Ivan and the Dogs
Occasionally I am engaged by a radio play, this one had me parked up for the final 15 minutes. Yes, I can get it on iPlayer, but I enjoyed it on its first outing (I think).
Dickensian, gripping, magic, visual and dramatic.
If I had the means to buy the film rights I'd get them in the bag tonight. This is one for Warner Brothers (does that diminish it). I hope not.
Hatti Naylor's play directed by Paul Dodgson. A Peer Production for BBC. 14h30 Thursday 21st October 2010.
From the BBC iPlayer podcast blurb:
Based on the extraordinary true story of a boy adopted by a pack of wild dogs on the streets of Moscow.
Ivan Mishukov walked out of his drunken, arguing parents flat aged 4 and went to live on the streets of Moscow. There he was adopted by a pack of wild dogs and with them he spent two winters on the streets. When the play begins Ivan is now 11 and has never told anyone of his time with the dogs until one night his foster mother promises another dog if he will tell his story.
The story takes us though the backstreets of Moscow at a time when the idea of life itself was being devalued and where we meet glue-sniffing children who fight for their territory in underground sewers and drunks who will freeze to death in the winter. Amidst this human catastrophe Ivan learns that only his dogs can really be trusted and embarks on an extraordinary relationship of mutual need.
Credits: Ivan: Tom Glenister Cellist: Sarah Moody
Go listen while you can.
Simple, engaging, moving, relevant ...
and if you have children (an 11 year old boy at some stage helps) and have or have had aa dog, you'll love it.
Which probably explains why it caught my attention ... narrowcasting like a rifle at the man with a 12 year old son and a 2 year old nonsense of a fluffy white dog.
(If you are going to write, know your audience, for radio, this is a single person. Is this not the case with all stories? )
Is this not valid for any kind of communication?