The Shooting Party

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0120100802

Autumn 1913; a shooting party takes place on an Oxfordshire country estate.

by Isabel Colegate, dramatised by DJ Britton, narrated by Olivia Colman

Autumn 1913.

A shooting party on an Oxfordshire country estate.

A whole society under the microscope, a society soon to be destroyed in the trenches of the Western Front.

The eve of the shoot.

Cast

Isabel Colegate - Olivia Colman

Cicely Nettleby - Ellie Kendrick

Sir Randolph Nettleby - Sam Dale

Olivia Lilburn - Jaimi Barbakoff

Lionel Stephens - Michael Shelford

Minnie Nettleby - Christine Kavanagh

Osbert Nettleby - Joshua Swinney

Lord Gilbert Hartlip - Sean Baker

Aline Hartlip - Sally Orrock

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

It was an error of judgement that resulted in a death.

It took place in the autumn before the outbreak of what used to be known as the Great War.

Autumn 1913 and Sir Randolph Nettleby has invited guests to the biggest shoot of the season on his Oxfordshire country estate.

We follow the action from one evening to the next, a dinner, a morning's shoot, a lunch, the fatal afternoon, and the fallout.

An army of servants and gamekeepers has rehearsed the intricate age-old ritual of the hunt.

Everything about it would seem a perfect affirmation of the certainties of Edwardian country life.

Yet, their social and moral code is under siege from within and without.

Competition beyond the bounds of sportsmanship, revulsion at the slaughter of animals, anger at the inequities of class - these and other forces are about to rise up and challenge the social order, an order that can last only a while longer.

Funny, compassionate, sobering and dispassionate, the last throes of feudal England are recorded in perfect detail, together with the germ of its destruction.

The book is an exquisitely written hymn to the passing of an age.

0220100803

Preparations take place for the shoot, below stairs and in the village.

by Isabel Colegate, dramatised by DJ Britton.

Preparations for the shoot, below stairs and in the village.

Isabel Colegate - Olivia Colman

Sir Randolph Nettleby - Sam Dale

Cornelius Cardew - Jude Akuwudike

Gamekeeper Glass - David Seddon

Ellen - Sally Orrock

Gilbert Hartlip - Sean Baker

John - Michael Shelford

Osbert - Joshua Swinney

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

0320100804

A fierce rivalry between Lord Hartlip and Lionel Stephens unsettles their host.

By Isabel Colegate, dramatised by DJ Britton.

As a frisson of romance ruffles the women, a fierce rivalry between Lord Hartlip and Lionel Stephens unsettles their host.

Isabel Colegate - Oliva Colman

Sir Randolph - Sam Dale

Glass - David Seddon

Olivia - Jaimi Barbakoff

Cicely Nettleby - Ellie Kendrick

Aline - Sally Orrock

Gilbert Hartlip - Sean Baker

Count Tibor - Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

0420100805

An animal rights protestor interrupts the shoot.

By Isabel Colegate, dramatised by DJ Britton.

As the path of Lionel and Olivia's true love runs surprisingly smoothly, an animal rights protestor interrupts the shoot, and barely notices how efficiently he is despatched.

Isabel Colegate - Oliva Colman

Sir Randolph - Sam Dale

Cardew - Jude Akuwudike

Glass - David Seddon

Olivia - Jaimi Barbakoff

Lionel - Michael Shelford

Cicely - Ellie Kendrick

Aline - Sally Orrock

Gilbert - Sean Baker

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

05 LAST20100806

An error of judgement results in a death.

by Isabel Colegate, dramatised by DJ Britton.

Cardew is heading back to the shoot, Ellen and Osbert are looking for their pet duck, Olivia and Aline are watching the guns, Glass has put Dan with Tom at the head of the beaters for a better view.

And an error of judgement results in a death.

Isabel Colegate - Oliva Colman

Sir Randolph - Sam Dale

Tom - Sean Baker

Cardew - Jude Akuwudike

Glass - David Seddon

Olivia - Jaimi Barbakoff

Lionel - Michael Shelford

Cicely - Ellie Kendrick

Ellen - Sally Orrock

Osbert - Joshua Swinney

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole