Speech radio is ‘bad at abstraction’, Frances Byrnes believes. But with imagination, verve and the example of the finest dance writers to draw on, a radio broadcast could capture even that least verbal of performing arts, ballet. Couldn’t it? That was the task Byrnes set herself when she set out to dramatise Stravinksy and Balanchine’s 1928 ballet Apollo.
Living at the edge of the sea, Dermot Healy tested himself against the limits and boundaries the world threw in front of his life and writing. Fascinated by this brinkmanship, Frances Byrnes went to Sligo to make a radio programme about the poet. But the recording was hijacked by an encounter with a dying lamb. Should they rescue the lamb or leave him be? Tempt fate, or steal it?