“Still after all these years the chemistry of performances in ‘That’ll be the Stardust!’ highlights a beautiful texture throughout some of the writing. Story-wise, it’s quite a colourful journey which flows in a mysterious way across the audio palette.”
– Tony G. Marshall
(“That’ll be the Stardust!” – Lead Voice Actor, Writer, Co-Producer).
“The Making of ‘THAT’LL BE THE STARDUST!'” – Documentary – Part 1:
“The Making of ‘THAT’LL BE THE STARDUST!'” – Documentary – Part 2:
“The following are a selection of audio links to some of the performance highlights of the radio drama production. I thoroughly enjoyed helping to bring to life the characters with the rest of my Cast. It was a labour of love to eventually get this thing off the ground for a job entertainingly well done. Enjoy the chosen scenes for your perusal!”
– Tony G. Marshall
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A well-acted opening scene by Alma and Holly, specially written for the radio drama. You can certainly feel the tension building between Ray Connolly’s characters (originally played by Rosemary Leach and Beth Morris in ‘That’ll be the Day’) – a great chemistry of angst and pleading…
2. JIM MACLAINE FANTASY FLASHBACK SEQUENCE –
Jim (Dominic Connolly), Poetic echoes & “Big Boys Don’t Cry” whispers/demands (Erica Thomas-Lowe & Holly Magrath (Harper)), ‘Moans’, ‘Groans’ and other statements/questions (Madeleine Havell & April Harrison), Poetic Conscience (Tony G. Marshall):
A sequence of artistic beauty with its drug-addled psychedelic mix of poetic sexual overtones set to the music of Alice Cooper’s “Only Women Bleed”. This piece pays homage to Jim Maclaine’s poetry (as written by Ray Connolly for both the film and the novel of ‘That’ll be the Day’). A beautiful performance by 6 of the Cast which features Ray’s son, Dominic as the voice of the hallucinating Jim Maclaine. *Trivia*: Dominic played the young Jimmy Maclaine jr. on screen in ‘Stardust’ (1974)…
3. JIMMY (Tony G. Marshall) & UNCLE TERRY (Richard Ward):
Another scene specially written for the radio drama. It was always a fascinating concept to have Jimmy jr. discussing the legacy of his father with his father’s former best friend, Terry Sutcliffe. Richard Ward delivers a fine performance here as Terry (originally played by Robert Lindsay in ‘That’ll be the Day’) creating an ambience which bites with an undercurrent of reluctance and regret. Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall – Part 1” assists with the haunting reflection of the scene…
4. JIMMY (Tony G. Marshall) & JEANETTE THORPE (Alma Simpson (Reising)):
Another great performance from Alma this time as Jimmy’s mother (originally played by Rosalind Ayres in ‘That’ll be the Day’ and its sequel, ‘Stardust’). Alma captures some of the cynical grit that Jeanette conveyed in the aforementioned sequel movie, but still maintains that certain motherly sweetness when advising her son – a good scene…!
The following six links of performances feature the voice acting talent of MADELEINE HAVELL. Maddie was the first recruit of the production and she is also featured in the ‘Making of…’ Documentary (see 2-part youtube links above at the start of this Showcase). Being one of the youngest members of the Cast at the time, her representation and delivery of approximately 8 characters in the radio drama are a great testament to her natural acting and voice talent – in particular her characterisation of ‘Julie Coleman’ (Jimmy’s girlfriend) and her interpretation of ‘Danielle’ (Jimmy’s father’s girlfriend from ‘Stardust’ originally played by french actress, Ines Des Longchamps). I sincerely hope you like and appreciate what we attempted to define and achieve for our characters in the respective scenes. (Footnote: As of July, 2019 – Madeleine has become a Cast member of “Dea Sancta et Gloria” lyrical prose rock opera production – to be recorded spring, 2020.)
The first meeting between the characters has a unique setting. The chemistry begins to ignite right from the off. Madeleine’s portrayal of ‘Julie’ is perfect foil for Jimmy’s somewhat cheeky nature. She’s nice, approachable and we then discover she can certainly give as good as she gets…!
Tensions mount between Jimmy and Julie when he takes her to visit his Mother’s and Step-father’s house in Scotland – the place where he grew up – when he reveals his locked bedroom full of memorabilia dedicated to his real father, Jim Maclaine. Alarm bells of concern begin to ring with clarity within Julie’s mind. Another great scene as Jimmy’s adult journey now begins to unfold. Julie’s straight-talking, but caring, nature for her man is well-executed by Madeleine which allows Jimmy’s sensitive and vulnerable disposition to be laced with an undercurrent of anger as he confuses Julie’s concern for a lack of understanding…
An opening narrative by Jimmy leads into an explosive scene with Julie as her concern for Jimmy’s mental health and wellbeing reaches its pinnacle. Jimmy is further overwhelmed by what he considers Julie’s lack of knowledge and empathy towards any matter regarding his father. I loved playing out this scene with Madeleine who conveys considerable depth of Julie’s serious concern and frustration. It’s the disturbing aspect of Jimmy’s denial which drives the passions in this scene…
Jimmy’s narrative commences with the revelation of the confirmation of him being in denial with everything regarding his father. However, it would appear that his statement is merely a close-guarded secret between him and his listening audience. Therefore, he is not likely to admit this to anyone publicly. The scene that follows is tinged with irony in the fact that it is set in a brothel in France – could be interpreted as an homage to the sleazy side of his father’s life as a Rock Star (?). A well-acted scene with the writing/dialogue allowing the fun chemistry to ooze between the characters…
Jimmy’s narrative sets the scene beautifully for a more select region of France. We then cut to the actual scene in which Jimmy meets his father’s former girlfriend, Danielle (from “Stardust”(1974)). It’s a most intriguing meet and the nostalgia factor burns like an eternal candle. A touching, heartfelt scene in many ways as Jimmy continues to grasp for every last morsel of information about his father. Maddie as Danielle injects the scene with the correct balance of empathy and understanding toward Jimmy. If you’re a fan of both films then it’s a fascinating listen…
Jimmy’s opening narrative conveys his blasé attitude toward his current lifestyle – displaying considerable arrogance especially toward the opposite sex. Then, his demeanour has a change of heart when his thoughts turn to Julie. An achingly beautiful scene unfolds between the two characters even with the added tension of strong language. At this juncture in the story, Jimmy & Julie had spent a considerable amount of time apart. I would say that this is one of my most favourite scenes of the radio drama because everything about it is beautifully played – including the accompanying musical backdrop of Dire Straits with “Romeo & Juliet”. Madeleine turns in a most natural and quite vulnerable performance and the spark between both characters rekindles to the highest voltage – love it…!
The following two links featuring Holly illustrate two different dynamics of scenes between the characters of Jimmy and Cathy: this first scene (following Jimmy’s cocksure narrative) plays out like something from an old 1930’s or 1940’s romance set to a musical landscape of encapsulating strings and chords. The scene depicts the start of the characters’ affair in which Holly as Cathy demands that Jimmy kiss her again…and again. I never expected Holly’s delivery to lead us into the aforementioned ‘old school’ territory and our Producer obviously heard something in our performances which inspired his choice of instrumental music – Interesting…
12. JIMMY (Tony G. Marshall) & CATHY MENARY (Holly Magrath (Harper)):
This next scene flips the coin on the previous scene following on from Jimmy’s narrative which both Cathy and her daughter’s individual affairs with Jimmy are referred to. Playing out almost Tarantino-esque dialogue, Holly as Cathy owns the proceedings once again as she conveys the seedier side of her lifestyle and therefore making Jimmy somewhat more vulnerable to the situation. Another fascinating dynamic between the characters – well-acted with lots of chemistry abound…
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The complete original independent radio drama of
“THAT’LL BE THE STARDUST!”
is now free to listen to online at the following ‘Cosmic’ link:
Check out the Cast interview for Jim Maclaine’s “Dea Sancta et Gloria” at the following link:
You can now check on the progress of “Dea Sancta et Gloria” as a lyrical prose voice-over rock opera production featuring Tony G. Marshall and Madeleine Havell in
“Dea Diary” at this link here: