Orson Welles, the defining wunderkind of modern entertainment, gets his due in a new biography of his early years – including his first forays in theatre and radio before his groundbreaking move to Hollywood. Read by Jack Klaff
Episode 1: A star is born – in Kenosha.
Episode 2: Orson gets his first professional acting job at the Gate Theatre, Dublin.
Episode 3: A 20 year old white actor from the Midwest is the surprise appointment to direct Macbeth for the Negro Unit.
Episode 4: Until Orson, no one wanted to produce Marc Bernstein’s pro-labour opera The Cradle Will Rock, with its clear left-wing union sympathies. Enthralled with Bernstein, Orson with his partner John Houseman, commit to a Broadway run. But as the hot subject of unionisation rages across the nation, the Federal Theatre Project is made to take drastic action.
Episode 5: Welles and Houseman agree on a Halloween Eve adaptation of The War Of The Worlds. What could possibly go wrong?