“John Lennon’s Last Day”, a dramatic monologue by Irish playwright Stephen Kennedy, will be aired on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday October 8, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00pm BST (2:00pm PST), Kennedy has told the John Lennon Examiner. The show pays tribute to the former Beatle’s 75th birthday, which would have been October 9. The story is told by Liverpool actor Ian Hart, who has played Lennon on three different occasions.
“John Lennon’s Last Day” centers around the day John was killed, December 8, 1980. The story is told through the actor’s narration, accompanied by actual archival recordings of Lennon’s voice and his music, bringing a sense of stunning reality to how Lennon spent his last day, and the things he said during interviews. Ian Hart “guides listeners through the events of that fateful day in forensic detail; his narration is combined with the voice of Lennon himself – both from archive recordings and from the music that made him a legend,” the press release states.
Kennedy wrote the John Lennon Examiner, “This piece is the most complete account of John Lennon’s last day that has ever been presented. It is a work of ‘documentary theatre’. Basically, with the use of a single actor–a narrator–and some very rare audio clips, this piece guides the audience through the strange and tragic events of John Lennon’s last day.”
“John Lennon’s Last Day” illustrates some sad ironies, including John’s own chilling interview that day, saying just hours before his tragic murder: “My work won’t be finished till I’m dead and buried – and I hope that’s a long long time.” The play was formerly presented as part of a three-part production called “The Beatles Show” in Dublin.
Ian Hart says: “There will always be interest and intrigue into every part of his life, and now we take a sensitive look at the incomprehensible day when he was tragically taken from this world too soon.”
Stephen Kennedy says: “I’m delighted to have my first radio drama commissioned by BBC Radio 2 and ecstatic to have Ian Hart performing in it. In my opinion, no actor has ever captured John Lennon’s character better than Ian did in the film Backbeat. He has extraordinary talent.”
Dublin Beatles Festival
The Dublin Beatles Festival, which Kennedy directs, will take place this year November 6th-8th, at Dublin city center. There will be Beatle gigs, films, free events, a table quiz, art, memorabilia and merchandise. Freda Kelly will be at the festival to do a public interview with Tom Dunne at the Grand Social on Sunday, November 8th. Freda worked for The Beatles for 11 years and is the subject of the award-winning documentary “Good Ol’ Freda.”