Radio 3 Drama, 2018

Drama on 3 2018

Drama on 3 - Radio 3 - 2018

BBC Radio 3 - 2018-01-07

21:00 - Drama on 3
Tis Pity She's a Whore

Compassionate and disturbing, John Ford's great story of doomed love between a brother and sister in this new, visceral production for radio, intercut with the music of Jimi Hendrix and Nick Cave.
Annabella..... Jessie Buckley,
Giovanni..... Damien Molony
SignorFlorio ..... Niall Buggy,
Putana..... Fenella Woolgar,
Friar Bonaventura ..... Oliver Cotton.
Lord Soranzo ..... Matthew Pidgeon,
Vasques...... Enzo Cilenti,
Hippolita..... Indira Varma.
Grimaldi..... Gary Duncan,
Cardinal..... Neil McCaul,
Officer..... Adam Fitzgerald
Dorando..... Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong.
The original song - In Deep - composed by Jules Maxwell, and sung by Jessie Buckley, Indira Varma, and Abby Andrews. Introduction by Professor Emma Smith from Hertford College, Oxford. Adapted and directed by Pauline Harris.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-01-14

21:00 - Drama on 3
The Wolf in the Water

Rpt. from 2016. What happened to Jessica, Shylock's daughter in The Merchant of Venice? In the original Shakespeare, Jessica is a minor but fascinating character, Shylock's only daughter, who leaves him to convert to Christianity and marry Lorenzo. We are left rather uncertain about how that marriage is going to work out.....The Wolf in the Water by Naomi Alderman is an imaginative response to The Merchant of Venice, in which we meet an older Jessica in 1615, secretly still practising her Jewish faith in a turbulent Venice that is increasingly hostile to Jews. A murder, twenty innocent Jews facing death - Jessica becomes embroiled in a mystery that challenges her apparently settled life and reconnects her with her identity.
Jessica ..... Pippa Bennett-Warner
Lorenzo ..... Scott Arthur
Anna..... Jennifer Tan
Augusta.....Tracy-Ann Oberman
Tubal....Vincent Ebrahim
Thief1 ..... Philip Nightingale
Thief2 ..... Philip Jennings
Producer,Polly Thomas
Sound designer, Elosie Whitmore
Additional Venice sound, Enrico Coniglio
Development producer, Russell Finch
Naomi Indie (Somethin' Else Production) first broadcast in 2016.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-01-21

21:00 - Drama on 3

Love, passion and change. Five stories from tales told in Ovid's Metamorphoses brought vividly to life in a new dramatisation. With an introduction by Jonathan Bate.
Dramatised by Lucy Catherine.

Ceyx and Alcyone
Ovid..... Jim Norton
Alcyone..... Clare Corbett
Ceyx..... Philip Bretherton
Somnus..... Neil McCaul
Juno..... Isabella Inchbald
Captain..... Tayla Kovacevi-Ebong
Pygmalion..... Rupert Holliday Evans
Theras..... Gary Duncan

Orpheus and Euridice
Orpheus ..... Tom Forrister
Eurydice..... Madeline Hatt
Charon..... Neil McCaul
Pluto..... Philip Bretherton
Proserpina..... Isabella Inchbald
Priest..... Clive Hayward

Byblis and Cannus
Byblis..... Abbie Andrews
Cannus..... Adam Fitzgerald
Servant..... Isabella Inchbald
Mother..... Ellie Darvill
Woman..... Kath Weare

Baucis and Philemon
Baucis..... Sheila Reid
Philemon..... John Rowe
Directed by Marc Beeby.

Jessica ........ Pippa Bennett-Warner
Lorenzo........ Scott Arthur
Anna....... Jennifer Tan
Augusta....... Tracy Ann Oberman
Tubal.........Vincent Ebrahim
Thief1 ...... Philip Nightingale
Thief2 ....... Philip Jennings, with Clive Hayward Tayla Kovacevi-Ebong.
Producer................... Polly Thomas

Writer.... Naomi Alderman.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-01-28

21:00 - Drama on 3
The Effect

by Lucy Prebble.
Starring Jessie Buckley, Christine Entwisle, Damien Molony and Samuel West.
A chemical romance.
Connie and Tristan are taking part in a clinical trial for a new psychoactive drug. So when they start to feel attracted to each other, can they really trust how they feel?
Winner of the Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play when it was performed at the National Theatre in 2012.
Dr Lorna James .... Christine Entwisle
Connie.... Jessie Buckley
Tristan.... Damien Molony
DrToby Sealey .... Samuel West
Composer ...... Richard Hammarton
Producer: Abigail le Fleming


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-02-04

21:00 - Drama on 3
Love Is Not New in This Country

By Samantha Ellis. Introduced by Qais Akbar Omar.
In Kabul in 2005, after the defeat of the Taliban, German-Syrian actress and director Corinne Jaber worked hard to achieve what many thought was an impossible task: to bring together a company of Afghan actors to stage a Dari production of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. Revolutionary things happen in rehearsal - male and female actors appear on the same stage, make eye contact, become friends, and even talk frankly about love, but are plagued by fears that Afghanistan hasn't really changed that much. The Taliban are making death threats against the actresses. Based on the book 'A Night in the Emperor's Garden' by Stephen Landrigan and Qais Akbar Omar.
Corinne..... Amita Dhiri
Qais..... Nima Taleghani
Nabi..... Philip Arditti
Parwin..... Nathalie Armin
Breshna..... Gehane Strehler
Marina..... Sarah Agha
Kabir..... Paul Chahidi
Shahla..... Jumaan Short
Tawab..... Mustafa Aryan
Music by Milad Yousofi
Sound design by Alisdair McGregor
Directed by Jeremy Mortimer
Executive Producer Joby Waldman
Indie - a Reduced Listening production.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-02-11

21:00 - Drama on 3
The Name

Norwegian Jon Fosse, winner of the International Ibsen Prize in 2010, is one of the world's most performed playwrights. His breakthrough came with Namnet ('The Name'), written in 1995, and it remains one of his most widely produced plays. It tells the story of a pregnant young woman's return to the claustrophobia of family home with the reluctant father-to-be in tow. Translated by Gregory Motton.
The Girl ..... Norah Lopez Holden
The Boy ..... Joseph Ayre
The Mother ..... Ellie Darvill
The Father ..... Philip Bretherton
The Sister ..... Isabella Inchbald
Bjarne..... Nikhil Parmar
Produced by Toby Swift
British playwright Simon Stephens introduces the drama.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-02-18

21:00 - Drama on 3
The Last of the Volsungs

Drawn from one of the best known Icelandic sagas, a powerful new dramatisation of the tragic story of Sigurd Volsung and Brynhild, the woman he loves. With an introduction by the author.
By Melissa Murray.
Sigurd..... David Sturzaker
Regin..... David Schofield
Gunnar..... Carl Prekopp
Hod..... Gerard McDermott
Gudrun..... Lyndsey Marshal
Brynhild..... Abbie Andrews
Sadhbh..... Isabella Inchbald
Arvid..... Clive Hayward
Alf..... Rupert Holliday-Evans
Hjordis..... Kath Weare
Warriors..... Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong, Gary Duncan, Philip Bretherton
Produced by Marc Beeby.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-02-25

21:00 - Drama on 3
A Play for the Heart: The Death of Shakespeare

Rpt. from 2016. Playwright Nick Warburton imaginatively recreates what might have happened onShakespeare's last day, with a series of encounters filtered through his fevered imagination. What do his many visitors want? Who is the pale boy? And the man with bloody hands?
Recorded entirely on location in Mary Arden's farm and touching on all aspects of his life, it's a play about memory and regret, life and art, fidelity and legacy and it gives new insights into the inner life of the greatest writer of all time.
William Shakespeare ..... Robert Lindsay
John Fletcher ..... Oliver Chris
William Harvey ..... Gwilym Lee
Unnamed gentleman ..... James Lailey
Ann..... Susan Jameson
Susanna Hall ..... Nicola Ferguson
John Hall .....Nick Underwood
Hamnet ..... Sam Bough
Voice ..... Brian Protheroe
Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-03-04

21:00 - Drama on 3

By Robin Brooks
Poison, intrigue, rebellion, torture, eunuch armies, black magic, political and sexual intrigue: this fast-moving historical epic tells the story of the Empress Zoe. Soft-hearted and politically naive, she nevertheless has the strongest claim to the throne of Constantinople, and lives for several eventful decades at the centre of vicious power struggles for control of the Byzantine Empire. It is a true story,based on contemporary histories of the 11th Century.
Empress Zoe ..... Catherine Shepherd
Psellus..... Adrian Scarborough
Constans/Nicholas..... Julian Wadham
Romanus..... Raad Rawi
John,the Orphan Master ..... Jasper Britton
Michael..... Alex Waldmann
Justin..... Noof McEwan
Abbess/Witch..... Gilian Cally
Alexios,the Patriarch ..... Sagar Arya
Theodora/Wife..... Rose Reade
Other parts played by members of the company.
Producer/Director, Fiona McAlpine. Sound Design, Lucinda Mason Brown. Indie (Allegra Production).


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-03-11

21:00 - Drama on 3
Free Thinking Festival: Suffrage Dramas

From a factory worker who mistakenly goes to an anti-suffrage meeting and can't stop herself speaking out, to a titled lady seeking her friend's help in writing an anti-suffrage speech, only to be constantly interrupted by a stream of highly qualified and articulate women, this specially recorded programme presents a selection of Suffrage dramas hosted by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough and performed by actors local to the area in front of an audience at the Free Thinking Festival in St Mary's Church, Gateshead.
The plays are:
A Pageant of Great Women by Cecily Hamilton
Lady Geraldine's Speech by Beatrice Harradan
Tradition by George Middleton
The Mother's Meeting by Mrs Harlow Philbbs
10 Clowning Street by Joan Dugdale
Which by Evelyn Glover
The cast is Phillippa Wilson, Christopher Connel, Karen Traynor, Rosie Stancliffe, Sarah Lewis Obuba. Producers: Marion Nancarrow and Fiona McLean.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-03-18

21:00 - Drama on 3
A Human Being Died That Night
Rpt. from 2015. Harriet Walter introduces a theatre production from the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town and later seen in London and New York. Based on Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela's book, Nicholas Wright's play explores the relationship between the psychologist and Eugene de Kock, the apartheid regime's most notorious assassin.
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela ..... Noma Dumezweni
Eugene de Kock ..... Matthew Marsh
Sound design by Christopher Shutt
Directed by Jonathan Munby
Produced for the Fugard Theatre by Eric Abraham
Produced for radio by Toby Swift

Pretoria Central Prison, South Africa. Psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela prepares to sit opposite the notorious Eugene de Kock, nicknamed 'Prime Evil', the head of the apartheid regime's death squads. A member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Madizikela questions de Kock who is serving a 212 year sentence for crimes against humanity, murder, conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, and fraud. She is determined to try to understand what motivated de Kock's actions. One is reminded of European writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt's endeavour to understand the nature of evil when she wrote about the Nazi holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann's trial in Israel in 1961.

BBC Radio 3 - 2018-04-01

21:00 - Drama on 3
Is Your Love Better than Life?
By Frances Byrnes. Rpt. from 2014. Could an Archbishop become an enemy of the state? Inspired partially by Eliot's verse drama Murder in the Cathedral, the play explores a future in which senior figures in the Church and Government discover they have irreconcilable differences.
Writer................... Frances Byrnes
Archbishop................... Don Gilet
Minister................... David Annen
Ingush................... Mariah Gale
Citizen................... Adam Rojko
Rone................... Effie Woods
Producer................... Polly Thomas. With thanks to Graham Hunter, St John's Church, Hoxton, Ed West and Canon Alan Billings. Sound design - Eloise Whitmore.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-04-08

19:30 - Drama on 3
The Wild Duck

David Threlfall, Samuel West and James Fox star in Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece - as strong on comedy as profound, tragic drama. A family creates an imaginary forest in their loft room for a wounded wild duck. But will someone come to shatter their dreams?
Translated and adapted by Christopher Hampton
Hjalmar ..... David Threlfall
Gregers ..... Samuel West
Werle ..... James Fox
Gina..... Lise-Ann McLaughlin
Hedvig..... Lauren Cornelius
Ekdal..... Clive Hayward
Relling..... Michael Bertenshaw
MrsSourby ..... Georgie Glen
Solo flute played by Martin Feinstein; producer: Peter Kavanagh.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-04-15

19:30 - Drama on 3
Lady Windermere's Fan

A fresh look at Wilde's masterpiece of secrets, lies and betrayal. His subtitle: 'A play about a good woman'. Social outsider Mrs Erlynne and respectable Lord Windermere share a secret. Are they having an affair? Confronted by young wife Margaret, her husband denies it. Indie: Jarvis & Ayres. Martin Jarvis directs Mira Sorvino, Susannah Fielding, Jonathan Cake, James Callis, Ian Ogilvy, Rosalind Ayres and Peter Woodward. Specially composed music: "A-Mnemonic".


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-04-22

19:30 - Drama on 3
The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare's ever-topical story of over-confident traders, a debt-ridden country dependent on credit, and a society suspicious of religious difference, transposed to the City of London and the 2008 financial crisis. Introduced by the BBC's Business Editor, Simon Jack. Adapted and directed by Emma Harding
Antonio.....Ray Fearon
Bassanio.....Colin Morgan
Portia.....Hayley Atwell
Shylock.....Andrew Scott
Salarino.....Ryan Whittle
Salanio.....Neerja Naik
Gratiano.....Ryan Early
Lorenzo.....Chris Lew Kum Hoi
Jessica.....Lauren Cornelius
Launcelot Gobbo.....Luke Bailey
Nerissa.....Kerry Gooderson
Morocco.....Stefan Adegbola
Arragon.....Javier Marzan
The Duke.....Neil McCaul
Tubal.....Clive Hayward
Balthasar.....Rupert Holliday-Evans
Musical setting of 'Where is fancy bred? composed by Emma Harding, performed by Kerry Gooderson and Peter Ringrose.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-04-29

19:30 - Drama on 3
Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare
Shakespeare's last comedy - a play about religion, surveillance, coercion, sex and power.
The Duke ..... Paul Higgins
Isabella..... Nicola Ferguson
Angelo..... Robert Jack
Escalus..... Maureen Beattie
Lucioand Froth ..... Finn den Hertog
TheProvost ..... Michael Nardone
Mariana..... Maggie Serivce
Claudio/ Friar Peter ..... Owen Whitelaw
Pompey..... Sandy Grierson
MistressOverdone and Francisca ..... Georgie Glen
Juliet..... Olivia Morgan
Elbow/ Abhorson / Friar Thomas ..... Kevin Mains
Introduced by Prof. Julie Sanders
Sound design and music by Gary C Newman
Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-05-06

19:30 - Drama on 3
The Winter's Tale

by William Shakespeare.
The Winter's Tale embraces tragedy, poetry, folklore, magic realism, music, comedy and the infamous stage direction "exit pursued by a bear". Rpt. from 2016.
Leontes..... Danny Sapani
Hermione..... Eve Best
Polixenes..... Shaun Dooley
Camillo..... Karl Johnson
Paulina..... Susan Jameson
Shepherd..... Paul Copley
Perdita..... Faye Castelow
Autolycus..... Tim Van Eyken
Florizel..... Will Howard
Mamillius..... Charlie Brand
Archidamus..... Sean Baker
Antigonus..... Brian Protheroe
Clown..... Sam Rix
Emilia..... Scarlett Brookes
Cleomenes..... Richard Pepple
Dion..... Nick Underwood
FirstLady ..... Adie Allen
Mopsa..... Nicola Ferguson
FirstLord ..... James Lailey
Mariner..... Sargon Yelda
Officer..... Ewan Bailey
Music composed by Tim Van Eyken, Singer Lisa Knapp. Producer: David Hunter.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-05-20

19:30 - Drama on 3
Remorse, or, The Sorrows of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Rpt. from 2016. Samuel Taylor Coleridge promised to be the genius of his generation, but his creative achievement was affected by procrastination, drug addiction and hallucination. Robin Brooks's play tells the story of Coleridge's friendship with William Wordsworth and his infatuation with Sara Hutchinson. At the crisis of a major breakdown, and suffering from a laudanum overdose, Coleridge reviews his disastrous life.
Sound Design by Alisdair McGregor.
Indie (Allegra Productions).
Coleridge................... Alex Waldmann
Porlock................... Tim McInnerny
William Wordsworth/Elliston ................... Jamie Glover
Dorothy Wordsworth/Mrs Glover ................... Christine Entwisle
Sara Hutchinson/Miss Smith ................... Clare Corbett
Mr Rae/Hazlitt/Byron ................... Carl Prekopp
Albert/Tom Hutchinson/John ................... Samuel Valentine
Mrs Coleridge ................... Tilly Gaunt
Director ................... Jeremy Mortimer
Producer................... Fiona McAlpine


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-05-27

19:30 - Drama on 3
Juno and the Paycock

Sean O'Casey's tragic-comedy, set in a working-class Dublin tenement during the Irish Civil War. Will a surprise inheritance improve life for the Boyle family? Rpt. from 2014.
Juno Boyle ..... Sorcha Cusack
Captain Boyle ..... Stanley Townsend
Joxer Daly ..... John Kavanagh
Mary Boyle ..... Beth Cooke
Johnny Boyle ..... Rory Fleck Byrne
Charles Bentham ..... Ruari Conaghan
Maisie Madigan ..... Michele Moran
MrsTancred ..... Marcella Riordan
'Needle'Nugent ..... Stephen Hogan
Furniture Man ..... David Cann
Neighbours..... Craig Els & Scarlett Brookes
Adapted and directed by Peter Kavanagh.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-06-03

19:30 - Drama on 3
The Tidebreak

by David Constantine. Rpt. from 2016.
The Tidebreak of Morecambe Bay is a porous barrier separating the pastand present, the dead and the living, sweet water and salt water - and the scene for three linked tales across the past one hundred years.
The Traveller ................... David Sterne
Captain Molineux ................... Luke MacGregor
Alfred Meyer ................... Anthony Boyle
Mrs Williams ................... Christine Bottomley
Jane Williams ................... Catriona McFarlane
Arthur Benson ................... Struan Rodger
Elsie Armer ................... Susan Brown
Readers ................... Natasha Cowley, John Bowler & John Dougall
Musicians ................... Rob Harbron & Pete Judge
Director ................... David Hunter


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-06-10

19:30 - Drama on 3
King Lear

A new production of Shakespeare's great tragedy.
Rpt. from 2016. Lear is a very old king with a dynastic problem: three daughters and no sons. In dividing the kingdom between his children, Lear's reasoning is that he wants to hand over the kingdom to his daughters so that future strife will be prevented.
King Lear ..... Ian McDiarmid
Kent ..... Michael Nardone
Goneril..... Madeleine Worrall
Regan..... Frances Grey
Cordelia..... Joanna Vanderham
Gloucester..... Bill Paterson
Edgar..... Finn den Hertog
Edmund..... Paul Higgins
The Fool ..... Brian Vernel
Albany..... Steven Robertson
Cornwall..... Steven Cree
Oswald..... Owen Whitelaw
Burgundy/Doctor..... Sean Murray
King of France ..... Simon Harrison
Old Man/Gentleman ..... Ewan Bailey
Music performed by Polly Phillips (bassoon) and Georgina McGrath (double bass)
Music and Sound Design by Gary C Newman
Produced and directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-06-17

19:30 - Drama on 3
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Rpt. from 2011. The play revolves around the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest. The story takes place in Midsummer and is a complex farce featuring Hermia and Lysander, Helena and Demetrius. It contains the hilarious play-within-a-play Pyramus and Thisbe. Recorded on location in some woods in Sussex.
Titania..... Lesley Sharp
Oberon..... Toby Stephens
PeterQuince ..... Robert Pugh
NickBottom ..... Roger Allam
Puck..... Freddie Fox
Theseus..... Nicholas Farrell
Hippolyta..... Emma Fielding
Lysander..... Joseph Timms
Demetrius..... Ferdinand Kingsley
Hermia..... Emerald O'Hanrahan
Helena..... Anna Madeley
Egeus/ Starveling ..... David Collings
Philostrate/ Snug ..... Nicholas Boulton
Fairy..... Sara Markland
FrancisFlute ..... Sam Alexander
TomSnout ..... Sam Dale
Peaseblossom..... Jessica Sian
Cobweb..... Jay Carter
Moth..... Tressa Brooks
Mustardseed..... Stuart Walker.
Director: Celia de Wolff
Music by Stephanie Nunn


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-06-24

19:30 - Drama on 3
Mary Rose

JM Barrie's haunting play about a sinister Scottish island and a girl who never grows up. A soldier sits staring into the fire in an empty, dark house while an unsettling and tragic history unfolds before him. Written just after WW1. Rpt. from 2016.
JM Barrie ..... Bill Paterson
Mary Rose ..... Bryony Hannah
Simon..... Oliver Chris
Mr.Morland ..... James Fleet
Mrs.Morland ..... Pippa Haywood
Harry..... Finlay Robertson
Mrs.Otery ..... Alison Belbin
Cameron..... Mark Prendergast
Original music is composed and performed by singer cellist Laura Moody. Adapted and produced by Abigail le Fleming.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-07-01

19:30 - Drama on 3

In Jon Brittain's Olivier-winning comedy about gender, sexuality and transitioning, Alice is about to email her parents when her girlfriend drops a bombshell.Rpt. from 2007.
Fiona/Adrian ..... Felix Moore
Alice..... Jeany Spark
Lelani..... Lucy Phelps
Josh..... Paul Heath
Director: David Hunter.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-07-08

19:30 - Drama on 3
The Glass Menagerie

By Tennessee Williams
The play is based on the playwright's own life and family in St Louis in the 1930s. The narrator Tom conjures up recollections of the cramped and claustrophobic tenement home he shares with his often over-bearing mother Amanda, and his painfully shy sister, Laura. Tom (Williams' birth name) works in a warehouse but dreams of being a poet. Laura lacks the confidence to engage meaningfully with the outside world. Amanda works from home. One day, Tom brings home a gentleman caller to visit his sister, and their quiet existence is altered forever.
Programme introduced by John Lahr, author of a biography of Tennessee Williams.
Amanda. . . . . Anastasia Hille
Tom. . . . . George MacKay
Laura. . . . . Patsy Ferran
Jim. . . . . Sope Dirisu
Musicfor violin arranged and performed by Bogdan Vacarescu.
Director:Sasha Yevtushenko.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-09-09

19:30 - Drama on 3
The Present Experiment

Rpt. from 2016. Robin Brooks' comedy romps through the first hours of the pioneering Third Programme, in fact and fantasy.
1946. A new government and the NHS. The first Festival of British contemporary music. Peter Grimes. De-mobbed servicemen and young working-class beneficiaries of the Butler Act are going to university in large numbers. In Broadcasting House, head George Barnes (1st in History, Kings) and Director-General William Hayley (no university education) meet to discuss a new arts network, Programme C, (after A - Light - and B - Home) to improve the cultural life of the nation.
Katherine, the Herald ..... Pippa Bennett-Warner
George Barnes ..... Pip Torrens
Gwylim Jones ..... Trystan Gravelle
Lawrence O'Neill ..... Jonjo O'Neill
Lord Reith ..... Christopher Godwin
Roland Givens ..... Tim Potter
Guy Burgess ..... Gunnar Cauthery
William Hayley ..... Michael Bertenshaw
Rex Hardcastle ..... Adrian Scarborough
Virginia, the Sorceress ..... Carolyn Pickles
Heidi O'Neill ..... Catriona McFarlane
Ethel McRea ..... Natasha Cowley
withNicholas Murchie and John Dougall
Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-09-16

19:30 - Drama on 3
Of a Lifetime

By Lulu Raczka. Part of Radio 3's showcase of new audio plays at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. Recorded with an audience.
Whilst on a trip across Europe, Kaela and Georgia look back at their younger selves and at how their friendship has changed.
Georgia... Dani Heron
Kaela... Lois Chimimba
Co-producer: Polly Thomas
Sound Designer and Executive Producer: Eloise Whitmore
Indie (Naked Productions).


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-09-23

19:30 - Drama on 3
An Evening With Angela Carter

Two famous radio plays, first produced in the 1970s, now given brand new productions.
Introduced by Fiona Shaw as Angela Carter.

A young Englishman, travelling by bicycle through Transylvania, finds himself at the mercy of a 'lovely lady vampire' and her governess.
The Countess ... Jessica Raine
THE Count... Anton Lesser
Hero ... Oliver Chris
Mrs Beane ... Doon Mackichan
Sawney/Gatekeeper/Priest: ... Kevin McMonagle
Boy... William Gidney
Young Countess ... Tilly Meeson
Villagers and Peasants:... Pip Williams, Rose Reade, Lucy Mangan, Tre Gordon
Director/Producer - Fiona McAlpine
Sound Design - Wilfredo Acosta

Carter's hallucinatory documentary drama about the murderous Victorian painter, Richard Dadd.
Carter ... Fiona Shaw
Richard Dadd ... James Anthony Rose
Sir Thomas Phillips ... Pip Torrens
Frith ... Keith Hill
Oberon ... Robert Pugh
Titania ... Monica Dolan
Puck/Robert Dadd ... Tom Forrister
Shopkeeper/Fairy Feller ... Noof McEwan
Crazy Jane ... Jasmine Jones
Landlady ... Tilly Vosburgh
Doctor/Howard ... Nicholas Murchie
Violinist - Madeleine Brooks
Director - Robin Brooks
Producer - Fiona McAlpine
Sound Design - Wilfredo Acosta
Scripts by Angela Carter, originally written and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in the 1970s.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-09-30

19:30 - Drama on 3
By Jeremy Raison. An insight into the sonic landscape of Sam, born blind but hugely talented musically, as she struggles to find her voice in a world full of closing doors.
Sam........Scarlett Brookes
Baz........Stephen Critchlow
Lena.......Zalie Burrow
Mr Kent.......Crawford Logan
Deborah.........Helen McAlpine
CJ........Lucy Farrett
Composer: Adrian Leung
Sound Design: Matt Thompson
Desk Studio Manager: David Steele
Director: Cherry Cookson
Indie; a Rockethouse Production.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-10-07

19:30 - Drama on 3
I Told You I Was Ill

A tribute to Spike Milligan. In the centenary year of his birth, this is a special homage to Spike Milligan, where three writers respond to his style, his work and his legacy. Hosted by comic poet and singer John Hegley.

1. Going, Going, Goon, by Toby Hadoke - Spike is called to a Heaven he doesn't believe in, in a synthesis of fact, fantasy and supposition.

2.2 Clowns, 1 Trumpet, by Lee Mattinson - combines clownery and childhood in a bizarre birthday party.

3. Deadline by Jessica Hynes. Hynes stars as a writer on the edge of a nervous breakdown as she attempts to reach her deadline.
Performed live at the University of Hull's Middleton Hall.
Jessica Hynes
Mark Heap
Pippa Haywood
Stephen Wight
Jonathan Keeble
Toby Hadoke
Connor Elliott
Fiona Clarke
Trumpeter - Simon Desbruslais


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-10-14

19:30 - Drama on 3

By Peter Flannery, 30m. The Profumo affair, The Great Train Robbery and the assassination of John F Kennedy all took place in 1963, the year in which writer Peter Flannery passed the 11+ and his friend next door took his own life. Peter re-visits his 11 year old self and remembers that year. Recorded in front of an audience at the Edinburgh Festival.
Narrator: Andy Clark
YoungPeter: Curtis Appleby
Bernard : Ross Waiton
Grandmother and Mother: Jill Dellow
Peter:Micheal Ajao
Director:Melanie Harris
Sound Designer: Eloise Whitmore
Exec Producer: Eloise Whitmore


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-10-21

19:30 - Drama on 3

By Lord Byron. Manfred, living isolated, high in the mountains, haunted by a dark crime, invokes spirits in search of solace but finds no peace.
Singers: Rhiain Taylor, Caroline Lock, Michael Gibson, Fionnuala Dorrity, Conrad Nelson, Connor Baiano and Katharine Longworth.
Original music composed and performed by Olly Fox.
Introduction with Gregory Paul Tate, University of St. Andrews.
Research consultant, Professor Jane Stabler, University of St. Andrews.
Manfred - Joseph Millson
ChamoisHunter/Spirit - Conrad Nelson
Abbot/Spirit/Arimanes - JonathanKeeble
Herman/Spirit - HenryDevas
Astarte/Witch of the Alps/Spirit - Emily Pithon
Spirits - Ruth Alexander Rubin and Fionnuala Dorrity Adapted and produced by Pauline Harris. Rpt. from 2017.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-10-28

19:30 - Drama on 3
The Shadow of a Doubt

World premiere of a play discovered in 2017, written c 1900, by Edith Wharton.
Introduced by Laura Rattray, Reader in American Studies, University of Glasgow. The play looks at the issue of assisted suicide but was never produced. Kate,a former nurse, has recently married above her class to John Derwent,whose first wife Kate had nursed following an horrific accident. But others are suspicious of Kate's social ascent.
Kate Derwent.....Phoebe Fox
John Derwent.....Paul Ready
Sylvia Derwent.....Rosie Boore
Lord Osterleigh.....David Horovitch
Lady Uske.....Francesca Annis
Dr Carruthers.....Don Gilet
Clodagh Nevil.....Alexandra Constantinidi
Bobby Mazaret.....Cameron Percival
Mrs Fullerton.....Emma Handy Adapted for radio by Melissa Murray; directed by Emma Harding.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-11-04

19:30 - Drama on 3
The Moors of England

By Rex Obano
England is divided as never before. The country has turned its back on Europe. Not Britain today but the 16th Century. The story of Sir Robert Cecil and his black Muslim servant Fortunatus.
Fortunatus ..... Ray Fearon
Sir Robert Cecil ..... John Heffernan
Beaupere ..... Sope Dirisu
Casper Van Senden ..... Tristan Sturrock
Duque de Sessa ..... Youseff Kerkour
Queen Elizabeth ..... Elizabeth Counsell
Sir Edward Coke ..... Philip Bretherton
Sir Thomas Sherley ..... Sean Murray
Mae Mice ..... Lucy Doyle
Frances Cecil ..... Ella Glendinning
Lady Frances ..... Emma Handy
Watchman ..... Cameron Percival
Director: David Hunter


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-11-11

No Drama. Concert (Britten - War Requiem).

BBC Radio 3 - 2018-11-18

19:30 - Drama on 3
The Cherry Orchard

By Anton Checkhov. New version by Katherine Tozer, with sound & music by John Chambers. 90m. 1903 and revolution is in the air. Ranyevskya returns to the family estate after 5 years to face enormous debts. A local businessman offers him a way out. Ranyevskya: Emma Fielding, Lopakhin: Neil Dudgeon, Anya: Lucy Doyle, Varya: Joan Iyiola, Gayev: Dominic Coleman, Peter: Nicholas Prasad, Charlotte: Alexandra Constantinidi, Yepikhodov: Matthew Wilson, Dunyasha: Saffron Coomber, Yasha: Lian Lau Fernandez, Firs: Sean Murray, The Tramp: Lewis Bray. Producer: Toby Swift.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-11-25

19:30 - Drama on 3
The Unfortunates
By B.S.Johnson, ad. Graham White, rpt. A sports journalist travels to a strange city to cover a football match; the city where he first met his friend Tony who has recently died. The story follows Bryan's visit and the journey home, when memories of his friend are triggered. Winner of Innovation Award, at the Audio Drama Awards in 2012. Bryan: Martin Freeman, Tony: Patrick Kennedy, Wendy: Claire Rushbrook, June: Jacqueline Defferary, Tony's father: Sean Baker, First Aid woman and Tony's mother: Christine Kavanagh, Station announcer and reporter: Tony Bell, Landlady and clerk: Sally Orrock, Guest house owner and reporter: Lloyd Thomas, Grocer and clerk: Sam Dale, passing child; Joseph Dudgeon, Tony's son: Greta Dudgeon. Producer: Mary Peate.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-12-01

19:30 - Drama on 3
Autumn Journal
By Louis MacNeice, read by Colin Morgan. 125m. Louis' testament of life in 1938, written against the backdrop of the Munich Agreement, the fall of Barcelona and London's preparations for war. Produced by Emma Harding. Rpt. from 2016.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-12-08

19:30 - Drama on 3
The Birthday Party

By Harold Pinter. Stanley, an erstwhile pianist, lives in a seaside boarding house. It's run by Meg and Petey, and they treat him like a surrogate son. Then two sinister strangers turn up, claiming to know him. Stanley: Toby Hones, Goldberg: Henry Goodman, McCann: Stephen Rea, Meg: Maggie Steed, Petey: Peter Wright, Lulu: Jaime Winstone. Producer: Gary Brown. Rpt. from 2016.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-12-16

No drama - Christmas Concert.


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-12-23

19:30 - Drama on 3
Sea Longing

By Elizabeth Kuti. Folklore specialist Robert has spent his life finding out secrets from other people, but now the tables are turned. He gives an interview of his own. Music by Philip Selway, Radiohead drummer and songwriter. Robert Whyman: Stephen Dillane, Laura Whyman: Anastasia Hille, Morag McAllister: Mairi Hawthorn, Angus the fisherman: Lee Ross, young Robert: Kiki May, Margaret: Eve Traynor. Producer Karen Rose; Director Joanne McINnes (Indie: Sweet Talk).


BBC Radio 3 - 2018-12-30

No drama (BBC Proms).

Summary - 41 broadcasts, 17 repeats.


Various dramatic twenty-minute pieces that are used as mid-concert interval pieces during Performance On 3 and Opera On 3; Writer/reader credits have been noted where available; Documentaries/talks have been omitted.



Saturday nights, 30mins unless otherwise noted; Writer credits, and in some cases entry titles, aren't always given.



Dramatised pieces, features and readings that don't fit within the usual slots:

30 Dec 18 Literary Pursuits - Les Miserables
1845 hrs: The story behind the writing of Victor Hugo's classic novel. It was begun in Paris, when Hugo was part of the political and literary establishment, but the revolution in 1848 lead to his falling out with the authorities, and he had to flee. He recovered his manuscript some days later; it was brought to him in Brussels by his mistress, Juliette Drouet. 12 years later, in Guernsey, he set about completing it. There's a similar passage in Les Mis when, after being set upon by robbers, Jean Valjean plans a hasty escape to England. The novel describes life in deeply divided 19th-century Paris. The disaffection of those times is reflected in the 'yellow vest' riots taking place there today. (summarised from notes in RT)


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