Pink Floyd's Dark Side LP inspires Aardman – video
Tom Stoppard radio play and animated trailer part of album's 40th anniversary celebrations
AARDMAN ANIMATIONS, the studio behind Wallace and Gromit, has released a trailer for Sir Tom Stoppard's play Darkside, based on Pink Floyd's album Dark Side of the Moon.
The play, which stars Bill Nighy, will air on BBC Radio 2 at 5pm on 26 August. It was commissioned to mark the 40th anniversary of the seminal prog-rock album's release.
Darkside, which also stars Rufus Sewell as the superhero Ethics Man, has been described as a "philosophical comedy", the BBC says.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Front Row, Stoppard said: "I used a lot of the album, well all of it other than the lyrics, as a kind of underscore. I was picking up emotional cues from the music.
"I called [guitarist and singer] David Gilmour and asked: 'Do you mind if I write dialogue on top of your instrumental pieces?', and he said ,'Of course not'."
The broadcast of the play will be advertised by Aardman's eye-popping three-minute trailer, a "montage of disturbing images of a world seemingly on the verge of collapse…" ·