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Male Order20180220

59-year-old dentist Barbara (Belinda Lang) has been arrested; the victim of her alleged crime is 20-year-old Brazilian waiter, Fabio (Lino Facioli) - her new husband... Comedy drama from award-winning writer Ming Ho. Part of a season of provocative women's writing exploring female transgression. Ming Ho's previous play for BBC Radio 4, 'The Things We Never Said', won Best Radio Drama in the Writers' Guild Awards 2018.

Directed by Emma Harding

Immigration law advice....Colin Yeo.

Barbara (Belinda Lang) returns from Brazil with a very young husband. By Ming Ho.

Polygamy For Girls20180219

'It takes a village to raise a child.' Feminist vlogger Chloe undertakes a radical domestic experiment, when she recruits some extra wives to help raise her baby daughter. Lauren Cornelius and Luke Bailey star in Julie Mayhew's witty new play. Part of a season of provocative women's writing about transgressive women.

Directed by Emma Harding.

Feminist vlogger Chloe undertakes a radical domestic experiment in Julie Mayhew's play.

Unfit20180221

Gemma confides in new friend Kirsty that she chose to leave her two young children.

01Susan20160222

First of three new plays charting British feminism through three generations of women. We begin in 1975 with a frank exploration of the era's changing ideas about marriage, independence and female sexuality.

Birmingham, 1975. Susan makes the radical decision to leave her husband and take her two children, Emma and Tim, to live in a commune. When this first commune doesn't work - largely because commune life begins to mimic the gender power structures of the outside world - Susan feels compelled to move to an all-female commune. But this means leaving her 6 year old son. By Lucy Catherine.

Director - Emma Harding

Producer - Abigail le Fleming.

First of three new plays charting British feminism through three generations of women. Birmingham, 1975. Susan makes the radical decision to leave her husband and take her two children, Emma and Tim, to live in a commune. When this first commune doesn't work - largely because commune life begins to mimic the gender power structures of the outside world - Susan feels compelled to move to an all-female commune. But this means leaving her 6 year old son. By Lucy Catherine.

01The Robber Bride

by Margaret Atwood
dramatised by Sarah Wooley

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In Margaret Atwood's brilliant and contemporary re-working of the Grimm's fairy story, three old university friends
are about to be shockingly reminded of a dark secret from their pasts - which they had hoped was buried forever....

Zenia....Tanya Moodie
Roz....Teresa Gallagher
Tony....Barbara Barnes
Charis....Isabella Inchbald
West....David Reakes
Billy....Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong
Uncle Vern....Rupert Holliday-Evans

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

In "The Robber Bride" Margaret Atwood brilliantly turns this Brothers Grimm fairytale on its head, by re-casting all the roles as female. In the original tale, the Robber Bridegroom steals young maidens for his own ends, but Atwood casts the bridegroom as a predatory woman (described by Lorrie Moore in the New York Times as "Richard III with breast implants") and looks at the effects her manipulation has on three female friends in Toronto, as they go through university and into their adult lives, between 1967 and 1990.
Canadian born British actress Tanya Moodie stars as Zenia.

02Emma20160223

Second of three new plays charting British feminism through three generations of women. By Lucy Catherine.

Emma is now in her twenties and, despite her unsettled childhood, has soared academically and is now a policy advisor to New Labour. She's on course to career success and, she believes, to changing the world. But when she catches the attention of senior party figure, Mac, she has to contend with regressive attitudes to women in the workplace.

Director....Emma Harding

Producer....Abigail le Fleming.

Second of three new plays charting British feminism through three generations of women. By Lucy Catherine. Today's drama is the story of an ambitious young career woman, whose idealism is challenged when she encounters the seedier side of politics in the 1990s.

02The Robber Bride

by Margaret Atwood
dramatised for radio by Sarah Wooley

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Zenia's reappearance from the dead has unsettled her 3 old university friends. As we go back to the 1980s and
successful businesswoman Roz's story, will there be anything to make her - or us - believe Zenia is who she says she is
or, more crucially, that she can be trusted?

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

In "The Robber Bride" Margaret Atwood has brilliantly turned this Brothers Grimm fairy tale on its head, by re-casting all the roles as female. In the original tale, the Robber Bridegroom steals young maidens for his own ends, but Atwood casts the bridegroom as a predatory woman (described by Lorrie Moore in the New York Times as "Richard III with breast implants"). She looks at the effects Zenia's manipulation has on three female friends in Toronto, as they go through university and into their adult lives, between 1967 and 1990. Having heard how Zenia has lied to both Tony and Charis and stolen each of their men, it's now the turn of successful businesswoman, Roz. Surely Zenia can't pull the wool over her eyes? But we all have our Achilles' heel....
Canadian born British actress Tanya Moodie stars as Zenia.

02The Robber Bride20180225

by Margaret Atwood
dramatised for radio by Sarah Wooley

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Zenia's reappearance from the dead has unsettled her 3 old university friends. As we go back to the 1980s and
successful businesswoman Roz's story, will there be anything to make her - or us - believe Zenia is who she says she is
or, more crucially, that she can be trusted?

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

In "The Robber Bride" Margaret Atwood has brilliantly turned this Brothers Grimm fairy tale on its head, by re-casting all the roles as female. In the original tale, the Robber Bridegroom steals young maidens for his own ends, but Atwood casts the bridegroom as a predatory woman (described by Lorrie Moore in the New York Times as "Richard III with breast implants"). She looks at the effects Zenia's manipulation has on three female friends in Toronto, as they go through university and into their adult lives, between 1967 and 1990. Having heard how Zenia has lied to both Tony and Charis and stolen each of their men, it's now the turn of successful businesswoman, Roz. Surely Zenia can't pull the wool over her eyes? But we all have our Achilles' heel....
Canadian born British actress Tanya Moodie stars as Zenia.

03The Good Terrorist

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about a band of incompetent, bourgeois revolutionaries living in a London squat. Starring Olivia Vinall, Joe Armstrong and Sian Thomas. Dramatized by Sarah Daniels.

Alice continues her efforts to make the squat habitable, but resists Pat's attempts to confide about her strange relationship with Jasper.

Directed by Emma Harding.

03The Good Terrorist20180221

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about a band of incompetent, bourgeois revolutionaries living in a London squat. Starring Olivia Vinall, Joe Armstrong and Sian Thomas. Dramatized by Sarah Daniels.

Alice continues her efforts to make the squat habitable, but resists Pat's attempts to confide about her strange relationship with Jasper.

Directed by Emma Harding.

03 LASTKaty20160224

Third of three plays charting feminism through three generations of women. Set in 2015, Ella Hickson's play is the unflinching story of a young student's determination to make a stand on issues of consent and sexual violence. When traditional campaigning proves ineffective, she's tempted to compromise her own principles.

Directed by Emma Harding

Produced by Abigail le Fleming.

2015. Student Katy determines to change the conversation about sexual consent - but when traditional campaigning proves ineffective, she's tempted to compromise her own principles.

Third of three plays charting feminism through three generations of women. By Ella Hickson.

All other parts played by Sam Rix, Nick Underwood and members of the company

04The Good Terrorist

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about a band of incompetent, bourgeois revolutionaries living in a London squat. Starring Olivia Vinall, Joe Armstrong and Sian Thomas. Dramatized by Sarah Daniels.

Jasper and Bert are away in Ireland, attempting to court the IRA. And Alice's theft from her father's office leads to Jim getting the sack.

Directed by Emma Harding.

04The Good Terrorist20180222

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about a band of incompetent, bourgeois revolutionaries living in a London squat. Starring Olivia Vinall, Joe Armstrong and Sian Thomas. Dramatized by Sarah Daniels.

Jasper and Bert are away in Ireland, attempting to court the IRA. And Alice's theft from her father's office leads to Jim getting the sack.

Directed by Emma Harding.

05The Good Terrorist

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about a band of incompetent, bourgeois revolutionaries living in a London squat. Starring Olivia Vinall, Joe Armstrong and Sian Thomas. Dramatized by Sarah Daniels.

Alice finally meets her revolutionary neighbour, the enigmatic Comrade Andrew.

Directed by Emma Harding.

05The Good Terrorist20180223

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about a band of incompetent, bourgeois revolutionaries living in a London squat. Starring Olivia Vinall, Joe Armstrong and Sian Thomas. Dramatized by Sarah Daniels.

Alice finally meets her revolutionary neighbour, the enigmatic Comrade Andrew.

Directed by Emma Harding.

06The Good Terrorist

As part of Radio 4's season of Riot Girls dramas, with transgressive women at their core, Sarah Daniels' new dramatisation of Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about a ragtag group of revolutionaries. Alice and Philip have found Faye bleeding after a suicide attempt. But Alice has promised not to involve the authorities. Starring Olivia Vinall and Gary Duncan.

Directed by Emma Harding.

06The Good Terrorist20180226

As part of Radio 4's season of Riot Girls dramas, with transgressive women at their core, Sarah Daniels' new dramatisation of Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about a ragtag group of revolutionaries. Alice and Philip have found Faye bleeding after a suicide attempt. But Alice has promised not to involve the authorities. Starring Olivia Vinall and Gary Duncan.

Directed by Emma Harding.

07The Good Terrorist2018022720180227 (R4)

Comrade Jocelin tests out her bomb-making abilities.

Comrade Jocelin tests out her bomb-making abilities.

08The Good Terrorist20180228

Dramatisation of Doris Lessing's 1985 satire.

09The Good Terrorist

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about wannabe revolutionary Alice and her hapless band of bourgeois revolutionaries, who live in a London squat. Starring Olivia Vinall and Sian Thomas. Dramatized by Sarah Daniels.

Alice goes to visit her mother, Dorothy, who's now living in greatly reduced circumstances, thanks to the financial drain of Alice and her boyfriend Jasper. Not that Alice takes any responsibility for this.

Directed by Emma Harding.

09The Good Terrorist20180301

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's 1985 satire about wannabe revolutionary Alice and her hapless band of bourgeois revolutionaries, who live in a London squat. Starring Olivia Vinall and Sian Thomas. Dramatized by Sarah Daniels.

Alice goes to visit her mother, Dorothy, who's now living in greatly reduced circumstances, thanks to the financial drain of Alice and her boyfriend Jasper. Not that Alice takes any responsibility for this.

Directed by Emma Harding.

10The Good Terrorist2018030220180302 (R4)

Doris Lessing's satire about hapless revolutionaries who plan to blow up a London hotel.

Doris Lessing's satire about hapless revolutionaries who plan to blow up a London hotel.