emerges the dapper and ferociously intelligent Andrew Allan.
|2004||Big Secret Theatre, Calgary, Canada|