Modern Morality Tales

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04Wrath20160218

by Roy Williams. Inspired by the medieval morality plays. Rebecca Front stars as Eve, whose anger at the inhuman nature of modern life moves her to an act of protest.

Directed by Sally Avens

Eve finds herself overcome with anger on the day that she is made redundant.

But does her anger necessarily have to have a destructive end?

The fourth of five stories inspired by the medieval morality plays introduced by Dr Sue Niebrzydowski, Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Bangor University.

Six of radio's most talented playwrights (Lin Coghlan, Al Smith, Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods, Roy Williams and Lizzie Nunnery) explore how contemporary attitudes to morality have changed.

In medieval times allegorical plays such as 'Mankind' and 'Everyman' were used to warn audiences that how they lived in the present would affect their afterlife - whether they would end up in Hell, Purgatory or Heaven. But in a secular age how do we deal with the nature of sins and virtues? Our attitude to good and evil is certainly less black and white. Is it bad to be proud, don't we deserve respect? Can't anger be used to promote change for the better and isn't envy what drives our materialistic lifestyle? These five tales explore our attitudes to these questions through the character of 'Eve', a 21st-century Everywoman, played by Rebecca Front.

Rebecca Front is a BAFTA winning actress best known for her comedy work in The Thick of It, Alan Partridge, Grandma's House and Psychobitches.

Rebecca can currently be seen in BBC1's War and Peace.

Roy Williams OBE has won both the George Devine Award and the Evening Standard Award for most promising playwright. His many plays include Fallout, Sucker Punch and Clubland. His new play, Soul, about the final days of Marvin Gaye will open in May at the Derngate, Northampton, before transferring to the Hackney Empire.

05Moderation20160219

Rebecca Front plays Eve in five stories about modern attitudes towards morality. In the final tale inspired by the medieval morality plays, Lin Coghlan takes a comic look at our attitude towards Moderation.

Eve comes face to face with her Spiritual Estate Agent after her car crashes into a canal.

Eve - Rebecca Front

Isobel - Anastasia Hille

Ana - Scarlett Brookes

Jerome - Ewan Bailey

Directed by Sally Avens

The last of five plays inspired by the Medieval Morality Plays introduced by Dr Sue Niebrzydowski, Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Bangor University. Five of radio's most talented playwrights (Lizzie Nunnery, Roy Williams, Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods, Al Smith and Lin Coghlan) explore how contemporary attitudes to morality have changed.

In medieval times allegorical plays such as 'Mankind' and 'Everyman' were used to warn audiences that how they lived in the present would affect their afterlife - whether they would end up in Hell, Purgatory or Heaven. But in a secular age how do we deal with the nature of sins and virtues? Our attitude to good and evil is certainly less black and white. Is it bad to be proud; don't we deserve respect? Can't anger be used to promote change for the better and isn't envy what drives our materialistic lifestyle? These five tales explore our attitudes to these questions through the character of 'Eve', a 21st century Everywoman, played by Rebecca Front.

Rebecca Front is a BAFTA winning actress best known for her comedy work in The Thick of It, Alan Partridge, Grandma's House and Psychobitches. Rebecca can currently be seen in BBC1's War and Peace.

Lin Coghlan is the winner of the Dennis Potter and the Peggy Ramsay Awards. She writes extensively for radio, television, theatre and film. She is currently adapting The Forsytes for BBC Radio 4.