Radio plays written by David Gooderson:
Adapted by David from his stage play (The Killing of Mr Toad). Selected as one of the best radio plays in 1984 by The Daily Telegraph.
When Burma fell to the Japanese in 1942, the only hope of survival was to walk through the Hukawng Valley to India.
We really believe that these British soldiers escorting refugees out of Burma in 1942 are being plagued by swollen rivers, rotting corpses, blistering heat, sucking leeches and malevolent mud.
An effective gripper
David’s stage play about the First World War padre “Woodbine Willie” (War! Lies! And a Packet of Fags!) adapted for radio.
A remarkable play
The Church of England Year Book
It was the virtue of Gooderson’s script that he let us see the chinks of doubt in the armour of certainty.
Tom Gardiner, Church Times
During a terrible storm in January 1917 the Devon fishing village of Hallsands was washed away and its people left homeless. Today only ruins remain beneath the coastal path. This was more than a natural disaster, it is a story of man’s interference with the balance of nature, of private greed and bureaucratic incompetence.
Hector was originally titled So Great a Crime.
Hector Macdonald, a crofter’s son, became a Major-General in the British army and was sent to Ceylon in 1901 as General Officer Commanding. Though married, he was accused of homosexual acts with ‘native’ boys and rather than face a court-martial he shot himself. But was he guilty? Or were the charges pure fabrications inspired by jealousy and class prejudice? The play sifts the facts and comes to an astonishing conclusion.
Highly commended by the BBC audience research panel.
The play was staged in 2013 at the Finborough Theatre, London. Now awarded a substantial grant from Creative Scotland, the play will be going on a national tour in autumn 2015.
David Gooderson's play scripts:
The Wind in the Willows letters by Kenneth Grahame. Facsimile edition with notes and introduction by David Gooderson. Published by Pavilion Books (now an imprint of Anova Books), 1988. Available second-hand via AbeBooks.
A gem of a book
The Sunday Telegraph
David Gooderson's stage play about the rise and downfall of Sir Hector Macdonald, Queen Victoria's favourite general, published by Oberon Books, 2012 (copies available from Oberon Books). Find a synopsis and reviews of the stage play.