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01The Casper Logue Affair2010032920110829
20130507 (BBC7)
20130508 (BBC7)

A darkly comic thriller by Sebastian Baczkiewicz, set in Baghdad.

The first of three Arabian Afternoons - contemporary plays inspired by tales from The Arabian Nights.

Junior diplomat Bob Goldacre is in trouble: the American businessman he was looking after has vanished from a Baghdad street.

As the suspects pile up, Goldacre is going to have his work cut out if he wants to save his career and make sure that justice is done.

Shahrazad....Sirine Saba

Shahrayar....KEVORK MALIKYAN

Aseera....BETSABEH EMRAN

Rahim....SARGON YELDA

Goldacre....Trevor White

Hammond....Bruce Alexander

Casper....Nathan Osgood

Kindermann....RUFUS WRIGHT

Carlton....JOHN BIGGINS

Charlene....Alison Pettit

Directed by Abigail le Fleming

The Story

The Casper Logue Affair is based on the story The Hunchback", found in The Arabian Nights, which deals with the extraordinary events that take place after the death of the king's favourite fool.

The Writer

Sebastian Baczkiewicz is a radio writer of great range and experience.

His work for Radio 4 includes 2000 Tales(an updating of the idea of The Canterbury Tales) and the New Metamorphoses (he wrote Semele).

He also writes the series Pilgrim, based on the old myths and legends of Britain.

The Arabian Afternoons Series

A long time ago and far away, there was a king called Shahrayar.

Betrayed in love himself, his custom was to enjoy his brides on their wedding night and then kill them at dawn.

But one woman managed to survive, night after night, by telling the king stories.

Her name was Shahrazad.

These three afternoon plays are framed by Shahrazad's voice as she describes rare and strange places for her husband, the murderous king.

But these places are not the markets and deserts of medieval Arabia - with the help of some of our best radio writers, she conjures the Middle East of 2010, a landscape against which stories from the original 14th century "Thousand and One Nights" can breathe again.

The stakes are high: as each tale comes to a close, Shahrazad will learn whether it has earned her a night's reprieve.

Each play is a tale within a tale - the stakes are also high for the storytellers Shahrazad introduces.

Taken together, the plays reflect the humour, magic and savagery of the old tales.

The Other Plays in the Series

Tuesday 30 March 2010: The Porter and the Three Ladies

Written by Rachel Joyce

Directed by Tracey Neale

Shahrazad has one last night to tell a story before the King kills her in the morning.

She chooses one about freedom: the adventures of an out of luck journalist, Joe, who has been sent by his ruthless editor to find the story that sells newspapers or he will lose his job.

But what Joe discovers in Damascus are three beautiful women with a terrible secret.Can Joe win his job back with their story? And can Shahrazad win another night with Joe's? A wild, dark modern fairytale.

Joe....Stephen Tompkinson

Margot....Joanna Monro

Mira....Indira Varma

Affyah....JASMINE JONES

Juliba....MELISSA ADVANI

"The Porter and the Three Ladies" is inspired by a tale of the same name in The Thousand and One Nights:

The three beautiful and mysterious women who take the porter in have only one rule: never ask us questions.

He resists, but when disguised dignitaries and one-eyed dervishes arrive and break the rule, they are all imprisoned and can only buy their freedom with stories.

Wednesday 31 March 2010: A Dish of Pomegranates

Written by Peter Jukes

Directed by Mary Peate

Shared roots and scattered families in the melting pot of modern Jerusalem.

Tired after a stressful trip, Ajib is stopped by security officers as he tries to fly out of Ben Gurion airport on his way home to the U.S.

They don't think his story adds up.

Can he make them believe him? And does he actually know the whole story himself?

Shahrayar/Vardan....KEVORK MALIKYAN

Ajib....WILLIAM EL-GARDI

Orit....BETSABEH EMRAN

Rafi....Zubin Varla

Howard....Allan Corduner

Julia....KEELY BERESFORD

Cafe Owner....STEFAN KALIPHA

Tawfik/Trader 2....MOZAFFAR SHAFEIE

Flight Attendant/Trader 1....DAVID SEDDON

Protestor....RUFUS WRIGHT

A Dish of Pomegranates is loosely based on story "The Two Viziers":

Two brothers have a terrible argument and one leaves home forever.

Years later and miles away, their grandson is magically drawn to his long-lost father through the power of a pomegranate dish only his father can make, and the family is reunited.

By Sebastian Baczkiewicz.

Diplomat Bob Goldacre loses the businessman he was looking after"

The Casper Logue Affair

An absurd black comedy thriller, set in Baghdad.

By Sebastian Baczkiewicz. Diplomat Bob Goldacre loses the businessman he was looking after

An absurd black comedy thriller, set in Baghdad. The first of three Arabian Afternoons - contemporary plays inspired by tales from The Arabian Nights.

Junior diplomat Bob Goldacre is in trouble: the American businessman he was looking after has vanished from a Baghdad street. As the suspects pile up, Goldacre is going to have his work cut out if he wants to save his career and make sure that justice is done.

02The Porter And The Three Ladies2010033020110830
20130508 (BBC7)
20130509 (BBC7)

A wild, dark modern fairytale by Rachel Joyce, set in Damascus.

The second in a series of contemporary plays inspired by stories from the Arabian Nights.

It is time for Shahrazad to tell another tale to save her life.

In this story within a story, we find out that if Joe doesn't find the exclusive to satisfy his ruthless editor, he will lose his job.

He finds three beautiful women in Damascus but what is the truth behind their secret life?

Shahrazad....Sirine Saba

Shahrayar....Kevork Malikyan

Joe....Stephen Tompkinson

Margot....Joanna Monro

Mira....Indira Varma

Affyah....Jasmine Jones

Juliba....Melissa Advani

Directed by Tracey Neale

The Story

The Porter and the Three Ladies" is inspired by a tale of the same name in The Thousand and One Nights:

The three beautiful and mysterious women who take the porter in have only one rule: never ask us questions.

He resists but when disguised dignitaries and one-eyed dervishes arrive and break the rule, they are all imprisoned and can only buy their freedom with stories.

The Play

In Rachel Joyce's tale Shahrazad has one last night to tell a story before the King kills her in the morning.

She chooses one about freedom: the adventures of an out of luck journalist, Joe, who has been sent by his ruthless editor to find the story that sells newspapers or he will lose his job.

But what Joe discovers in Damascus are three beautiful women with a terrible secret.Can Joe win his job back with their story? And can Shahrazad win another night with Joe's? A wild, dark modern fairytale.

The Writer

Rachel Joyce is a talented and imaginative writer who has written many plays for radio.

Her most recent work includes a beautiful dramatisation of Henry James's "The Portrait of A Lady" and a stylish adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's "Villette".

Her moving Afternoon Play "To Be A Pilgrim" won the Peter Tinniswood Award for best drama in 2007.

The Arabian Afternoons Series

A long time ago and far away, there was a king called Shahrayar.

Betrayed in love himself, his custom was to enjoy his brides on their wedding night and then kill them at dawn.

But one woman managed to survive, night after night, by telling the king stories.

Her name was Shahrazad.

These three afternoon plays are framed by Shahrazad's voice as she describes rare and strange places for her husband, the murderous king.

But these places are not the markets and deserts of medieval Arabia - with the help of some of our best radio writers, she conjures the Middle East of 2010, a landscape against which stories from the original 14th century "Thousand and One Nights" can breathe again.

The stakes are high: as each tale comes to a close, Shahrazad will learn whether it has earned her a night's reprieve.

Each play is a tale within a tale - the stakes are also high for the storytellers Shahrazad introduces.

Taken together, the plays reflect the humour, magic and savagery of the old tales.

The Other Plays in the Series

Monday 29 March 2010: The Casper Logue Affair

Written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz

Directed by Abigail Le Fleming

An absurd black comedy thriller.

Junior diplomat Bob Goldacre is in trouble: the American businessman he was looking after has vanished from a Baghdad street.

As the suspects pile up, Goldacre is going to have his work cut out if he wants to save his career and make sure that justice is done.

Wednesday 31 March 2010: A Dish of Pomegranates

Written by Peter Jukes

Directed by Mary Peate

Shared roots and scattered families in the melting pot of modern Jerusalem.

Tired after a stressful trip, Ajib is stopped by security officers as he tries to fly out of Ben Gurion airport on his way home to the U.S.A.

They don't think his story adds up.

Can he make them believe him? And does he actually know the whole story himself?

By Rachel Joyce.

Journalist Joe discovers three beautiful women with a terrible secret."

The Porter and the Three Ladies

A wild, dark modern fairytale, set in Damascus.

By Rachel Joyce. If Joe doesn't find the exclusive to story his editor, he'll lose his job

A wild, dark modern fairytale, set in Damascus. The second in a series of contemporary plays inspired by stories from the Arabian Nights.

It is time for Shahrazad to tell another tale to save her life. In this story within a story, we find out that if Joe doesn't find the exclusive to satisfy his ruthless editor, he will lose his job. He finds three beautiful women in Damascus but what is the truth behind their secret life?

03 LASTA Dish Of Pomegranates2010033120110831
20100331 (BBC7)
20130509 (BBC7)
20130510 (BBC7)

by Peter Jukes

The third in a series of plays inspired by stories from the Arabian Nights.

Shared roots and scattered families in the melting pot of modern Jerusalem. Tired after a stressful trip, Ajib is stopped by security officers as he tries to fly out of Ben Gurion airport on his way home to the U.S. They don't think his story adds up. Can he make them believe him? And does he actually know the whole story himself?

Directed by Mary Peate.

Shared roots and scattered families in the melting pot of modern Jerusalem.

Tired after a stressful trip, Ajib is stopped by security officers as he tries to fly out of Ben Gurion airport on his way home to the U.S.

They don't think his story adds up.

Can he make them believe him? And does he actually know the whole story himself?

Shahrazad....Sirine Saba

Shahrayar/Vardan....KEVORK MALIKYAN

Ajib....WILLIAM EL-GARDI

Orit....BETSABEH EMRAN

Rafi....Zubin Varla

Howard....Allan Corduner

Julia....KEELY BERESFORD

CafÃ(c) Owner....STEFAN KALIPHA

Tawfik/Trader 2....MOZAFFAR SHAFEIE

Flight Attendant/Trader 1....DAVID SEDDON

Protestor....RUFUS WRIGHT

ARABIAN AFTERNOONS: A Dish Of Pomegranates

A Dish Of Pomegranates is the last in our series of three contemporary plays inspired by tales from The Arabian Nights.

A long time ago and far away, there was a king called Shahrayar.

Betrayed in love himself, his custom was to enjoy his brides on their wedding night and then kill them at dawn.

But one woman managed to survive, night after night, by telling the king stories.

Her name was Shahrazad.

These three afternoon plays are framed by Shahrazad's voice as she describes rare and strange places for her husband, the murderous king.

But these places are not the markets and deserts of medieval Arabia - with the help of some of our best radio writers, she conjures the Middle East of 2010, a landscape against which stories from the original 14th century Thousand and One Nights" can breathe again.

The stakes are high: as each tale comes to a close, Shahrazad will learn whether it has earned her a night's reprieve.

Each play is a tale within a tale - the stakes are also high for the storytellers Shahrazad introduces.

Taken together, the plays reflect the humour, magic and savagery of the old tales.

A Dish of Pomegranates is loosely based on the story of "The Two Viziers" in which two brothers have a terrible argument and one leaves home forever.

Years later and miles away, their grandson is magically drawn to his long-lost father through the power of a pomegranate dish only his father can make, and the family is reunited.

The Writer:

Peter Jukes is an author and screenwriter who has written books, articles, radio and TV scripts, including Waking the Dead, Sea of Souls, In Deep (En immersion) and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

Recent radio includes the very well received BAD FAITH starring Lenny Henry, SOUL MOTEL and SLAVERY: THE MAKING OF.

Ajib is stopped by security officers as he tries to fly home from Israel."

A Dish of Pomegranates

Caf退 Owner....STEFAN KALIPHA

By Peter Jukes. Ajib is stopped by security officers as he tries to fly home from Israel.