Dangerous Visions is a season of dramas and readings that present uneasy reflections of the future, mixing sci-fi classics with brand new writing and a strong line-up of acting talent. (…)
(Source: BBC Radio 4 – Dangerous Visions)
Starring Pippa Haywood and Andrew Gower
Lucian (Andrew Gower) has a vocabulary that is limited to a core 1500 words, but Clara (Pippa Haywood) wants to teach him those that are forbidden. A dystopian love story about the power of words, set in a near future where the language spoken is Globish – a reduced version of English.
The OED lists 171,476 English words in current use. The average adult native English speaker has an active vocabulary of about 35,000 – 50,000 words. But studies suggest our vocabularies are shrinking.
Globish is a real international business language, developed in 2004, made up of the most common 1500 English words. It is designed to promote international communication in the global economy. ‘Speak’ imagines a future in which Globish has become the official language.
A gripping two-hander about the power of words; how words – and even more, the absence of words – can control, confine, leach emotion and trap minds.
Directed by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production.
(Source: BBC 4 Radio – Speak)
Director James Robinson shared this Radio Times article about “Speak” on Twitter.
Listen to this excerpt from “Speak”, in which Andrew recites Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 130.