August 14, 2012

Yesterday's post was all about historical figures that David has portrayed on stage, screen and TV but he has also lent his voice to some famous men as well.

He portrayed Captain Raymond Hinchliffe in the 1998 BBC Radio drama The Airmen Who Wouldn't Die.
Captain Hinchliffe was a Royal Navy flying Ace in WWI and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. 
On March 13, 1928 Hinchliffe and Elsie Mackay took off in the Endeavour from RAF Cranwell, Elsie was attempting to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic and Raymond would have been the first man to fly across from Europe to America, they never arrived in New York.

The radio play tells the story of the events surrounding the true story of the crash of the airship R-101, the biggest airship ever built, in 1930 and the famous seance that was conducted by Eileen Garrett.  First messages were received from Hinchcliffe through a oija board and later through the brilliant medium, Eileen Garrett. Hinchcliffe was concerned for his wife and small children, but also sent messages about what had happened to his flight, along with ominous predictions about the R101 flight to India ending in disaster due to poor design. Later, the deceased crew of the dirigible sent messages through mediums, and two men, each unaware of the work of the other, received communications through medium Eileen Garrett. Later, the communication received by each was available to investigators, who, in every case, concluded that communication with the deceased was the only viable answer to how these messages could have come about.

Also in 1998 David played the artist John Everett Millais in the BBC Radio 4 play The Order of Release. Millais was friends with leading Victorian art critic John Ruskin and fell in love with his wife Effie while painting her. The name of the painting - The Order of Release. 

In 2002 he portrayed composer William Walton in the BBC Radio 4 play Facade

The composition was started in 1921 and all of the numbers had been composed by 1927.  Walton continued revisions until 1947–8 and the definitive version was first performed on Friday, 29 May 1942 at Aeolian Hall, London with Constant Lambert, to whom the piece was dedicated,  as the reciter and William Walton conducting.  

In 2003 he was Gaius Caligula in the BBC Radio 4 production Peeling Figs for Julius

In 2010 he starred in Murder in Samarkand, based on the memoirs of British political activist Craig Murray former ambassador to Uzbekistan.

In 2011 he not only got to portray Kafka but he got to sing as him as well in BBC Radio 3 play Kafka The Musical written by Doctor Who soundtrack composer Murry Gold. 

Also in 2011 he got to be Robert Louis Stevenson in two plays for Radio 4, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes and The Amateur Emigrant, portray two hugely significant journeys in Stevenson's life.  The stories attempt to capture Stevenson's feelings for Fanny Osbourne, who would later become his wife, and how they affected him on his travels.

In 2012 he got to be another painter, Mario Minnitti, in BBC Radio 4's Waiting for the Boatman.  In the play 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. In a bid to find him, Mario retraces Caravaggio's last known movements. His search reveals a life lived dangerously.