John Lennon's Last Day
BBC Radio 2 Publicity
Thursday 8 October
BBC RADIO 2
On 8th December 1980, one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century was shot dead in New York City. This single voice, dramatic monologue sits between drama and documentary and is an utterly compelling story of John Lennon’s last day.
The Beatles star would have turned 75 on 9th October 2015, but his life was cut tragically short. This docu-drama, written by Stephen Kennedy, charts the events of that infamous day. The story is told by Liverpool actor Ian Hart (Boardwalk Empire, Harry Potter as Professor Quirinus Quirrell), who has played Lennon on three separate occasions. He guides listeners through the events of that fateful day in forensic detail and his narration is combined with the voice of Lennon himself – both from archive recordings and from the music that made him a legend.
Ian Hart says: “There will always be interest and intrigue into every part of his life, and now we take a sensitive look at the incomprehensible day when he was tragically taken from this world too soon.”
Stephen Kennedy says: “I’m delighted to have my first radio drama commissioned by BBC Radio 2 and ecstatic to have Ian Hart performing in it. In my opinion, no actor has ever captured John Lennon’s character better than Ian did in the film Backbeat. He has extraordinary talent.”
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‘John Lennon’s Remaining Day’ dramatic monologue to air on BBC2
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“John Lennon ’s Closing Day”, a dramatic monologue by Irish playwright Stephen Kennedy, might be aired on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday October EIGHT, 2015 from 10:00 – eleven:00pm BST (2:00pm PST), Kennedy has suggested the john Lennon Examiner. The show can pay tribute to the earlier Beatle ’s seventy fifth birthday, which could had been October NINE. The Story is informed by way of Liverpool actor Ian Hart, who has carried out Lennon on three different occasions.
“John Lennon ’s Final Day” amenities throughout the day John was killed, December EIGHT, 1980. The Story is advised in the course of the actor ’s narration, adopted by exact archival recordings of Lennon ’s voice and his music, bringing a means of beautiful fact to how Lennon spent his final day, and the problems he talked about throughout interviews. Ian Hart “guides listeners via the occasions of that fateful day in forensic element; his narration is mixed with the voice of Lennon himself – each from archive recordings and from the monitor that made him a legend,” the click launch states.
Kennedy wrote the toilet Lennon Examiner, “This piece is actually probably the most whole account of John Lennon ’s remaining day that has ever been launched. it’s a work of ‘documentary theatre ’. Principally, with utilizing a single actor–a narrator–and some very uncommon audio clips, this piece publications the goal market via the extraordinary and tragic occasions of John Lennon ’s closing day.”
“John Lennon ’s Final Day” illustrates some sad ironies, together with John ’s private chilling interview that day, saying simply hours forward of his tragic homicide: “My work gained ’t be accomplished till I ’m lifeless and buried – and that i want that ’s a protracted very very long time.” The play was prior to now launched as part of a 3-half manufacturing often known as “The Beatles Show” in Dublin.
Ian Hart says: “There’ll all the time be ardour and intrigue into each a part of his existence, and now we take a delicate check out the incomprehensible day whereas he was tragically taken from this world too shortly.”
Stephen Kennedy says: “I ’m extraordinarily joyful to have my first radio drama commissioned by BBC Radio 2 and ecstatic to have Ian Hart appearing in it. individually, no actor has ever captured John Lennon ’s persona higher than Ian did within the film Backbeat. He has irregular expertise.”
Dublin Beatles Competitors
The Dublin Beatles Pageant, which Kennedy directs, will occur this 12 months November sixth-eighth, at Dublin city coronary heart. there will be Beatle gigs, movies, free events, a desk quiz, paintings, memorabilia and merchandise. Freda Kelly will in all probability be on the pageant to do a public interview with Tom Dunne on the Grand Social on Sunday, November eighth. Freda labored for The Beatles for ELEVEN years and is the topic of the award-profitable documentary “Wonderful Ol ’ Freda.”
Days from his death: John Lennon, seen here with wife Yoko Ono, told Radio One dj Andy Peebles how safe he felt during an interview at the Hit Factory studio