"our responsibility begins with the power to imagine"
Secrets of the Icefish (2021)
A new work originally for BBC Radio 4
now available for further digital production and/or stage adaptation.
JULIA has a thing for desolate places - she has learnt how to survive the sub-zero atmosphere of an absent father and a distraught mother. Working her way through South America Julia meets Dorothy and accompanies her on a cruise to the Antarctic and begins her quest to discover the truth about her father and why the Antarctic was for him more important than family and home. In order to do this she must conceal her identity, jump ship, spend time at a Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula and do her best to withstand the inexplicable warmth of people around her - she is after all an Icefish, specifically adapted to the cold.
Cast: 2F,3M (multi role) strong female leads
recorded running time 1 hour
The Book of Snail (2022)
New radio play available for digital production.
The play is inspired by a real crime and historical events. It is told across four time periods: London in the early 1980s and 2016, Sarajevo under sedge in the winter of 1996, and AD 793 just before the first Viking raid on Lindisfarne Island. Historical facts are woven with fiction to tell a story that begins with a child saving a book from a fire because she is drawn to an illustration of a snail within its pages. This random act of conservation sets the tone for a multi-stranded tale about love and fidelity, trust and paranoia, visions of the future and the fragility of life, wealth and the written word and the fluidity of value and truth within a world full of competing narratives.
Cast: 4 adults (2F, 2M) 1 child (multi-cast) strong female leads
running time 45 minutes to 1 hour
The Last Cuckoo (Revised)
A revised version of the original award-winning stage production (2010) written for the actor Paul Copley
The year is 2050 and the world has changed beyond all recognition. In a derelict building on the edge of a desert a man attended by a girl who can't or won't speak, sifts through his memory archive in an attempt to make sense of his life and his mission to memorise "stuff that might be important, significant, of use to someone."
A play that combines fierce political concern with a quirky humour and warmth that is immediately engaging. THE LAST CUCKOO is a hugely moving and significant piece of writing, unique in its startling perception and urgent concern for humanity
Cast: 1M, 1F a full-length monologue for the male character
running time 1 hour 45 minutes without interval
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