Awakening, The [15 Minute Drama]

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012014081820181203 (BBC7)
20181204 (BBC7)

by Kate Chopin, dramatised by Janice Okoh

Holidaying on Grand Isle in 1899, Edna Pontellier feels she is living in a dream, so the attentions of the dashing young Robert Lebrun serve merely to amuse her.

Edna Pontellier.... Pippa Bennett-Warner
Leonce Pontellier.... Guy Paul
Celestine.... Petra Letang
Robert Lebrun.... PJ Brennan
Adele Ratignolle.... Sasha Pick
Madame LeBrun.... Adjoa Andoh

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

When it was published in 1899, Kate Chopin's novel shocked society and divided critics. Respectable, married Edna Pontellier, 28, is away from her home in New Orleans, holidaying on Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico with her husband and children. Teaching her to swim is the debonair young Robert Lebrun, known for forming an attachment with a different woman every summer. Despite warnings from her more conventional friend, Adele, Edna falls incontrovertibly for Robert. When he leaves Louisana for Mexico, Edna realises she's been "awakened" and questions everything: her marriage, her position, the society she lives in. But what is left for her? The novel is regarded by many as the first in a new wave of modern American literature.

The novel published in 1899 that ushered in the age of early American feminist literature.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Edna Pontellier....Pippa Bennett-Warner
Leonce Pontellier....Guy Paul
Celestine....Petra Letang
Robert Lebrun....PJ Brennan
Adele Ratignolle....Sasha Pick
Madame LeBrun....Adjoa Andoh

When it was published in 1899, Kate Chopin's novel shocked society and divided critics. Respectable, married Edna Pontellier, 28, is away from her home in New Orleans, holidaying on Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico with her husband and children. Teaching her to swim is the debonair young Robert Lebrun, known for forming an attachment with a different woman every summer. Despite warnings from her more conventional friend, Adele, Edna falls incontrovertibly for Robert. When he leaves Louisana for Mexico, Edna realises she's been "awakened" and questions everything: her marriage, her position, the society she lives in. But what is left for her? The novel is regarded by many as the first in a new wave of modern American literature.

022014081920181204 (BBC7)
20181205 (BBC7)

by Kate Chopin, dramatised for radio by Janice Okoh

Edna is still holidaying on Grand Isle and, after a disagreement with her husband, plans a trip alone with Robert.

Edna Pontellier.... Pippa Bennett-Warner
Leonce Pontellier.... Guy Paul
Celestine.... Petra Letang
Madame LeBrun.... Adjoa Andoh
Robert Lebrun.... P J Brennan
Adele Ratignolle.... Sasha Pick
Mlle Reisz.... Lucy Newman-Williams

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

Edna continues to be enraptured by Robert's company, but there's a shock in store for her.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Edna Pontellier....Pippa Bennett-Warner
Leonce Pontellier....Guy Paul
Celestine....Petra Letang
Madame LeBrun....Adjoa Andoh
Robert Lebrun....P J Brennan
Adele Ratignolle....Sasha Pick
Mlle Reisz....Lucy Newman-Williams

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

032014082020181205 (BBC7)
20181206 (BBC7)

by Kate Chopin, dramatised for radio by Janice Okoh

Edna continues to be enraptured by Robert's company, but there is a shock in store for her.

Edna Pontellier.... Pippa Bennett-Warner
Leonce Pontellier.... Guy Paul
Celestine.... Petra Letang
Adele Ratignolle.... Sasha Pick
Mme LeBrun.... Adjoa Andoh
Mlle Reisz.... Lucy Newman-Williams
Dr Mandalet.... Peter Marinker

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

Edna continues to be enraptured by Robert's company, but there's a shock in store for her.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Edna Pontellier....Pippa Bennett-Warner
Leonce Pontellier....Guy Paul
Celestine....Petra Letang
Adele Ratignolle....Sasha Pick
Mme LeBrun....Adjoa Andoh
Mlle Reisz....Lucy Newman-Williams
Dr Mandalet....Peter Marinker

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

042014082120181206 (BBC7)
20181207 (BBC7)

by Kate Chopin, dramatised for radio by Janice Okoh

Leonce hopes a visit from her father will stop Edna's unconventional behaviour, but very soon the notorious Alcee Arobin has begun to visit....

Edna Pontellier.... Pippa Bennett-Warner
Leonce Pontellier.... Guy Paul
Celestine.... Petra Letang
Alcee Arobin.... Richard Laing
Adele Ratignolle.... Sasha Pick
Mlle Reisz.... Lucy Williams
The Colonel.... David Cann

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

Leonce hopes Edna's father can stop her unconventional behaviour.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Edna Pontellier....Pippa Bennett-Warner
Leonce Pontellier....Guy Paul
Celestine....Petra Letang
Alcee Arobin....Richard Laing
Adele Ratignolle....Sasha Pick
Mlle Reisz....Lucy Williams
The Colonel....David Cann

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

052014082220181207 (BBC7)
20181208 (BBC7)

by Kate Chopin, dramatised for radio by Janice Okoh

Edna thinks Robert's return will make her happy, but events are to overtake them both.

Edna Pontellier.... Pippa Bennett-Warner
Celestine.... Petra Letang
Robert Lebrun.... PJ Brennan
Alcee Arobin.... Richard Laing
Adele Ratignolle.... Sasha Pick
Mme Lebrun.... Adjoa Andoh
Catiche.... Adjoa Andoh

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

Edna thinks Robert's return will make her happy, but events overtake them both.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

Edna Pontellier....Pippa Bennett-Warner
Celestine....Petra Letang
Robert Lebrun....PJ Brennan
Alcee Arobin....Richard Laing
Adele Ratignolle....Sasha Pick
Mme Lebrun....Adjoa Andoh
Catiche....Adjoa Andoh

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow