AUDIO: David Tennant Stars In The Beach Of Falesa
As part of BBC Radio 4's Robert Louis Stevenson season, David Tennant stars in the first of two adaptations of stories from the Scottish writer's collection South Sea Tales. David takes on the role of Wiltshire in a new production of Stevenson's classic novella The Beach Of Falesa, which is broadcast as part of the miniseries Terror In The South Seas. The tale was written by Stevenson after he settled on the island of Samoa.
David Tennant stars as Wiltshire, a trader freshly arrived on a Samoan Island. He marries a native girl, only to find himself tabooed by the rest of the inhabitants.
At the height of his powers, Stevenson tackled the most pressing theme on the islands - the vicious effects of colonialism including slavery, racism, sexual exploitation and the conflict between traditional and modern values. The subjects are as vivid today as in 1894, and these compelling and violent stories feature some of the most driven, dangerous and obsessive characters in fiction. Joseph Conrad drew on these novellas for Heart of Darkness.
David Tennant - Wiltshire
Adjoa Andoh - Uma
Dan Mullane - Case
Nigel Cooke - Captain Randal and The Sea Captain
Theo Fraser-Steele - Tarleton and Galuchet