Child's Play

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20020717
20090929

Comedy by Lucy Clarke, set in a children's nursery.

After an indiscretion involving OAPS, MRSA and mint humbugs, Harry, a chirpy City boy, is banished to the country by his boss and told to turn a village nursery into a money-making machine, or face the sack.

There, he comes head to head with Pen, who used to run the nursery before her husband sold it and ran off to South America with a stripper.

Pen....Olivia Colman

Harry....Nicholas Burns

Ruth....Daisy Haggard

Rex....Matthew Holmes

Vicar....Rachel Atkins

Rabbi....Geoffrey Mcgivern

Catholic priest/Imam....Ewan Hooper

Joanne....Barbara Smith

Darren....Bradley Ford.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930106]

A series of five plays on the theme of childhood.

1: Spacehoppers, Clackers and Really Big Fish by Roy Hutchins.

Schooldays are one of the adventures of childhood. At the age of ten, Roy loves Miss Springfield.

Anthony, the class know-all, loves Miss Prue and Sandra loves her Tiny

Tears and sherbet lemons. But then the morning of the eleven-plus dawns and things will never be quite the same again.

With John Baddeley , Geraldine Fitzgerald , David Thorpe and the Fleetdown Junior School, Dartford, Kent

Director Tracey Neale. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930106]

Unknown: Roy Hutchins.

Unknown: John Baddeley

Unknown: Geraldine Fitzgerald

Unknown: David Thorpe

Director: Tracey Neale.

Narrator: Roy Hutchins

Miss Prue: Jennifer Piercey

A&S Springfield: Emma Fielding

Roy: Richard Sandall

Anthony: Aaran Jenner

Gary: Kevin Bassant

Rachell: Claire Hilton

Sandra: Becky Parker

Streakv: Philip Brown

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930113]

A series of fiveplays on childhood.

2:The Hanging of Ernest Moon

by John Latham.

Jimmy: "He was a sort of saint."

Mary: "Is that any reason to bully him?"

Jimmy: "I don't suppose so." Pardy....PAUL HANLEY Director Janet Whitaker. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930113]

Unknown: John Latham.

Unknown: Paul Hanley

Director: Janet Whitaker.

Mary: Lesley Nicol

Miss Ryder: Paula Tilbrook

Jimmy: Ian Taylor

Ernest: Stephen Hall

Johnnie: Steven Blezard

Anne: Catherine Grimes

Dirk: Jonathan Perkins

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930120]

A series of five plays.

"Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.

Nobody that matters, that is."

(Edna St Vincent Millay)

3: Hanuman Childby Nandita Ghose.

Sunetra's father is Indian and her mother English, but where does she belong? She loved her father's stories of Hanuman the Monkey

King when she was little, but can they help her in real life?

Director Janet Whitaker. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930120]

Unknown: Nandita Ghose.

Director: Janet Whitaker.

Sunetra: Anna Abrahams

Sanjay/Hanuman: Madhav Sharma

Ruth: Melinda Walker

Granny: Jill Graham

Stewardess: Sandra James-Young

Indian guest: Rashid Karapiet

Lucy: Charlotte Tomkys

Shorojini: Preeya Kaudas

Natalie: Sarah Harvey Smart

Jane: Adele Sanders

Boy: Anthony Hamblin

Girl 1: Kristy Bruce

Girl 2: Laura Tomkys

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930127]

A series of five plays.

"Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.

Nobody that matters, that is." (Edna St Vincent Millay)

4: Two Together?by Diane Samuels.

Sarah meets the grown-up Susan, the inspiration behind the "Two

Together" children's books, and together they rediscover childhood. For Susan, it becomes a voyage of self-discovery. For Sarah, the realisation that fiction and reality are two different things.

Director Tracey Neale. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930127]

Unknown: Diane Samuels.

Director: Tracey Neale.

Susan: Elizabeth Mansfield

Sarah: Alice Arnold

Edith: Jill Graham

Harry: Keith Drinkel

MrLevington: John Fleming

Child Reader: Perdita Weeks

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930203]

The last in a series of five plays. Just 14

Amanda Swift's wry comedy about 14-year-old, middle-class Georgia, and Sid from Millwall. On a Welsh camping holiday Georgia is introduced to the art of kissing, and gets advice on life and love from a Welsh mountain sheep.

Guitarist Ian Gammie

Songs from Form V girls of St Albans High School

Directors Marilyn Imrie and Marion Nancarrow

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930203]

Guitarist: Ian Gammie

Directors: Marilyn Imrie

Directors: Marion Nancarrow

Georgia: Claire Skinner

Serena: Elaine Claxton

Paul: Matthew Morgan

Sid: Clarence Smith

Marcus: Richard Pearce

Ralph: David Crossley

The Sheep: Amanda Swift

20020710

Lucy Dallas explores how the idea of childhood as a lost fantasy world influenced composers, writers and thinkers in turn-of-the-century FRANCE.