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Simon Littlefield Stannie And Jim

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Afternoon Drama: Stannie and Jim First broadcast: Wed 11th Aug 2010, 14:15 on BBC Radio 4 FM By Simon Littlefield Trieste 1914.   A fictional romance is woven round a comic re-imagining of James Joyce's relationship with his brother Stanislaus as they fight, write and prepare for war. Stannie - Andrew Scott James - Aidan Mcardle Beatrice - Alison Pettit Nora - Tessa Nicholson Baron Ralli - Michael Shelford Captain - David Seddon Dr Silvestri - Sam Dale Irredentist - Tony Bell Director - Sally Avens A fictional exploration of the relationship between James Joyce (Aidan Mcardle) and his younger brother Stanislaus (Andrew Scott), Stannie and Jim began as an Odd-Couple-style comedy set in Trieste in 1914 involving two opposing personalities. James was a drinker, a lover of the good life, who spent much of his time sponging off his hard-working, sober-minded brother. Stannie worked as an English teacher, and tried to get pupils for his brother, so as to relieve the financial burden; but James was far more interested in his work, much of which consisted of finishing Dubliners. Eventually matters came to a head as the war-clouds darkened over the Italian city. Stanislaus fell in love but was rebuffed by Italian beauty Beatrice (Alison Petit) - an intentional re-evocation of Dante, by the way. Meanwhile James continued to write; this made Stanislaus so angry that he resolved to leave his brother for good. However Stanislaus was arrested on suspicion of spying (having been associated with the nascent Italian nationalist movement), and sent to jail for four years. The play ended in 1918, with James now a successful - if still impoverished - author, and Stanislaus released from jail to face an uncertain future. He tried to borrow money off James, but we were well aware that nothing would come of it.   Constructed in the manner of other tales involving great artists and their close-companions/relatives (remember Bennett's Prick Up Your Ears, about Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell), Stannie and Jim showed how writers and other creative personalities are often given tremendous leeway to pursue their work. They might be obnoxious people, but their talent redeems them. By contrast mere mortals have to cope with the day-to-business of survival, a task that frequently proves beyond them.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.


Simon Littlefield Stannie and Jim