A New Cycle Of Mystery Plays

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20121223

by Dawn King, Katie Hims, Frazer Flintham, Winsome Pinnock and Tom Wells. Rev Dr Giles Fraser introduces five New Testament stories revisited and set in present day pre-Christmas London by five great dramatists. Each play has been broadcast in the Essay, each night this week.

Cast

Tony... Ben Crowe

Aleksy... Patrick Brennan

Joe... Will Howard

Eric... Paul Stonehouse

Nina... Liza Sadovy

Janine... Sarah Gordy

Ali... Lizzy Watts

Kofi... O-T Fagbenle

Wendy... Rosie Cavaliero

Rod... Will Howard

Loren... Christine Absalom

Alan... Adam Nagaitis

Christine... Noma Dumezweni

Larry... Robert Blythe

Martha... Sarah Thom

Mary... Stephanie Racine

Ellie... Katie Angelou

Miss... Eleanor Crooks

Marcus... Shaun Aylward

Daniel... Jack Boulter

Alice... Ellie Hopkins

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

Notes

Broadcast as single plays in the Essay in the run up to Christmas, five newly commissioned short plays inspired by the medieval Mystery Plays, here brought together to capture the festival feel of the original cycles. Each play is a reworking of a New Testament Story, reset in the contemporary world by up and coming writers - and evoking the spirit of these early forms of theatre. Together they form a new cycle. Rev. Dr. Giles Fraser introduces the plays to give them a biblical context.

The New Cycle of Mystery Plays, every evening in The Essay, and then compiled on Sunday in the Drama on 3, is the second Cycle commissioned by Radio 3. Last year's Cycle, with stories all drawn from the Old Testament, featured Noah's Flood (set in a B&Q), the Creation (rehearsed in the mind of a recovering coma victim), Samson and Delilah (set in a hair salon), the Flight from Egypt (where old people break out of an oppressive home in Hackney) and David and Goliath (for the Israelites and the Philistines, read two postcode gangs in North West London).

THE WRITERS

Dawn King is an award winning writer who works in theatre, radio and film. Her play Foxfinder won the Papatango new writing competition and then Best Playwright in the Offies. Dawn King is an award winning writer who works in theatre, radio and film. Her play Foxfinder won the Papatango new writing competition and then the Best Playwright in the Offies.

Katie Hims writes for radio, stage and television. Earthquake Girl won the Richard Imeson Award in 1998, and Lost Property a series of three afternoon plays for Radio 4 won Best Drama at the Audio Drama Awards 2012.

Frazer Flintham is a member of the Forward Theatre Project, and has had work on in Edinburgh, the Bush, Soho Theatre, and the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. His next Radio 3 play, We are Mermaid, will be broadcasting in early 2013.

Winsome Pinnock is a London playwright whose work featured frequently at the Royal Court in the late 80s and early 90s. Her 1991 play, Talking in Tongues, won the George Devine Award.

Tom Wells is a young playwright from Hull, whose play The Kitchen Sink, at the Bush Theatre, won the George Devine Award, the Critics' Circle Most Promising Playwright Award, and has just been shortlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

01The Parable Of The Wise And Foolish Builders20121217

New Testament stories revisited and set in present day pre-Christmas London, introduced by Rev Dr Giles Fraser. Dawn King sets the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders in a building firm, working on a private conversion, where the boss starts to cut corners.

Cast

Tony... Ben Crowe

Aleksy... Patrick Brennan

Joe... Will Howard

Eric... Paul Stonehouse

Nina... Liza Sadovy

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

In the run up to Christmas, the first of five newly commissioned short plays inspired by the medieval Mystery Plays. Each one is a reworking of a New Testament Story, reset in the contemporary world by up and coming writers - and capturing the spirit of these early forms of theatre. Rev. Dr. Giles Fraser introduces the plays to give them a biblical context.

The New Cycle of Mystery Plays, every evening in The Essay, and then compiled on Sunday in the Drama on 3, is the second Cycle commissioned by Radio 3. Last year's Cycle, with stories all drawn from the Old Testament, featured Noah's Flood (set in a B&Q), the Creation (rehearsed in the mind of a recovering coma victim), Samson and Delilah (set in a hair salon), the Flight from Egypt (where old people break out of an oppressive home in Hackney) and David and Goliath (for the Israelites and the Philistines, read two postcode gangs in North West London).

Dawn King is an award winning writer who works in theatre, radio and film. Her play Foxfinder won the Papatango new writing competition and then Best Playwright in the Offies.

02The Good Samaritan20121218

New Testament stories revisited and set in present day pre-Christmas London, introduced by Reverend Dr Giles Fraser. Katie Hims sets the story of the Good Samaritan on the Central Line.

Cast

Niall - Ben Crowe

Janine - Sarah Gordy

Ali - Lizzy Watts

Kofi - O-T Fagbenle

Driver - Paul Stonehouse

Louise - Stephanie Racine

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

In the run up to Christmas, the second of five newly commissioned short plays inspired by the medieval Mystery Plays: contemporary reworkings of New Testament stories. Here, the story of prejudice confounded by kindness. Rev. Dr. Giles Fraser introduces the plays to give them a biblical context.

Katie Hims writes for radio, stage and television. Earthquake Girl won the Richard Imeson Award in 1998, and Lost Property a series of three afternoon plays for Radio 4 won Best Drama at the Audio Drama Awards 2012.

Sarah Gordy is a young actress who has Down's syndrome. She is best known for her portrayal of Lady Pamela Holland in the 2010 BBC TV series of Upstairs Downstairs.

03The Parable Of The Good Servant20121219

New Testament stories revisited and set in present day pre-Christmas London, introduced by Rev Dr Giles Fraser. Frazer Flintham sets the Parable of the Good Servant in a beauty store, where the new manager, Wendy, begins to doubt that her demanding boss will ever show up.

Cast

Wendy - Rosie Cavaliero

Carly - Lizzy Watts

Rod - Will Howard

Loren - Christine Absalom

Alan - Adam Nagaitis

Guest - Patrick Brennan

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

In the run up to Christmas, the third of five newly commissioned short plays inspired by the medieval Mystery Plays: contemporary retellings of timeless stories. Rev. Dr. Giles Fraser introduces the plays to give them a biblical context.

Frazer Flintham is a member of the Forward Theatre Project, and has had work on in Edinburgh, the Bush, Soho Theatre, and the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. His next Radio 3 play, We are Mermaid, will be broadcasting in early 2013.

Rosie Cavaliero won Best Actress at the Audio Drama Awards 2012, for her portrayal of Ruthie in Lost Property.

04Lazarus20121220

New Testament stories revisited and set in present day pre-Christmas London, introduced by Rev Dr Giles Fraser. Winsome Pinnock sets the story of Lazarus in a holistic healing centre, where terminally ill Larry is drawn to the work of an alternative healer.

Cast

Christine - Noma Dumezweni

Larry - Robert Blythe

Martha - Sarah Thom

Mary - Stephanie Racine

Anderson - Patrick Brennan

Piano played by Adam Nagaitis

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

In the run up to Christmas, one of five newly commissioned short plays inspired by the medieval Mystery Plays. Each one is a reworking of a New Testament Story, reset in the contemporary world. Rev. Dr. Giles Fraser introduces the plays to give them a biblical context.

Winsome Pinnock is a London playwright whose work featured frequently at the Royal Court in the late 80s and early 90s. Her 1991 play, Talking in Tongues, won the George Devine Award.

05 LASTThe Parable Of The Sower20121221

New Testament stories revisited and set in present day pre-Christmas London, introduced by Rev Dr Giles Fraser. Tom Wells sets the Parable of the Sower in a Secondary School lunchtime science club, where Ellie D is inspired to test the parable using cress.

Cast

Ellie... Katie Angelou

Miss... Eleanor Crooks

Marcus... Shaun Aylward

Daniel... Jack Boulter

Alice... Ellie Hopkins

Robot... Paul Stonehouse

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

In the run up to Christmas, the last of five newly commissioned short plays inspired by the medieval Mystery Plays, and celebrating the diversity of writing talent on Radio 3. Rev. Dr. Giles Fraser introduces the plays to give them a biblical context.

Tom Wells is a young playwright from Hull, whose play The Kitchen Sink, at the Bush Theatre late last year, won the George Devine Award, the Critics' Circle Most Promising Playwright Award, and has just been shortlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.