Putney Walkabout: Audio Guide
The drama of Buried Alive focuses on the interna-
tionally known artist Priam Farll, who decides to
swap identities with his valet Henry Leek, so that
when the latter dies, Farll begins a new life as his
former servant, ‘burying’ himself in Putney, where
nto a life he marries a middle-class lady and settles i
of domestic bliss at 29 Werter Road. However,
Farll cannot resist the motivation to paint, which
leads to dramatic consequences and discovery.
The guide will be launched during Look Again, this
year’s Wandsworth Arts Festival. Three guided Four historic walks through Putney, and a new walks, lasting between half an hour and an hour and dramatised journey based on Arnold Bennett’s a half, will be offered, all starting at Putney Library 1908 novel Buried Alive will be launched in May at 1.30 pm: 2010, during the Wandsworth Arts Festival. A CD version will be available from the Putney Library nd Sunday 2May: Buried Alive launch. Walk the and an MP3 version, via Wandsworth Borough
walk and meet the author of the dramatisation, Council’s heritage website. The walks are designed
Maria Oshodi. for everyone, but have additional access features to enable visually impaired people to participate. A th Sunday 9May: Putney Library to St Mary’s tactile ‘thermo-map’ will be available from Putney
Church and Putney Bridge. Library, to help orientation for the walk. th Sunday 16May: Putney Library to Putney Bridge The CD contains 3 tracks: Track 1: access infor-
and Embankment. mation for visually impaired walkers; Track 2:
four historic walks from early history to present
Members of the Putney Society will be on hand to times - Putney High Street, Putney Bridge Road,
help guide walkers, but people who are visually tney Embankment and Putney Heath; Track 3: a Pu
impaired should arrive with an escort. dramatised walk based on Arnold Bennett’s novel Buried Alive, set in Edwardian Putney.
The dramatisation is by Maria Oshodi, Artistic Di-
rector of ‘Extant’, the UK’s only theatre company
for visually impaired professionals, and features
Clive Merrison (the headmaster in the film of Alan
Bennett’s The History Boys and a memorable
Sherlock Holmes on BBC radio) as Priam Farll,
together with other local actors Tom Marshall,
Tamara Hinchco, Ronald Markham, and visually
impaired actors Tim Gebbels and Heather Gilmore.
The sound-mixing and design are by Peter Bosher,
who is also visually impaired. It was produced at Wandsworth’s Pocklington Resource Centre by Sue Rolfe, for the Putney Society, with the invalu- Left to right: Michael Relf, Tamara Hinchco, Tom able assistance of Centre Manager Odette Battarel
Marshall, Tim Gebbels with guide dog Lizzie, Alex and sound engineer Michael Relf - and funded by
McConnell, author of dramatised version Maria the National Lottery through Awards for All.
Oshodi with guide dog Penny, Ronald Markham
and Clive Merrison.