The Elephant’s Foot
BBC Radio 4; May 1994
Producer: Janet Whitaker
A piano. A clarinet. An impossible dream. Jo is an impressionable young orphan with a love of music – a boy, as he jokes, with no mother and ‘only half a father’. Melissa is the daughter of a millionaire whose wealth is built on a string of slightly unsavoury business interests in Africa. Only the most outrageous fortune could throw them both together on the expedition of a lifetime. An experience that will change them both forever. The Elephant’s Foot is a darkly comic exploration of the ivory trade in Africa. Narrated by Alex Jennings as Joseph, the play tells a story of first love, last rites, and confusing passions.
Starring Alex Jennings and Teresa Gallagher, The Elephant’s Foot was the first of Tim’s plays to explore an ecological theme.
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