Words and Music
Radio Play, Dramatic Comedy / 3m
Words and Music is a complex "radio play” that sets up a dynamic between “Words” and “Music” as two character voices, existing in an uneasy relationship and under the command of a mysterious figure named Croak.
Words and Music is a complex “radio play” that sets up a dynamic between “Words” and “Music” as two character voices, existing in an uneasy relationship and under the command of a mysterious figure named Croak. A somewhat distracted tyrant, Croak issues commands to both Words and Music – whom he calls “Joe” and “Bob” respectively – to formulate expressions on a series of topics including “Love,” “Age,” and finally “the Face.”
"...like many of Beckett’s short dramatic works, [Words and Music] provides a rich scaffold for the ivy of academic interpretation." - The Modern Word
"...each production of Words and Music will naturally vary according the cast bringing it to life – the director, conductor, actors and musicians will all have their own interpretations as well." - The Modern Word
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
- Time Period: Not Applicable
- Duration: 30 minutes
- Setting: An unidentified "listening" space.
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
CROAK - a doddery old man, testy and maudlin.
JOE - Words
BOB - Music
- All Male
- Cross gender casting
- Flexible casting
In the original radio play, Bob (Music) was instrumental music, but in a staged version and actor could play the role.
Words and Music was recorded and broadcast on the BBC Third Programme on November 13, 1962, and was originally scored by Samuel's cousin, John Beckett.