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Darwin Correspondence Project

'Emma' audio play

It is midday on the day of Charles Darwin’s funeral: Wednesday 26 April 1882. Emma Darwin has stayed home at Down House. She is seated at the piano and lifts the lid.

Petra Markham and Nicholas Le Prevost recording at Down House


By Craig Baxter



Charles Darwin   . . . . .   Nicholas Le Prevost

Emma Darwin     . . . . .   Petra Markham

Frank                  . . . . .   Will Howard

Bessy                  . . . . .   Dolores Carbonari


Pianist                 . . . . .     Alison Doubleday


Sound by Maria Nolan

Directed and Produced by Fiona McAlpine


Executive Producer for the Darwin Correspondence Project: Francis Neary


Recorded on location at Darwin's home, Down House, Kent (English Heritage), with many thanks to Olivia Fryman and the staff there


An Allegra Production for the Darwin Correspondence Project

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