Alexander and Tobias Royall: two brothers. One smuggles tea to New England ports on his ships to avoid paying an unjust tax. The other is a prominent lawyer who supports the crown. One resides in Royall House East, the other in Royall House West. Both have wives and children who also have their various political beliefs. While the colonies of New England are on the precipice of revolution against the crown, the Royall family is about to explode with a revolution within the walls of their homes. Who can be trusted? Brothers, sisters, house servants, and townspeople are all shrouded in a cloud of suspicion, mystery, murder, and betrayal. The award-winning Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air presents this full-cast audio drama complete with sound effects and an original music score.
Executive producer: Mark Vander Berg
Produced by M.J. Cogburn
Music by Jeffrey Gage
Written and directed by Jerry Robbins
Royall House contains mild adult language. Parental discretion is advised.
Cover illustration by Jeff Hayes
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GREAT HISTORY; MAXI-DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY!
I have and love almost all of the historical dramas by CRP. Royall House offers excellent insight into the prejudice, secrets and tensions during the lead up to our REVOLUTIONARY WAR through the personages of Royall House: Tobias Royall, barrister or attorney, the elder, more balanced in viewpoint, though taking the conservative, Tory, support the King even if he's wrong line versus Alexander Royall, an intelligent but fierce very successful ship's captain who detests the lack of courtesy by the King in imposing taxes on the India tea import without getting the Colonial's feedback first. He himself is
dodging the now unpopular India tea by smuggling Dutch tea; however he knows the danger of this, and has taken steps. This part of the story is fine, fun and insightful. You know all families have differences of opinion and choices in life to make. This can even be interesting if people have love and acceptance, and don't force expectations or standards on one another. However, this part of the story for me is just too vicious: one of the elder boys is actually sociopathic, others of the children of both families are loving, innocent and judicious, the mothers are both living lives of repression and unhappiness and end up taking out their frustrations on everyone. High drama it is that accompanies this otherwise interesting story, the ending of which has a positive note, but, with all the anger, accusation and active, blaming frustration, you just don't feel happy at the end. I would have liked less viciousness, less anger and accusation, and still have kept the revelations and differences, but worked them out with responsibility, transformation and maybe a bit
- Lanna S. Seuret