Show 233: Why Don’t You Go Home? by Cathryn Morgan Richards

“Why don’t you go home?” by sound artist Cathryn Morgan-Richards tells the Crowhurst story in the form of a radio documentary.
Donald Crowhurst set sail from Teignmouth, South Devon UK, in the autumn of 1968 on a non-stop round-the-world sailing race in his trimaran ‘Teignmouth Electron’. One of nine competitors, Crowhurst saw his initial high hopes for fame and glory dashed when lack of time, a poorly equipped boat and inexperience all conspired against him. With the realisation that neither he nor the boat were up to the trip came desperation, which led to a faked voyage, a breakdown and ultimately his death.

“Why don’t you go home?” by sound artist Cathryn Morgan-Richards tells the Crowhurst story in the form of a radio documentary, through the accounts of people local to Teignmouth who were in some way witness to what happened. With a backdrop of soundscapes taken from the Teign Estuary, the piece combines spoken voices with an underlying musicality, blurring the boundary between documentary and sonic art.

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