Gudrun [15 Minute Drama]

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1/1020181203

By Lucy Catherine.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

On a remote island, Gudrun seeks out an old friend.

Gudrun . . . . . Kate Phillips
Freija . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Dag . . . . . Cameron Percival
Sylvia . . . . . Carolyn Pickles
Aoife . . . . . Lucy Doyle

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Iceland is now an occupied country, its people forced to convert to Christianity by rival Norse kingdoms. After many years away, with plans to overthrow the regime and rescue her daughter who is being brought up in the new faith, Gudrun once more sails into Icelandic waters.

Despite the warmongering and bloodshed Gudrun is a story of family and a mother’s love. An avenging angel forged from violence, she continues to try and lead a good life in a man's world. She longs for the freedom to live according to her own rules. She's under the protection of Freija, the Norse Goddess of love and war. Freija’s voice cries out for a new kind of leadership. She can sometimes be as slippery a customer as her protégée - is she really on Gudrun’s side or does she have an agenda of her own?

The series is inspired by the famous Icelanders' saga known as The Laxdoela Saga. Written in the 13th century, it tells of people in the Breiðafjörður area of Iceland from the late 9th century to the early 11th century. The Laxdæla saga remains popular and appreciated for its poetic beauty and pathetic sentiment. Since the saga has often been regarded as an unusually feminine saga, it has been speculated that it was composed by a woman.

Kate Phillips reprises the role of Gudrun. Previous roles include Jane Seymour in Wolf Hall, Linda in Peaky Blinders and Lise in War & Peace, all on BBC1.

Lucy Catherine has written extensively for BBC Radio Drama, including Friday Plays, Classic Serial adaptations and Woman’s Hour series. Her 95' adaptation of THE MASTER AND MARGARITA by Mikhail Bulgakov was broadcast in early 2015 and won the BBC ‘Best Audio Drama (Adapted); her 2 x 60' adaptation of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN was broadcast in December 2012 as well as her half hour ‘Gothic Horror’ original LOOTED. Original 10 x 14' Woman’s Hour drama series HALFWAY HERE and 2 x 45' Afternoon Drama in the series ‘Riot Girls’, SUSAN AND EMMA were broadcast in 2016. Other recent commissions for Radio 4 include BOY and GOING SOLO, adapted from Roald Dahl’s autobiography; LIGHTS, CAMERA, KIDNAP! based on a true story about Kim Jong Il.

Kate Phillips is Gudrun in Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

1/1020181203

By Lucy Catherine.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

On a remote island, Gudrun seeks out an old friend.

Gudrun....Kate Phillips
Freija....Samantha Dakin
Dag....Cameron Percival
Sylvia....Carolyn Pickles
Aoife....Lucy Doyle

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Iceland is now an occupied country, its people forced to convert to Christianity by rival Norse kingdoms. After many years away, with plans to overthrow the regime and rescue her daughter who is being brought up in the new faith, Gudrun once more sails into Icelandic waters.

Despite the warmongering and bloodshed Gudrun is a story of family and a mother’s love. An avenging angel forged from violence, she continues to try and lead a good life in a man's world. She longs for the freedom to live according to her own rules. She's under the protection of Freija, the Norse Goddess of love and war. Freija’s voice cries out for a new kind of leadership. She can sometimes be as slippery a customer as her protégée - is she really on Gudrun’s side or does she have an agenda of her own?

The series is inspired by the famous Icelanders' saga known as The Laxdoela Saga. Written in the 13th century, it tells of people in the Breiðafjörður area of Iceland from the late 9th century to the early 11th century. The Laxdæla saga remains popular and appreciated for its poetic beauty and pathetic sentiment. Since the saga has often been regarded as an unusually feminine saga, it has been speculated that it was composed by a woman.

Kate Phillips reprises the role of Gudrun. Previous roles include Jane Seymour in Wolf Hall, Linda in Peaky Blinders and Lise in War & Peace, all on BBC1.

Lucy Catherine has written extensively for BBC Radio Drama, including Friday Plays, Classic Serial adaptations and Woman’s Hour series. Her 95' adaptation of THE MASTER AND MARGARITA by Mikhail Bulgakov was broadcast in early 2015 and won the BBC ‘Best Audio Drama (Adapted); her 2 x 60' adaptation of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN was broadcast in December 2012 as well as her half hour ‘Gothic Horror’ original LOOTED. Original 10 x 14' Woman’s Hour drama series HALFWAY HERE and 2 x 45' Afternoon Drama in the series ‘Riot Girls’, SUSAN AND EMMA were broadcast in 2016. Other recent commissions for Radio 4 include BOY and GOING SOLO, adapted from Roald Dahl’s autobiography; LIGHTS, CAMERA, KIDNAP! based on a true story about Kim Jong Il.

Kate Phillips is Gudrun in Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

01Episode 1: Sigrid20190520

By Lucy Catherine.

Set in the 11th century, the series follows Gudrun in the New World, and her estranged daughter Sigrid in England. Both mother and daughter have reasons to seek forgiveness as they forge a path through lands of unearthly beauty and uncompromising harshness.

Sigrid has arrived in England to marry a man she has never met. She must keep her darkest secrets well-hidden if she is to survive in this strange land of Saxons and Danes.

Sigrid ..... Hollie Burgess
The Virgin ..... Marilyn Nnadebe
Silvia ..... Susan Jameson
Sailor (Sc2) / Sailors ..... Chris Harper, Joseph Ayre
Gorm ..... David Hounslow
Canute ..... Aaron Gelkoff
Gunnar .... Chris Pavlo

Notes:

The series is inspired by the famous Icelanders' saga known as The Laxdoela Saga. Written in the 13th century, it tells of people in the Breiðafjörður area of Iceland from the late 9th century to the early 11th century. The Laxdæla saga remains popular and appreciated for its poetic beauty and pathetic sentiment. Since the saga has often been regarded as an unusually feminine saga, it has been speculated that it was composed by a woman.

Kate Phillips reprises the role of Gudrun. Previous roles include Jane Seymour in Wolf Hall, Linda in Peaky Blinders and Lise in War & Peace, all on BBC1.

Lucy Catherine has written extensively for BBC Radio Drama, including Friday Plays, Classic Serial adaptations and Woman’s Hour series. Her 95' adaptation of THE MASTER AND MARGARITA by Mikhail Bulgakov was broadcast in early 2015 and won the BBC ‘Best Audio Drama (Adapted); her 2 x 60' adaptation of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN was broadcast in December 2012 as well as her half hour ‘Gothic Horror’ original LOOTED. Original 10 x 14' Woman’s Hour drama series HALFWAY HERE and 2 x 45' Afternoon Drama in the series ‘Riot Girls’, SUSAN AND EMMA were broadcast in 2016. Other recent commissions for Radio 4 include BOY and GOING SOLO, adapted from Roald Dahl’s autobiography; LIGHTS, CAMERA, KIDNAP! based on a true story about Kim Jong Il.

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith continues.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

022/1020181204

By Lucy Catherine.

After a long absence, Gudrun returns to the Sacred Land. Some welcome her as a hero, while others view her as a mortal threat.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun . . . . . Kate Phillips
Freija . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Dag . . . . . Cameron Percival
Sylvia . . . . . Carolyn Pickles
Hakon . . . . . Michael Bertenshaw
Bolli . . . . . Lewis Bray
Aslak . . . . . Tony Turner
Sigrid . . . . . Rosie Boore

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Kate Phillips is Gudrun in Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

022/1020181204

By Lucy Catherine.

After a long absence, Gudrun returns to the Sacred Land. Some welcome her as a hero, while others view her as a mortal threat.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun....Kate Phillips
Freija....Samantha Dakin
Dag....Cameron Percival
Sylvia....Carolyn Pickles
Hakon....Michael Bertenshaw
Bolli....Lewis Bray
Aslak....Tony Turner
Sigrid....Rosie Boore

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Kate Phillips is Gudrun in Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

02Episode 2: Gudrun20190521

by Lucy Catherine

Exiled with two companions, loyal Dag and infatuated Heidr, Guthrun's ship drifts ever west, to a land of new possibilities, and new dangers.

Gudrun ..... Kate Philips
Leif ..... Chris Pavlo
Heidr ..... Helen Clapp
Panuk ..... Kenny Blyth
Dag ..... Joseph Ayres
Freija ..... Samantha Dakin

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith continues.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

033/1020181205

By Lucy Catherine.

Gudrun's has returned to Iceland, hoping for a quiet, modest life with her daughter. But to many, she is a heroine and the rebels seek to recruit her to their cause.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun . . . . . Kate Phillips
Freija . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Dag . . . . . Cameron Percival
Sylvia . . . . . Carolyn Pickles
Hakon . . . . Michael Bertenshaw
Bolli. . . . . Lewis Bray
Sigrid . . . . . Rosie Boore
Leif . . . . . Don Gilet

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

033/1020181205

By Lucy Catherine.

Gudrun's has returned to Iceland, hoping for a quiet, modest life with her daughter. But to many, she is a heroine and the rebels seek to recruit her to their cause.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun....Kate Phillips
Freija....Samantha Dakin
Dag....Cameron Percival
Sylvia....Carolyn Pickles
Hakon.... Michael Bertenshaw
Bolli....Lewis Bray
Sigrid....Rosie Boore
Leif....Don Gilet

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

03Episode 3: Sigrid20190522

By Lucy Catherine.

Set in the 11th century, the series follows Gudrun in the New World, and her estranged daughter Sigrid in England. Both mother and daughter have reasons to seek forgiveness as they forge a path through lands of unearthly beauty and uncompromising harshness.

Sigrid has arrived in England to marry a man she has never met. He is a bore and a brute, and she must keep her darkest secret hidden from him.

Sigrid ..... Hollie Burgess
The Virgin ..... Marilyn Nnadebe
Silvia ..... Susan Jameson
Priest ..... Michael Bertenshaw
Gorm ..... David Hounslow

Notes:

The series is inspired by the famous Icelanders' saga known as The Laxdoela Saga. Written in the 13th century, it tells of people in the Breiðafjörður area of Iceland from the late 9th century to the early 11th century. The Laxdæla saga remains popular and appreciated for its poetic beauty and pathetic sentiment. Since the saga has often been regarded as an unusually feminine saga, it has been speculated that it was composed by a woman.

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith continues.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

044/1020181206

By Lucy Catherine.

The rebels want Gudrun to lead them into battle against the authorities. However, she's committed to diplomacy - at least for now.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun . . . . . Kate Phillips
Freija . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Dag . . . . . Cameron Percival
Hakon . . . . Michael Bertenshaw
Sigrid . . . . . Rosie Boore
Leif . . . . . Don Gilet
Guard 1 . . . . . Lewis Bray
Frederick . . . . . Simon Scardifield
Heidr . . . . . Jeanette Percival

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

044/1020181206

By Lucy Catherine.

The rebels want Gudrun to lead them into battle against the authorities. However, she's committed to diplomacy - at least for now.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun....Kate Phillips
Freija....Samantha Dakin
Dag....Cameron Percival
Hakon.... Michael Bertenshaw
Sigrid....Rosie Boore
Leif....Don Gilet
Guard 1....Lewis Bray
Frederick....Simon Scardifield
Heidr....Jeanette Percival

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

04Episode 4: Gudrun20190523

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith continues.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

055/1020181207

By Lucy Catherine.

Gudrun goes on the run. She ends up in the mountains, at the hideaway of a powerful seeress and her followers.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun . . . . . Kate Phillips
Freija . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Dag . . . . . Cameron Percival
Heidr . . . . . Jeanette Percival
Volva . . . . . Carolyn Pickles

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

055/1020181207

By Lucy Catherine.

Gudrun goes on the run. She ends up in the mountains, at the hideaway of a powerful seeress and her followers.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun....Kate Phillips
Freija....Samantha Dakin
Dag....Cameron Percival
Heidr....Jeanette Percival
Volva....Carolyn Pickles

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

05Episode 5: Sigrid20190524

By Lucy Catherine.

Set in the 11th century, the series follows Gudrun in the New World, and her estranged daughter Sigrid in England. Both mother and daughter have reasons to seek forgiveness as they forge a path through lands of unearthly beauty and uncompromising harshness.

Sigrid's intended husband has discovered her terrible secret and now her life hangs in the balance.

Sigrid ..... Hollie Burgess
The Virgin ..... Marilyn Nnadebe
Silvia ..... Susan Jameson
Saxon ..... Joseph Ayre
Gorm ..... David Hounslow
Canute ..... Aaron Gelkoff
Gunnar ..... Chris Pavlo

Notes:
The series is inspired by the famous Icelanders' saga known as The Laxdoela Saga. Written in the 13th century, it tells of people in the Breiðafjörður area of Iceland from the late 9th century to the early 11th century. The Laxdæla saga remains popular and appreciated for its poetic beauty and pathetic sentiment. Since the saga has often been regarded as an unusually feminine saga, it has been speculated that it was composed by a woman.

Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith continues.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

0620181210

By Lucy Catherine.

On the run from the church, Gudrun finds love in her mountain hideout.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun . . . . . Kate Phillips
Freija . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Dag . . . . . Cameron Percival
Heidr . . . . . Jeanette Percival
Volva . . . . . Carolyn Pickles

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

0620181210

By Lucy Catherine.

On the run from the church, Gudrun finds love in her mountain hideout.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun....Kate Phillips
Freija....Samantha Dakin
Dag....Cameron Percival
Heidr....Jeanette Percival
Volva....Carolyn Pickles

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

0720181211

By Lucy Catherine.

Living in exile among a cult of women in the mountains, Gudrun decides to kidnap her own daughter.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun . . . . . Kate Phillips
Freija . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Dag . . . . . Cameron Percival
Bolli . . . . . Lewis Bray
Sigrid . . . . . Rosie Boore
Heidr . . . . . Jeanette Percival

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

0720181211

By Lucy Catherine.

Living in exile among a cult of women in the mountains, Gudrun decides to kidnap her own daughter.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun....Kate Phillips
Freija....Samantha Dakin
Dag....Cameron Percival
Bolli....Lewis Bray
Sigrid....Rosie Boore
Heidr....Jeanette Percival

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

0820181212

By Lucy Catherine.

Gudrun faces an impossible dilemma; forced to choose between living with her daughter, or the end of a bloody feud that threatens to engulf Iceland.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun . . . . . Kate Phillips
Freija . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Dag . . . . . Cameron Percival
Sylvia . . . . . Carolyn Pickles
Sigrid . . . . . Rosie Boore
Heidr . . . . . Jeanette Percival
Volva . . . . . Carolyn Pickles

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

0820181212

By Lucy Catherine.

Gudrun faces an impossible dilemma; forced to choose between living with her daughter, or the end of a bloody feud that threatens to engulf Iceland.

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun....Kate Phillips
Freija....Samantha Dakin
Dag....Cameron Percival
Sylvia....Carolyn Pickles
Sigrid....Rosie Boore
Heidr....Jeanette Percival
Volva....Carolyn Pickles

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

0920181213

By Lucy Catherine.

The women of the mountains are planning to ambush the church. Will Gudrun have to prove herself as the warrior queen?

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun . . . . . Kate Phillips
Freija . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Bolli . . . . . Lewis Bray
Aslak . . . . . Tony Turner
Frederick . . . . .Simon Scardifield
Heidr . . . . . Jeanette Percival
Volva . . . . . Carolyn Pickles
Guard 2 . . . . . Michael Bertenshaw
Kjartan . . . . . Luke MacGregor
Warrior . . . . . Don Gilet

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

0920181213

By Lucy Catherine.

The women of the mountains are planning to ambush the church. Will Gudrun have to prove herself as the warrior queen?

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun....Kate Phillips
Freija....Samantha Dakin
Bolli....Lewis Bray
Aslak....Tony Turner
Frederick....Simon Scardifield
Heidr....Jeanette Percival
Volva....Carolyn Pickles
Guard 2....Michael Bertenshaw
Kjartan....Luke MacGregor
Warrior....Don Gilet

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

1020181214

By Lucy Catherine.

Gudrun has been captured and faces execution at dawn. Have all her allies deserted her?

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun . . . . . Kate Phillips
Freija . . . . . Samantha Dakin
Dag . . . . . Cameron Percival
Bolli. . . . . Lewis Bray
Sigrid . . . . Rosie Boore
Guard 2 . . . . . Michael Bertenshaw
Heidr . . . . . Jeanette Percival

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations

1020181214

By Lucy Catherine.

Gudrun has been captured and faces execution at dawn. Have all her allies deserted her?

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. Lucy Catherine's Viking epic of love, revenge and faith inspired by the Icelandic sagas.

Gudrun....Kate Phillips
Freija....Samantha Dakin
Dag....Cameron Percival
Bolli....Lewis Bray
Sigrid.... Rosie Boore
Guard 2....Michael Bertenshaw
Heidr....Jeanette Percival

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Viking epic of love, revenge and faith.

Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations