by Molly Keane, dramatised by Clare Boylan
Episode one 13th June 2004 at 3.00 pm
Episode two 20th June 2004 at 3.00 pm
Nominated for the Booker Prize in 1981, Molly Keane’s novel is widely regarded as her best work, a classic Irish “big house” drama.
SYNOPSIS: Behind its rich veneer, the estate of Temple Alice is now a crumbling fortress. The aristocratic Anglo-Irish St. Charles family are also sinking into a decaying grace.
To Aroon St. Charles, the plain and self-conscious daughter of the house, the fierce forces of sex, money, jealousy and love seem locked out by the ritual patterns of good behaviour. But crumbling codes of conduct cannot hope to save the members of the St Charles family from their own unruly and inadmissible desires.
Molly Keane (also wrote under the pseudonym MJ Farrell) was born in Co Kildare in 1904. She has been referred to “The Jazz Age Jane Austen”. Her novels include: Devoted Ladies (1934); Full House (1937); Rising Tide (1937); Two Days in Aragon (1941); Red Letter Days (with Snaffles); Loving Without Tears; Good Behaviour (1981); Time after Time (1983); Loving and Giving (1988). Her plays include Ducks and Drakes (1941); Treasure Hunt (1949); Dazzling Prospect (1961); and Spring Meeting (1983). Among her many honours she received a D.Litt. from the National University of Ireland and the University of Ulster. Good Behaviour was short listed for The Booker McConnell Prize in 1981. She was a member of Aosdana and died in 1996.
CAST INCLUDES: Sylvestra Le Touzel (Credits include – Henry IV Part one (RSC), Les Enfants Du Paradis (RSC), Kiss Me Kate, Hearts and Bones, Midsummer Murders, Vanity Fair); Julian Wadham: (Credits include – A Different Loyalty, High Heels and Low Lifes, The English Patient, The Madness of King George, Middlemarch)
Ruth Sheen: (Credits include – All or Nothing, Cheeky, It’s a Great Shame, White Teeth, H.G. Wells, Lorna Doone, Berkeley Square, Holding On, Tom Jones.)
Ciaran McMenamin: (Credits include: Pulling Moves, Bollywood Queen, Sunday, Beating Jesus, David Copperfield, A Rap at the Door, Any Time Now, Young Person’s Guide to becoming a Rock Star)
Jonathan Firth: (Credits include: Victoria & Albert, In the Beginning, Far from the Madding Crowd, Henry IV, Middlemarch, Breed of Heroes.)
Tina Kellegher: (Credits include: Baldi (R4), Sinners, Ballykissangel, In the Name of the Father, The Hostage.)
Gerard Murphy: (Credits include: Heartbeat, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Vanity Fair, The Governor II, Waterworld)
James Greene: (Credits include: The Statement, Charles II, William and Mary, What a Girl Wants, The Prince and the Pauper.)
Pat Laffan: (Credits include: Intermission, The General,An Awfully Big Adventure, Durango, Eastenders.)
Nuala O’Neil: (Credits include: Rebel Heart, Eureka Street, I was the Cigarette Girl, Titanic Town.)
Kids: Hannah R Gordon & Daniel Price (Both have acted in various radio productions for BBCR4 and RTE).