Adaptation by Philip Ralph of his own stage play about the four deaths at Deepcut army barracks and the subsequent judicial review in 2006.
The play draws on public documents and verbatim records.
The words and memories of the parents of one of the recruits, Private Cheryl Jones, and those associated with her, are interwoven with those of Nicholas Blake QC, who led the review, and some of the people who independently investigated Cheryl's death.
Des James....Pip Donaghy
Doreen James....Janice Cramer
Nichols Blake QC....Simon Molloy
Brian Cathcart....Derek Hutchinson
Frank Swann....Robert Willox
Colonel Josling....Adam James
Bruce George....Rhydian Jones
Directed by Mick Gordon.
A Ladbroke Radio production for BBC Radio 4.
Adaptation by Philip Ralph of his own stage play about the deaths at Deepcut army barracks
Written by Philip Ralph.
Adapted from his original stage play of the same name.
Deep Cut is a radio adaptation of the award-winning production which has been performed at the Edinburgh Festival, in London and on tour in the UK.
The central characters are Des and Doreen James, and the play follows their search for an answer as to why their 18 year old daughter Private Cheryl James was found shot dead at Deepcut training barracks on November 27th 1995.
The play was drawn together by writer Philip Ralph from verbatim transcripts of interviews, alongside publicly available documents.
It traces the events surrounding Cheryl's death from the points of view of her parents and her female Army friend Jonesy, weaving in the statements by Nicholas Blake QC, who was commissioned to carry out the judicial review, as well as, among others, comments from the independent forensics expert Frank Swann, and the journalist Brian Cathcart.
Des and Doreen are at the heart of the play and their poignant memories of their daughter alternate with bewilderment at her sudden and unexpected death.
Cheryl was one of four recruits, each of whom was found shot dead between 1995 and 2002.
The result of the review by Nicholas Blake in 2006 affirmed that the most likely explanation was suicide, and that there would not be a further public enquiry.
Des and Doreen feel passionately that there are questions still to be answered.
Nicholas Blake QC - Simon Molloy
Colonel Nigel Josling - Adam James
Music & Sound Design: Mike Furness
Recorded & Edited by Richard Bignell
Director: Mick Gordon
Producer: Richard Bannerman
A Ladbroke production for BBC Radio 4.
The powerful story of 18-year-old Cheryl James, found shot dead at Deepcut barracks.