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by Deborah Clair
'Trust the dreams for in them is hidden the gate to eternity'...Khalil Gibran
Best Beloved is the true story of Rudyard Kipling's near fatal visit to America in 1899. From the outset nothing goes smoothly as the whole family is struck down by illness. The most serious cases are that of Kipling and his first born, best beloved, Josephine.
Martha, a young stenographer, is called in to type notes on Kipling's fevered dreams. The action moves between the media chaos of the writer's hotel and from inside one of Kipling's hallucinations, as he imagines he's trapped inside a whale.
A tale of love and loss, inspired by the Just-So Stories and archived records of Kipling's dreams.
Best Beloved by Deborah Clair
an audio performance
Directed by Tim Marriott
Produced by Nicholas Collett
Martha Pitcher - Deborah Clair
Rudyard Kipling - Tim Marriott
Dr Conland - Daniel Bennett
Caroline Kipling - Lucy Dent
Frank Doubleday - Nicholas Collett
Josephine Kipling - Esme Bennett
Josephine Dunham - Niamh Bennett
Other parts played by members of the cast