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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.

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.

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

Male Order20180220

Barbara (Belinda Lang) returns from Brazil with a very young husband. By Ming Ho.

59-year-old dentist Barbara (Belinda Lang) has been arrested; the victim of her alleged crime is 20-year-old Brazilian waiter, Fabio (Lino Facioli) - her new husband... Comedy drama from award-winning writer Ming Ho. Part of a season of provocative women's writing exploring female transgression. Ming Ho's previous play for BBC Radio 4, 'The Things We Never Said', won Best Radio Drama in the Writers' Guild Awards 2018.

Directed by Emma Harding

Immigration law advice.... Colin Yeo.

Immigration law advice.... Colin Yeo.

Immigration law advice....Colin Yeo.

Polygamy For Girls20180219

Feminist vlogger Chloe undertakes a radical domestic experiment in Julie Mayhew's play.

'It takes a village to raise a child.' Feminist vlogger Chloe undertakes a radical domestic experiment, when she recruits some extra wives to help raise her baby daughter. Lauren Cornelius and Luke Bailey star in Julie Mayhew's witty new play. Part of a season of provocative women's writing about transgressive women.

Directed by Emma Harding.

Directed by Emma Harding.

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.

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

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.

The Trial Of The Well Of Loneliness20200125

Radclyffe Hall's pioneering novel about love between women becomes the centre of a 1928 obscenity trial. It remains an iconic portrayal of lesbian relationships and contains the passionate plea: "Give us also the right to our existence."

Drama by Shelley Silas, starring Kate Fleetwood and Anastasia Hille. Part of the Riot Girls season of dramas.

Directed by Emma Harding

Radclyffe Hall.... Kate Fleetwood
Una, Lady Troubridge.... Anastasia Hille
Stephen Gordon.... Laura Christy
Gilchrist Thompson.... Will Kirk
Sir Chartres Biron.... Neil McCaul
Eustace Fulton.... Clive Hayward
Norman Birkett.... Rick Warden
James Melville.... Tony Turner
Desmond McCarthy.... Greg Jones
Court Clerk.... Adam Courting
Court Actress.... Scarlett Courtenay
Puddle.... Jessica Turner

Additional research documents courtesy of Morris Ernst Papers, Harry Ransom Center, the University of Texas at Austin

Radclyffe Hall's pioneering novel of same-sex love is the centre of a 1928 obscenity trial

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

01Susan20160222

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.

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

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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.

0220180303

Margaret 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.

02Emma20160223

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.

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 LASTKaty20160224

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.

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.

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 Terrorist20180227

Comrade Jocelin tests out her bomb-making abilities.

Comrade Jocelin tests out her bomb-making abilities.

Comrade Jocelin tests out her bomb-making abilities.

0820180228

Dramatisation of Doris Lessing's 1985 satire.

08The Good Terrorist2018022820180228 (R4)

Dramatisation of Doris Lessing's 1985 satire.

Dramatisation of Doris Lessing's 1985 satire.

0920180301

Alice (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

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.

1020180302

Doris 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 Terrorist20180302

Doris Lessing's satire about hapless revolutionaries who plan to blow up a London hotel.

Doris Lessing's satire about hapless revolutionaries who plan to blow up a London hotel.

Doris Lessing's satire about hapless revolutionaries who plan to blow up a London hotel.