Drama & Talk… 15 minute drama on Isolation and connections
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Connections on BBC Radio 4
Connections is made up of three short dramas from three exciting new writers, starring Liz Carr, Chloe Ewart and Nadia Albina. It is part of BBC Radio 4’s Exploring Disability Through Art. This November sees the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act, one of the greatest civil rights landmarks in our history which criminalised discrimination against disabled people in many areas of life. This moment is being marked across the BBC, with a special focus on the arts.
The dramas were written and remote recorded during the Spring lockdown as part of a five part series of short dramas. The other two dramas were by Michael Southan and Shahid Iqbal Khan. Sarah Daniels, leading radio writer, provided script support.
Connections was originally funded by the Audio Content Fund for broadcast on 19 UK wide community radio stations: Resonance FM, ALL FM, Canalside Radio 102.8 FM, Radio Verulam, Radio LaB (Luton), Wythenshawe FM, Connections Radio, Elastic FM, Liskeard Radio, Pure West, Isolation Radio, Fuse FM, K107 FM, Misi FM, KTCR, Leyland Radio, Future Radio, Koast Radio and Radio Tyneside.
Naked Productions developed the project with input from Graeae Theatre, to ensure that disabled writers and actors had a platform in the arts during the first stages of lockdown.
Inspired by that first wave, we asked the writers to create dramas set in different kinds of isolation and to explore what positive connections can be made in difficult times. Many disabled and D/deaf people experience isolation on a daily basis and so for many of our crew, the notion of isolation and how to survive/overcome it was not new.
Each drama looks at a different example of isolation, from a disabled perspective, and explores what connection means to different people. The brief was to offer entertainment, provoke thought and encourage optimism during a difficult time.
A transcript of the dramas will be available on BBC Radio 4 website on broadcast.
1. Red Flags by Anita Karla Kelly
A divorcee comes to terms with her new life, but trying to get rid of her wedding rings proves surprisingly difficult
Tina – Liz Carr
Director – Jenny Sealey
Anita Karla Kelly’s latest stage play ‘Buzzing was part of Bristol Old Vic’s Rep season, tackling sexuality, mental health, teenagers and bees. Anita is part of Sphinx 30 women’s playwrighting initiative, Anita Is also part of the new writing groups with Royal Court theatre. Anita was part of Graeae ‘write to play year six’ and continues to be part of Graeae’s writing alumni. I’m part of theplaywright group ‘open sessions’ at Bristol Old VicHer latest monologue ‘Flesh’, for Graeae, was voted as one of the top eight monologues written in lockdown by ’The Guardian’.
‘Daringly Dangerous’ – Jack Thorne.
‘Great Uninhibited Writer’ – The Guardian.
2. To the Stars by Leanne Allen
A young woman reaches out to her estranged mother, and inadvertently connects with a lonely stranger.
Tina – Liz Carr
Cassie – Nadia Albina
Directed by Polly Thomas
The writer :
Leanne Allen is a new writer from the Midlands, who first started writing in 2018 when she attended the ‘Writing for Radio’ course at Moniack Mhor. Since then she has gone on to write for projects with Naked Productions and Theatre of Debate. Connections her first radio drama. Leanne’s work with Theatre of debate was written as part of the ‘COVID And Me’ campaign by the National Institute for Health Research. The monologue was made public on the NIHR website in 9th July 2020 and shared widely across social media.’
3. My Time by Kathryn Golding
Sitting out lockdown by sorting out her cupboards, a woman finds old mixtapes that rekindle a friendship.
Lizzie – Chloe Ewart
Directed by Polly Thomas
Kathryn Golding is a British playwright currently on the BEATS Fellowship programme.
First published in 2018, she was on a year-long attachment with Graeae Theatre Company as part of their Write To Play programme, as well as writers groups at the Royal Court and Soho Theatre. Her first full-length play, A PERPETUAL STATE OF HAPPINESS, developed with Graeae, had a rehearsed reading in 2019 at the Bush Theatre. Her previous work has been showcased at Soho Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre Jerwood Upstairs.
The production team
Series advisor……………….Sarah Daniels
Directors…………………… .Jenny Sealey and Polly Thomas
Sound recordist……………..Louis Blatherwick
Sound design and producer….Eloise Whitmore
Executive Producer…………..Celia de Wolff
Connections was originally funded by the Audio Content Fund and broadcast on UK community radio.
It is a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4.
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