Pink Floyd Radio Play Gets an Animated Trailer
Sir Tom Stoppard's original drama, written for the 40th anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon, gets a very modern trailer

Sydney Morning Herald, 22 August 2013
By Peter Vincent

A couple of weeks back we told you about the BBC radio play inspired by Pink Floydís stoner-rock masterpiece, Dark Side of the Moon, which turned 40 this year.

Sir Tom Stoppard, a long-time Floyd fan, has transformed the Pink Floyd classic into an original drama, written around the bandís landmark recording, which draws upon the bandís themes of greed, corruption and mental disintegration.

I invented a little story in the spirit of the album, taking a cue as to what level of reality this story might be on.

Stoppard, whose plays include 'Arcadia' and 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead', unveiled 'Darkside' early this month, featuring tracks from the album, including Money, Breathe and Brain Damage, which are woven into the hour-long play, featuring a cast including Bill Nighy and Rufus Sewell.

Now Aardman Animations has released a mind-bending three minute video teaser for the ' play, 'Darkside', which debuts on BBC2 on Monday 10pm UK time.

Yes a video, to plug a radio program. Yes, a video made by Aardman, better known for the decidedly uncomplicated 'Wallace and Gromit'.

Sir Tom described the play, which stars Bill Nighy and Rufus Sewell, as a "philosophical comedy".

"I didn't try to make a story that was the album writ large in any way," he told BBC Radio 4. "I invented a little story in the spirit of the album, taking a cue as to what level of reality this story might be on."


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