The Awakening

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0120140818

Holidaying on Grand Isle in 1899, Edna Pontellier feels she is living in a dream.

by Kate Chopin, dramatised by Janice Okoh

Holidaying on Grand Isle in 1899, Edna Pontellier feels she is living in a dream, so the attentions of the dashing young Robert Lebrun serve merely to amuse her.

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

When it was published in 1899, Kate Chopin's novel shocked society and divided critics. Respectable, married Edna Pontellier, 28, is away from her home in New Orleans, holidaying on Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico with her husband and children. Teaching her to swim is the debonair young Robert Lebrun, known for forming an attachment with a different woman every summer. Despite warnings from her more conventional friend, Adele, Edna falls incontrovertibly for Robert. When he leaves Louisiana for Mexico, Edna realises she's been "awakened" and questions everything: her marriage, her position, the society she lives in. But what is left for her? The novel is regarded by many as the first in a new wave of modern American literature.

0220140819

After a disagreement with her husband, Edna plans a trip alone with Robert.

by Kate Chopin, dramatised for radio by Janice Okoh

Edna is still holidaying on Grand Isle and, after a disagreement with her husband, plans a trip alone with Robert.

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow.

0320140820

Edna continues to be enraptured by Robert's company, but there is a shock in store for her

by Kate Chopin, dramatised for radio by Janice Okoh

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow.

0420140821

Leonce hopes a visit from her father will stop Edna's unconventional behaviour.

by Kate Chopin, dramatised for radio by Janice Okoh

Leonce hopes a visit from her father will stop Edna's unconventional behaviour, but very soon the notorious Alcee Arobin has begun to visit -

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow.

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Edna thinks Robert's return will make her happy, but events are to overtake them both.

by Kate Chopin, dramatised for radio by Janice Okoh

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow.

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Kate Chopin's tale of one woman's pursuit of moral and sexual freedom in turn-of-the-century New Orleans is dramatised by Jyll Bradley.

Over a long, hot summer, Edna Pontellier learns to swim.

With Lorelei King, Briony Glassco and Matilda Ziegler.

Director Jonquil Panting.

Part 1.

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Kate Chopin's tale of one woman's pursuit of moral and sexual freedom in turn-of-the-century New Orleans is dramatised by Jyll Bradley.

Her summer affair may be over, but Edna's life will never be the same.

Part 2.

With Lorelei King, Briony Glassco and Matilda Ziegler.

Director Jonquil Panting