Original British Dramatists

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02Paris, Nana & Me20140513

ORIGINAL BRITISH DRAMATISTS

Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

In 2009 writer and performer Caroline Horton took her ninety year-old Grandmother on one last trip to Paris. Having grown up hearing her Nana's vivid stories of the city, Caroline excitedly planned their Parisian adventure. But it's hard to have an unforgettable trip with someone who can't remember what they were doing yesterday. And sight-seeing is not much fun with somebody who is virtually blind. A funny and heartbreakingly poignant journey through the city of love and the ravages of time.

Caroline Horton is a young writer/performer with a talent for comedy, telling stories and touching hearts. She was named Best Solo Performer at The Stage Awards 2010 for her show 'You're Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy'. Her follow up play, 'Mess', won Best Ensemble at The Stage Awards 2012 as well as the Argus Angel Award in 2013.

Directed by James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production.

03When The Night Has No Right To Be King20140514

ORIGINAL BRITISH DRAMATISTS

Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

There was a time when love blazed through Chris' life but now Sarah is gone and Chris must cross the broken ground of all that he has lost in order to save himself.

A man finds himself suspended between the living and the dead in John Lynch's moving and powerful drama about grief and the redemptive power of love. Inspired by Greek mythology of the Underworld, it explores altered consciousness and the turbulence of time and memory.

John Lynch is a successful film and television actor (Cal, In The Name of the Father, Sliding Doors, The Fall). He is also a writer. He has written two novels 'Torn Water' and 'Falling out of Heaven'. He co-wrote the screenplay 'Best' about George Best. He is currently writing his third novel. This is his first drama for radio.

Directed by Nadia Molinari

Sound Design by Steve Brooke.

04Art, Artefacts And Angels20140515

Art, Artefacts and Angels by Phil Marley

Original British Dramatists: Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

The local museum has a real draw in the famous Russian bog body 'The Angel of Archangelsk'. So when an exiled oligarch suggests the museum loans the Angel in return for a substantial sponsorship, they are delighted. A comedy about the realities of a cash strapped museum service.

This is Phil Marley's first radio drama. In a previous life Phil was the 'Front of House Manager' of a large university museum. He is also an award winning writer with an MA in scriptwriting from the University of Salford. In 2011 he won the Co- Filmic comedy award for the short film "Boxed" which he co-wrote with Liam Fox.

05When I Lived In Peru20140516

'Original British Dramatists : Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas.'

Stay-at-home Martin is driven crazy by the endless travel anecdotes of his globetrotting girlfriend, Claire. When he is unexpectedly made redundant, he starts pretending to Claire that he's still going to work. Actually he is using his redundancy money to secretly fly to Tanzania each week to fake an impressive travel past for himself. By Andrew Viner.

Directed by Liz Webb

This is the first full length radio play by Andrew Viner. He was inspired to write this play by a friend who was always going on about their time in London while he was living in Sheffield and Andrew himself once drove across the Sahara in a Rover 213. He was originally a computer programmer like his protagonist, but after trying an evening course in writing on a whim, he gave it up to become a full time writer. He previously wrote a winning entry in BBC 5Live's Sports Shorts competition. For television he has had new comedy ideas optioned by DLT Entertainment and Hat Trick. He has had features published in the Guardian, wrote a comedy book VENN THAT TUNE and has written for various radio comedy programmes including THAT MITCHELL AND WEBB SOUND (R4), PARSONS AND NAYLOR (R2) and for WEEKENDING (R4). He has written extensively for children and his latest commissions include MIKE THE KNIGHT, BIG AND SMALL, EVERYTHING'S ROSIE, TIMMY TIME, THOMAS AND FRIENDS, PET SQUAD, BEAR BEHAVING BADLY, REX THE RUNT and MY ALMOST FAMOUS FAMILY.

06The Cloistered Soul20140519

ORIGINAL BRITISH DRAMATISTS

Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

Set in a Benedictine Convent, Rachel Connor's lyrical drama is a glimpse into the rarely seen world of an enclosed religious order.

When new postulant Bridget arrives, Sister Agatha is assigned to look after her. But Bridget's questions force Agatha to confront the truth about herself and her faith.

Rachel Connor is a novelist and playwright. Her first novel Sisterwives was published in 2011 and she recently won the Hebden Shorts Competition with her play 'Synchronous' that will be staged at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival in June. 'The Cloistered Soul' is Rachel's first drama for radio.

Directed by Nadia Molinari

07Magpie20140520

ORIGINAL BRITISH DRAMATISTS

Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

Magpie by Lee Mattinson

Jack Deam stars as Lance in this quirky, comedy drama. Lance is making changes. With new-found techniques to resist his urge to eat metal and a sensible job at the council secured, his life is on the mend. Until a little boy moves into his street, a little boy with a big secret.

Lee Mattinson has written for the Bush and Soho Theatres, National Theatre, Paines Plough, Live Theatre and BBC Three. His new stage play Crocodiles opens this Autumn.

Director/Producer Sharon Sephton

Sound Design by Paul Cargill.

08The Shining Heart20140521

Original British Dramatists.

Discover ten new voices over ten Afternoon Dramas.

When Louis, a schizophrenic, decides to stop taking his meds, his world becomes infused with wonder. His intoxicating mental universe furnishes him with everything he lacks in real life: friends to watch over him, unfettered adventure, supernatural powers. His happiness is complete when his girlfriend returns.

But his caseworker Robert knows where it'll end. Can Louie pull himself back from the blissful intensity of psychosis and save himself from institutionalisation?

Based on a true story and made in collaboration with the real 'Louie'.

by Matt Haynes and Conor McCormack

BIFA nominated for his documentary work, Conor is currently undertaking a psychoanalytic training with the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research.

A veteran of many punk and hip hop groups, Matt is a Bristol based screen writer, script editor and music video director.

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery

Original guitar music composed and performed by Errol Hewitt

Additional music by oneohtrix point never.

09Lost Or Stolen20140522

ORIGINAL BRITISH DRAMATISTS

Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

Sarah and Dan meet when they a share a taxi after a night out in London. They are drawn to each other. But Sarah can't resist stealing his phone. So begins an unorthodox love story. A two-hander, about finding love in the big city.

Jessica Brown is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers programme. Her debut play Chocolate Bounty won the Write Now New Writing Competition and premiered at The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre to great reviews. Jessica then won the competition for the second year running with her play Skinhead. She has since had work produced at the Southwark Playhouse.

Written by Jessica Brown

Directed by James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production.

10 LASTFrom A To Z20140523

Original British Dramatists : Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

Suzie and Paul have been together for ten years, since they were kids really. But at the ripe old age of 29 it's all gone a bit rubbish. Can A to Z dating help reignite their relationship? Even if Susie's idea of fun is H (hang gliding) and Paul's is K (knitting). Will it end in D for disaster or S for success?

Romantic-comedy starring Catrin Stewart and Alex Carter.

Rose Heiney won the 4Talent Award for Best New Comedy Writer in 2008 and was a Broadcast Hotshot in 2009. Her first novel, The Days of Judy B was nominated for The Times/South Bank Show Breakthrough Award. Rose's TV writing includes Miranda, Fresh Meat and Big Bad World.

Directed by....Helen Perry

The cast is led by Catrin Stewart (best known for her roles in Stella and Doctor Who) and Alex Carter (known for his long term role in Hollyoaks and his regular appearances on the BBC 6 Music Shaun Keaveny breakfast show ).

AD01Rock Me Amadeus20140512

By Simon Topping

ORIGINAL BRITISH DRAMATISTS

Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

Charlie was born a boy but has always known that she's really a girl. What's to be done? The arrival of a German exchange student prompts Charlie to take action.

Simon Topping is one of the two winners of the newly established BBC Writer's Prize. This is his first play for radio.

Directed by Sally Avens

The BBC Writers' prize was established to create a unique opportunity for new and established writers who want to write for Radio Drama and Radio Comedy. The response was extraordinary, with over 1,200 original scripts submitted to BBC writersroom for consideration.

The judges said:

"In Rock me Amadeus Simon Topping takes on a challenging subject - gender identity - and explores it with a lightness of tone and a freshness of voice that makes it an utterly engaging read. It is a warm, playful piece of writing that doesn't duck the serious issues."

The cast is led by Alex Lawther who came to attention in David Hare's play 'South Downs' for which he was nominated as newcomer of the year in the What's On Stage Awards in 2013.

He's joined by Karina Fernandez best known for her appearances in Mike Leigh's films 'Happy Go Lucky' and 'Another Year', Craige Els ' Call The Midwife' 'Endeavour', Nikki Runeckles 'Bad Education' and recent graduates 'Felix Auer' and Scarlett Brookes.

Charlie was born a boy but has always known that he's really a girl. What's to be done?

The arrival of a German exchange student prompts Charlie to take action.

Simon Topping is one of the two winners of the newly established BBC Writer's Prize.

This is his first play for radio.

The cast is led by Alex Lawther who came to attention in David Hare's play 'South Downs'

for which he was nominated as newcomer of the year in the What's On Stage Awards in 2013.

AD01Rock Me Amadeus20140512

By Simon Topping

ORIGINAL BRITISH DRAMATISTS

Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

Charlie was born a boy but has always known that she's really a girl. What's to be done? The arrival of a German exchange student prompts Charlie to take action.

Simon Topping is one of the two winners of the newly established BBC Writer's Prize. This is his first play for radio.

Directed by Sally Avens

The BBC Writers' prize was established to create a unique opportunity for new and established writers who want to write for Radio Drama and Radio Comedy. The response was extraordinary, with over 1,200 original scripts submitted to BBC writersroom for consideration.

The judges said:

"In Rock me Amadeus Simon Topping takes on a challenging subject - gender identity - and explores it with a lightness of tone and a freshness of voice that makes it an utterly engaging read. It is a warm, playful piece of writing that doesn't duck the serious issues."

The cast is led by Alex Lawther who came to attention in David Hare's play 'South Downs' for which he was nominated as newcomer of the year in the What's On Stage Awards in 2013.

He's joined by Karina Fernandez best known for her appearances in Mike Leigh's films 'Happy Go Lucky' and 'Another Year', Craige Els ' Call The Midwife' 'Endeavour', Nikki Runeckles 'Bad Education' and recent graduates 'Felix Auer' and Scarlett Brookes.

Charlie was born a boy but has always known that he's really a girl. What's to be done?

The arrival of a German exchange student prompts Charlie to take action.

Simon Topping is one of the two winners of the newly established BBC Writer's Prize.

This is his first play for radio.

The cast is led by Alex Lawther who came to attention in David Hare's play 'South Downs'

for which he was nominated as newcomer of the year in the What's On Stage Awards in 2013.

AD02Paris, Nana & Me20140513

ORIGINAL BRITISH DRAMATISTS

Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

In 2009 writer and performer Caroline Horton took her ninety year-old Grandmother on one last trip to Paris. Having grown up hearing her Nana's vivid stories of the city, Caroline excitedly planned their Parisian adventure. But it's hard to have an unforgettable trip with someone who can't remember what they were doing yesterday. And sight-seeing is not much fun with somebody who is virtually blind. A funny and heartbreakingly poignant journey through the city of love and the ravages of time.

Caroline Horton is a young writer/performer with a talent for comedy, telling stories and touching hearts. She was named Best Solo Performer at The Stage Awards 2010 for her show 'You're Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy'. Her follow up play, 'Mess', won Best Ensemble at The Stage Awards 2012 as well as the Argus Angel Award in 2013.

Directed by James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production.

AD03When The Night Has No Right To Be King20140514

ORIGINAL BRITISH DRAMATISTS

Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

There was a time when love blazed through Chris' life but now Sarah is gone and Chris must cross the broken ground of all that he has lost in order to save himself.

A man finds himself suspended between the living and the dead in John Lynch's moving and powerful drama about grief and the redemptive power of love. Inspired by Greek mythology of the Underworld, it explores altered consciousness and the turbulence of time and memory.

John Lynch is a successful film and television actor (Cal, In The Name of the Father, Sliding Doors, The Fall). He is also a writer. He has written two novels 'Torn Water' and 'Falling out of Heaven'. He co-wrote the screenplay 'Best' about George Best. He is currently writing his third novel. This is his first drama for radio.

Directed by Nadia Molinari

Sound Design by Steve Brooke.

AD04Art, Artefacts And Angels20140515

Art, Artefacts and Angels by Phil Marley

Original British Dramatists: Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

The local museum has a real draw in the famous Russian bog body 'The Angel of Archangelsk'. So when an exiled oligarch suggests the museum loans the Angel in return for a substantial sponsorship, they are delighted. A comedy about the realities of a cash strapped museum service.

This is Phil Marley's first radio drama. In a previous life Phil was the 'Front of House Manager' of a large university museum. He is also an award winning writer with an MA in scriptwriting from the University of Salford. In 2011 he won the Co- Filmic comedy award for the short film "Boxed" which he co-wrote with Liam Fox.

AD05When I Lived In Peru20140516

'Original British Dramatists : Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas.'

Stay-at-home Martin is driven crazy by the endless travel anecdotes of his globetrotting girlfriend, Claire. When he is unexpectedly made redundant, he starts pretending to Claire that he's still going to work. Actually he is using his redundancy money to secretly fly to Tanzania each week to fake an impressive travel past for himself. By Andrew Viner.

Directed by Liz Webb

This is the first full length radio play by Andrew Viner. He was inspired to write this play by a friend who was always going on about their time in London while he was living in Sheffield and Andrew himself once drove across the Sahara in a Rover 213. He was originally a computer programmer like his protagonist, but after trying an evening course in writing on a whim, he gave it up to become a full time writer. He previously wrote a winning entry in BBC 5Live's Sports Shorts competition. For television he has had new comedy ideas optioned by DLT Entertainment and Hat Trick. He has had features published in the Guardian, wrote a comedy book VENN THAT TUNE and has written for various radio comedy programmes including THAT MITCHELL AND WEBB SOUND (R4), PARSONS AND NAYLOR (R2) and for WEEKENDING (R4). He has written extensively for children and his latest commissions include MIKE THE KNIGHT, BIG AND SMALL, EVERYTHING'S ROSIE, TIMMY TIME, THOMAS AND FRIENDS, PET SQUAD, BEAR BEHAVING BADLY, REX THE RUNT and MY ALMOST FAMOUS FAMILY.

AD06The Cloistered Soul20140519

ORIGINAL BRITISH DRAMATISTS

Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

Set in a Benedictine Convent, Rachel Connor's lyrical drama is a glimpse into the rarely seen world of an enclosed religious order.

When new postulant Bridget arrives, Sister Agatha is assigned to look after her. But Bridget's questions force Agatha to confront the truth about herself and her faith.

Rachel Connor is a novelist and playwright. Her first novel Sisterwives was published in 2011 and she recently won the Hebden Shorts Competition with her play 'Synchronous' that will be staged at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival in June. 'The Cloistered Soul' is Rachel's first drama for radio.

Directed by Nadia Molinari.

AD07Magpie20140520

ORIGINAL BRITISH DRAMATISTS

Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

Magpie by Lee Mattinson

Jack Deam stars as Lance in this quirky, comedy drama. Lance is making changes. With new-found techniques to resist his urge to eat metal and a sensible job at the council secured, his life is on the mend. Until a little boy moves into his street, a little boy with a big secret.

Lee Mattinson has written for the Bush and Soho Theatres, National Theatre, Paines Plough, Live Theatre and BBC Three. His new stage play Crocodiles opens this Autumn.

Director/Producer Sharon Sephton

Sound Design by Paul Cargill.

AD08The Shining Heart20140521

Original British Dramatists.

Discover ten new voices over ten Afternoon Dramas.

When Louis, a schizophrenic, decides to stop taking his meds, his world becomes infused with wonder. His intoxicating mental universe furnishes him with everything he lacks in real life: friends to watch over him, unfettered adventure, supernatural powers. His happiness is complete when his girlfriend returns.

But his caseworker Robert knows where it'll end. Can Louie pull himself back from the blissful intensity of psychosis and save himself from institutionalisation?

Based on a true story and made in collaboration with the real 'Louie'.

by Matt Haynes and Conor McCormack

BIFA nominated for his documentary work, Conor is currently undertaking a psychoanalytic training with the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research.

A veteran of many punk and hip hop groups, Matt is a Bristol based screen writer, script editor and music video director.

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery

Original guitar music composed and performed by Errol Hewitt

Additional music by oneohtrix point never.

AD09Lost Or Stolen20140522

ORIGINAL BRITISH DRAMATISTS

Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

Sarah and Dan meet when they a share a taxi after a night out in London. They are drawn to each other. But Sarah can't resist stealing his phone. So begins an unorthodox love story. A two-hander, about finding love in the big city.

Jessica Brown is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers programme. Her debut play Chocolate Bounty won the Write Now New Writing Competition and premiered at The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre to great reviews. Jessica then won the competition for the second year running with her play Skinhead. She has since had work produced at the Southwark Playhouse.

Written by Jessica Brown

Directed by James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production.

AD10 LASTFrom A To Z20140523

Original British Dramatists : Discover 10 new voices over 10 Afternoon Dramas

Suzie and Paul have been together for ten years, since they were kids really. But at the ripe old age of 29 it's all gone a bit rubbish. Can A to Z dating help reignite their relationship? Even if Susie's idea of fun is H (hang gliding) and Paul's is K (knitting). Will it end in D for disaster or S for success?

Romantic-comedy starring Catrin Stewart and Alex Carter.

Rose Heiney won the 4Talent Award for Best New Comedy Writer in 2008 and was a Broadcast Hotshot in 2009. Her first novel, The Days of Judy B was nominated for The Times/South Bank Show Breakthrough Award. Rose's TV writing includes Miranda, Fresh Meat and Big Bad World.

Directed by....Helen Perry

The cast is led by Catrin Stewart (best known for her roles in Stella and Doctor Who) and Alex Carter (known for his long term role in Hollyoaks and his regular appearances on the BBC 6 Music Shaun Keaveny breakfast show ).