By Stephanie Dale.
Two years ago, writer Stephanie Dale asked the women of Birmingham to answer the simple question, 'What is missing from your life?' She turned the resulting letters into a drama-documentary for Radio 4.
Now she asks the same question of the men of Birmingham, weaving their answers around the myth of Birmingham's Anglo-Saxon origins.
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About a year ago, writer Stephanie Dale wrote to 200 women living in BIRMINGHAM asking a single, simple question, "What is missing from your life?" Replies came back in the form of letters and emails from women of all ages and backgrounds, offering an extraordinary glimpse into the lives of women in Britain's second city.
Working in collaboration with documentary maker Sara Conkey and drama producer Peter Leslie Wild, Dale then created a drama which takes its cue from the women's letters, weaving around them and exploring some of the themes and issues they raise.
The result is a haunting tapestry blending drama and documentary, a journey into the longings of women in BIRMINGHAM today.
Margaret Jackman plays Irene, the elderly lady who remembers a letter written by herself some 50 years ago (her younger self is played by Catherine Skinner).
The journalist researching Irene's obsession is played by Victoria Worsley, while her colleague Alan, himself coming to terms with an impending loss, is played by Tom Roberts.