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Indie produces drama for Indy

Independent production firm Made in Manchester made a new radio drama for The Independent newspaper, a play about Hollywood actor Rock Hudson.

'Rock' is part of an ongoing experiment between the the company and the paper and was launched this week to mark World AIDS Day.

It’s 25 years since Hollywood actor Rock Hudson was lost to AIDS, so Made in Manchester adapted Tim Fountain’s critically acclaimed stage play about him, for radio.

Executive Producer Ashley Byrne says: "Rock Hudson was the first really famous person to be struck down by HIV and AIDS. He was also gay and remained in the closet all the way up to his death in 1985. Hollywood actors found it difficult to be open about their sexuality and Rock Hudson’s career was perpetually under threat from Confidential Magazine."

Writer and Director Tim Fountain added: "It's great to be able to turn a theatre play that could be seen by only a few thousand people into something that literally millions of people can download and listen to where and when they want for nothing. This is a unique initiative and it's great to be a part of it."

The drama's available to [link=http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/features/independent-drama-podcast-rock-2147767.html]listen to online[/link] on The Independent's website.

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