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Emma20160223

Second of three new plays charting British feminism through three generations of women. By Lucy Catherine.

Emma is now in her twenties and, despite her unsettled childhood, has soared academically and is now a policy advisor to New Labour. She's on course to career success and, she believes, to changing the world. But when she catches the attention of senior party figure, Mac, she has to contend with regressive attitudes to women in the workplace.

Director....Emma Harding

Producer....Abigail le Fleming.

Second of three new plays charting British feminism through three generations of women. By Lucy Catherine. Today's drama is the story of an ambitious young career woman, whose idealism is challenged when she encounters the seedier side of politics in the 1990s.

Second of three new plays charting British feminism through three generations of women. By Lucy Catherine. Today's drama is the story of an ambitious young career woman, whose idealism is challenged when she encounters the seedier side of politics in the 1990s.

Director....Emma Harding

Katy20160224

Third of three plays charting feminism through three generations of women. Set in 2015, Ella Hickson's play is the unflinching story of a young student's determination to make a stand on issues of consent and sexual violence. When traditional campaigning proves ineffective, she's tempted to compromise her own principles.

Directed by Emma Harding

Produced by Abigail le Fleming.

Directed by Emma Harding

2015. Student Katy determines to change the conversation about sexual consent - but when traditional campaigning proves ineffective, she's tempted to compromise her own principles.

Third of three plays charting feminism through three generations of women. By Ella Hickson.

All other parts played by Sam Rix, Nick Underwood and members of the company

All other parts played by Sam Rix, Nick Underwood and members of the company

Riot Days (part 2)2019011320200112 (R4)Maria Alyokhina's account of her activism, trial and imprisonment, as part of Russian feminist punk protest group Pussy Riot. Dramatised by E V Crowe and starring Katie West, Kerry Gooderson and Kathryn Drysdale.

Part of BBC Radio 4's Riot Girls - provocative writing by women

Directed by Emma Harding

Maria....Katie West
Nadya....Kerry Gooderson
Katya....Kathryn Drysdale
Beautician....Saffron Coomber
Lena....Alexandra Meyrick
Olga....Roslyn Hill
Prosecutor....Tony Turner
Defence Attorney Violetta....Clare Corbett
Guard....Carolyn Pickles
Oksana....Lucy Doyle
Major....Michael Bertenshaw
Judge....Ronny Jhutti
Guard 2....Jeanette Percival
Prisoner....Alexandra Constantinidi

Guitarist....Lewis Turner

Additional material from Pussy Riot, A Punk Prayer for Freedom (Feminist Press) and Maria Alyokhina's closing courtroom statement translated by a collaborative team of translators, Marijeta Bozovic, Maksim Hanukai, and Sasha Senderovich, edited by Bela Shayevich, originally published on the website of n+1 magazine

Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina's account of her imprisonment. Dramatised by EV Crowe

No-holds-barred dramas written by women, featuring extraordinary female characters.

Susan20160222

First of three new plays charting British feminism through three generations of women. We begin in 1975 with a frank exploration of the era's changing ideas about marriage, independence and female sexuality.

Birmingham, 1975. Susan makes the radical decision to leave her husband and take her two children, Emma and Tim, to live in a commune. When this first commune doesn't work - largely because commune life begins to mimic the gender power structures of the outside world - Susan feels compelled to move to an all-female commune. But this means leaving her 6 year old son. By Lucy Catherine.

Director - Emma Harding

Producer - Abigail le Fleming.

First of three new plays charting British feminism through three generations of women. Birmingham, 1975. Susan makes the radical decision to leave her husband and take her two children, Emma and Tim, to live in a commune. When this first commune doesn't work - largely because commune life begins to mimic the gender power structures of the outside world - Susan feels compelled to move to an all-female commune. But this means leaving her 6 year old son. By Lucy Catherine.

Birmingham, 1975. Susan makes the radical decision to leave her husband and take her two children, Emma and Tim, to live in a commune. When this first commune doesn't work - largely because commune life begins to mimic the gender power structures of the outside world - Susan feels compelled to move to an all-female commune. But this means leaving her 6 year old son. By Lucy Catherine.

Director - Emma Harding

First of three new plays charting British feminism through three generations of women. Birmingham, 1975. Susan makes the radical decision to leave her husband and take her two children, Emma and Tim, to live in a commune. When this first commune doesn't work - largely because commune life begins to mimic the gender power structures of the outside world - Susan feels compelled to move to an all-female commune. But this means leaving her 6 year old son. By Lucy Catherine.

Unfit2018022120201029 (R4)Gemma confides in new friend Kirsty that she chose to leave her two young children.

No-holds-barred dramas written by women, featuring extraordinary female characters.

01Susan20160222First of three new plays charting British feminism through three generations of women. We begin in 1975 with a frank exploration of the era's changing ideas about marriage, independence and female sexuality.

Birmingham, 1975. Susan makes the radical decision to leave her husband and take her two children, Emma and Tim, to live in a commune. When this first commune doesn't work - largely because commune life begins to mimic the gender power structures of the outside world - Susan feels compelled to move to an all-female commune. But this means leaving her 6 year old son. By Lucy Catherine.

Director - Emma Harding

Producer - Abigail le Fleming.

First of three new plays charting British feminism through three generations of women. Birmingham, 1975. Susan makes the radical decision to leave her husband and take her two children, Emma and Tim, to live in a commune. When this first commune doesn't work - largely because commune life begins to mimic the gender power structures of the outside world - Susan feels compelled to move to an all-female commune. But this means leaving her 6 year old son. By Lucy Catherine.

01The Good Terrorist20180219

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about a band of incompetent, bourgeois revolutionaries living in a London squat. Starring Olivia Vinall, Joe Armstrong and Sian Thomas. Dramatized by Sarah Daniels.

Alice and Jasper move into a new squat with other members of the Communist Centre Union. While Alice puts her energies into making the house habitable, the other revolutionaries are busy trying to court the IRA.

Directed by Emma Harding.

0220180225

by Margaret Atwood
dramatised for radio by Sarah Wooley

2/2

Zenia's reappearance from the dead has unsettled her 3 old university friends. As we go back to the 1980s and
successful businesswoman Roz's story, will there be anything to make her - or us - believe Zenia is who she says she is
or, more crucially, that she can be trusted?

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

In "The Robber Bride" Margaret Atwood has brilliantly turned this Brothers Grimm fairy tale on its head, by re-casting all the roles as female. In the original tale, the Robber Bridegroom steals young maidens for his own ends, but Atwood casts the bridegroom as a predatory woman (described by Lorrie Moore in the New York Times as "Richard III with breast implants"). She looks at the effects Zenia's manipulation has on three female friends in Toronto, as they go through university and into their adult lives, between 1967 and 1990. Having heard how Zenia has lied to both Tony and Charis and stolen each of their men, it's now the turn of successful businesswoman, Roz. Surely Zenia can't pull the wool over her eyes? But we all have our Achilles' heel....
Canadian born British actress Tanya Moodie stars as Zenia.

0220180303Margaret Atwood's tale of lust and betrayal reaches a dramatic ending. Stars Tanya Moodie.

by Margaret Atwood
dramatised for radio by Sarah Wooley

2/2

Zenia's reappearance from the dead has unsettled her 3 old university friends. As we go back to the 1980s and
successful businesswoman Roz's story, will there be anything to make her - or us - believe Zenia is who she says she is
or, more crucially, that she can be trusted?

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

In "The Robber Bride" Margaret Atwood has brilliantly turned this Brothers Grimm fairy tale on its head, by re-casting all the roles as female. In the original tale, the Robber Bridegroom steals young maidens for his own ends, but Atwood casts the bridegroom as a predatory woman (described by Lorrie Moore in the New York Times as "Richard III with breast implants"). She looks at the effects Zenia's manipulation has on three female friends in Toronto, as they go through university and into their adult lives, between 1967 and 1990. Having heard how Zenia has lied to both Tony and Charis and stolen each of their men, it's now the turn of successful businesswoman, Roz. Surely Zenia can't pull the wool over her eyes? But we all have our Achilles' heel....
Canadian born British actress Tanya Moodie stars as Zenia.

02Emma20160223Second of three new plays charting British feminism through three generations of women. By Lucy Catherine.

Emma is now in her twenties and, despite her unsettled childhood, has soared academically and is now a policy advisor to New Labour. She's on course to career success and, she believes, to changing the world. But when she catches the attention of senior party figure, Mac, she has to contend with regressive attitudes to women in the workplace.

Director....Emma Harding

Producer....Abigail le Fleming.

Second of three new plays charting British feminism through three generations of women. By Lucy Catherine. Today's drama is the story of an ambitious young career woman, whose idealism is challenged when she encounters the seedier side of politics in the 1990s.

02The Good Terrorist20180220

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about a band of incompetent, bourgeois revolutionaries living in a London squat. Starring Olivia Vinall, Joe Armstrong and Sian Thomas. Dramatized by Sarah Daniels.

Alice is on a mission to remove the concrete from the squat's toilets and to reconnect the electricity. Meanwhile, the other members of the Communist Centre Union squabble over who is entitled to live in the house.

Directed by Emma Harding.

03The Good Terrorist20180221
03The Good Terrorist20180304

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about a band of incompetent, bourgeois revolutionaries living in a London squat. Starring Olivia Vinall, Joe Armstrong and Sian Thomas. Dramatized by Sarah Daniels.

Alice continues her efforts to make the squat habitable, but resists Pat's attempts to confide about her strange relationship with Jasper.

Directed by Emma Harding.

03 LASTKaty20160224Third of three plays charting feminism through three generations of women. Set in 2015, Ella Hickson's play is the unflinching story of a young student's determination to make a stand on issues of consent and sexual violence. When traditional campaigning proves ineffective, she's tempted to compromise her own principles.

Directed by Emma Harding

Produced by Abigail le Fleming.

2015. Student Katy determines to change the conversation about sexual consent - but when traditional campaigning proves ineffective, she's tempted to compromise her own principles.

Third of three plays charting feminism through three generations of women. By Ella Hickson.

All other parts played by Sam Rix, Nick Underwood and members of the company

04The Good Terrorist20160302

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about a band of incompetent, bourgeois revolutionaries living in a London squat. Starring Olivia Vinall, Joe Armstrong and Sian Thomas. Dramatized by Sarah Daniels.

Jasper and Bert are away in Ireland, attempting to court the IRA. And Alice's theft from her father's office leads to Jim getting the sack.

Directed by Emma Harding.

04The Good Terrorist20180222
05The Good Terrorist20180223
05The Good Terrorist20180301

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about a band of incompetent, bourgeois revolutionaries living in a London squat. Starring Olivia Vinall, Joe Armstrong and Sian Thomas. Dramatized by Sarah Daniels.

Alice finally meets her revolutionary neighbour, the enigmatic Comrade Andrew.

Directed by Emma Harding.

06Riot Days (part 1)2019011220200105 (R4)Maria Alyokhina's account of her activism, trial and imprisonment, as part of Russian feminist punk protest group Pussy Riot. Dramatised by E V Crowe and starring Katie West, Kerry Gooderson and Kathryn Drysdale.

Directed by Emma Harding

Maria....Katie West
Nadya....Kerry Gooderson
Katya....Kathryn Drysdale
Bass Player....Saffron Coomber
Petya....Cameron Percival
Investigator Igor....Ronny Jhutti

All other parts played by Lucy Doyle, Alexandra Constantinidi, Clare Corbett, Tony Turner, Michael Bertenshaw, Carolyn Pickles, Christopher Harper and Jeanette Percival.

Guitarist....Lewis Turner

Additional material from Pussy Riot, A Punk Prayer for Freedom (Feminist Press) and Maria Alyokhina's closing courtroom statement translated by a collaborative team of translators, Marijeta Bozovic, Maksim Hanukai, and Sasha Senderovich, edited by Bela Shayevich, originally published on the website of n+1 magazine

The story of Russian protest group Pussy Riot, by Maria Alyokhina. Dramatised by EV Crowe

No-holds-barred dramas written by women, featuring extraordinary female characters.

06The Good Terrorist20180226

As part of Radio 4's season of Riot Girls dramas, with transgressive women at their core, Sarah Daniels' new dramatisation of Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about a ragtag group of revolutionaries. Alice and Philip have found Faye bleeding after a suicide attempt. But Alice has promised not to involve the authorities. Starring Olivia Vinall and Gary Duncan.

Directed by Emma Harding.

07The Good Terrorist20180227Comrade Jocelin tests out her bomb-making abilities.
08The Good Terrorist20180228Dramatisation of Doris Lessing's 1985 satire.

Dramatisation of Doris Lessing's 1985 satire.

0920180301Alice (Olivia Vinall) goes to visit her mother, Dorothy (Sian Thomas).

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about wannabe revolutionary Alice and her hapless band of bourgeois revolutionaries, who live in a London squat. Starring Olivia Vinall and Sian Thomas. Dramatized by Sarah Daniels.

Alice goes to visit her mother, Dorothy, who's now living in greatly reduced circumstances, thanks to the financial drain of Alice and her boyfriend Jasper. Not that Alice takes any responsibility for this.

Directed by Emma Harding.

0920180307

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about wannabe revolutionary Alice and her hapless band of bourgeois revolutionaries, who live in a London squat. Starring Olivia Vinall and Sian Thomas. Dramatized by Sarah Daniels.

Alice goes to visit her mother, Dorothy, who's now living in greatly reduced circumstances, thanks to the financial drain of Alice and her boyfriend Jasper. Not that Alice takes any responsibility for this.

Directed by Emma Harding.

09The Good Terrorist20180301
09Unfit20180221Gemma confides in new friend Kirsty that she chose to leave her two young children.

No-holds-barred dramas written by women, featuring extraordinary female characters.

1020180302Doris Lessing's satire about hapless revolutionaries who plan to blow up a London hotel.
102018030820180302 (R4)Doris Lessing's satire about hapless revolutionaries who plan to blow up a London hotel.
10The Good Terrorist20180302Doris Lessing's satire about hapless revolutionaries who plan to blow up a London hotel.
13Katy20160224Student Katy determines to change the conversation about sexual consent. By Ella Hickson.

No-holds-barred dramas written by women, featuring extraordinary female characters.

14Emma201602231995. Emma now works for New Labour. But how new are attitudes to women? By Lucy Catherine

No-holds-barred dramas written by women, featuring extraordinary female characters.

15Susan20160222Birmingham, 1975. Susan tries to forge a new life in a commune. By Lucy Catherine.

No-holds-barred dramas written by women, featuring extraordinary female characters.