Modern Morality Tales

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20160221

Rebecca Front plays Eve in five stories about modern attitudes towards morality.

In medieval times, allegorical plays such as 'Mankind' and 'Everyman' were used to warn audiences that how they lived in the present would affect their afterlife - whether they would end up in Hell, Purgatory or Heaven. But in a secular age how do we deal with the nature of sins and virtues? Our attitude to good and evil is certainly less black and white. Is it bad to be proud - don't we deserve respect? Can't anger be used to promote change for the better, and isn't envy what drives our materialistic lifestyle? These five tales by some of radio's most talented playwrights explore our attitudes to these questions through the character of 'Eve', a 21st-century Everywoman played by Rebecca Front, to see how contemporary attitudes to morality have changed.

The five plays are introduced by Dr Sue Niebrzydowski, Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Bangor University, and directed by Sally Avens.

1. Moderation

by Lin Coghlan. A comic look at our attitude towards Moderation as Eve comes face to face with her Spiritual Estate Agent after her car crashes into a canal.

Eve - Rebecca Front

Isobel - Anastasia Hille

Ana - Scarlett Brookes

Jerome - Ewan Bailey

2. Pride

Al Smith takes a look at the most venous of sins, Pride. Mrs Eve is the head of an exclusive public school instilling pride and ambition in their pupils, but her lack of respect for one of her former charges is the basis of a shaming encounter.

Mrs Eve - Rebecca Front

Tom - Tom Hughes

3. Envy

by Duncan MacMillan and Effie Woods. Invidia has gone for a job interview at her old school, but her nemesis, Helen Polidora, is interviewing for the same role. Helen who always beats her at everything. Will this time be different?

Eve/Invidia - Rebecca Front

Jonathan - Alex Lowe

Headteacher - Susan Jameson

Helen - Adie Allen

4. Wrath

by Roy Williams. Eve finds herself overcome with anger on the day that she is made redundant, but does her anger necessarily have to have a destructive end?

Samson - Steve Toussaint

Supervisor - Nick Underwood

Bus announcements - Adie Allen

5. Justice

by Lizzie Nunnery. Can justice act fairly in a world of the haves and have nots?

Managing Director - Nick Underwood

Wrath - Adie Allen

Spite - Scarlett Brookes

Mirth - Ewan Bailey

Mercy - Susan Jameson

Rebecca Front is a BAFTA winning actress best known for her comedy work in The Thick of It, Alan Partridge, Grandma's House and Psychobitches.

Rebecca can currently be seen in BBC1's War and Peace.

Lin Coghlan is the winner of the Dennis Potter and the Peggy Ramsay Awards. She writes extensively for radio, television, theatre and film.

She is currently adapting the Forsytes for BBC Radio 4.

Al Smith is the winner of the Sunday Times Playwriting Award. His most recent play, Harrogate, won rave reviews and will be seen later this year in London.

Duncan MacMillan's most recent play, People, Places and Things, is transferring from a sold-out run at the National Theatre to the Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End in March. He writes here with his wife, actress and writer Effie Woods. They have previously written an Afternoon Drama together for Radio 4, The Golden Record.

Roy Williams OBE has won both the George Devine Award and the Evening Standard Award for most promising playwright. His many plays include Fallout, Sucker Punch and Clubland. His new play, Soul, about the final days of Marvin Gaye will open in May at the Derngate, Northampton, before transferring to the Hackney Empire.

Lizzie Nunnery is currently under commission for both the National Theatre and the Liverpool Everyman.

01Moderation20160215

Rebecca Front plays Eve in five stories about modern attitudes towards morality. Inspired by the medieval morality plays our first tale, by Lin Coghlan, takes a comic look at our attitude towards Moderation.

Eve comes face to face with her Spiritual Estate Agent after her car crashes into a canal.

Directed by Sally Avens

The first of five plays inspired by the Medieval Morality Plays introduced by Dr Sue Niebrzydowski, Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Bangor University.

Five of radio's most talented playwrights (Lin Coghlan, Roy Williams, Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods, Al Smith and Lizzie Nunnery) explore how contemporary attitudes to morality have changed.

In medieval times allegorical plays such as 'Mankind' and 'Everyman' were used to warn audiences that how they lived in the present would affect their afterlife - whether they would end up in Hell, Purgatory or Heaven. But in a secular age how do we deal with the nature of sins and virtues? Our attitude to good and evil is certainly less black and white. Is it bad to be proud, don't we deserve respect? Can't anger be used to promote change for the better and isn't envy what drives our materialistic lifestyle? These five tales explore our attitudes to these questions through the character of 'Eve', a 21st century Everywoman, played by Rebecca Front.

Rebecca Front is a BAFTA winning actress best known for her comedy work in The Thick of It, Alan Partridge, Grandma's House and Psychobitches.

Rebecca can currently be seen in BBC1's War and Peace.

Lin Coghlan is the winner of the Dennis Potter and the Peggy Ramsay Awards. She writes extensively for radio, television, theatre and film.

She is currently adapting the Forsytes for BBC Radio 4.

02Pride20160216

Inspired by medieval morality plays, Al Smith takes a look at the most venous of sins, Pride. Rebecca Front stars as the Head of an exclusive school encountering an old pupil.

Mrs Eve is the head of an exclusive public school instilling pride and ambition in their pupils, but her lack of respect for one of her former charges is the basis of a shaming encounter.

The second of five stories inspired by the medieval morality plays introduced by Dr Sue Niebrzydowski, Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Bangor University.

Six of radio's most talented playwrights (Lin Coghlan, Roy Williams, Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods, Al Smith and Lizzie Nunnery) explore how contemporary attitudes to morality have changed.

In medieval times allegorical plays such as 'Mankind' and 'Everyman' were used to warn audiences that how they lived in the present would affect their afterlife - whether they would end up in Hell, Purgatory or Heaven. But in a secular age how do we deal with the nature of sins and virtues? Our attitude to good and evil is certainly less black and white. Is it bad to be proud, don't we deserve respect? Can't anger be used to promote change for the better and isn't envy what drives our materialistic lifestyle? These five tales explore our attitudes to these questions through the character of 'Eve', a 21st-century Everywoman, played by Rebecca Front.

Rebecca Front is a BAFTA winning actress best known for her comedy work in The Thick of It, Alan Partridge, Grandma's House and Psychobitches.

Rebecca can currently be seen in BBC1's War and Peace.

Tom Hughes played the lead in The Game, and was also recently seen in Page Eight and Dancing On The Edge.

Al Smith is the winner of the Sunday Times Playwriting Award. His most recent play, Harrogate, won rave reviews and will be seen later this year in London.

03Envy20160217

by Duncan MacMillan and Effie Woods. Inspired by medieval morality plays these stories take a look at sin in the modern world. Rebecca Front plays Eve, a character consumed by Envy.

Directed by Sally Avens

Invidia has gone for a job interview at her old school, but her nemesis, Helen Polidora, is interviewing for the same role. Helen who always beats her at everything. Will this time be different?

The third of five plays inspired by the medieval morality plays introduced by Dr Sue Niebrzydowski, Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Bangor University.

Six of radio's most talented playwrights (Lin Coghlan, Roy Williams, Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods, Al Smith and Lizzie Nunnery) explore how contemporary attitudes to morality have changed.

In medieval times allegorical plays such as 'Mankind' and 'Everyman' were used to warn audiences that how they lived in the present would affect their afterlife - whether they would end up in Hell, Purgatory or Heaven. But in a secular age how do we deal with the nature of sins and virtues? Our attitude to good and evil is certainly less black and white. Is it bad to be proud, don't we deserve respect? Can't anger be used to promote change for the better and isn't envy what drives our materialistic lifestyle? These five tales explore our attitudes to these questions through the character of 'Eve', a 21st-century Everywoman, played by Rebecca Front.

Rebecca Front is a BAFTA winning actress best known for her comedy work in The Thick of It, Alan Partridge, Grandma's House and Psychobitches.

Rebecca can currently be seen in BBC1's War and Peace.

Duncan's most recent play, People, Places and Things, is transferring from a sold-out run at the National Theatre to the Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End in March. He writes here with his wife, actress and writer Effie Woods. They have previously written an Afternoon Drama together for Radio 4, The Golden Record.

His co-adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 with Rob Icke for Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse is playing at the Melbourne Festival in Australia after two runs at the Playhouse Theatre in the West End. His play Lungs (Atmen) is playing in rep at Schaub├╝hne in Berlin, directed by Katie Mitchell. The Forbidden Zone is also in rep, directed by Katie Mitchell and will be playing at the Barbican in May 2016.

04Wrath20160218

by Roy Williams. Inspired by the medieval morality plays. Rebecca Front stars as Eve, whose anger at the inhuman nature of modern life moves her to an act of protest.

Directed by Sally Avens

Eve finds herself overcome with anger on the day that she is made redundant.

But does her anger necessarily have to have a destructive end?

The fourth of five stories inspired by the medieval morality plays introduced by Dr Sue Niebrzydowski, Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Bangor University.

Six of radio's most talented playwrights (Lin Coghlan, Al Smith, Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods, Roy Williams and Lizzie Nunnery) explore how contemporary attitudes to morality have changed.

In medieval times allegorical plays such as 'Mankind' and 'Everyman' were used to warn audiences that how they lived in the present would affect their afterlife - whether they would end up in Hell, Purgatory or Heaven. But in a secular age how do we deal with the nature of sins and virtues? Our attitude to good and evil is certainly less black and white. Is it bad to be proud, don't we deserve respect? Can't anger be used to promote change for the better and isn't envy what drives our materialistic lifestyle? These five tales explore our attitudes to these questions through the character of 'Eve', a 21st-century Everywoman, played by Rebecca Front.

Rebecca Front is a BAFTA winning actress best known for her comedy work in The Thick of It, Alan Partridge, Grandma's House and Psychobitches.

Rebecca can currently be seen in BBC1's War and Peace.

Roy Williams OBE has won both the George Devine Award and the Evening Standard Award for most promising playwright. His many plays include Fallout, Sucker Punch and Clubland. His new play, Soul, about the final days of Marvin Gaye will open in May at the Derngate, Northampton, before transferring to the Hackney Empire.

04Wrath20160218

by Roy Williams. Inspired by the medieval morality plays. Rebecca Front stars as Eve, whose anger at the inhuman nature of modern life moves her to an act of protest.

Directed by Sally Avens

Eve finds herself overcome with anger on the day that she is made redundant.

But does her anger necessarily have to have a destructive end?

The fourth of five stories inspired by the medieval morality plays introduced by Dr Sue Niebrzydowski, Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Bangor University.

Six of radio's most talented playwrights (Lin Coghlan, Al Smith, Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods, Roy Williams and Lizzie Nunnery) explore how contemporary attitudes to morality have changed.

In medieval times allegorical plays such as 'Mankind' and 'Everyman' were used to warn audiences that how they lived in the present would affect their afterlife - whether they would end up in Hell, Purgatory or Heaven. But in a secular age how do we deal with the nature of sins and virtues? Our attitude to good and evil is certainly less black and white. Is it bad to be proud, don't we deserve respect? Can't anger be used to promote change for the better and isn't envy what drives our materialistic lifestyle? These five tales explore our attitudes to these questions through the character of 'Eve', a 21st-century Everywoman, played by Rebecca Front.

Rebecca Front is a BAFTA winning actress best known for her comedy work in The Thick of It, Alan Partridge, Grandma's House and Psychobitches.

Rebecca can currently be seen in BBC1's War and Peace.

Roy Williams OBE has won both the George Devine Award and the Evening Standard Award for most promising playwright. His many plays include Fallout, Sucker Punch and Clubland. His new play, Soul, about the final days of Marvin Gaye will open in May at the Derngate, Northampton, before transferring to the Hackney Empire.

05Moderation20160219

Rebecca Front plays Eve in five stories about modern attitudes towards morality. In the final tale inspired by the medieval morality plays, Lin Coghlan takes a comic look at our attitude towards Moderation.

Eve comes face to face with her Spiritual Estate Agent after her car crashes into a canal.

Eve - Rebecca Front

Isobel - Anastasia Hille

Ana - Scarlett Brookes

Jerome - Ewan Bailey

Directed by Sally Avens

The last of five plays inspired by the Medieval Morality Plays introduced by Dr Sue Niebrzydowski, Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Bangor University. Five of radio's most talented playwrights (Lizzie Nunnery, Roy Williams, Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods, Al Smith and Lin Coghlan) explore how contemporary attitudes to morality have changed.

In medieval times allegorical plays such as 'Mankind' and 'Everyman' were used to warn audiences that how they lived in the present would affect their afterlife - whether they would end up in Hell, Purgatory or Heaven. But in a secular age how do we deal with the nature of sins and virtues? Our attitude to good and evil is certainly less black and white. Is it bad to be proud; don't we deserve respect? Can't anger be used to promote change for the better and isn't envy what drives our materialistic lifestyle? These five tales explore our attitudes to these questions through the character of 'Eve', a 21st century Everywoman, played by Rebecca Front.

Rebecca Front is a BAFTA winning actress best known for her comedy work in The Thick of It, Alan Partridge, Grandma's House and Psychobitches. Rebecca can currently be seen in BBC1's War and Peace.

Lin Coghlan is the winner of the Dennis Potter and the Peggy Ramsay Awards. She writes extensively for radio, television, theatre and film. She is currently adapting The Forsytes for BBC Radio 4.