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Woyzeck

Summary
This was one of sixteen co-productions between the BBC and the Open University which supported the work of distance-learning students enrolled on the third-level undergraduate course A307 Drama. The course was repeated annually for five years and so there were several later transmissions in subsequent years from 1977.
Theatre play
Woyzeck by Georg Büchner (1813-1837) [more information]
Date of transmission
Saturday 21 May 1977
Time
7.40am
Channel
BBC2
Production company
Open University; BBC

Credits

Director
John Selwyn Gilbert
Producer
John Selwyn Gilbert
Lighting
John Fane
Playwright
Georg Büchner (1813-1837)
Translator
Victor Price (the script was adapted from this translation)
Composer
Dudley Simpson (1922-) (original music for this production)
Designer
David Hitchcock
Costumes
Brian Cox
Make-up
Monica Ludkin
Sound
Jerry Lawrence
Videotape Editor
John [Farries] Moss
Consultant
Cyril Tawney (1930-2005) (on folksongs)
Assistant to the Director
Robert Checksfield
Assistant to the Director
Diana Lyddon
Assistant to the Director
Peter Theobald
Assistant to the Director
Maureen Willis Bowyer
Cast
Sydney ArnoldOld Man / Second Man
Susie BlakeKathe
John Bryans (?-1989)Captain
David CalderDrum Major
David Collings (1940-)Woyzeck
Peter Copley (1915-2008)Doctor
Michael da CostaSergeant / Jew
Colin FarrellAndres
Barnaby GilbertBaby Christian
Benjamin Gilbert1st Child
Matthew Gilbert2nd Child
Olwen GriffithsMargret
Betty HardyGranny
Cyd Hayman (1944-)Marie
Alan [or Allan] McClellandFirst Man
Jane Muldoon3rd Child
Cyril Tawney (1930-2005)Landlord
David Wood (1944-)Narrator; also listed as Showman

Additional details

Notes
The cast and credits are taken from the extant recording and the camera script held in the Open University Archive. The production was made in Studio A at Alexandra Palace.
Play tags
19th-century setting; adultery / infidelity; German drama; mental health / illness; murder
Programme context tags
higher education programming

Audiovisual sources

Title
Woyzeck (BBC / OU, 1977)
Archive
Open University Archive [more information]
Address

Library Services, Walton Hall
The Open University
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
UK

Telephone

+44 (0) 845 300 6090

Email

university-archive@open.ac.uk

Website

http://www8.open.ac.uk/library/library-resources/the-open-university-archive

Notes
Reference A307/06

Print sources

Title
A307 Drama: Woyzeck (BBC / The Open University, 1977) (Blog article)
Author/creator
Amanda Wrigley (Author)
Reference
http://screenplaystv.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/woyzeck-bbc-the-ou-1977, published 15 November 2012
Title
Best Television Drama for Many Weeks: Woyzeck, BBC 2 (Newspaper review)
Author/creator
Church, Michael (Reviewer)
Reference
The Times, 23 May 1977, p. 11
Title
John Selwyn Gilbert papers on Woyzeck, c. 1977 (Archive files)
Archive
BFI Reuben Library [more information]
Address

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road
South Bank
London
SE1 8XT
UK

Email

Use the contact form at http://www.bfi.org.uk/form/contact-bfi-library

Website

http://www.bfi.org.uk/education-research/bfi-reuben-library/visiting-bfi-reuben-library

Access

The BFI Library is open from 10.30am to 7.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Access to special collections material is by appointment.

Reference
Special Collections, John Selwyn Gilbert Collection 20/1-9
Notes
Contains cast list, rehearsal and camera scripts, and broadcast notes.
Title
Sophocles to Fugard (Book)
Author/creator
Brian Stone and Pat Scorer (Author)
Reference
London: British Broadcasting Corporation, 1977
Linking notes
pp. 50-55, with two b&w stills from the production
Title
Woyzeck, 1977 (Camera script)
Archive
Open University Archive [more information]
Address

Library Services, Walton Hall
The Open University
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
UK

Telephone

+44 (0) 845 300 6090

Email

university-archive@open.ac.uk

Website

http://www8.open.ac.uk/library/library-resources/the-open-university-archive

Reference
A307/06

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