|About the Book|
David Rudkin employs a variety of techniques in crafting a radio play that is a kalliedoscope of history, biography, and symbolism. Roger Casement was hung for treason by the British in 1916, convicted of treason. A British diplomat turned Irish nationalist, Casement lead a remarkable and controversial life, ending with his attempt to secure an independent Ireland in a deal with the Germans at the height of the first world war. This play dramatizes his remarkable story, from his early days advocating for better treatment for natives in the colonies, to the exhumation of his body and his posthumous return to Ireland.Rudkins play does not shrink from the controversy, and no doubt was seen as even more provocative in the 1970s when it was written and broadcast on BBC Radio. It remains one of the cornerstone achievements in modern radio drama.Sadly, this play was only published once by the BBC, and has been out of print ever since.