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A Month in the Country20120505

By J. L. Carr

Dramatised by Dave Sheasby

WW1 survivor Tom Birkin spends a summer uncovering a medieval mural in the Yorkshire village of Oxgodby. Here he discovers treasures, riches he thought the war had blown away for ever.

Cast

Birkin ..... Rupert Evans

Alice ..... Hattie Morahan

Keach ..... Stephen Critchlow

Moon ..... Blake Ritson

Kathy ..... Leah Brotherhead

Station Master ..... Tony Bell

Produced by David Hunter

Tom Birkin, a Londoner has survived the Great War but is left with a stammer, a nervous twitch, and vivid nightmares. He is given the summer job of uncovering an ancient wall-painting in the church of Oxgodby, Yorkshire. When he arrives he discovers that Charles Moon, is already there. Moon is trying to uncover the bones of a medieval ancestor of the local woman (now deceased) whose will stipulated that funds be allocated from her estate both for this and for Birkin's task, and to find out the reason for their burial outside the church grounds. The two men share their horrific war-time experiences over early morning cups of tea in Moon's tent, bonding in what soon becomes a strong, delicately understated, friendship.

The work on the wall-painting progresses and reveals an unusually painted figure. Meanwhile Birkin begins to fall in love with Alice, the beautiful wife of the cold and unsympathetic vicar. As the summer days pass Birkin becomes more enmeshed in village life, more drawn to Alice. He discovers anew the gifts of compassion and acceptance, of friendship and respect that he thought the Great War had obliterated. And finally the vital connection between Birkin's and Moon's tasks is revealed.

A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY was the last piece of work by award-winning playwright Dave Sheasby who died in 2010.

Shell-shocked WW1 survivor Tom Birkin finds welcome recovery in a remote Yorkshire village

An American Rose20120303

by Charlotte Jones

The Kennedys were the most famous family in

England when Joseph became American Ambassador

in London. But daughter Rosemary's behaviour began to

cause the family increasing concern.

Rosemary Kennedy ..... Fenella Woolgar

Kathleen Kennedy ..... Lydia Wilson

Rose Kennedy ..... Lisa Eichhorn

Deborah Mitford ..... Tilly Gaunt

Billy Hartington ..... Carl Prekopp

Dr Freeman ..... Don Gilet

Sister Margaret ..... Tracy Wiles

John White ..... Harry Livingstone

Produced by Claire Grove

Directed by Sally Avens

Award winning writer Charlotte Jones' play is inspired by the lives of two of JFK's sisters, 'Rosemary' Kennedy, who died in 2005, but underwent a prefrontal lobotomy aged 23 and Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy who married the heir to the Duke of Devonshire.

Charlotte's work includes 'Airswimming' and 'Humble Boy' for the National Theatre. She has written several plays for Radio.

By Charlotte Jones. Chilling story of the tragic fate of Rosemary Kennedy, JFK's sister.

An Inspector Calls20120421

By J. B. Priestley

The Birlings are celebrating the engagement of their daughter Sheila when a police Inspector calls. Each member of the family is questioned about their relationship with a young woman, Eva Smith. And they each have to face up to their role in her tragic story.

Inspector Goole ... Toby Jones

Arthur Birling....David Calder

Sibyl Birling...Frances Barber

Sheila Birling ... Morvern Christie

Eric Birling ... Sam Alexander

Gerald Croft ...Geoffrey Streatfeild

Edna... Vineeta Rishi

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

By JB Priestley. A family celebration is disrupted by the visit of a police inspector.

Betrayal20170422

Harold Pinter's acclaimed drama about a love affair and the intricate nature of deceit.

Harold Pinter's acclaimed drama about a love affair and the intricate nature of deceit which is told in reverse time from its poignant ending to its thrilling first kiss.

Emma ..... Olivia Colman
Jerry ..... Andrew Scott
Robert ..... Charles Edwards
Waiter ..... Gerard McDermott

Produced/directed by Gaynor Macfarlane

Harold Pinter was born in London in 1930. His writing career spanned over 50 years and produced 29 original stage plays, 27 screenplays, many dramatic sketches, radio and TV plays, poetry, one novel, short fiction, essays, speeches, and letters. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and, in the same year, the Wilfred Owen Award for Poetry and the Franz Kafka Award (Prague). In 2006 he was awarded the Europe Theatre Prize and, in 2007, the highest French honour, the Légion d'honneur. He died in December 2008.

Andrew Scott recently won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.

Harold Pinter's acclaimed drama about a love affair and the intricate nature of deceit.

Betrayal20170422

Harold Pinter's acclaimed drama about a love affair and the intricate nature of deceit.

Harold Pinter's acclaimed drama about a love affair and the intricate nature of deceit which is told in reverse time from its poignant ending to its thrilling first kiss.

Emma....Olivia Colman
Jerry....Andrew Scott
Robert....Charles Edwards
Waiter....Gerard McDermott

Produced/directed by Gaynor Macfarlane

Harold Pinter was born in London in 1930. His writing career spanned over 50 years and produced 29 original stage plays, 27 screenplays, many dramatic sketches, radio and TV plays, poetry, one novel, short fiction, essays, speeches, and letters. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and, in the same year, the Wilfred Owen Award for Poetry and the Franz Kafka Award (Prague). In 2006 he was awarded the Europe Theatre Prize and, in 2007, the highest French honour, the Légion d'honneur. He died in December 2008.

Andrew Scott recently won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.

Mountain Of Light20120414

by Simon Bovey

London, 1851. The world's largest diamond is on show at the Great Exhibition. And John Rayverne must find a way to steal it to save the people he loves.

John....Carl Prekopp

Emily....Lizzy Watts

Hawkesworth....Ben Crowe

Rilke....Harry Myers

Hobbs....Sam Dale

Galloway....Michael Shelford

Cobbet....David Seddon

Wyatt....Nigel Hastings

Directed by Marc Beeby

STEREO

1851: London buzzes with the wonders at The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. To John Rayverne, housebreaker par excellence, it's harvest time as fine houses stand empty while the occupants attend the spectacle. But his activities have come to the notice of a Governor of the Bank of England, George Galloway. Galloway has Rayverne abducted In return for not to hand him over to the police - and in order to protect the people he cares about - Rayverne is forced to agree to the impossible. He must steal one of the Exhibition's most famous exhibits: the world's largest diamond, the Koh-i-Noor. Galloway professes idealistic reasons for the theft: he fears cutting the diamond to fit the centrepiece in the Queen's crown (where it has its place today) will degrade the priceless original. But the theft appears impossible. By day the gem is sealed in an iron cage, at night it sinks into a vault. Rayverne, hounded by the police, spends much time among the mechanical wonders of the Exhibition looking for the necessary technical inspiration to carry out the theft. But has he bitten off more than even he can chew?

Simon Bovey's impeccably researched work for Radio 4 has been extremely successful. His plays include 'Red in Tooth and Claw', ' The Iceman' - 'a murkily atmospheric Victorian thriller that keeps the shivers coming' (Daily Mail) and the very well received Sargasso. Simon is also a film maker. His most recent production The Un-gone has been optioned by Miramax.

Simon Bovey's story of a daring jewel heist set during London's Great Exhibition of 1851.

Noughts and Crosses20120225

by Malorie Blackman, dramatised for radio by Janice Okoh

Callum and Sephy have known each other since they were babies, when his Mum worked for hers. But Callum is a Nought - a second class citizen - and Sephy a Cross, one of the elite. Her father is also one of the country's leading policiticians. No matter how much they may want to be together, the world is telling them they can't. And soon bigger things will prevail. Like the bombing..........

Sephy ..... Zawe Ashton

Callum ..... Rikki Lawton

Meggie/Jasmine ..... Adjoa Andoh

Ryan/Andrew Dorn ..... Carl Prekopp

Jude ..... Alex Lanipekun

Lynette/Sarah ..... Tracy Wiles

Kamal ..... Jude Akuwudike

Kelani Adams ..... Nikki Amuka Bird

Mr Pingule ..... Israel Oyelumade

Mr Stoll ..... Richard Pepple

Soanes ..... Gerard McDermott

Shania ..... Victoria Inez Hardy

Director/Producer Marion Nancarrow

Malorie Blackman, OBE, is the BAFTA winning author of more than 50 books. "Noughts and Crosses" won the Children's Book of the Year Award in 2002, as well as the Fantastic Fiction Award and was in the BBC's Big Read Top 100.

The dramatist of Noughts & Crosses, Janice Okoh, won the prestigious Bruntwood prize 2011 for Playwriting, in conjunction with the Royal Exchange Theatre, for her original play Three Birds.

Malorie Blackman's cult novel of young love in a dystopian world dramatised by Janice Okoh

Othello20120512

Lenny Henry stars in Northern Broadside's version of Shakespeare's great tragedy of love turned sour by unfounded jealousy. Othello's descent into deluded rage is orchestrated by the dazzling villainy of his lieutenant Iago.

(Original stage production created by Northern Broadsides and West Yorkshire Playhouse and staged in London by Sonia Friedman Productions)

IAGO ..... Conrad Nelson

RODERIGO ..... Matt Connor

BRABANTIO ..... Geoff Leesley

OTHELLO ..... Lenny Henry

CASSIO ..... Richard Standing

DUKE / GRATIANO ..... David Beckford

SENATOR / LODOVICO ..... Simon Holland Roberts

DESDEMONA ..... Jessica Harris

MONTANO ..... Andy Cryer

EMILIA ..... Sara Poyzer

HERALD / GENTLEMAN ..... Chris Pearse

BIANCA ..... Victoria Gee

Director: Barrie Rutter

Producer: David Hunter

Music arranged by Conrad Nelson and performed by the cast.

Northern Broadsides theatre company's version of Shakespeare's tragedy of love turned sour

Otherwise Engaged20120324

A new production of Simon Gray's most successful and best-loved play. A dark study of a London publisher trying to enjoy a Saturday afternoon at home listening to Wagner. With JAMES PUREFOY, HATTIE MORAHAN & NIGEL PLANER.

SIMON......JAMES PUREFOY

STEPHEN......ALEX MACQUEEN

JEFF...... EWAN BAILEY

DAVINA......HATTIE MORAHAN

WOOD......NIGEL PLANER

BETH......TRACY WILES

DAVE......RIKKI LAWTON

Director - PETER KAVANAGH.

Simon Gray's best-loved comedy. With James Purefoy, Hattie Morahan and Nigel Planer.

The Caretaker20120428

Davies... David Warner

Aston... Tony Bell

Mick... Daniel Mays

David Warner and Daniel Mays star in Harold Pinter's dark comedy. Two brothers shelter an elderly, homeless man after a fight in a café. But his problems are far from over.

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

A tramp rescued from a fight is offered a job as caretaker, in Harold Pinter's play.

The Jubilee Singers20120331

Writer Adrian Mitchell's drama about the extraordinary Jubilee Singers of Fisk University, Tennessee, who in the years immediately after slavery brought their great 'Sorrow Songs' from the plantations to Europe.

The late Adrian Mitchell, who died suddenly in 2008, was a much loved and revered poet, playwright and human rights campaigner. He was inspired to write this musical play by the true story of the Welsh journalist who toured with the black American Jubilee singers in their first European tour in the late nineteenth century.

The singers enchanted Queen Victoria and Gladstone, and Swing Low Sweet Chariot was heard in England for the first time when they sang it to packed concert halls throughout the country. Mitchell's play was conceived for the theatre but it has not yet had a stage production; this is its premiere; adapted for radio under the guidance of Adrian's widow Celia Mitchell.

The play stars London black gospel choir Nitrovox, with Musical directors Felix Cross and Allyson Devenish and a stellar black cast; Adjoa Andoh, Felix Dexter, Nadine Marshall, Tanya Moodie, Alibe Parsons, Clive Rowe and Ray Shell are joined by Jonathan Pryce who plays the Welsh journalist captivated by a completely new kind of song. He hears each singer's own story and begins to be entranced by one of them in particular, though their love appears to have no future, developing as it does under the shadow of war in Europe, and the inevitable barriers which nineteenth century culture placed between men and women of different race.

Cast

Adjoa Andoh

Felix Dexter

Nadine Marshall

Tanya Moodie

Alibe Parsons

Clive Rowe

Ray Shell

Jonathan Pryce

Producer: Marilyn Imrie

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

By Adrian Mitchell. The story of the Jubilee Singers' tour of Europe in the 19th century.

The Voysey Inheritance20120407

Harley Granville Barker's classic 1905 play, The Voysey Inheritance.

Edward discovers that in inheriting his father's impressive family business, he is inheriting a Ponzi scheme. For years his father has been making free with clients' capital and speculating recklessly, as his own father did before him. Edward must decide whether to continue the business and try to put matters right - a seemingly impossible task - or to expose the crime and bring his family to certain ruin.

With Samuel Barnett as Edward and Clive Merrison as Mr. Voysey.

Edward........................... Samuel Barnett

Mr Voysey................ .... . Clive Merrison

Mr George Booth........... Gawn Grainger

Trenchard Voysey.......... Richard Dillane

Major Booth Vosey............ Alan Cox

Denis Tregoning................ Joseph Arkley

Mrs Voysey...................... Phyllida Law

Honor Voysey.................. Amanda Lawrence

Peacey............................. Paul Moriarty

The Voysey Inheritance was adapted for radio and directed by Lu Kemp.

Edward discovers the family business he is inheriting has been defrauding its clients.