Roots

Actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-armah explores the impact of the TV drama series Roots on black and white Britons 30 years ago, and tells the story of the struggles to bring it to air.
For a whole generation, Roots changed the way we thought about slavery, America and black history. It could easily have been a ratings disaster, being a tough drama where the main characters were black and the villains were white and at a time when there had never been a mainstream series based around black characters. But it broke audience records.

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Actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah explores the impact of the TV drama series Roots on black and white Britons 30 years ago, and tells the story of the struggles to bring it to air.

For a whole generation, Roots changed the way we thought about slavery, America and black history. It could easily have been a ratings disaster, being a tough drama where the main characters were black and the villains were white and at a time when there had never been a mainstream series based around black characters. But it broke audience records.

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The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 "kitchen sink" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a boThe Donmar Warehouse's acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 "kitchen sink" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie, a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson

Directed by James Macdonald

Produced by Catherine Baileylder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

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2014032320151004 (R3)

The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 kitchen sink drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a boThe Donmar Warehouse's acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 kitchen sink drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie, a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson

Directed by James Macdonald

Produced by Catherine Baileylder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson.

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The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 "kitchen sink" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson.

DO320140323

The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 kitchen sink drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Original Theatre Sound Designed by Ian Dickinson.

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By: Arnold Wesker

Starring: Mary Miller/Marjorie Westbury