The Homecoming

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By Olga Grushin. After years in New York, Gregory returns to Russia to visit his mother.

Written by Olga Grushin. You can find all of human life at railway stations and Platform 3 is a set of stories inspired by hanging around them. Sweet Talk commissioned three writers to explore the theme: all the places, destinations, thoughts, hopes and fears. The people - or lack of them.

Gregory is a successful New York businessman who has returned to Russia for the first time in many years to visit his mother. He takes a trip out to his mother's dacha in the country and then heads for the local station. He has an urgent plane to catch. Moscow is only two hours away - but only if the train comes. And while he waits, he has a strange encounter...

Olga Grushin was born in Moscow in 1971 and spent her childhood in Moscow and Prague. In 1989 she became the first Soviet citizen to enrol for a full-time degree in the United States while retaining Soviet citizenship. In 2006 she was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers and named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists in 2007. She has published two novels: The Dream Life of Sukhanov (2006) and The Concert Ticket (published in the US as The Line) in April 2010. 'The Homecoming' is her first story for radio. Olga lives in Washington D.C.

Reader: Alan Cox

Producer: Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

20071209

By Harold Pinter.

Electrifying audiences when it was first performed in 1965, The Homecoming has quickly established itself as a modern classic.

In this production for BBC Radio, Pinter himself takes on the role of Max, the head of the Hackney family to which a professor and his wife return one night from America.

There, amongst the shadows of the past and the realities of the present, a compelling drama unfolds.

Max, a man of seventy....Harold Pinter

Lenny, a man in his early thirties....Samuel West

Sam, a man of sixty-three....Michael Gambon

Joey, a man in his middle twenties....James Alexandrou

Teddy, a man in his middle thirties....Rupert Graves

Ruth, a woman in her early thirties....Gina Mckee

20070318

By Harold Pinter.

A new production for BBC Radio 3 of Pinter's play that sees the playwright himself heading up a star cast in the role of Max, the head of the Hackney family to which a professor and his wife return one night from America.

Max, a man of 70....Harold Pinter

Lenny, a man in his early 30s....Samuel West

Sam, a man of 63....Michael Gambon

Joey, a man in his middle 20s....James Alexandrou

Teddy, a man in his middle 30s....Rupert Graves

Ruth, a woman in her early 30s....Gina Mckee

Director Thea Sharrock.