RTP Downsized: The Audio Play by Martin Chomsky

RTP Downsized Audio Play release cover artby Martin Chomsky
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 14, 2014

In this season of rampant consumerism, let us spare a thought for the poor, bedraggled working classes. Especially those who can see Christmas for the kaleidoscope of greed and avarice it really is.

So, jog on all you squillionaire celebrities in your Santa hats and ludicrous jumpers: this is our tale.

In April – the centenary of Robert Tressell’s classic ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists‘ – I wrote and published ‘RTP Downsized‘, a graphic novel version aimed at younger readers.

Now, just in time for Christmas, I’ve also completed the audio version featuring Tam Dean Burn, Stephen McCole (Mount Rushmore), James Young (Outlander), Robbie Jack (Blackwatch) and narration by Karen Fraser.

An exclusive preview of a key chapter is available here:




The ‘RTP Downsized‘ audio play is 72 minutes of the kind of engrossing, engaging heart-rending drama you thought belonged in a museum. And the reason is not just because of the first-class performances from all concerned, but because Tressell’s words are as horrifyingly relevant today as they were 100 years ago.

Also featuring music from Marc O’Reilly and Chomsky Allstars, it is the perfect companion for the book and an ideal stocking filler.

Available Featured Products as both CD and digital download, this one’s for the 99%.

For the record, Robert Tressell – real name Noonan – never lived to see his only novel published. Born in Dublin in 1870 and a house painter by trade, he died of TB aged 40, frustrated by the rejection of his handwritten manuscript.


The Ragged Trousered Comic Book by Martin Chomsky

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (2014)

Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (1914)

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