If Only

Five stories of love, marriage and family by Irish women writers, to mark the passionately contested introduction of divorce to Eire.

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20140607

The volcanic ash cloud of April 2010 strands a Labour spin doctor, a Tory MP and a Lib Dem party worker in Malaga airport. As they struggle to get back to the UK, they speculate about the outcome of the forthcoming election and a pact is formed. Four years later they meet again, on 4 August 2014, and the pact begins to unravel.

Originally produced for Chichester Festival in 2013, David Edgar's provocative and witty play is a fiction rooted in fact that projects ahead to imagine what might be the final consequences of the Coalition government - which in itself seemed so unimaginable only four years ago.

David Edgar is long-established as a political playwright whose credits include Destiny, Pentecost, Playing With Fire and The Shape of the Table, as well as the multi-award-winning adaptation of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby for the Royal Shakespeare Company. As he was writing If Only, he found that events in the real world, such as the rise of UKIP, were running ahead of what he had imagined so had to keep rewriting: the radio version has been updated since the Chichester production last year and will be recorded only just before broadcast.

Director Alison Hindell

BBC Cymru Wales production.

20140607

The volcanic ash cloud of April 2010 strands a Labour spin doctor, a Tory MP and a Lib Dem party worker in Malaga airport. As they struggle to get back to the UK, they speculate about the outcome of the forthcoming election and a pact is formed. Four years later they meet again, on 4 August 2014, and the pact begins to unravel.

Originally produced for Chichester Festival in 2013, David Edgar's provocative and witty play is a fiction rooted in fact that projects ahead to imagine what might be the final consequences of the Coalition government - which in itself seemed so unimaginable only four years ago.

David Edgar is long-established as a political playwright whose credits include Destiny, Pentecost, Playing With Fire and The Shape of the Table, as well as the multi-award-winning adaptation of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby for the Royal Shakespeare Company. As he was writing If Only, he found that events in the real world, such as the rise of UKIP, were running ahead of what he had imagined so had to keep rewriting: the radio version has been updated since the Chichester production last year and will be recorded only just before broadcast.

Director Alison Hindell

BBC Cymru Wales production.

01Taxi Men Are Invisible19990705

by Maeve Binchy, dramatised by Alun Richards.

Listening to passengers in the back of his cab, Eddie finds the divorce debate enacted in real lives.

02The Facts Of Life19990706

by Katy Hayes, read by Diane O'kelly.

Dierdre is eleven, too young to be told the facts of life by her 13-year-old friends.

So she goes to a dance to find out for herself.

03Lucy's Story19990707

by Mary Maher, read by Sinead Cusack and Brett O'brien.

Lucy is totally useless as a helper in the women's centre.

She is giggly, shallow, forgetful and in awe of her husband.

Yet her pretty surface hides a secret.

04Ellie's Ring19990708

by Sheila Barrett.

There is a new craze at school - eloping to Oklahoma to get married.

At sixteen, Jane-Anne is going to do this on Saturday.

05 LASTSon, Moon And Stars19990709

by Jennifer Johnston, dramatised by Ruth Symes.

Kate's ailing grandmother cannot keep a secret, so the child discovers that she is no longer the only love in her father's life.