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A Room Of One's Own20200531

Virginia Woolf's iconic feminist text dramatised by Linda Marshall Griffiths.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

Virginia Woolf's funny, provoking and insightful feminist text on female creativity dramatised for radio by Linda Marshall Griffiths.
Part of Electric Decade: classic titles that influenced and characterised the 1920's.

WOMAN....Indira Varma
MARY SETON/ CHARLOTTE BRONTE....Jenny Platt
JUDITH SHAKESPEARE/JANE AUSTEN/MARY CARMICHAEL....Anjli Mohindra
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE/ NICK GREEN....Sacha Dhawan
TREVELYAN/SHAKESPEARE'S FATHER....Colin Tierney

Directed by Nadia Molinari
BBC Radio Drama North Production

Publicity photograph of Indira Varma by Ruth Crafer.

It is 1928, a woman is asked to talk of women and writing. In the university town of 'Oxbridge' she is refused entry to the gardens and library and discovers the poverty of the one female college there. She searches the British Museum library for proof that women even existed in history.

"Literature is impoverished beyond our counting by the doors that have been shut upon women."

She imagines what would have happened if Shakespeare had had a sister and imagines conversations with the great British female novelists.

"Who shall measure the heat and violence of a poet's heart when caught and tangled in a woman's body?"

She reflects on the difficulties that face the female writer and proposes a different kind of life.

A Room of One’s Own is one of the greatest feminist polemics of the twentieth century, but also a narrative of beauty, humour and humanity. Its case is for the existence of female writers and its proof is in the genius of its writer.

A Room of One's Own was recorded during lockdown with actors and production team all in rooms of their own.

Virginia Woolf's iconic feminist text dramatised by Linda Marshall Griffiths.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

Break Of Day20200824

This largely biographical story, written in 1928, charts French author Colette’s retreat from her Parisian life for her first summer alone, in her Provencal home.

She needs to lick her wounds after a messy second divorce and to be back in the garden, held in the arms of the natural world, with her animals and at peace, and she means to renounce love forever. She's 55 and, for the first time since she was 16, will live without her life depending on love.

But an unexpected encounter with her long-deceased mother, through finding her letters, leads Colette to a bruising reality check. And they negotiate an acceptance, of sorts, of each other’s deficits – and assets.

The temptation presented by a beautiful neighbour, Vial, 20 years her junior, tests Colette's resolve to the full. She could have him. In all her middle age ‘gigantic mermaid’ glory, she still has the power for her age to lay claim on his youth. She creates a ‘cover’ as matchmaker, setting Vial up with the pretty Helene, also holidaying here among the beau monde, but in reality she is toying with them both as she considers her options. Abstention is alien to her, as her mother reminds her. She is trying to learn a new way to live. And not succeeding.

Cast includes:
Colette...………...Frances Barber
Sidonie…………..Siân Phillips
Helene...………...Elle McAlpine
Vial...……………...Timothy George

Writer: Nicholas McInerny
Director: Marina Caldarone
Sound Engineer and Design: David Thomas
Prod Co-ordinator: Sarah Tombling

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4

Colette abandons love and her Parisian life for a restorative summer in Provence.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

Cane20200620

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age. Cane by Jean Toomer.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age.

Cane by Jean Toomer is a fragmented portrait of the American South which lurches between poetry, story and drama. A landmark in African-American literature, Cane is dramatised for radio by Janice Okoh, featuring an all-star cast and original music by Soul legend Carleen Anderson.

CAST

Carleen Anderson
Peter Bankole
Pippa Bennett-Warner
Saffron Coomber
Alfred Enoch
Clarke Peters
Sule Rimi
Danielle Vitalis

with original music by Carleen Anderson.

Directed by John Norton
A BBC Cymru Wales Production

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age. Cane by Jean Toomer.

Classic titles that influenced and characterised the Jazz Age of the 1920s.