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New writing for radio that pushes the boundaries of drama and narrative by first time writers for radio and those distinguished in other forms.

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20060706

Kitty Elizabeth Must Die

By Louise Ironside.

Angie will do whatever it takes to have her own child. She and her husband Davie have already been through two expensive rounds of IVF, but their dream child has never materialised. And with the debt collectors now knocking at the door, the future is not looking bright.

Then Angie finds diapersanddreams.com, a website for mothers-to-be, and with it an international, supportive and seemingly gullible community of excited, pregnant women.

Angie ...... Pauline Lockhart

Davie ...... Paul Blair

Mrs Maxwell ...... Joanna Tope

Postie ...... Finlay Welsh

Scummy Mummy ...... Lisa Gardner

Mumma Mia ...... Vicki Liddelle

Betty Bump ...... Alibe Parsons

Baby Face ...... Samantha Young

20060805

Dead Code: Ghosts of the Digital Age

By Jeff Noon

Set in the ruins of a housing estate in a futuristic, post-digital age world, where music haunts the streets, Joe and Dixie are struggling with the loss of Charlie. Dixie is doing her best to hold onto Joe, but will she succeed when the force of Charlie's memory is so strong?

Dixie ...... Emma Atkins

Joe ...... Paul Simpson

Bags ...... Jason Done

DJ Broken Tongue ...... Lemn Sissay

Luna ...... Alison Carney

With original music by Vini Reilly of The Durutti Column, songs by Urban Blue and sound design by Steve Brooke.

Director Nadia Molinari.

20060812

Stone Baby

By Sean Buckley.

Xavier has no brothers or sisters or mates at school. But he's got a bump. Something inside. Someone. He feels it move, hears its tiny heart beat in tandem with his.

Xavier ...... Louis Dunsford

Nan ...... Edna Dore

Stone Baby ...... Carl Prekopp

Chloe ...... Chenade la Roy John

David ...... Alex Matten

Gerald ...... Joseph Tremain

Teacher ...... Richard Katz

Nurse ...... Susan Jameson

Doctor ...... Nicholas Boulton

TV contestant ...... Hugh Dickson

Director Toby Swift.

20060819

Iona

By Rhiannon Tise.

Andrew is haunted by the memory of a woman he once loved. He hears her voice everywhere and is desperate to recapture that part of his life. His longing leads him on a bizarre search of the surreal to find the lost memories and discarded moments of their life together.

Andrew ...... Tony Kearney

Iona ...... Tracy Wiles

Martin ...... Alan Westaway

Margot ...... Carolyn Pickles

Kathleen ...... Jayne Mckenna

James ...... Nick Sayce

Phil, council man ...... Crawford Logan

Nikki ...... Isabelle Joss

Producer/Director Tracey Neale.

20060826

It's Enough to Believe You're in Danger

By Michael Butt.

On the 6th of March 1988, three IRA members were shot on the Rock of Gibraltar. In this experimental play, award-winning author Michael Butt attempts to explode the well worn mythologies and presents both the hunters and the hunted as individuals, who had begun to query their reasons for being there.

Author ...... Stephen Boxer

Webster ...... Henry Goodman

Maddie ...... Alison Pettitt

Woman ...... Pamela Miles

Sean Savage/Soldier ...... Nick Danan

Bandmaster ...... Ian Bartholomew

McGrory ...... Gerard Murphy

Mairead Farrell ...... Brid Brennan

Daniel McCann ...... Michael Colgan

Director Eoin O'Callaghan.

20060902

Medium Risk

By Mark Norfolk.

Thomas O'Scorby is on the Sex Offenders Register as a result of an earlier unsubstantiated incident. When a child goes missing in his area, he must face the fear and paranoia of the press, the local authorities, local people, his friends and ultimately himself.

Thomas O'Scorby ...... Kevin Doyle

Stuart Craven ...... Michael Hodgson

Gwyneth Mulvey ...... Susan Jameson

Janet Davis ...... Emily Joyce

Rhys Talbot ...... Roger Evans

PC Steve Larkin ...... Riley Stewart

PC Joe Bennett ...... Gerard McDermott

Producer Liz Webb.

20060914

Quarantine

By Jeff Young.

Milton lives in fear. But while everyone else is scared of terrorists and bird flu, Milton is scared of envelopes, of germs in mayonnaise, of letterboxes and pizza delivery bikes. When he's nominated for the Pamphleteer of the Year Award, Milton has to find a Plus One. Doreen Wilson, a 73-year-old agoraphobic recluse, agrees to be his date.

Milton Parker ...... Ian Puleston-Davies

Maurice Parker ...... Robert Blythe

Micky Mason ...... Brendan Charleson

Doreen Wilson ...... Celia Hewitt

Barman/Master of Ceremonies ...... Dick Bradnum

Specially composed music by Paul Simpson.

20061005

Stripped - A Life in Bank Statements

Stefan Weigl's play depicts a man's financial meltdown through the voice of his bank account. Translated by Paul Knight with a specially created soundtrack by artist Chris Dorley-Brown.

Voice of the Bank Statements ...... Tracy Wiles

Wolf Lotter ...... Peter Marinker

20061102

DJs, Doormen and Dealers, by Jeffrey Caffrey.

A thriller set in a Manchester nightclub where footballers mingle with shop girls and gangsters. For the weekend, everyone is a millionaire.

With Sam Yates, Craig Cheetham, Ray Emmet Brown, Hayley Doherty.

Directed by Melanie Harris.

20061207

Soft Message: Drunken goths and other Radio 3 listeners are interviewed on their mobile phones.

20070104

Tin Man

By Laurence Wilson.

Jessica has snuffed out all emotion in a bid to survive, but when the Tin Man she builds comes to life and takes her on an extraordinary journey forcing her to look within, can she cope with what she finds?

Jessica ...... Jodie Comer

Tin Man ...... Ian Puleston-Davies

Grandfather/Tinker ...... David Hargreaves

Grandmother/Washerwoman ...... Eileen O'Brien

Father/Big Issue Seller ...... Jeff Hordley

Mother/Big Lady ...... Lisa Parry

Ronnie/Mourner ...... Paul Duckworth

Music by Olly Fox

Director Nadia Molinari.

20070201

The Birth and Death of Daylight

Stephen Riley's vivid and atmospheric play about three disaffected teenagers.

Janine and Ian discover they share a favourite poem about life's destruction of beauty. Their spiritual connection and teenage lust leads them on a heady emotional adventure as Janine is compelled to follow Ian's interpretation of the poem, no matter what the consequences.

Keith Cullen ...... Adam Paulden

Mr Patten ...... Steve Edge

Janine Dworski ...... Carla Henry

Keith's Mum/Ian's Mum ...... Siobhan Finneran

Ian Duffy ...... Oliver Lee

Janine's Dad/Ian's Dad ...... Jeff Hordley

Directed by Katherine Beacon.

20070331

The Incomplete Recorded Works of a Dead Body

Ed Hime's blackly comic fictional documentary combines a collage of deliberate recordings, from police surveillance tapes to an unfinished installation piece on pigeons, as it follows Babak Beyrouti, famous Iranian sound recordist and agoraphobic, as he braves London in his quest for lost love.

Babak Beyrouti ...... Khalid Abdalla

Dale P Malone ...... Ameet Chana

Lily ...... Elaine Lordan

Vikram ...... Saikat Ahamed

Gurney ...... John Dougall

Gabrielli ...... Mark Straker

Staple 4 ...... Anthony Glennon

Simone ...... Jasmine Callan

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

20070505

My Glass Body

By Anna Furse.

A contemplation of the astonishing and brutally painful experience of infertility, taking listeners on a poetic journey inside and outside the protagonist's body as images, memories, future fantasies, rages and desires float in and out of a sea of consciousness.

20070602

The Third Trial

By Hattie Naylor.

When ex-soldier Matthew dies in a diving accident, his parents are forced to come to terms not only with a rising tide of grief, but also the ghost of responsibility.

Sweetmeat ...... Desmond McNamara

Sugar ...... Paula Wilcox

Jeannie ...... Jade Williams

Mina ...... Rachel Bavidge

Matthew (adult) ...... Jot Davies

Matthew (young) ...... Jordan Clarke

20070707

Eye Witness

By Tom Kelly.

This powerful and intensely personal piece digs deep into the author's brutalising experiences growing up on the streets of Belfast. Will life continue to be seen through the prism of that time, or can he find a future without the burden of the past?

Eye ...... Michael Smiley

Other voices performed by Michael Colgan, JonJo O'Neill and Ciaran McMenamin.

Directed by Toby Swift.

20070811

Last Suppers

By Pearse Elliot.

Time to think, time to repent. If nothing else, Death Row allows space for that.

Like many before him, Jonah Toomb strays spectacularly off the straight and narrow and washes up on the Row. Unlike any other, the once renowned chef makes it his mission to ensure that each condemned inmate has one last divine culinary experience. Bit by bit, one small chink of humanity creeps into that most forbidding of environments, Death Row.

Jonah Toomb ...... Jared Harris

Tee Pee ...... George Harris

Warden ...... Larry Lamb

Al Bird ...... Patrick Robinson

Barracuda ...... Stanley Townsend

Jello ...... Andrew French

Pecker Wood ...... John Guerrasio

Martha ...... Amber Batty

Linda ...... Ginny Holder

20070818

Tin Man

By Laurence Wilson.

Jessica has snuffed out all emotion in a bid to survive, but when the Tin Man that she builds comes to life and takes her on an extraordinary journey forcing her to look within, can she cope with what she finds?

Jessica ...... Jodie Comer

Tinman ...... Ian Puleston-Davies

Grandfather/Tinker ...... David Hargreaves

Grandmother/Washerwoman ...... Eileen O'Brien

Father/Big Issue Seller ...... Jeff Hordley

Mother/Bag Lady ...... Lisa Parry

Ronnie/Mourner ...... Paul Duckworth

Sound Design by Steve Brooke.

Original Music by Olly Fox.

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

20070825

Quarantine

By Jeff Young.

Forty-three-year-old leafleter Milton lives in fear, but while everyone else is scared of terrorists and bird flu, Milton is terrified of envelopes, of germs in mayonnaise, of letterboxes and pizza delivery bikes.

But when he's nominated for the Pamphleteer of the Year Award, Milton has to find a 'plus one'. Doreen Wilson, a 73-year-old agoraphobic recluse, agrees to be his date, but as they hurtle towards the big night determined to re-engage with the rest of humanity, will this unlikely pair take their place at last in a world where they are not afraid?

Milton Parker ...... Ian Puleston-Davies

Maurice Parker ...... Robert Blythe

Micky Mason ...... Brendan Charleson

Doreen Wilson ...... Celia Hewitt

Barman/Master of Ceremonies ...... Dick Bradnum

20070901

Kitty Elizabeth Must Die

By Louise Ironside.

A black comedy about giving birth to your fantasies, and then, lucratively, killing them off.

Angie will do whatever it takes to have her own child. After two unsuccessful rounds of IVF and with the debt collectors now knocking at the door, the future is not looking bright. Then Angie finds diapersanddreams.com, a website for mothers to be, and with it an international, supportive - and seemingly gullible - community of pregnant women.

Angie ...... Pauline Lockhart

Davie ...... Paul Blair

Mrs Maxwell ...... Joanna Tope

Postie ...... Finlay Welsh

Scummy Mummy ...... Lisa Gardner

MummaMia ...... Vicki Liddelle

Betty Bump ...... Alibe Parsons

Baby Face ...... Samantha Young

20070915

Donna Love Bite, by Gill Adams. Donna doesn't want to miss out on her first date with Stu, so decides she has no choice but to take her little sister Kylie with her.

20070922

The Birth and Death of Daylight

By Stephen Riley.

A moving, funny and quirky play about friendship and family that follows three disaffected teenagers Keith, Janine and Ian. Janine and Ian discover they share a favourite poem, The Fire Girl, about life's destruction of beauty. Their spiritual connection and teenage lust leads them on a heady emotional adventure, as Janine is compelled to follow Ian's interpretation of the poem no matter what the consequences.

Keith Cullen ...... Adam Paulden

Mr Patten ...... Steve Edge

Janine Dworski ...... Carla Henry

Keith's Mum/Ian's Mum ...... Siobhan Finneran

Ian Duffy ...... Oliver Lee

Janine's Dad/Ian's Dad ...... Jeff Hordley

Directed by Katherine Beacon.

20070929

DJs, Doormen and Dealers

By Jeffrey Caffrey

A thriller set in a Manchester nightclub where footballers mingle with shop girls, gangsters with Cheshire life and everyone's a millionaire for the weekend. Meet the major players on the scene, the doorman, the dealer and the DJ who's mixing up the soundtrack to everyone's big night out.

Adam ...... Sam Yates

Marshall ...... Craig Cheetham

Ben ...... Ray Emmet Brown

Kay/Kelly ...... Hayley Doherty

Sarah ...... Jessica Hall

Rob/Mikey ...... Chris Hannon

Directed by Melanie Harris.

20071006

Wes Bell

By Matthew Broughton.

A dark and compelling play about a lonely young man who finds a home amongst eccentric strangers, but his inability to deal with the truth of their lifestyle leads to dreadful, shocking conclusions.

Jason ...... Shaun Dooley

Daisy ...... Natalie Press

Wes Bell ...... Jamie Foreman

Lisa Bell ...... Juliet Cowan

20071103

I Can See You

By Sarah Naomi Lee.

Dawn's parents are black and white, but nothing is for her. A savagely comic look at the pleasure and pain of being mixed race in Britain today.

Dawn ...... Nadine Marshall

Mum ...... Elaine Lordan

Michael ...... Lloyd Thomas

Bev ...... Katy Cavanagh

Bunny ...... Joannah Tincey

Left ...... Laura Molyneux

Right ...... Ben Onwukwe

Tyrone ...... Alex Lanipekun

Dawn (aged 8) ...... Anna Bengo

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

20071201

Gulf

By Mark Kotting.

Crazy golf takes on a whole new meaning in this fiery portrait of a family in meltdown, as 30 years of smouldering tensions finally reach their flashpoint.

Terry ...... Steven Hartley

Nan ...... Ann Mitchell

Danny ...... Ben Onwukwe

Emma ...... Emma Noakes

Carol ...... Tilly Vosburgh

Mr Pink ...... Simon Treves

Doctor ...... Peter Marinker

Directed by Toby Swift.

20071229

Not Talking

By Mike Bartlett.

What happens to a relationship when it becomes impossible to talk? What happens when the system does not allow us to speak? Richard Briers and June Whitfield star in this provocative and touching play which won the Imison and Tinniswood awards for outstanding radio writing.

James ...... Richard Briers

Lucy ...... June Whitfield

Mark ...... Carl Prekopp

Amanda ...... Lyndsey Marshal

20080112

The Switch

By Ali Smith

Partly inspired by the magically romantic film musicals of Jacques Demy, this is the story of George, a young electrician from the north of England, told in a sequence of songs, with words written by Ali Smith to a diverse selection of library recordings.

Accompanied by his French bride, George heads for the Scottish Highlands in the optimistic 1960s to set up in business. Forty years later, their daughter Genevieve remembers her parents and her childhood as she journeys by train from London back to Scotland.

George ...... Nick Farr

Sidonie ...... Lucy Paterson

Genevieve ...... Gabriel Quigley

20080209

Moonmen

By Jimmy McAleavey.

A space odyssey with a difference, Moonmen centres on a philosophical encounter between two isolated men - an astronaut and a CB radio enthusiast in rural Ireland. Are they polar opposites or kindred spirits locked in a mutual orbit?

Moonman ...... Dermot Crowley

Spaceman ...... Nathan Osgood

Ground Control ...... Peter Marinker

Radio Announcer ...... Linda Wray

DJ ...... Paul Sheridan

Director: Eoin OCallaghan

20080301

Lullaby of Shadows

By Andrea Earl.

A psychological thriller about a mother who believes her husband is plotting to kill their newborn baby.

Jenny ...... Lyndsey Marshal

Matt ...... Joe Caffrey

Sylvia ...... Olwen May

Doctor ...... Stephen Tomlin

Directed by Pauline Harris.

20080719

The Incomplete Recorded Works of a Dead Body

Ed Hime's blackly comic fictional documentary combines a collage of deliberate recordings, from police surveillance tapes to an unfinished installation piece on pigeons, as it follows Babak Beyrouti, famous Iranian sound recordist and agoraphobic, as he braves London in his quest for lost love. Contains scenes that some listeners may find disturbing.

Babak Beyrouti ...... Khalid Abdalla

Dale P Malone ...... Ameet Chana

Lily ...... Elaine Lordan

Vikram ...... Saikat Ahamed

Gurney ...... John Dougall

Gabrielli ...... Mark Straker

Staple 4 ...... Anthony Glennon

Simone ...... Jasmine Callan

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

20080726

My Glass Body

Written and directed by Anna Furse.

A contemplation of the astonishing and brutally painful experience of infertility, taking listeners on a poetic journey inside and outside the protagonist's body as images, memories, future fantasies, rages and desires float in and out of a sea of consciousness.

Furse collaborated with composer Graeme Miller, whose score wraps around the world created by the voices of Barbara Flynn, Jack Klaff and Becky Hindley.

20080802

Eye Witness

By Tom Kelly.

This powerful and intensely personal piece digs deep into the author's brutalising experiences growing up on the streets of Belfast. Will life continue to be seen through the prism of that time, or can he find a future without the burden of the past?

Eye ...... Michael Smiley

Other voices performed by Michael Colgan, JonJo O'Neill and Ciaran McMenamin.

Directed by Toby Swift.

20080809

Lullaby of Shadows

By Andrea Earl.

A psychological thriller about a mother who believes her husband is plotting to kill their newborn baby.

Jenny ...... Lyndsey Marshal

Matt ...... Joe Caffrey

Sylvia ...... Olwen May

Doctor ...... Stephen Tomlin

Sound design by Kal Ross and Steve Brooke.

Directed by Pauline Harris.

20080823

Moonmen

By Jimmy McAleavey.

A space odyssey with a difference, Moonmen centres on a philosophical encounter between two isolated men - an astronaut and a CB radio enthusiast in rural Ireland. Are they polar opposites or kindred spirits locked in a mutual orbit?

Moonman ...... Dermot Crowley

Spaceman ...... Nathan Osgood

Ground Control ...... Peter Marinker

Radio Announcer ...... Linda Wray

DJ ...... Paul Sheridan

Director: Eoin OCallaghan

20080906

I Can See You

By Sarah Naomi Lee.

Dawn's parents are black and white, but nothing is for her. A savagely comic look at the pleasure and pain of being mixed race in Britain today.

Dawn ...... Nadine Marshall

Mum ...... Elaine Lordan

Michael ...... Lloyd Thomas

Bev ...... Katy Cavanagh

Bunny ...... Joannah Tincey

Left ...... Laura Molyneux

Right ...... Ben Onwukwe

Tyrone ...... Alex Lanipekun

Dawn (aged 8) ...... Anna Bengo

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

20081011

Random

By Debbie Tucker-Green.

A radio production of Debbie Tucker Green's stage play, first produced at the Royal Court in March of this year.

Nadine Marshall plays four characters in a family whose ordinary day is shattered by unforeseen disaster. The cast also includes Petra Letang, Richie Campbell, Manjeet Mann, Jill Cardo, Inam Mirza and Gunnar Cauthery.

Directed by Debbie Tucker Green and produced by Jeremy Mortimer.

20081018

Dirty White Girl

Louise Wallwein's first radio play is inspired by a young woman she met in a workshop, a teenage racist whose life was upset by her attraction to a young Asian boy on the same workshop.

Life is hard for Katie, a young white girl on a rough inner city estate and, to make things worse, her older sister's boyfriend, Ian, has started showing an interest in her. At a local community development project, Katie meets Farooq and his friend Naz. But when Ian catches Farooq and Katie together, things get out of control.

Katie ...... Jemima Foxtrot

Chantelle ...... Rachel Brogan

Ian ...... Ciaran Griffiths

Farooq ...... Mahmood Miah

Dawn ...... Louise Wallwein

Yasmin/Mam ...... Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi

Garibaldi Man ...... Oliver Lee

Nasir ...... Billy Sarfraz

Directed by Susan Roberts.

20081025

Nowt to Look At

By Valerie Laws.

A play about deformity and self-image, telling the tale of Annie, a rose-obsessed, disfigured recluse whose head now floats in a pathology museum jar, a spoilt boy and a shy flower of a girl.

Annie ...... Pat Dunn

Roz ...... Christina Berriman-Dawson

Jon ...... Brian Lonsdale

Other voices: Janice Acquah, Gunnar Cauthary, Donnla Hughes, Manjeet Mann

Director David Hunter.

20081101

49 Donkeys Hanged

A surreal, dark comedy by Cornish writer Carl Grose, inspired by seeing a Johannesburg local newspaper headline about a farmer who hanged 49 donkeys from tree branches on his land.

In Grose's play, Stanley Bray, a Cornish farmer, is compelled to hang donkeys and his wheelchair-bound wife Joy is desperate to get out of the house. Their way of life is fast disappearing, the farm is bankrupt and this is Stanley's bizarre response.

Stanley Bray ...... Charles Barnecut

Joy Bray ...... Amanda Lawrence

Solomon Singo ...... Sibusiso Mamba

Sally Tregersick ...... Helen Longworth

Randy Tregersick ...... John Canford

Carl Grose ...... himself

Directed by Claire Grove

20110102

The Music of the Wires: wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson is captivated by the extraordinary sounds of the wind and the weather as they play on vast lengths of fencing wire stretched across the Australian landscape.

Alan Lamb is an artist, biomedical research scientist and composer who has long been fascinated by the vibrating qualities of telegraph wires. As a young boy he was introduced to the music of the wires during walks with his sister and their nanny, who showed the children how to press their ears against a telegraph pole to 'hear the sound of the world'.

Years later, when he was a student on a camping holiday in Mull, Alan pulled into the side of the road and fell asleep in his van. He was woken by an extraordinary sound. It was produced by the telegraph wires overhead as they waxed and waned in the wind. Alan was transported by the sounds and became determined to record their music.

Since then, he has worked with abandoned telegraph wires on several sites across Australia and installed new structures in order to produce and record music from them. Alan has also completed extensive research into auditory perception and developed theories relating to the wire music and its behaviour.

In this programme, wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson, who has long been interested in the sounds of the wind, travels to Australia to meet Alan Lamb and some of his colleagues at The Wired Lab Project. He discusses their work and its evolution and records for himself some of the extraordinary music of the wires.

Presenter: Chris Watson

Producer: Sarah Blunt.

The music of the wind captured on fencing wires stretched across the Australian landscape.

20110102

20110226

by Ed Harris

Paul and Anna wake up one morning to find their neighbourhood has been enclosed by a wall. The gates are guarded and anyone wanting to cross into the rest of the city has to apply for a pass.

They are told the Wall is there to protect them against violence between rival postcode gangs. They are told that their local community is being challenged by central government to do more for themselves. They are told that only certain individuals will qualify for a pass. And that they don't.

The Wall takes a provocative look at growing social inequality, using an image we're more used to seeing as a symbol of divided cultures abroad - in Gaza, or Baghdad, or Berlin, or in the ghettoes of the second World War - and to explore the unseen divisions in our own cities. The Wall doesn't just divide neighbourhoods. Soon it's tearing apart the people inside them.

Paul ..... Javone Prince

Anna ..... Louise Brealey

Joyce ..... Dona Croll

Hugh ..... Sam Dale

Kasey ..... Jessica Raine

Dylan ..... Nyasha Hatendi

Clarence ..... Sean Baker

Alex ..... Stuart McLoughlin

with Jo Monro

Producer/Director: Jonquil Panting

The writer Ed Harris spent time as a binman, husky trainer and care worker, before finding his way first to performance poetry, and then to drama. He's been Writer on Attachment at the Chichester Festival Theatre, where his epic play, LUCY, won the Chichester Festival Theatre Slams. His play NEVER EVER AFTER for Chalkfoot, was short-listed for the Meyer-Whitworth prize, and for his own theatre company, Squaremoon, he's written THE COW PLAY and TOTAL. He's currently writing MONGREL ISLAND for the Soho Theatre.

His plays for radio include ABSOLUTE SILENCE, PORSHIA, starring Robert Webb, AROMATHERAPY, starring Martin Freeman, THE MOMENT YOU FEEL IT, starring Richard Briers and Rory Kinnear, and TROLL, starring Rosie Cavaliero and Jack Klaff.

Ed Harris's play addressing social inequality and unseen divisions in our cities.

20110226

49 Donkeys Hanged

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Castlereagh to Kandahar

Castlereagh to Kandahar20100925

Speedy and Stig are best of mates who play in a band together. Not an ordinary band, it's an Orange Flute Band. The rhythms that pound in their veins are those of ancient war, of adrenalin mixed with atavism, blood and thunder, drugs and alcohol. The sheer 'white noise' of their lives, leads them to beatings, to kickings and the knowledge that if they don't get out, they'll end up dead. And how ironic is it then that within 8 months Stig has exchanged the streets of Belfast for those of Kandahar. And it's anybody's bet as to whether Stig in Afghanistan or Speedy in Belfast will be the first to come home in a box.

Rosemary Jenkinson studied medieval literature at Durham. Her collection of short stories, Contemporary Problems Nos. 53 & 54 was published by Lagan Press in 2004. Since then she has been writing a series of provocative plays for Rough Magic, Tinderbox, and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

Cast includes:

Speedy.....Richard Dormer

Stig.....Paul Kennedy

The Road Marshall.....Dan Gordon

Major.....BJ Hogg

Alana.....Abigail McGibbon

Mrs Murdoch.....Stella McCusker

Music composed by Graeme Stewart

Producer: Eoin O'Callaghan.

An unrealised love between two boys, Speedo and Stig, who are both battling to stay alive.

Etian

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Etian was once called Josie, an ordinary young woman from an immigrant Irish family in London.

That was before Josie was violently assaulted by an intruder in her flat and began cognative therapy to help her come to terms with her ordeal. In her session with her female therapist she had got to the stage of verbally reliving the events leading up to the attack, and the rape itself. It was soon after that that Josie suddenly put a stop to her treatment, changed her name to Etian - after an Irish woman saint - and left to conduct her own surprising form of therapy in Ireland.

Reliving the events of a rape can be harrowing, and it is unsurprising when a victim decides they cannot continue.

But that is not the reason Josie gave up. The reason can be traced in quite another aspect of her cognative therpy, one this is hinted at in the name she has adopted and her new lifestyle in a convent in rural Ireland, invoking God's love to help women who have experienced the trauma she went through herself.

CAST:

Etian/Josie ..... Elaine Cassidy

Fergal ..... Lorcan Cranitch

Natalie ..... Sally Orrock

Man ..... Jim Norton

Amanda ..... Jane Whittenshaw

Shauna ..... Deeivya Meir

Producer: Peter Kavanagh.

Malcolm McKay's play about the background to a rape and a woman's recovery from it.

Father, Son and Holy Ghost20120310

Father, Son and Holy Ghost is a new play from award-winning playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah about a young, radical pastor whose rising church career is under threat.

Pastor T - a young, funky, self-taught pentecostal minister of an urban church - is well-known for taking no prisoners, and not just in his sermons. His biblical radicalism, youthful energy and street-smart image is attractive to young and old alike, and he has helped build up a thriving church community.

Originally 'saved' from prison life by the church bishop, Pastor T is next in line to take over when the older man retires. The pastor suspects the bishop of financial misdealings, putting his conflicting loyalties to the test. And when one of Pastor T's young church pupils is threatened on the street, he takes some radical action which threatens his future at the church.

CAST:

David Harewood ..... Pastor T

Mona Hammond ..... Sister Betty

Joseph Marcell ..... Bishop Andrews

Charles Mnene ..... Ade

Colin McFarlane ..... Bernard Edwards

Ben Onwukwe ..... Brother Kevin

Sound design by Alisdair McGregor and Howard Jaques.

Music by the CK Gospel Choir.

Written by Kwame Kwei-Armah, from an original idea by Dr Robert Beckford

Produced and Directed by Jo Wheeler.

Freewheel Productions.

Drama about a young, radical pastor whose rising church career is under threat.

First Domino

First Domino20101009

On Friday 30th April at 6.37pm 1999, a nailbomb exploded in The Admiral Duncan pub in Soho, London. Playwright Jonathan Cash was standing a few feet away from the device as it exploded.

The First Domino is a response to that event. A fiction inspired by that horrific bombing and other attacks like it, the play is woven around a series of conversations between a prisoner and a psychiatrist. It is a study of prejudice, extremism and marginalisation, as well as an examination of the human urge towards violence and revenge.

An uncompromising and at times shocking script, it is full of dark comedy too: "When people first meet me, I'm not expected to have a sense of humour. You seem to be defined by what's happened to you." Jonathan Cash

In a radio version re-imagined and rewritten for The Wire, this play has been developed from Jonathan's stage version, which won the Award for Best Theatrical Performance at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2009.

The Cast stars Toby Jones (Infamous, Elizabeth I, Frost/Nixon, Harry Potter) and Carlton Hobbs Award-winner, Joseph Kloska.

Adaptation of a play about violence and prejudice, in response to the 1999 Soho pub bomb.

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Iced20111022

By Kate Clanchy

The third of six new plays for The Wire on the theme of Conviction.

Finnish teen eco-blogger, Ulli Earthgirl, wins a competition to join a low-carbon expedition to the North Pole by foot, to measure the melting ice. Blogging her way across the Arctic, she has to navigate deadly cracks in the ice, as well as the treacherous currents of environmental controversy in the blogosphere. Soon she's afloat in both worlds, as all her certainties begin to dissolve.

Ulli ..... Samantha Dakin

Lena ..... Felicity Montagu

HoaryOldMountainTop ..... Colin Stinton

Chris Curtis ..... Adam Billington

with Adjoa Andoh, Victoria Inez Hardy, Gerard McDermott, Carl Prekopp, Alex Rivers, Christopher Webster, and Tracy Wiles.

Guitar played by Carl Prekopp.

Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting

Kate Clanchy is one of Britain's leading contemporary poets, whose collections SAMARKAND, SLATTERN and NEWBORN, won numerous literary awards including The Forward Poetry Prize, The Saltire Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. In 2009, she won the BBC National Short Story Competition with THE NOT-DEAD AND THE SAVED. Her politically incisive history of her real-life relationship with a Kosovan refugee, ANTIGONA AND ME, was dramatised for BBC Radio 4. Her many works for radio include A NURSERY TALE, OTHER MOTHERS, MENACE, THE MONKEY'S MASK (adapted from the book by Dorothy Porter), MONEY, ALL THE BIRDS OF THE AIR, and THE TRUELOVE FILE. With Paul Farley, she presented CHILDREN OF THE WHITSUN WEDDINGS for BBC Radio 3's Poetry Season, and she has recently become Oxford's first City Poet.

Kate Clanchy's environmental-themed comedy play, for Radio 3's Conviction season.

Look Closer

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By Michael Bhim. Community officer Alexander Aldgate unearths a mystery.

Lucy Island

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The Wire: Lucy Island

by Laura Lomas

A powerful piece of new writing by one of Britain's most promising new playwrights in which a grieving young woman transforms herself and her community.

CAST

Lucy ..... Georgia Groome

David ..... Joe Dempsie

Dianne ..... Esther Coles

Phil ..... Tony Bell

Vicky ..... Sophie Ellerby

Amy ..... Keely Beresford

Directed by Marc Beeby

THE WRITER

Laura Lomas is from Derby. She studied English at the University of Nottingham and completed an MPhil in Playwriting at Birmingham University in 2008. She has worked with the Royal Court and BBC writersroom on the 50 and 24 degrees projects, and has had rehearsed readings at Nottingham Playhouse and the Royal Court. Her first play Wasteland was produced by New Perspectives in April last year. Since then, her plays include Traces (Paines Plough, Lattitude Festival), 10,000 Metres Deep (Paines Plough and Oran Mor Theatre) and Us Like Gods (Hampstead Theatre Heat and Light). She is currently one of six writers on attachment with Paines Plough's Future Perfect Scheme.

THE CAST

Lucy Island features a top notch cast including GEORGIA GROOME (Tusk Tusk, London to Brighton, Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging) as Lucy, JOE DEMPSIE (The Damned United, Merlin, Doctor Who, Listen to the Words) as David and ESTHER COLES (Titty Bang Bang, Doctors, Shameless) as Dianne.

New play by Laura Lomas. A grieving young woman transforms herself and her community.

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Lump Boy Logan

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An adolescent boy has a terrible and frightening relationship with his acne, an increasingly distant relationship with his father and an unsettling and a dismal view of his 'evil auntie Jeanette' who sometimes resembles a man in drag. A bold, quirky, funny and touching play by a brand new writer. Alfred Bradley Radio Bursary Award winner Chris Wilson's first play is a vivid account of an adolescent boy's struggle with acne and grief.

Andrew Logan ..... William Rush

Dad ..... Smug Roberts

Auntie Jeannette ..... Annette Badland

Big Smiggy ..... Stephen Hoyle

Directed by Pauline Harris

Both Andrew and his dad are living with 'evil Auntie Jeanette' - who never stops cooking; culinary delights such as Date and Wensleydale pie, mutton casserole, and veal and paprika stroganoff. But the most disturbing thing by far is Andrew's acne. It can hurt like crazy, beat like a drum, red and swollen. When he gets particularly upset the spots start shouting at him, willing him to cut them out, or kill evil Auntie Jeanette.

At school he gets bullied, and things come to a head when he gets smeared with chocolate cake to cover his red blotchy face, and he gets laughed and jeered at. This is compounded by his spots that he can hear shouting and screaming and laughing at him too. Andrew's spots, which alternately represent his pulsing anxiety and anger, recurrently come alive to torment him, and completely obsess him.

When eventually his evil Auntie Jeanette tells his father he's been skiving school, Andrew turns on his aunt and we discover just how much he is projecting all his hurt, his grief and anger onto her. This acts as a turning point for him and his father, who are forced to face the tragic truth.

Chris Wilson has a play under commission for Radio 4 - I Before Bee - due for broadcast in January 2011.

He is also a Sports Journalist.

Chris Wilson's darkly comic account of an adolescent boy's struggle with acne.

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An adolescent boy has a terrible and frightening relationship with his acne, an increasingly distant relationship with his father and an unsettling and a dismal view of his 'evil auntie Jeanette' who sometimes resembles a man in drag. A bold, quirky, funny and touching play by a brand new writer. Alfred Bradley Radio Bursary Award winner Chris Wilson's first play is a vivid account of an adolescent boy's struggle with acne and grief.

Andrew Logan ..... William Rush

Dad ..... Smug Roberts

Auntie Jeannette ..... Annette Badland

Big Smiggy ..... Stephen Hoyle

Directed by Pauline Harris

Both Andrew and his dad are living with 'evil Auntie Jeanette' - who never stops cooking; culinary delights such as Date and Wensleydale pie, mutton casserole, and veal and paprika stroganoff. But the most disturbing thing by far is Andrew's acne. It can hurt like crazy, beat like a drum, red and swollen. When he gets particularly upset the spots start shouting at him, willing him to cut them out, or kill evil Auntie Jeanette.

At school he gets bullied, and things come to a head when he gets smeared with chocolate cake to cover his red blotchy face, and he gets laughed and jeered at. This is compounded by his spots that he can hear shouting and screaming and laughing at him too. Andrew's spots, which alternately represent his pulsing anxiety and anger, recurrently come alive to torment him, and completely obsess him.

When eventually his evil Auntie Jeanette tells his father he's been skiving school, Andrew turns on his aunt and we discover just how much he is projecting all his hurt, his grief and anger onto her. This acts as a turning point for him and his father, who are forced to face the tragic truth.

Chris Wilson has a play under commission for Radio 4 - I Before Bee - due for broadcast in January 2011.

He is also a Sports Journalist.

Chris Wilson's darkly comic account of an adolescent boy's struggle with acne.

Me And Cilla

Me and Cilla20100731

By Lee Mattinson.

Pricilla's Stephenson's preparations are well underway for her perfect Christmas Eve party, but with her son about to make his first public appearance in a mini skirt, and her husband's affair with the neighbour about to rear its ugly head, will the glue holding this family together be strong enough? Will the powerful truth in Cilla Black's lyrics give them the words to show each other their wounds and start to heal?

CILLA ..... Charlie Hardwick

ALFIE ..... James Baxter

RINGO ..... Trevor Fox

DIRECTED BY KATHERINE BEACON.

The Stephensons' party is set to be a disaster. Will Cilla Black's lyrics be of help?

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One Night in Iran

One Night in Iran20110212

A real time radio drama.

A man and a woman meet in a hotel room. They have been in love for five years but have never yet spent a night together. Tonight they meet alone for the first time. But this is Iran, and what the couple are doing is illegal. If they are caught, or even suspected, the consequences might be too terrible to contemplate.

He reveals that he received a phone call from the Secret Service that morning inviting him in for an interview the following day - but with no indication as to why he has been asked in. In Iran it could be about anything - a casual remark made to a colleague, an error at work, a denouncement from a neighbour, or questioning about adultery...

As the light fades and night sets in, the couple must decide what really matters.

Writer Oliver Emanuel became interested in this story in 2006 when he read an article in The Guardian by an anonymous Iranian woman. Oliver writes:

"I was moved by her conviction that love could surpass any obstacle. Fear of persecution or even prosecution was nothing in the face of this woman's passion. In telling this story I want to explore the personal behind the political, letting the intimate setting of a hotel room explode the dangerous world beyond."

Oliver Emanuel was short-listed for a Radio Drama Sony 2010 for his 30-minute two-hander Daniel and Mary (BBC Radio Scotland).

Other work includes: Children in Need: Everything, BBC Radio 4 andThe Vanishing by Tim Krabbe, BBC Radio 4. He has been Writer-in-Residence for BBC Radio 4/Children in Need and Writer-on-Attachment at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Cast:

Man ..... Khalid Abdalla

Woman ..... Maryam Hamidi.

Oliver Emanuel's real-time drama about two lovers meeting in a hotel room in Iran.

People Snogging In Public Places

People Snogging in Public Places

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A frank and funny coming of age story about the fluctuating friendship between an uncle and his nephew. Winner of the Sony Gold Award 2010.

James ..... Rupert Simonian

Patrick ..... Adrian Scarborough

Angela ..... Lindsey Coulson

Tim ..... Philip Fox

Pete ..... Jamie DiSpirito

Lisa ..... Candassaie Liburd

Alice ..... Lizzy Watts

Phyllis ..... Annabelle Dowler

Mr Morris ..... Paul Rider

Doctor ..... Matt Addis

Speaking Clock ..... Malcolm Tierney

Sound Design ..... Caleb Knightley

Produced by ..... Steven Canny

Won the 2010 Sony Gold Award for best drama and was runner up for the Prix Italia. People Snogging in Public Places is written by one of the country's leading young writers. Jack Thorne has written three other plays for radio and has written Shameless, Skins and This is England '86 (with Shane Meadows) all for television. Last year also saw the release and his film The Scouting Book for Boys.

A story about an uncle with learning difficulties moving in with his nephew's family.

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Proud

Proud20110305

by Natalie Mitchell

Where do you go for your self-esteem

when you've no job and no future?

Gary starts looking in all the wrong places.

Gary ..... Tom Brooke

Frank ..... Peter Wight

Rachel ..... Lizzy Watts

Danny ..... Joe Absolom

Adam ..... Ben Crowe

Michael ..... Nyasha Hatendi

Interviewer ..... Craig Els

Youth ..... Adeel Akhtar

55 year old Frank is an-old school skinhead, embracing the music, fashion and politics of the culture since he was a teenager - reggae, Ska, regulation Fred Perry and Harrington and respect for a multi cultural Britain.

A printwork veteran and union activist, he believes the working class have to stick together, regardless of where they're from or the colour of their skin.

Frank's son Gary has been bought up to respect the same values as his dad. But Gary has been out of work so long he thinks he'll never get another chance. And how can he make his dad proud of him like his brother Anthony who was killed in Afghanistan. Maybe the answer lies in the politics of protest, protecting the memory of his brother and soldiers like him. Standing up against the anti-war protestors. Standing up for what's British ...

Play about a young unemployed man who wants to make his family proud of him.

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Rapture Frequency

Rapture Frequency20110717

Listening to the black box recording of an ill-fated transatlantic flight, analyst Michael Shorthall stumbles across an unexpected sound. Interference, white noise, or could it possibly be proof of something more celestial? Abbie Spallen's story of obsession and one man's extraordinary quest.

MICHAEL ..... RICHARD DORMER

GINA ..... ESTHER HALL

STEVE ..... SHAUN DOOLEY

RENNIE ..... PHILIP JACKSON

FRANKIE HOYLE/PILOT ..... MARTY MAGUIRE

FR. BRIAN/ERIC ..... RICHARD HOWARD

CAPTAIN DESAIE/SIMON ..... PAUL KENNEDY

MRS WILLIAMS ..... SUSIE KELLY

DEBBIE ..... LAURA CONWAY

SUSIE ..... ABBIE SPALLEN

Sound Design by Bill Maul, John Simpson & Matthew Laughlin.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR HEATHER LARMOUR.

Abbie Spallen's story of obsession and one man's extraordinary quest.

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Side Effects

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By Morna Pearson.

An outspoken and uncompromising play by an award-winning young Scots writer that explores the relationship of Rachel, 15, and her 17-year-old cousin - a relationship based on desire for escape from their empty lives in rural Aberdeenshire. Rachel's life is transformed, root and branch, when she swallows an apple pip and discovers a new way of living.

Rachel ...... Ashley Smith

James ...... Gary Collins

Music by Pippa Murphy

Directed by Lorne Campbell.

An outspoken and uncompromising play by Morna Pearson.

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Story of a Rude Gal

Story of a Rude Gal20110205

By Charlotte Thompson. A frank and uncompromising drama about a young woman in prison.

Tomorrow 23-year-old Ronia will have the most important conversation of her life - her parole hearing. Ronia has been serving an Imprisonment for Public Protection sentence ever since she was eighteen. With an IPP sentence there is no automatic release date: once a prisoner has served their full tariff, they still have to convince a parole board that they've changed. And that's what Ronia must do.

After five years, Ronia has long served her tariff, and is ready to persuade the parole board that she's no longer a danger to the public. As the night passes, Ronia takes us back to her younger self, having fun with her friend Tyson, hanging out on London streets, and trying to steer clear of violent girl gang, the Sykes Crew.

Charlotte Thompson was inspired to write this play through her work running writing programmes in prisons. The play itself though is fictional.

Older Ronia ..... Sophie Cosson

Younger Ronia ..... Holli Dempsey

Tyson ..... Zaraah Abrahams

Parole Judge ..... Marian Kemmer

Stepdad ..... Ben Crowe

Prison Officer ..... Lloyd Thomas

Producer: Fiona Kelcher.

Frank drama about a young woman in prison preparing for her parole board.

Takeover20120225

by Paul Sellar

Two half brothers unite over a hostile takeover bid that sparks a war amongst

rival business interests. But in the middle of

a war you should always watch your back.

Harry ..... Allan Corduner

Adam ..... Adam Levy

Terry ..... Ben Crowe

Jack ..... David Fleeshman

Lenny ..... Elliot Levy

Goody ..... Carl Prekopp

Hugh ..... James Lailey

Andreas ..... Chris Pavlo

Anna ..... Susie Riddell

Sharon ..... Alex Tregear

Thug ..... Rikki Lawton

Directed by Sally Avens.

By Paul Sellar. A hostile takeover bid sparks a war among rival business interests.

That I Should Rise20120218

Accomplished novelist and dramatist AL Kennedy explores the faltering process of recovery from alcohol dependency with her trademark insight, convincing characterisation, and dark, wry humour. Tim McInnerny plays Simon, a self-destructive drinking father and husband, office worker and pub musician whose life has to get a whole lot worse before there's even a chance of turning a corner.

By turns darkly comic and moving, we follow Simon's initial confusion, despair, and gradual return to life - a new kind of life - within an alcohol recovery programme. He befriends Jean (Harriet Walter), his mentor on the recovery scheme. She's a blind gay woman who's grieving for the loss of her partner. However, we also witness the impact of Simon's alcoholism on his wife (Lia Williams) and children and Julie (Maria Askew), a vulnerable young woman who - for better or worse - befriends him.

'That I Should Rise' is a powerful and insightful play about addiction, self-destructive behaviour, love, and the chance of recovery, accompanied by an impressive R'nB soundtrack.

Tim McInnerny..Simon

Harriet Walter..Jean

Lia Williams..Paula

Olly Bell...Philip

Susanna Dye... Dawn

Pameli Benham.Assistant in charity shop

Maria Askew..Julie / Girl in Nightclub

Alun Raglan....Lenny

Director: Mark Smalley.

Tim McInnerny stars in AL Kennedy's darkly comic drama about an alcoholic pub musician.

The Gold Farmer

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A dark fantasy by Alan Harris about two men striving to be warriors in an atomised world.

Terry is a clerk in a Cardiff law firm. He only moved to Wales to be close to oblivious colleague Sally, and now he's lonely, alienated and beginning to get things out of proportion.

But online, Terry is Tork Thunderbolt - a warrior in the Kingdom of Dragons. His best friend is Greyhawk, a fellow gamer. But Greyhawk is hiding a shameful secret. And that's not the only surprise waiting to derail Terry's delicate grasp on real life.

CAST

Terry ..... Rory Kinnear

Chao ..... Paul Courtenay Hyu

Sally ..... Annabelle Dowler

Barrie ..... Philip Fox

Players ..... Stephen Hogan

Directed by Abigail le Fleming.

THE WRITER

Alan Harris has recently been commissioned by National Theatre Wales to write their first show, A Good Night Out in the Valleys, which will be performed in March 2010.

He's also working on an oratorio for the Welsh National Opera's MAX department and has recently finished a radio project at HMP Cardiff.

He has written plays for and worked with companies such as Sherman Cymru (Cardboard Dad), Hijinx Theatre (Miss Brown To You), Paines Plough, The Operating Theatre Company, Sgript Cymru and Pentabus Theatre and has been a new writing tutor for Sherman Cymru and the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

Alan Harris' dark fantasy about a man who has two lives. Starring Rory Kinnear.

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The Lady Of Kingsland Waste

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Four inner-city children discover the beauty of life when they become strangely involved with a dying woman. J Parkes' magical story of love, death and redemption, recorded on location in Hackney

Bernie ..... Candassaie Liburd

Nathan ..... Pascal Akuwudike

Juliet ..... June Bailey

Pastor ..... Jude Akuwudike

Raff ..... Rhiannon Harper-Rafferty

Knolidge ..... Gabriel Akuwudike

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

The Lady of Kingsland Waste has been shortlisted for The Imison Award 2010, for best dramatist new to radio.

J Parkes's magical story of love, death and redemption, recorded on location in Hackney.

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The Last Executioner20111015

Part of the Conviction season. Switzerland, 1938. Triple murderer Paul Irniger has been sentenced to death. Over 120 men have spontaneously applied to be his executioner. Based on research by a psychiatrist at the time, Peter-Jakob Kelting's play imagines 5 of the applicants competing for the job.

Matter ..... Paul Copley

Rutholz ..... Ralph Ineson

Schwertfeger ..... Bryan Dick

Stäuber ..... Simon Bubb

Stocker ..... Kenneth Collard

Directed by Toby Swift.

A play imagining applicants to be the executioner of a triple murderer in Switzerland.

The Meek

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The Thank You Present20111112

by Christopher Reason.

Terence Griffiths - 'The Griff' to his friends - was a top industrial correspondent back in the eighties during the miners' strike. But a terrible blunder left his career in ruins. His life seemed over; but he was fortunate enough to secure a position as Head of Journalism Studies at a northern university. Twenty-eight years later he commits suicide. His best friend Simon was the last person to see him alive. Or was he?

A tale of love and betrayal. Part of the Radio 3 Conviction series.

Griff ..... Roger Allam

Simon ..... Reece Dinsdale

Rachel ..... Tracy Whitwell

Marsha ..... Deborah McAndrew

Julie ..... Lisa Allen

Harris/Coroner ..... Russell Richardson

Producer Gary Brown.

Griff finds himself in the invidious position of having to enforce government spending cuts by making former valued colleagues redundant, including his oldest friend, Simon. On the day he's given his notice, Simon makes a vicious personal attack on Griff's integrity. That night, Griff is found dead alone in his flat, having drunk a litre of vodka and swallowed half a pack of paracetemol. Simon, believing himself to be the last person to see Griff alive, blames himself for Griff's suicide and spirals into depression.

But the appearance at Griff's inquest of the mysterious Rachel forces Simon to re-examine the past and the roots of the 'blunder' that ended Griff's journalistic career.

Starring Roger Allam and Reece Dinsdale, and written by Sony Gold winning writer Christopher Reason.

A drama centring on a man's search for the truth behind his old friend's suicide.

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This Isn't Romance20110903

In-Sook Chappell's moving story of two children who lose one another in early childhood, but find one another again as lonely adults in the heart of the city of Seoul, South Korea.

Cast:

Miso Blake ..... Jennifer Lim

Han ..... Mo Zainal

Jack ..... Matthew Marsh

Naomi/Miss Han ..... Sonnie Brown

Bunny/Waitress ..... Elizabeth Tan

Ajossi ..... Jay Lim

Director Lisa Goldman

In-Sook Chappell says:

"This story addresses what faces immigrants and asylum seekers when they return to the country of their birth. I was born in Korea and adopted into an English family. The inspiration for the play came on a visit back to Seoul. Unable to speak Korean, I was a foreigner in the country I was born in. I had lost my language, my country and my family. The sound of Korean upset me, stirred feelings I had as a baby that I'd forgotten. I met a lot of adoptees searching for their biological families, only communicating with them through an interpreter. I decided not to track down my family. Instead I spoke to some who had, then I imagined and wrote this play. On a visit to an orphanage, I met a little boy aged 4 who had been left on the street by his parents. If I had been in a better financial situation I would have adopted him. He was the starting point for Han. Growing up in England I always thought; What if I had stayed in Korea, grown up in an orphanage; would I have ended up a teenage prostitute or a factory worker? I had a strong sense of guilt for living a privileged life in England. In cross-cultural adoption, we rarely talk about what happens when the children grow up, what they lose as well as gain. The sounds of this play evoke emotions and memories, a sense of dislocation, of being thrown into another world; the alienation of hearing another language clearly spoken with passion and love, but incomprehensible and impossible to respond to.".

A tender, violent Korean love story about cultural identity, sex and twisted revenge.

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Tony Teardrop

by Esther Wilson

Based on true stories, this is a biting and sometimes humorous play about homeless people and people living on the breadline. It follows the poignant story of Roz, a homeless

drug addict who has five adult children and looks especially at the relationship with her and eldest daughter Carly. Tony Teardrop is also homeless, and a parent; he's hoping to arrange a visit to see his two boys, who are in long term foster care. When Tony and Roz meet a relationship develops.

Tony Teardrop ....... Steve Evets

Roz ....... Siobhan Finneran

Carly ....... Christine Bottomley

Billy ...... Gerard Kearns

Ken ....... Glen Cunningham

Lynne ...... Deborah McAndrews

Big Truck ...... Stephen White.

Esther Wilson's biting and comic play about two homeless people.

Why I Don't Hate White People

Why I Don't Hate White People20110731

Poet Lemn Sissay has been invited to do a reading at a community centre in Salford. Recorded in front of a live audience in 2010 this is Lemn's one-man, roller-coaster investigation into why he doesn't hate white people from the unique stand point of a black man who grew up in the area and never met another black person until he was eighteen. Tales of pain and injustice which make you cry with laughter.

Written and performed by Lemn Sissay

Directed by Claire Grove

Lemn arrives at the poetry reading in Salford and finds that the organizer wants him to talk about race. This is Hazel Blears constituency and the BNP represents it in Europe. So he explores his history - being singled out at school, failing to fit into pub culture, being 'loved up' on a Spanish holiday and spat at in the street. And Lemn's quest for answers increasingly frustrates him. Lemn asks on what terms is he being accepted as a writer and performer by this audience. It's 2010. He' s still a black man in a white man's world. Lemn's genial good humour begins to desert him. Anger is taking over. Will he get to the end of the evening and answer his own question?

Lemn Sissay is a poet, playwright, performer and broadcaster and writer in residence at the South Bank. His poetry includes Tender Fingers in a Clenched Fist, Rebel Without Applause and Listener. His plays include Chaos By Design, Storm, and his one-man show Something Dark, which won a RIMA award for Radio 3 in 2004.

Lemn Sissay presents a humorous, rollercoaster investigation into race.

Why I Don't Hate White People20101016

Poet Lemn Sissay has been invited to do a reading at a community centre in Salford. Recorded in front of a live audience this is Lemn's one-man, roller-coaster investigation into why he doesn't hate white people from the unique stand point of a black man who grew up in the area and never knew another black person until he was eighteen. Tales of pain and injustice which make you cry with laughter.

Written and performed by Lemn Sissay

Directed by Claire Grove

Lemn arrives at the poetry reading in Salford and finds that the organizer wants him to talk about race. This is Hazel Blears's constituency and the BNP represents it in Europe. So he explores his history - being singled out at school, failing to fit into pub culture, being 'loved up' on a Spanish holiday and spat at in the street. And Lemn's quest for answers increasingly frustrates him. Lemn asks on what terms is he being accepted as a writer and performer by this audience. It's 2010. He's still a black man in a white man's world. Lemn's genial good humour begins to desert him. Anger is taking over. Will he get to the end of the evening and answer his own question?

Lemn Sissay is a poet, playwright, performer and broadcaster and writer in residence at the South Bank. His poetry includes Tender Fingers in a Clenched Fist, Rebel Without Applause and Listener. His plays include Chaos By Design, Storm, and his one-man show Something Dark, which won a RIMA award for Radio 3 in 2004.

Lemn Sissay presents a humorous, rollercoaster investigation into race.

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Zurich20120204

Aidan and Paul have been friends all their lives and now they are in their late thirties. Both were "head bangers" back in the day and both love AC/DC. Paul has been in a wheelchair since a tragic car accident when he was 21. Each year the friends make it a point to watch AC/DC in a European city, this year Paul has decided on Zurich.

They leave Belfast with Paul secreting a copious amount of cannabis on his person. They use Paul's status as a wheelchair user to bunk any queue they are ever in. Paul is a big lad over twenty stone now. This means they get moved to spacious fire-exit areas, get served their drinks first.

At Zurich they are rumbled by the sniffer dog, which signals that Paul has got cannabis. Paul protests that it is a medicinal necessity, and they are released with a caution. The lads reach their opulent hotel; Aidan enquires why the luxury, as they normally stay in a low-budget one, and Paul explains that "you only live once". They head out to the concert where once again Paul gets them the best seats in the house, demanding vehemently that Aidan be afforded the same treatment as his carer and explaining that Aidan empties his catheter bag.

The concert rocks. Angus and co tear it up and the boys are energized by the music. They have the time of their lives, with big doobies, ice-cold beer and burgers. Only after twenty cans do they realize they have been drinking non-alcoholic beer! The lads laugh and reminisce about the good times, and bad times, when finally Paul reveals the reason he has chosen Zurich and asks his best friend a favour that will test their close relationship to the limits ...

Pearse Elliott was born in West Belfast and was nominated for the Irish Film and Television Best New Talent Award for his feature film, Man About Dog. His second feature, The Mighty Celt, starring Robert Carlyle and Gillian Anderson was nominated for Best Script and Best Film at the IFTAs and was a critical success. He also wrote the feature film Shrooms (Capitol Films/Magnolia Pictures) which was released last year. His tv work includes the acclaimed BBC A Rap at the Door and the BBC 3 series Pulling Moves. Pearse has projects currently in development with Mammoth, Rubicon Films and Treasure Entertainment and a new theatre play.

Paul ..... Conleth Hill

Aidan ..... Patrick FitzSymons

Verity ..... Victoria Inez Hardy

Doctor ..... Gerard McDermott

Music by Brendan Ratliff.

Director, Eoin O'Callaghan.

Producer, Gemma McMullan.

Rock fan Paul has chosen Zurich for a holiday. His best friend soon discovers why.

20040505

Plague

A new play for radio by the acclaimed television writer Lucy Gannon, set in Derbyshire during the Plague.

With the arrival of a newly orphaned boy in need of shelter, Samuel's unthinking existence ignites to become a joyful, brief, but glorious flame. His sexual awakening unleashes a feeling he has never experienced before; a feeling that is unforgivable, and previously unimaginable.

Samuel....Pete Meakin

Sarah....Esther Coles

Peter....Marc Jordan

Narrator....Ellie Haddington

Directed by Lucy Hannah

20040603

The Colony

By Dennis Kelly

Paul collects ants. Vinnie wants to be a war reporter. Louise watches the world go by from her flat as she looks after her sick mother and Ade remembers his son and the bullet that killed him. When a child crawls along a balcony, untended each of them watches, caught up in their own obsessions.

Paul....Adam Godley

Vinnie....Bryan Dick

Ade....Jude Akuwudike

Sarah....Gillian Wright

Louise....Carolyn Tomkinson

20040701

My Arm

'At the age of ten, for want of anything more meaningful to do, I put my arm above my head and kept it there. Now thirty years on, I'm so full of meaning, it's killing me.'

This study of bloody-mindedness, modern art and how the things we do when we're ten stick with us for life is written and performed by Tim Crouch, and features Owen Crouch within a specially created soundscape by Chris Dorley-Brown.

20040731

The Woman with Fork and Knife Disorder

By Jackie Kay.

Irene Elliot has a cutlery disorder which sprung up on her quite suddenly in the house she shares with her daughter. Struggling with her adolescence, Mary Ann hates everything about her mother - blaming her for the day her father took a machete to his marriage and walked out.

Now everything is tense. The cutlery's mixed up, and Mary Ann is turning into her father.

Irene....Siobhan Redman

Mary Ann....Julie Austin

The Doctor....Clive Russell

With music and the voice of the cutlery composed by Scanner

Directed in Manchester by Susan Roberts

20040805

Ammo

By Lavinia Murray

The unthinkable happens in a Manchester inner city secondary school; a teenage girl who, bullied and an outcast, takes two of her fellow students hostage at gunpoint. But is it all real or imagined?

Martha/Gun....Joanne Froggatt

Finolla....Rhea Bailey

Faq....Charlie Ryan

Russell....Gary Damer

Directed by Pauline Harris

20040814

Three Five Silly Twerp

By Jack Klaff

Peggy suffers a stroke. Then, just a few months later, as if in sympathy, her husband, Don, has a stroke, too. Same part of the brain, same limbs affected, speech affected in very similar ways. Peggy ends up with just two all-purpose words while Don is left with only one expression. Jack Klaff explores the ability of love and personality to triumph over the loss of the power to speak.

Don....Alec McCowen

Peggy....Vivian Pickles

Karl....William Gaminara

Julie....Tara Fitzgerald

Sonia....Rachel Atkins

Josh....Jonathan Bee

Directed by David Ian Neville

20040821

Sound Mirrors by Hari Kunzru and Coldcut, a supernatural drama. Sound engineer Dan acquires some old Shellac records and starts hearing messages from World War II spy Cora.

20040902

The Lamb's Snow

From award winning writer Lin Coghlan, a radio drama ""road-movie"" about eight lost souls on different journeys, whose paths cross one magical night in their search for love and happiness.

Franky....Elliot Jordan

Bren....Petra Letang

Derry....Ken Campbell

Clegs....Christopher Fulford

Gino....Ben Crowe

Julie....Julie Peasgood

Radu....Ryan Dougal

Nadia....Lauren McDonald

Stokes....Martin Hyder

Lenny....Tom George

Directed by Tanya Nash.

20040904

Creamie: By Luke Sutherland. As Glasgow cop Tony finds a surveillance operation unravelling, his thoughts return to a reunion last summer with the daughter he had seen only once.

20041007

The Gate

By Jeremy Howe.

In a psychological research institute in a police state, experimenters try to channel the energy of an inmate's obsession with his past. If necessary, can his extraordinary powers of recall be used to send him into the future?

The Storyteller....Will Houston

The Questioner....Nigel Anthony

Charlotte....Rachel Joyce

Jim....Stuart McLoughlin

Composer: John Hardy

Directed by Alison Hindell

20041202

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By Kazuko Hohki

A teenage girl living in Tottenham believes she is the moon princess in a famous Japanese folk story. Tottenham street and Japanese serenity collide. The first full length radio drama from Kazuko Hohki, half of the Frank Chickens - a fantastical, funny story with music.

Japanese s....Kazuko Hohki

Young s....Louisa Lytton

Father....David Hounslow

Wayne....Aml Ameen

Shopkeeper....Stefan Kalipha

Directed in Manchester by Polly Thomas

20050113

God Can See Down Entries

By Linda Brogan.

Josie is married to Brian - entrepreneurial, hedonistic and ambitious, they sell drugs for Brian's best friend Francis in Manchester's Moss Side. Josie and Francis are also best friends, poised for ever on the brink of becoming lovers. As allegiances go into freefall, the most primitive desires surface. Spanning 30 years, this is an impressionistic, poetic journey of three people locked in to a downward spiral.

Josie....Rachel Davies

Brian....Neil Dudgeon

Francis....Lorcan Cranitch

Directed by Robert Delamere

20050203

Disenchantment, by Paddy Cunneen

An expressionistic interpretation of the life and work of Bruno Bettelheim.

Towards the end of his life, the great psychologist meditates on the story of Hansel and Gretel. He finds uncomfortable parallels between the fairy tale and the facts of his own life. Did Hansel escape unscathed from the witch? Is recovery from abuse ever possible? Is there such a thing as "Happily Ever After"?

The Mother and The Witch....Susan Engel

The Psychologist and all other voices....Jack Klaff

Director: Paddy Cunneen

Sound Editor: Paul Arditti

Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane

20050303

THE TRAGICAL COMEDY OR COMICAL TRAGEDY OF MR. PUNCH

Adapted by Neil Gaiman from the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, Mr Punch Never Dies...

A small boy goes to stay with his grandparents in Southsea, spending his days at his grandfather's failed arcade on the seafront. When Swatchell, a Punch and Judy professor, sets up his booth in the arcade the boy becomes fascinated by the story played out by these strange violent wooden puppets - particularly when strange parallels start to develop between the story of Mr. Punch and events in his own family's life.

Narrator....Richard Dillane

Swatchell....Alexander Morton

Grandfather....Hugh Dickson

Morton....Karl Johnson

Boy....Jonathan Bee

Mermaid....Rachel Atkins

Grandmother....Susan Jameson

Father....Stuart McLoughlin

Mr Punch....Geoff Felix

Sister....Frankie Dean

Music by Dave McKean and Ashley Slater

Directed by Lu Kemp

20050505

A new wave of drama

Stone Baby

By Sean Buckley

Xavier has no brothers or sisters or mates at school. But he's got a bump. Something inside. Someone. He feels it move; hears its tiny heart beat in tandem with his.

It's true and real and mine and... stop blowing smoke in my face! It's very bad for his health.

Xavier....Louis Dunsford

Nan....Edna Dore

Stone Baby....Carl Prekopp

Chloe....Chenade la Roy John

David....Alex Matten

Gerald....Joseph Tremain

Teacher....Richard Katz

Nurse....Susan Jameson

Doctor....Nicholas Boulton

TV contestant....Hugh Dickson

Directed by Toby Swift

20050602

The Miracle of Reason

By Nick Dear

When was the last time you were frightened? The mystery of other people is at the heart of Nick Dear's new play. When Josh and Amanda escape London for a weekend of passion in a remote house, a game of truth serves to chip away at the veneer of civilisation, but layers of logic are there for protection. What happens when they are gone?

Amanda McLeish....Frances Tomelty

Josh James....Jasper Britton

Music by Neil Brand

Directed by Ned Chaillet

20050707

Medium Risk by Mark Norfolk

Thomas O'Scorby is on the Sex Offenders Register as a result of an earlier unsubstantiated incident. When a child goes missing in his area, he must face the fear and paranoia of acquaintances, friends and even himself.

Thomas O'Scorby....Kevin Doyle

Stuart Craven....Ray Stephenson

Gwyneth Mulvey....Susan Jameson

Janet Davis....Emily Joyce

Rhys Talbot....Roger Evans

PC Steve Larkin....Riley Stuart

PC Joe Bennett....Gerard McDermott

Producer: Liz Webb

20050716

The Colony

By Dennis Kelly.

Paul collects ants; Vinnie wants to be a war reporter; Louise watches the world go by from her flat as she looks after her sick mother; and Ade remembers his son and the bullet that killed him. When a child crawls along a balcony, untended, each of them watches, caught up in their own obsessions.

Paul....Adam Godley

Vinnie....Bryan Dick

Ade....Jude Akuwudike

Sarah....Gillian Wright

Louise....Carolyn Tomkinson

Produced by Pam Marshall.

20050723

Disenchantment

By Paddy Cunneen.

An expressionistic interpretation of the life and work of Bruno Bettelheim.

Towards the end of his life, the great psychologist meditates on the story of Hansel and Gretel. He finds uncomfortable parallels between the fairy tale and the facts of his own life. Did Hansel escape unscathed from the witch? Is recovery from abuse ever possible? Is there such a thing as "Happily Ever After"?

The Mother and The Witch....Susan Engel

The Psychologist and all other voices....Jack Klaff

Director....Paddy Cunneen

20050730

Hoop Lane

By Patrick Marber.

An old man takes a walk around a cemetery to compose himself before a funeral. His sister fondly torments him with her conflicting views of the past.

Him....Warren Mitchell

Her....Maureen Lipman

Gravedigger....Tom Mannion

Rabbi....Adrian Scarborough

Directed by Mary Peate.

20050806

My Arm

This study of bloody-mindedness, modern art and how the things we do when we're ten stick with us for life is written and performed by Tim Crouch and features Owen Crouch within a specially created soundscape by Chris Dorley-Brown.

20050807

The Wire. A New Wave Of Drama

By Kazuko Hohki

A teenage girl living in Tottenham believes she is the moon princess in a famous Japanese folk story. Tottenham street and Japanese serenity collide. The first full length radio drama from Kazuko Hohki, half of the Frank Chickens - a fantastical, funny story with music.

Japanese....Kazuko Hohki

Young....Louisa Lytton

Father....David Hounslow

Wayne....Aml Ameen

Shopkeeper....Stefan Kalipha

Directed in Manchester by Polly Thomas

20050813

Ammo, by Lavinia Murray. A teenage girl, bullied and an outcast, takes two of her fellow students hostage at gunpoint. But is it all real or imagined?

20050814

The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr Punch

Adapted by Neil Gaiman from the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean.

A small boy goes to stay with his grandparents in Southsea, spending his days at his grandfather's failed arcade on the seafront. When Swatchell, a Punch and Judy professor, sets up his booth in the arcade, the boy becomes fascinated by the story played out by these strange violent wooden puppets - particularly when strange parallels start to develop between the story of Mr Punch and events in his own family's life.

Narrator....Richard Dillane

Swatchell....Alexander Morton

Grandfather....Hugh Dickson

Morton....Karl Johnson

Boy....Jonathan Bee

Mermaid....Rachel Atkins

Grandmother....Susan Jameson

Father....Stuart McLoughlin

Mr Punch....Geoff Felix

Sister....Frankie Dean

Music by Dave McKean and Ashley Slater.

Directed by Patrick Rayner

Produced by Lu Kemp

20050820

Plague

By Lucy Gannon, set in Derbyshire during the Plague.

With the arrival of a recently orphaned boy in need of shelter, Samuel's unthinking existence ignites to become a joyful, brief, but glorious flame. His sexual awakening unleashes a feeling he has never experienced before - a feeling that is unforgivable, and previously unimaginable.

Samuel....Pete Meakin

Sarah....Esther Coles

Peter....Marc Jordan

Narrator....Ellie Haddington

Directed by Lucy Hannah.

20050827

God Can See Down Entries

By Linda Brogan.

Josie is married to Brian - entrepreneurial, hedonistic and ambitious, they sell drugs for Brian's best friend Francis in Manchester's Moss Side. Josie and Francis are also best friends, poised forever on the brink of becoming lovers. As allegiances go into freefall, the most primitive desires surface.

Spanning 30 years, this is an impressionistic, poetic journey of three people locked in a downward spiral.

Josie....Rachel Davies

Brian....Neil Dudgeon

Francis....Lorcan Cranitch

Directed by Robert Delamere

20050903

The Lamb's Snow

By Lin Coghlan.

A radio drama 'road-movie' about eight lost souls on different journeys, whose paths cross one magical night in their search for love and happiness.

Franky....Elliot Jordan

Bren....Petra Letang

Derry....Ken Campbell

Clegs....Christopher Fulford

Gino....Ben Crowe

Julie....Julie Peasgood

Radu....Ryan Dougal

Nadia....Lauren McDonald

Stokes....Martin Hyder

Lenny....Tom George

Directed by Tanya Nash.

20050908

It's Enough to Believe You're in Danger

On the 6 March 1988, three IRA members were shot on the Rock of Gibraltar. In this experimental play, the award winning author Michael Butt attempts to explode the well worn mythologies and presents both the hunters and the hunted as individuals who had begun to query their reasons for being there.

Author....Stephen Boxer

Webster....Henry Goodman

Maddie....Alison Pettitt

Woman....Pamela Miles

Sean Savage/Soldier....Nick Danan

Bandmaster....Ian Bartholomew

McGrory....Gerard Murphy

Mairead Farrell....Brid Brennan

Daniel McCann....Michael Colgan

20051006

Dead Code: Ghosts of the Digital Age

By Jeff Noon.

Set in the ruins of a housing estate in a futuristic, post-digital age world, where music haunts the streets, Joe and Dixie are struggling with the loss of Charlie. Dixie is doing her best to hold on to Joe, but will she succeed when the force of Charlie's memory is so strong?

Dixie....Emma Atkins

Joe....Paul Simpson

Bags....Jason Done

DJ Broken Tongue....Lemn Sissay

Luna....Alison Carney

With original music by Vini Reilly of The Durutti Column, songs by Urban Blue and sound design by Steve Brooke.

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

20051103

Watch the Spider

By Andrew McLay.

A brutally frank look at the effects of a spinal injury that leaves a former soldier paralysed, impotent and incontinent.

Mickey....Andrew McLay

Krista....Alex Tregear

With Philip Fox, Gerard McDermott, Liza Sadovy, Wayne Foskett, Ella Smith, Sophie Roberts, John Cummins and Nick Sayce.

Original music composed by Nina Perry and directed by Sally Avens.

20051208

Iona

By Rhiannon Tise.

Andrew is haunted by the memory of a woman he once loved. He hears her voice everywhere and is desperate to recapture that part of his life. His longing leads him on a bizarre search of the surreal to find the lost memories and discarded moments of their life together.

Andrew....Tony Kearney

Iona....Tracy Wiles

Martin....Alan Westaway

Margot....Carolyn Pickles

Kathleen....Jayne McKenna

James....Nick Sayce

Phil, council man....Crawford Logan

Nikki....Isabelle Joss

20060105

Miscreant Mothers

By Rebecca Papworth, whose modern day fairy tale skillfully blends fable and tabloid tales with music and chorus.

Missy and Ruth embark on an odyssey of reckless behaviour with a baby, across three countries.

Ruth....Sarah Smart

Missy....Denise Black

Harry/Sailor....Jeff Hordley

Oscar/Priest....Geoffrey Wilkinson

Sergeant West/Big Ian....Gerard Fletcher

With original music and chorus by Andy Burton, Chrissie Lockwood and Gill Bond.

20060202

Babble

By Glenn Patterson.

Skinny is sent to plant a flag on Belfast's tallest unlit bonfire on the 11th night. But while he's up there, he experiences a curious and unexpected exaltation. Despite the cries of the mob demanding the bonfire be lit, he begins to wonder why he should ever come back down?

Skinny....Gerard Jordan

Boss....Gerard Murphy

Music and sound score by Gordon Delap.

Director Eoin O'Callaghan.

20060302

Not Talking

By Mike Bartlett.

Mike explores the corrosive power of silence through his grandfather's experiences as a conscientious objector in the Second World War and a contemporary story from the armed forces. Starring Richard Briers and June Whitfield.

James....Richard Briers

Lucy....June Whitfield

Mark....Carl Prekopp

Amanda....Lyndsey Marshal

Director Steven Canny.

Producer Claire Grove.

20060504

Last Suppers

By Pearse Elliot.

Jonah Toomb, a once renowned chef, stands on Death Row. There is nothing to do but wait for the inevitable. Or is there? Jonah embarks on a mission to ensure that the night before execution, each condemned inmate will have one last divine culinary experience.

Jonah Toomb....Jared Harris

Tee Pee....George Harris

Warden....Larry Lamb

Al Bird....Patrick Robinson

Barracuda....Stanley Townsend

Jello....Andrew French

Pecker Wood....John Guerrasio

Martha....Amber Batty

Linda....Ginny Holder

Producer....Gemma Mcmullan

Director....Pearse Elliott

20060601

Donna Love Bite

One night, three kids on a coastal ride to Hull, Hell and back. What happens in a moment to turn a good girl bad?

Donna doesn't want to miss out on her first date with Stu and her one big chance to have some real fun, so decides she has no choice but to take her little sister Kylie with her. But driving around in a stolen car, drugs, drink and a nasty bit of happy slapping soon turns Donna's dream date into anything but fun.

Life On The Edges2010022020100807

By Nicola Wilson

Deano's never met his grandmother, Ellen. But his mother's committed suicide and he's been placed in her care. Alone together they each occupy their own imaginary worlds. Ellen sees things - a bear in a white anorak, Victorian chimney sweeps, the disembodied head of Ian Beale. Deano, used to spending hours on his computer, is missing the imaginary world he created on Second Life. Then his avatar turns up in his new bedroom and their adventures begin again. When Deano and Ellen's imaginary worlds collide, a dark and tragic tale unfolds.

Ellen....Sheila Reid

Deano....Billy Seymour

Mexican Bob....Toby Jones

Dr Norton....Laura dos Santos

Barrister....Nigel Hastings

Nicola Wilson was the Literary Manager at the Bush Theatre before turning her hand to playwriting. Since then she's written for stage, television and radio. She's currently taking part in the BBC's Writers Academy.

Producer: Kirsty Williams.

Drama about the imaginary worlds of a grandmother and grandson which tragically collide.

Seven Scenes20111008

Seven linked monologues by Nicola Baldwin. On the day before her seventh birthday, Natalie Fisher goes missing. Seven Scenes follows her mother Emma, seven seconds, seven minutes, seven hours, seven days, seven weeks, seven months, seven years after her daughter's disappearance.

Seven Scenes is the first in Radio 3's Conviction drama series, new writing and classic drama that explores unwavering and uncompromising belief and battling against forces that present unimaginable challenges - but still bring hope.

Through an intense emotional journey - from family drama, through police investigation, media circus, public trial and personal despair - Emma becomes determined that the loss of her daughter should make a difference. That out of her family's pain, something positive must come. SEVEN SCENES takes an unflinching look at a difficult subject and suggests that the strongest convictions arise out of the most challenging life experiences. Conviction is our way of changing the world. By following her own painful path through the hell of losing her child, Emma discovers a ray of hope; the unshakeable faith of a mother's love

Emma....Lorraine Ashbourne

Paul....Rob Jarvis

Heather....Beth Goddard

Jack....Tom Glenister

Natalie....Alice Hoskyns

Max....Louis Milner

Director: Celia de Wolff

A Pier Production for BBC Radio 3.

Monologue-based drama by Nicola Baldwin set over seven years after a girl goes missing.

The Empire20111029

By DC Moore.

A powerful portrayal of class and politics by an award-winning new writer, set in the early days of British operations in Afghanistan. Gary is on patrol with his mate Phippy during a swelteringly hot summer, but the terrain seems suspiciously quiet.

The play contains very strong language and violent scenes.

Gary....Joe Armstrong

Zia....Ashley Kumar

Captain Mannock....James Norton

Hafizullah....Josef Altin

Phippy....David Kirkbride

Jalander....Imran Khan

Produced by Fiona Kelcher

Directed by Polly Thomas

DC Moore has adapted THE EMPIRE from his stage play, first presented by the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre in 2010. ALASKA, his first full-length play, was awarded the inaugural Tom Erhardt Bursary by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. Moore's most recent play, THE SWAN, opened at the National Theatre in July 2011.

DC Moore's powerful portrayal of operations in the war in Afghanistan.

The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life2009101020101002

by Martin Jameson

Toby has a bad day at work on the phones for Careless the household cover people. When an angry customer pushes him too far - he snaps and tells him to have a heart attack and die. The next morning he wakes up as Dr Richard Jugg. And the next day as a homeless person called Deke. How are these events connected? And where will this nightmarish journey end?

Toby / Richard / Deke / Clive....Jonathan Keeble

Craig / Scott....Andonis James Anthony

Tariq / Naz....Armand Beasley

Sheila....Sue Jenkins

Anastasia / Nurse Phoenix....Melissa Jane Sinden

Stacey / Renata....Catherine Kinsella

Directed by Gary Brown.

A shapeshifting, existential comedy nightmare about the modern world.

The First Domino20110813

On Friday 30th April 1999, at 6.37pm, a nailbomb exploded in The Admiral Duncan pub in Soho, London. Playwright Jonathan Cash was standing a few feet away from the device as it exploded.

The First Domino is a response to that event. A fiction inspired by that horrific bombing and other attacks like it, the play is woven around a series of conversations between a prisoner and a psychiatrist. It is a study of prejudice, extremism and marginalisation, as well as an examination of the human urge towards violence and revenge.

An uncompromising and at times shocking script, it is full of dark comedy too: "When people first meet me, I'm not expected to have a sense of humour. You seem to be defined by what's happened to you." Jonathan Cash

In a radio version re-imagined and rewritten for The Wire, this play has been developed from Jonathan's stage version, which won the Award for Best Theatrical Performance at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2009.

The Cast stars Toby Jones (Infamous, Elizabeth I, Frost/Nixon, Harry Potter) and Carlton Hobbs Award-winner, Joseph Kloska.

Adaptation of a play about violence and prejudice, in response to the 1999 Soho pub bomb.