Echo Point

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While renovating an old spa, a husband unleashes sounds that goad his wife into action.

By Louis Nowra

A couple arrive at an old hotel in the Blue Mountains - a breathtakingly dramatic beauty spot in New South Wales. Gavin has come to work on the renovations. The building used to be a Victorian spa. He has brought his wife Esther for a holiday hoping that the she will find the setting restorative.

Esther a pianist, hasn't played for a while but she noodles away on the piano in the hotel ballroom and a strange tune comes to her. Esther becomes convinced that the music has something to do with strange sounds and voices that she begins to hear in different parts of the old building. As her husband and his team hack away at the walls and find the inner rooms of the old spa, Esther discovers secrets that help her to feel more vital and to take control.

All other parts played by members of the cast.

Music Composed by Stewart D'Arrietta and performed by Carollyn Eden.

Technical production: David McCarthy and Peregrine Andrews.

Produced and Directed by Judith Kampfner.

A Corporation for Independent Media Production for BBC Radio 4.

AD20120731

While renovating an old spa, a husband unleashes sounds that goad his wife into action.

By Louis Nowra

A couple arrive at an old hotel in the Blue Mountains - a breathtakingly dramatic beauty spot in New South Wales. Gavin has come to work on the renovations. The building used to be a Victorian spa. He has brought his wife Esther for a holiday hoping that the she will find the setting restorative.

Esther a pianist, hasn't played for a while but she noodles away on the piano in the hotel ballroom and a strange tune comes to her. Esther becomes convinced that the music has something to do with strange sounds and voices that she begins to hear in different parts of the old building. As her husband and his team hack away at the walls and find the inner rooms of the old spa, Esther discovers secrets that help her to feel more vital and to take control.

All other parts played by members of the cast.

Music Composed by Stewart D'Arrietta and performed by Carollyn Eden.

Technical production: David McCarthy and Peregrine Andrews.

Produced and Directed by Judith Kampfner.

A Corporation for Independent Media Production for BBC Radio 4.

While renovating an old spa hotel, a husband unleashes sounds and echoes which provoke his wife. She has been recovering from a mental breakdown but gradually becomes animated, alert, curious and intent on uncovering a mystery embedded in the walls of the old mansion.

Celebrated Australian author Louis Nowra sets his ghost story in a creaky rattling building with a labyrinth of rooms.

On top of the misty isolated Blue Mountains, outside Sydney, stands the former glorious hotel overlooking a cliff, which creates a constant echo.

Inside Gavin, a renovator, is tearing down walls and discovering rooms of contraptions once used to cure women with nervous afflictions. His marriage to Esther is in trouble and he hopes this trip may help her calm down. For some time Esther, a brilliant pianist, has avoided touching a piano, but in the ballroom she discovers a piano as damaged as she is. As past and present merge, Esther takes control of her life. But is she becoming saner or more unhinged?

Louis Nowra has had his work translated into over ten languages. 'Echo Point' and Nowra's sister-play for Radio 4, 'The Wedding in Venice', were recorded in Australia with same cast of Sydney theatre actors.

Music Composed by Stewart D'Arrietta.