Holy Mountain

THE CRAZY LOCOMOTIVE

The Crazy Locomotive

Live radio drama broadcast on Resonance FM,
This is a violent comedy that takes place
on a speeding train, driven at apocalyptic speeds
by two master criminals who are trying to bring
about God’s final judgement.
Written by Stanislaw Witkiewicz in 1923,
it’s an anti futuristic rampage that lampoons the glorification of action, speed and technology.

It also contains improvised interventions
by Roddy Maude-Roxby as well as ingenious and
spectacular sound created by Dan Jones.

Witkiewicz, or ‘Witkacy’, was a Polish dramatist,
painter, philosopher, aesthete and prodigious drug-taker whose work challenged conventions
in all art forms and was a precursor of, among other
things — the Theatre of the Absurd and the
Beat Movement.

At the heart of this play are two interlocking elements
— one is a metaphysical transportation,
a yearning for self-knowledge and the mystery of existence – the other is a rampantly violent,
sexual and destructive physical energy.
The two go hand in hand, gripping each other with
wide-eyed glee as the throttle is forced open and the
Crazy Locomotive thunders down the tracks.

This is not radio drama as we know it.
It’s a live experiment involving audio gunpowder,
theatrical amphetamines, questionable
techniques and dirty tools.

Total duration: 60 minutes
Click at top of the page to hear 4 minutes of excerpts

CAST: NICK CHAMBERS, PATRICK DRIVER,
NADIA MORGAN, RODDY MAUDE-ROXBY,
ANIA TOMASZEWSKA-NELSON, GAIL SIXSMITH.
SOUND COMPOSITION: DAN JONES
ADDITIONAL LIVE MIX: PAUL CARLIN
SPOT ARTIST: TOM ESPINER
SOUND ENGINEERING: ALISDAIR MCGREGOR
DIRECTOR: BOZ TEMPLE-MORRIS