Kerry Shale: The Hook on BBC Radio 4

Date - 16 October, 2015, All News Radio
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Kerry Shale plays Sleeper in the world broadcast premiere of Arthur Miller’s unproduced screenplay The Hook which tells the story of a 1950s Brooklyn longshoreman who is fired for standing up to his corrupt union boss, but decides to fight back by standing for union president. The Hook broadcasts on Saturday 17th October at 2:30pm on BBC Radio 4. Kerry stars alongside David Suchet, Nigel Lindsay and Tim Pigott Smith.

1951. The Brooklyn Docks. Dawn. Hundreds of longshoreman queue in line to see if they’re going to be given a counter and picked for work in that day’s gang. It’s dangerous work, but with a hierarchy of corrupt union bosses all taking backhanders above them, they have no option but to accept.

The Hook is part of a season of radio adaptations of unproduced screenplays by the major authors of the 20th century – including Harold Pinter, Arthur Miller, Orson Welles and Ernest Lehman.

Arthur Miller developed the script for The Hook with Elia Kazan and it was on the trip to LA to pitch it to Harry Cohn at Columbia Studios that he met Marilyn Monroe for the first time. Cohn asked Miller to change the script and turn the corrupt union bosses into communists. Miller refused and the screenplay was shelved. He and Kazan then fell out over Kazan’s testimony to McCarthy’s House of Un-American Activities Committee. Kazan went on to make On The Waterfront and Miller wrote A View From The Bridge, essentially reworkings of The Hook.

This radio adaptation is directed by Adrian Noble.

Overview

Kerry has worked at The National Theatre, The Almeida, Hampstead, The Donmar Warehouse, Riverside Studios, The Gate and The Royal Court. In Edinburgh, he wrote and performed six solo shows at The Traverse, The Assembly Rooms and The Pleasance. West End work includes The Normal Heart and Frost/Nixon.

His film credits began with Barbra Streisand’s Yentl. Other early films include Little Shop of Horrors. Kerry has a long association with acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom: Jude, Welcome to Sarajevo, Code 46 and Genova. Recent films include Moonwalkers, Show Dogs.

Early TV credits ranged from Ronnie Corbett’s godson in Sorry! to Mr Beaver in BBC’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Recent work includes Undercover, New Tricks and Mr Selfridge, as well as The Trip, Life’s Too Short, Not Going Out, Dali & Cooper, Dr Who, and Steven Poliakoff’s Gideon’s Daughter.

For BBC Radio, Kerry has acted in hundreds of plays including his own adaptations of Dr Strangelove and A Confederacy of Dunces. He has been the voice of Bill Bryson and Woody Allen, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mark Twain. Book of the Week readings include Nilsson’s biography and Philip Glass’s memoirs.

His many animation voices include Gnasher in Dennis and Gnasher, Sir Topham Hatt (The Fat Controller) in Thomas and Friends (USA) and Diesel in Thomas and Friends (UK). He plays dozens of characters in the BAFTA and Emmy-winning series The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network).

He has read many audio books, including all the Jack Reacher thrillers by Lee Child.

AWARDS

London Fringe Awards: Best One Person Show TMA/British Regional Theatre Awards Nomination: Best Actor Perrier Awards: Pick of the Fringe (Edinburgh) Sony Radio Awards: Acting and Writing Writers’ Guild Awards: Best Radio Dramatisation UK and USA Audio Book Awards: Performer of the Year Audible Sounds of Crime Awards: Reader of the Year

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