PINK FLOYD: Darkside’s Playwright Was Worried More About Gilmour Than Waters


Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard was more worried about upsetting David Gilmour than Roger Waters when he was commissioned to write Darkside, the radio script based on Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon.

It was created for the BBC to mark the album’s 40th anniversary earlier this year, broadcast in August, and has now received its CD release.

The production stars Bill Nighy and Rufus Sewell, with a plot based around philosophy student Emily, who becomes involved in a series of thought experiments. It’s been described as a “philosophical comedy” and it was favourably received by band members.

Asked if he felt trepidation over removing most of Waters’ lyrics, Stoppard tells the New York Times: “I had less trepidation about that than I did in writing over the music.

“I know David Gilmour somewhat better than I know the other members of the band, and I was feeling diffident about the possibility that David would mind if the music was pushed into the background, half-heard, in order for my words to take the foreground.

“So I called him up, and he was completely okay about that. He said, ‘Go ahead, fine.’ Let’s face it: The Dark Side of the Moon is not vulnerable to being obscured by a radio play.”

Stoppard’s been a Floyd fan for decades and previously admitted Darkside was a labour of love. Fellow followers may not be surprised to find reference to The Wizard Of Oz in his script, alluding to long-standing rumours that the classic movie inspired the classic album.

“I like private jokes actually in what I do, and I don’t mind if I’m the only person who knows they are there,” Stoppard says.

Waters recently revealed he’s working on his first album in over two decades.

(source Classic Rock Magazine)

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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