Sarah's music was quite wonderful in its range of qualities: its ability to conjure period (and to subvert it when needed); to quickly establish and change mood and atmosphere; to tell and develop story; to be subtle when needed, as well as bold and intelligent; to be always melodic, distinctive and memorable; and more besides.
Andy Jordan, theatre director and producer, radio drama director
Charles Dickens’ ghost story, The Signalman, adapted for BBC radio drama. First broadcast on Christmas Day.
Strains of Victorian parlour music, ghostly refrains and dark musical soundscapes.
The Signalman was a very inspiring and collaborative project to compose for. I created a multi layered score incorporating strings, waterphone, musical saw, piano, harp, electronics and tuned glass.
Dickens' The Signalman Theme And Variations
Cast & Creatives
Director: Andy Jordan
Adaptation: Jonathan Holloway
Composer: Sarah Llewellyn
Sound Design: David Thomas
Production Co-ordinators: Sarah Tombling and Sarah Wright
The Signalman – Samuel West
The Visitor – James Purefoy
Mrs Carter – Sally Orrock
Train Driver – Nicholas Murchie
Strings, musical saw and waterphone performed by Francesca Simmons
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4
Jonathan Holloway’s fresh adaptation of Dickens’ popular eerie short story was broadcast on Christmas Day.
The Visitor on a recuperative walking holiday in the Sussex countryside happens upon a solitary signalman in a dank, icy cold railway cutting where the sun never shines, and unexpectedly finds himself part of a spooky tale of spectral, supernatural occurrences. At the centre of it is the railway tunnel with its hellish mouth, humming telegraph wires infused with the voice of prehistoric evil, an environment full of dread in which it is difficult to tell night from day, a constantly startled railway signalman, and The Visitor who is driven to ask more and more questions – all of which receive alarming answers