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Waiting for the Boatman was broadcast on BBC Radio Four on March 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm as part of the Afternoon Drama series. 

The 45 minute play was written by Stephen Wakelam and produced and directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

David pictured with Peter Hamilton Dyer and the writer Stephen Wakelam.

Synopsis: The painter Mario Minniti has travelled to Naples to seek out his old friend and former mentor Caravaggio. But on arrival, the great painter is nowhere to be found. (He was in Rome, playing a sort of early tennis (pallacorda) when he stabbed his opponent and fled to Naples.) In a bid to find him, Mario retraces Caravaggio's last known movements. His search reveals a life lived dangerously. - BBC

Click on Leoni's portrait of Caravaggio, mentioned in the clip, to find out more about the artist.

'Here's something worth tuning in for at the end of the week..'

The Times - March 16, 2012 - Sarah Vine

"Dramatically it’s a little static, but enlivened by David Tennant as Mannit..." - Radio Times - Jack Sealei 

Listed as Radio Choice pick by The Independent and The Daily Mail ,Pick of the Day in the Daily Telegraph and the Radio pick from the Staying in . . . Going Out column in The Times.

Here is an excerpt from the author's blog about the play below, you can click here to read the full post:

'It is hard to imagine an actor more on top of his game than David Tennant. To hear him and another distinguished Hamlet, Anton Lesser, was thrilling.

We were well served by the actors. I couldn’t come in for the last stages of the edit – I had ’flu – so received the finished version in CD form. When I played it to a friend, watching her reactions quietly, she said at the end, ‘Was this the play you said you had difficulties with?’ ‘Yes,’ I said, ‘it was trickier than most.’ ‘Not that you’d notice,’ she said.' 

The play is also available as an audio download at Amazon and at the BBC's AudioGo site.


Editor: Colin Guthrie
Studio Managers: Colin Guthrie, Keith Graham, Alison Craig

Production Coordinator: Nicole Fitzpatrick. 

David Tennant - Mario Minnitti

Anton Lesser* - Piero

Joe Dempsie* - Cecco 

Peter Hamilton Dyer - Abraham Vinck

Tracy Wiles - Marchesa 

Harry Livingstone - The Youth

*appeared in Einstein and Eddington with David

*played Cline in the Doctor Who episode The Doctor's Daughter

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