Man Of All Work

by Richard Wright Just how far will a man go to provide for his family? Richard Wright's bitingly funny play centres on Carl, a black man in 1950s America struggling to make ends meet for his family.

Turning on its head the view held by some whites that 'blacks all look the same', Carl adopts the name of his wife, Lucy, and poses as a female maid, securing a position in a white family.

The performance is all too convincing for the father of the house, who tries to make Carl submit to the sexual advances that have driven away his predecessor.

Through the wife's outrage, which turns to violent retribution, Carl identifies the articulation of race and gender that characterises this period of America's history.

Carl....Paterson Joseph Dave....John Sharian Lucy....Nicola Hughes Rosie....Josie Kook-Clark Henry....Anton Rice Anne....Barbara Barnes Revised for radio by Lavinia Murray.

Produced by Pauline Harris

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SP2002060820040214
20091007 (BBC7)
20091008 (BBC7)
20111125 (BBC7)
20111126 (BBC7)
20130101 (BBC7)

by Richard Wright Just how far will a man go to provide for his family? Richard Wright's bitingly funny play centres on Carl, a black man in 1950s America struggling to make ends meet for his family.

Turning on its head the view held by some whites that 'blacks all look the same', Carl adopts the name of his wife, Lucy, and poses as a female maid, securing a position in a white family.

The performance is all too convincing for the father of the house, who tries to make Carl submit to the sexual advances that have driven away his predecessor.

Through the wife's outrage, which turns to violent retribution, Carl identifies the articulation of race and gender that characterises this period of America's history.

Carl....Paterson Joseph Dave....John Sharian Lucy....Nicola Hughes Rosie....Josie Kook-Clark Henry....Anton Rice Anne....Barbara Barnes Revised for radio by Lavinia Murray.

Produced by Pauline HarrisA black man dresses as a maid to find work in 1950s Chicago.

With Paterson Joseph.

Richard Wright's thought-provoking comedy with Paterson Joseph.

SP2002060820040214
20091007 (BBC7)
20091008 (BBC7)
20111125 (BBC7)
20111126 (BBC7)

by Richard Wright Just how far will a man go to provide for his family? Richard Wright's bitingly funny play centres on Carl, a black man in 1950s America struggling to make ends meet for his family.

Turning on its head the view held by some whites that 'blacks all look the same', Carl adopts the name of his wife, Lucy, and poses as a female maid, securing a position in a white family.

The performance is all too convincing for the father of the house, who tries to make Carl submit to the sexual advances that have driven away his predecessor.

Through the wife's outrage, which turns to violent retribution, Carl identifies the articulation of race and gender that characterises this period of America's history.

Carl....Paterson Joseph Dave....John Sharian Lucy....Nicola Hughes Rosie....Josie Kook-Clark Henry....Anton Rice Anne....Barbara Barnes Revised for radio by Lavinia Murray.

Produced by Pauline HarrisA black man dresses as a maid to find work in 1950s Chicago.

With Paterson Joseph.

Richard Wright's thought-provoking comedy with Paterson Joseph.