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Afternoon Play: Referee by Nick Perry, starring Andrew Scott
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Andrew Scott winning the 2011 BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Supporting Actor in Referee.

Referee was broadcast on Radio 4 again yesterday which means that it is now available on the BBC iPlayer to listen to anytime over the next 7 days.

Cut and pasted from the BBC website:

Referee: Nick Perry's claustrophobic drama set in the world of top-flight sport.

Geoff is a football referee at the top of his profession. But after a controversial game, he's heavily criticised and dropped from the upcoming Cup Final. Geoff's frustration builds and his scruples are soon tested.

Andrew Scott's performance as Walter Koch won the 2011 BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Follow the link for the full details and to listen to it on iPlayer:

Raks's Review

I have just listened to it. I don't "do" radio (I have had to create a radio tag specially for this play!), and I don't "do" sport at all, but I still enjoyed the play and could follow the story. The story is not really about sport; it is about temptation, and at what price you compromise on your integrity and sell your soul to the devil. Andrew Scott plays Walter Koch who is, effectively, the devil in this piece.

Recommended. Listen whilst you still have the opportunity!

King James Version (KJV)
Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

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Ah, Andrew Scott, now that's an actor I would definitively like to see on stage. He is so amazing in "Sherlock" that I wish to see more of him! :)

OMG! Andrew Scott!

I have been lucky enough to see him on stage in two productions - Design for Living at the Old Vic and Emperor and Galilean at the National (I saw that way too many times to admit to and it is actually one of my favourite productions at the National EVER). Andrew was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, as Craig on Strictly Come Dancing would say, in both.

With Emperor and Galilean he was playing the Emperor Julian and was on stage non-stop for pretty much the whole play which had a staggering runtime of 3 and a half hours! Julian (ie Andrew) was in every scene. I actually think (although this may be treason) that Andrew should have won Best Actor not Benedict in all the awards this year as his performance as the Emperor Julian was quite simply mind-blowing. If nothing else, the sheer stamina required to be on stage for 3 and a half hours where he went through the whole range of emotions was phenomenal. Anyway, as usual, when talking about Emperor and Galilean, I have gone off on one!

The good news is that, whilst I have no insider information on this at all, I am 99% certain that Andrew will be back on the London stage at some point this year - just don't know what or when or where!

By the way, what's with the "oh no you don't!" on the avatar - am I being really thick?

Argh argh, I should have mentioned that I can't resist to a great ply myself! And the way you speak about Emperor and Galilean makes me want to watch it too now!
(luckily I don't live in London, I would be broke by now, haha)

I always find it very interesting to see actors on TV and then on stage (not the other way round, as I find it more difficult to get used to them). I've noticed that when I find an actor brilliant on TV, I'm simply amazed by him on stage!

Also, the good thing about plays is that even if you go and see it a hundred times, it will still be different every time, unlike a movie! ^^

But now I'll seriously pay attention and check when Andrew Scott is coming back on the London stage, it's been ages since I didn't come over anyway (last time was for "Frankenstein", but guess what? It was just when Benedict was sick... Luckily I like Johnny Lee Miller a LOT so it wasn't a waste! And I had watched the world-live-broadcast of the play so it's as if I saw it with him for real too ;))

(The avatar was actually for me! I always get very excited about theatre talks, it was my own way of telling myself: oh, no, not again! :)))

When you next come to England, if you want to see Emperor and Galilean, you can do so for free at the National Theatre Archive.

The Archive is here:

You just have to contact them, get them to book you in on a particular day, and then you can just go and see it for free:

Hope that helps!

You can also watch Frankenstein again, and After the Dance (I did not much like After the Dance!).

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