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Rough Magick

Synopsis
Comedic radio play by Marty Ross set in the Scottish Highlands in 1605. The royal playwright Shaxberd saves King James from assassination and attempts to save an innocent girl from being burnt as a witch.
"The play takes its prompt from historical facts: James’s obsession with witchcraft and the political paranoia post-Gunpowder Plot; Shakespeare’s being sometimes credited as ‘Shaxberd’ (might it have been his actual name?), his awkward position at court as a Catholic glove-maker’s son, his rewriting of Scottish history in ‘Macbeth’ to flatter King James (Banquo’s descendant); as well as the probably apocryphal story that The King’s Men may have toured Scotland prior to the writing of ‘Macbeth’." (BBC programme notes).
Series
Afternoon Drama
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
12 Apr 2011 at 14:15 (Channel: BBC Radio 4)
Duration
45 mins

Credits

Producer
David Ian Neville
Writer
Marty Ross
Cast
David WalkerMcGlee
John Paul HurleyWilliam Shaxberd
Richard ConlonKing James
Robert JackLord Riddrie
Sally ReidShona
Steven McNicollMcIver
Terry WaleCourtier

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
biographies; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); King James I

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BoB

Email
bob@learningonscreen.ac.uk
Web
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Phone
020 3743 2389
Address
Learning on Screen - the British Universities and Colleges Film and Video Council
York House
221 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9UZ
Notes
Formerly a service from BUFVC, British Universities Film & Video Council
Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
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