Guiding Lights

Short stories by leading women writers provide the inspiration for new plays by contemporary dramatisers.

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01The Kitchen Child20061113

Short stories by leading women writers provide the inspiration for new plays by contemporary dramatisers.

By Angela Carter, dramatised by Iain Finlay Macleod.

A young man seeks enlightenment on the subject of his father's identity.

Mother....Carol Ann Crawford

Housekeeper....Eileen Mccallum

The Duc....Mark McDonnell

Mary/Skivvy....Laura Smales

Boy....Nick Underwood

Director David Ian Neville

02* Let Them Call It Jazz20061114

By Jean Rhys, dramatised by Sarah Wooley.

Selina, newly arrived from the West Indies, struggles to negotiate the hostile environment of 1950s London.

Selina....Adjoa Andoh

Johnny....James Bryce

Clarice/Prisoner....Carol Ann Crawford

Neighbour....Mark McDonnell

Maggie....Lucy Paterson

Prison Officer/Magistrate....Nick Underwood

Directed by David Ian Neville

03* Until Such Times, By Jessie Kesson.20061115

Dramatised by Linda Cracknell.

A young girl, left in the care of her grandmother and invalid aunt, finds comfort in counting down the minutes and hours until her escape.

Grandmother....Eileen Mccallum

Ailsa....Gayanne Potter

Child....Laura Smales

Edith....Carol Ann Crawford

Directed by David Ian Neville

04* Bang Bang You're Dead20061116

By Muriel Spark, dramatised by Gowan Calder.

Sybil's friends begin to see her in a new light when they watch film footage of her time in Africa.

Hostess....Adjoa Andoh

Sybil....Emma Currie

Barry/Ted....Mark McDonnell

Desiree....Lucy Paterson

David....Nick Underwood

Director David Ian Neville

05 LASTInside Information20061117

By Nicola Barker, dramatised by Sian Preece.

Unhappy with its reincarnation, a foetus decides to take matters into its own hands.

Social worker....Carol Ann Crawford

Foetus....Mark McDonnell

Martha....Gayanne Potter

Corgi....Nick Underwood

Guard....Chris Young

Director David Ian Neville