By John Arden Based on the Memoirs And Confessions Of Captain Ashe, John Arden's new play, especially written for Radio 3, charts the picaresque journey of a gentleman vagabond Irishman over three continents.
From his early days among the impoverished Irish gentry in 1787 to his exile in FRANCE in 1815, we follow Thomas Ashe's desire for 'the main chance'.
Not only as a soldier in the Napoleonic Wars but also as clerk, tradesman, teacher, plagiarist, sailor, murderer, embezzler, impersonator, explorer, political propagandist, hack journalist, blackmailer, writer and lover! Until eventually he has to confront the full force of the government's wrath.
Thomas Ashe....Aidan McArdle Lord Lieutenant/PresidentJefferson/Sir John Johnstone....David Calder Ashe's Father/ Lord Edward Fitzgerald/Blagdon....Jim Norton Jonathan/ Gerry Smith/Corcoran....Colum Convey Melanie/Faveen/Ellen....Rakie Ayola Cleopatra/Angelica/Peeress....Marcella Riordan Directed by Roland Jaquarello.