The Devil's Music

Three plays by Alan Plater, inspired by the women's jazz arcHIVe.

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01Roll Jordan Roll2001080820070627 (BBC7)
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When Megan keeps playing a mystery melody in rehearsals, she turns musical detective.

When Megan keeps playing a mystery melody in rehearsals for a jazz festival, she turns musical detective.

Stars Rakie Ayola.

An anthem for emancipated slaves? Or a comic song about pork pies? Megan seeks the meaning of an old tune.

An anthem for emancipated slaves? Or a comic song about pork pies? Megan finds the meaning of a tune which goes way back.

Jazz musician Megan keeps playing a certain melody - but where does it come from? The trail leads back to the 1880s and the visit to Swansea of a choir of emancipated slaves.

With Rakie Ayola, Margaret John, Helen Griffin and Don Warrington, and composer and guitarist Paula Gardiner.

Directed by Alison Hindell

When Megan keeps playing a mystery melody, she plays musical detective.

Alan Plater's play with Rakie Ayola and Margaret John.

Alan Plater drama with Rakie Ayola and Margaret John.

When Megan keeps playing a mystery melody in rehearsals, she turns musical detective.

When Megan keeps playing a mystery melody in rehearsals for a jazz festival, she turns musical detective. Stars Rakie Ayola.

02The Great Pork Pie Mystery2001081520070628 (BBC7)
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Megan's tuneful quest continues as her research into the pork pie melody takes her into family history.

Megan's quest continues as her research into the 'pork pie' melody takes her into family history.

Jazz musician Megan is tracing the history of a melody she can't stop playing.

Perhaps the answer lies in the Kohinoor Tearoom, Swansea, in the 1920s?

Megan's continues her research into the pork pie melody, looking into her family history.

Musical detective Megan's mystery tune quest leads her to a 1920s Swansea Tearoom.

Alan Plater drama with Rakie Ayola.

Musical detective Megan's mystery melody quest leads her to a 1920s Swansea tearoom.

Stars Rakie Ayola and Margaret John.

Musical detective Megan's mystery melody quest leads her to a 1920s Swansea tearoom. Stars Rakie Ayola and Margaret John.

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The tale of Megan's melody reaches its revelatory conclusion, as the trail leads back to Loudin's family history.

Jazz musician Megan is tracing the past of a melody she cannot stop playing, and her journey comes full circle when her grandmother arranges a surprise.

Musical detective Megan's mystery tune quest comes full circle.

Musical detective Megan's mystery tune quest comes full circle - thanks to a surprise.

Alan Plater's play with Rakie Ayola.

Alan Plater drama with Rakie Ayola.

Musical detective Megan's mystery melody quest comes full circle when she gets a surprise.

Stars Rakie Ayola.

Musical detective Megan's mystery melody quest comes full circle when she gets a surprise. Stars Rakie Ayola.