The Erpingham Camp

BBC Radio 3 comedy drama set at a 1960s summer camp. 1 episode in 2017. Stars Robert Daws, Jonjo O'Neill, Kerry Gooderson, Samuel James and others.

The Erpingham Camp

Farce by Joe Orton loosely adapting the ancient Roman play The Bacchae by Euripides

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio 3
Robert Daws, Jonjo O'Neill, Kerry Gooderson, Samuel James, Charlie Clements, Sarah Ridgeway, Tom Forrister, Sanchia McCormack and others
Joe Orton
Mary Peate

Recorded as part of the BBC's Gay Britannia season, this is the first of two plays forming "Crimes of Passion", a double-bill of Joe Orton plays (the other being The Ruffian On The Stair) recorded in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre to mark the 50th anniversary of Orton's death, plus an interview with Kenneth Cranham, a close friend of Orton's who played several key roles in his plays.

The Erpingham Camp is Orton's rambunctious farce re-imagining The Bacchae, an ancient Roman play Euripides, with Orton's version set in a 1960s holiday camp. The visitors to the camp begin to rebel against the rule of the camp's ruthless manager Erpingham.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 2nd July 2017 on BBC Radio 3 at 9pm
Episode length
1 hour

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