Mandrake

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20081022 (BBC7)
20130510 (BBC7)
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Irene threatens her neighbour when he suggests cutting down a tree.

Irene, an old woman threatens her new neighbour with a scythe when he suggests cutting down a tree which is on his land.

Irene claims that her husband is buried under the tree- "to cut the branches would be to cut his limbs." But the tree is around a hundred years old.

Ruth, a social worker is called in to assess Irene's mental health and ability to look after herself. But as she gets to know Irene she is drawn into a strange and magical tale that will change her life forever.

Written and directed by Anita Sullivan

Music by Sara Harrison

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

Irene claims that her husband is buried under the tree- "to cut the branches would be to cut his limbs." But the tree is around a hundred years old.

Ruth, a social worker is called in to assess Irene's mental health and ability to look after herself.

But as she gets to know Irene she is drawn into a strange and magical tale that will change her life forever.

Cast:

Irene - Sara Kestelman

Ruth....Martina Laird

Poppy....Kate Aspinall

Aiden - Hugh Ross

Nick - Nicholas Boulton

Social worker Ruth is drawn into Irene's magical tale centred around a disputed tree.

An old woman, Irene, threatens her neighbour with a scythe when he tries to cut down a tree adjoining their houses.

Ruth, a social worker, is called in to assess Irene's mental health, but as she gets to know her, she is drawn into a strange and magical tale that will change her life.

Music devised and performed by Sara Harrison.