Negative Signs Of Progress

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AD01Here20130225

The first of three Afternoon Dramas, 'Here' is an international thriller about a British aid worker who goes missing and her husband's attempts to track her down. His search reveals how little he really knew about her as her disappearance starts to have repercussions far beyond their domestic life.

Here

Danny is woken in the middle of the night by Paul, a security official, who tells him that his wife, Ellie, an aid worker, has disappeared. Initially upset, he is disturbed by questions which suggest that his wife is not who he thought she was. She's not in the country she said she was in. In fact she is in Syria. She has been seen in the company of an ex lover, with murky business connections. Although angry, the evidence raises doubts in Danny's mind. What does he really know about the woman he loves? And are the competing mindsets of the first, second and third worlds irreconcilable?

Dan Rebellato is a playwright and academic whose stageplays include Chekhov in Hell, Static, Whistleblower, Mile End, and Here is What I Did With My Body One Day. Other radio work includes an adaptation of Dead Souls starring Michael Palin and Mark Heap. He is Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway University of London and has written widely on contemporary theatre.

Director....Polly Thomas

Sound designer....Nigel Lewis

PC....Willa King

Writer....Dan Rebellato

A BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4.

AD02There20130226

A junior NGO strategy team is thrown into training for kidnap crisis negotiation. Powerful new drama by Dan Rebellato.

The second of three Afternoon Dramas, 'There' is a bold take on one aspect of a kidnapping, set in the head office of an NGO in Europe. A group of junior strategists grapple with the fictional situation that one of their field workers has disappeared and may have been kidnapped. Despite their near-total inexperience, they have to role play scenarios in which they negotiate with the unknown kidnapper, struggling to separate truth from fiction, Aleppo from Hollywood.

But when they finally get to grips with the issues, and gain some understanding of the complexities of the situation, the phone rings..

Dan Rebellato is a playwright and academic. His stageplays include Chekhov in Hell, Static, Whistleblower, Mile End, and Here Is What I Did With My Body One Day. Other radio work includes an adaptation of Dead Souls starring Michael Palin and Mark Heap. He is Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway University of London and has written widely on contemporary theatre.

Director - Polly Thomas

Sound designer - Nigel Lewis

PC - Willa King

Writer - Dan Rebellato

A BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4.

AD03 LASTSomewhere20130227

A Syrian library, its owner and an aid worker - sharp debate about identity and politics. Gripping new drama by Dan Rebellato.

The last of three Afternoon Dramas, 'Somewhere' is about the mysterious disappearance of a British aid worker and its impact on the individuals involved. In this final play, set in the autumn of 2012, the complex ways in which the first and third worlds view each other are played out in a dramatic scenario.

Somewhere

A frightened western hostage finds herself in a beautiful library, the unwilling guest of a man of impeccable civility. An extraordinary conversation unfolds as the play asks how far the west and the east can understand each other; whether the Arab Spring is a projection of western liberal wish-fulfilment; and, when the music of Debussy is used as an act of prisoner abuse, how easily civilization can become a vehicle for brutality. Identities, politics, borders and boundaries blend and shift in a perpetual hall of mirrors. By the end, there are no answers, just a display of genuine compassion and yet more questions.

Dan Rebellato is a playwright and academic. His stage plays include Chekhov in Hell, Static, Whistleblower, Mile End, and Here Is What I Did With My Body One Day. Other radio work includes an adaptation of Dead Souls starring Michael Palin and Mark Heap. He is Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway University of London and has written widely on contemporary theatre.

Director... Polly Thomas

Sound designer... Nigel Lewis

PC... Willa King

Writer... Dan Rebellato

A BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4.