- Comedy Drama
- BBC Radio 3
- Russ Abbot, Harriet Walter, Allan Corduner, Emily Bruni and Hugh Ross
- Annie Caulfield
- Marilyn Imrie
- Gordon Kennedy
A play that imagines a day when Tommy Cooper met absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco. It could have happened.
It's a sunny morning in Paris, 1975, and in the throes of a paranoia laced drunken spree, Tommy Cooper may not be in the best place to enter Eugene Ionesco's world, where events have the logic of a dream, where people don't tell the truth or even know what it is and where mysterious and brutal threats are always close. Survivor of Nazis and Stalinists, in permanent exile from his native Romania, Ionesco was always drawn to anarchic comedy as the only way to express the world. His plays generate emotion rather than obvious meaning because he felt life was too unstable to mean very much. Ionesco and Tommy Cooper's world views collide with surprising results, concluding that laughter is often the only real revolution we have left.
A play that waltzes us through thoughts about the state of the world, how to make a salt pot disappear, and how to travel on imaginary motorbikes, as Cooper and Ionesco ask the question: Is comedy just business, escapism or is it for the soul?
- First broadcast
- Sunday 18th September 2011 at 8:30pm on BBC Radio 3
- Episode length
- 90 minutes
- All previous repeats
- Sunday 22nd January 2017 at 4:00am on Radio 4 Extra
- Saturday 21st January 2017 at 4:00pm on Radio 4 Extra
- Saturday 21st January 2017 at 6:00am on Radio 4 Extra