Listen to Shaun Evans in BBC Radio Drama: Marais and The Soul of the Termite (6th February 2021)

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Below is a recording of the radio drama, Marais and The Soul of the Termite, starring Shaun Evans.

The recording can be found on the BBC website but of course one has to sign up to the BBC website to hear it. I have created this recording for those who do not wish to sign up to the BBC and for those who are outside the UK and cannot get access to it. Of course all copyright is held by the BBC and A Perfectly Normal productions.

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Enjoy the drama.

Shaun Evans (ITV’s Endeavour) plays the naturalist and poet Eugene Marais in Mike Walker’s mesmerising play about bereavement and ‘the bigger picture’. Directed by David Morley.

Eugene Marais was a South African lawyer, naturalist and poet who virtually single-handedly created the scientific study of animal behaviour. Ignored or traduced during his lifetime, he is now lauded – by Robert Ardrey and Richard Dawkins amongst many others.

He spent three years in the wild observing apes for a classic work, The Soul of the Ape. His masterpiece is The Soul of the White Ant, a passionate and hugely accessible study of termites, an enthralling journey into an alien and yet ultimately familiar world which he evokes with startling vividness. Originally a series of articles published in 1923, they were plagiarised by the Belgian Nobel Prize-winning writer Maurice Maeterlinck, who published Termites, an almost line for line transcription of Marais’ work. Marais tried to get recompense or even acknowledgement but was unable to prevail against the world-famous writer.

In 1936, Marais was found dead of a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Cast:
EUGENE MARAIS – SHAUN EVANS
DAHON – LUCY DOYLE
MAETERLINCK – PHILIP FRANKS
LETTIE – ALEXANDRA GUELFF
MABELEL – BESSIE ASHLEY
WALTER & LALELE – JUDE OWUSU
PIET & KRUGER – PETER NOBLE

Sound design: Tom Maggs

Writer: Mike Walker
Producer/ Director: David Morley
Executive Producer: Dirk Maggs

Original Music by Chris O’Shaughnessy
Pianist, Paddy McDonald

Image of Shaun Evans by Faye Thomas

A Perfectly Normal production for BBC Radio 4

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Author: Chris Sullivan

Up until a few years ago I was my mum's full time carer. She died last year of Covid. I am now about to start my third year year at Edinburgh University studying for a second degree this one being English Literature. My other degree is in Ecological Science. At the moment I am attempting to write a novel.

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