Lord Behold Us

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Written by Jennifer Howarth.

Set in Birmingham 1958. Michael Cooper is 12 and it is the first assembly of a new school term. Amid hearty cheers, the headmaster Mr Gardner announces there will be a school play this term - The Merchant of Venice directed by charismatic English teacher Mr Dawson.

Michael accompanies his friend Grayling to the auditions and lands himself a small acting role as well as singing a song.

Michael's sister Pat goes to a different school but wishes she was at Michael's school. She loves the theatre but her school doesn't do proper plays.

Their father is a lawyer in the Courts service - a successful, handsome man, who is dismissive of Michael's abilities and ridicules his ideas and interests. He is also a governor at Michael's school.

One evening Michael's father is visited by the headmaster and a fellow governor and some shocking news about Mr Dawson is revealed. Mr Cooper wants him sacked with immediate effect but the headmaster wants to stand by him - an extraordinary Headmaster for such bigoted times.

Cast:

Pat....Bryony Hannah

Michael....George Hill

Mr Dawson....Tom Riley

Father....Peter Wight

Mother....Jenny Funnell

Mr Gardner/Robert....Nicholas Boulton

Frank....Kim Wall

Grayling....Nicholas West

Janet....Cara Baker

Anderson....James Anderson

Director: Celia De Wolff

A Pier Production For BBC Radio 4.