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Friday, June 23, 2017


(Raeesa Mahomed)

In 2006, Lotus FM began producing radio drama and has notched up many successful productions, included the long-running Lollipop Lane serial created by Durban’s Clinton Marius.

Now comes the time of the year for Lotus FM to roll out its annual Shakespeare production. Last year, saw the 2016 matric setwork Othello, becoming the first production under this initiative. “The drama was translated into modern English to make it more accessible to Grade 12s who are battling with the Bard’s language” says Raeesa Mohamed, Lotus FM’s drama producer. “This year’s matric Shakespeare is William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the station has already started recording a new radio drama serialisation of William Shakespeare’s drama with a top cast of local actors.”

The cast of top Durban actors include Roger Service and Tom Read, radio drama icons from their years on Springbok Radio with a host of Durban productions including the famed The Men from the Ministry, Father Dear Father and The Navy Lark. Also appearing will be well-known Durban performers Michael Gritten and Philippa Savage.

Gritten plays Hamlet, Service is Claudius, Read is Polonius and Savage is Ophelia. The script has been adapted by Rory Booth.

The first 15-minute episode will air on July 3, and the drama will be played every weekday at 09h45 and repeated at 21h30.

The production, recorded in D1 at the SABC – one of the finest radio drama studios in South Africa –will provide a valuable resource for those studying the play.