The story of an immigrant who has chosen to return home.
Fehmi Islami left Kosovo in December 1998, a casualty of war suffering from severe injuries. He arrived in England in a lorry and claimed asylum on entry. Now, after nearly ten years of living in the UK, he is going home to a free and independent Kosovo. Fehmi has spent almost every day of the last nine years working in order to pay his way in England and to save money for his eventual return home, despite Kosovo's uncertain future.
Written by Olga Grushin. You can find all of human life at railway stations and Platform 3 is a set of stories inspired by hanging around them. Sweet Talk commissioned three writers to explore the theme: all the places, destinations, thoughts, hopes and fears. The people - or lack of them.
Gregory is a successful New York businessman who has returned to Russia for the first time in many years to visit his mother. He takes a trip out to his mother's dacha in the country and then heads for the local station. He has an urgent plane to catch. Moscow is only two hours away - but only if the train comes. And while he waits, he has a strange encounter...
Olga Grushin was born in Moscow in 1971 and spent her childhood in Moscow and Prague. In 1989 she became the first Soviet citizen to enrol for a full-time degree in the United States while retaining Soviet citizenship. In 2006 she was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers and named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists in 2007. She has published two novels: The Dream Life of Sukhanov (2006) and The Concert Ticket (published in the US as The Line) in April 2010. 'The Homecoming' is her first story for radio. Olga lives in Washington D.C.
Reader: Alan Cox
Producer: Jeremy Osborne
A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.
By Olga Grushin. After years in New York, Gregory returns to Russia to visit his mother.
By Harold Pinter.
Electrifying audiences when it was first performed in 1965, The Homecoming has quickly established itself as a modern classic.
In this production for BBC Radio, Pinter himself takes on the role of Max, the head of the Hackney family to which a professor and his wife return one night from America.
There, amongst the shadows of the past and the realities of the present, a compelling drama unfolds.
Max, a man of seventy....Harold Pinter
Lenny, a man in his early thirties....Samuel West
Sam, a man of sixty-three....Michael Gambon
Joey, a man in his middle twenties....James Alexandrou
Teddy, a man in his middle thirties....Rupert Graves
Ruth, a woman in her early thirties....Gina Mckee
By Harold Pinter.
A new production for BBC Radio 3 of Pinter's play that sees the playwright himself heading up a star cast in the role of Max, the head of the Hackney family to which a professor and his wife return one night from America.
Max, a man of 70....Harold Pinter
Lenny, a man in his early 30s....Samuel West
Sam, a man of 63....Michael Gambon
Joey, a man in his middle 20s....James Alexandrou
Teddy, a man in his middle 30s....Rupert Graves
Ruth, a woman in her early 30s....Gina Mckee
Director Thea Sharrock.