Somethin’ Else produces exciting New Radio 4 Drama: Goodbye to Berlin

This new radio adaptation, recorded on location in East Berlin, captures the spirit of Christopher Isherwood’s 1939 novel.

This new radio adaptation, recorded on location in East Berlin, captures the spirit of Christopher Isherwood’s 1939 novel.

A new radio 4 play, based on Christopher Isherwood’s most famous novel Goodbye to Berlin, depicts a crucial moment in pre-war history. Isherwood’s eyewitness account of Berlin as Facism began to take hold became the inspiration for the film Cabaret.

 

Directed by Polly Thomas and with sound design by Eloise Whitmore, the play makes the most of its location recording in East Berlin. The apartment where the recording was made is similar to the one where Christopher Isherwood lived in the early 1930s and where he met many of the memorable characters he portrayed in the novel.

 

The impressive Anglo-German cast breathe new life into the characters and UK radio newcomer James Norton takes on the Christopher Isherwood role with relish.

 

The Guardian said: “Eloise Whitmore’s sound design was a textbook example of how vital the textures of background sound are to creating pictures in radio drama. The soundscapes were rich… a productive counterpoint to James Norton’s soft-voiced and impressionable-sounding Isherwood.”

 

“Out of this cacophony emerged vividly drawn characters, and a real sense of menace as anti-semitism grew louder within it.” Read more in the Guardian’s review here: