LEILA ABOULELA RADIO PLAYS
A relative newcomer to radio writing, Leila Aboulela is producing
some impressive work. She is a Sudanese writer living in Scotland;
following graduation from the University of Khartoum in 1985, she travelled
to Britain to study Statistics at the London School of Economics and now lives
in Aberdeen with her husband and three children.
05.02.99 Coloured Lights (reading)
21.05.01 The Sea Warrior
02.11.01 Majed (reading)
14.02.02 The Translator
15.10.02 The Museum
21.05.03 The Mystic Life
27.06.05 The Lion of Chechnya, R3, 90m
A reading by Adjoa Andoh: a doctor in Sudan discovers there are
essentials which money will not buy. Produced by Bruce Young.
Short story read by Adjoa Andoh broadcast on Radio 3.
Written with Sarah Phelps. A couple go to Egypt for a holiday. They
return with an ancient bottle containing a female genie which has been
trapped for 900 years, along with some cardamom seeds. What will happen
if she gets out? With Adjoa Andoh as Cardamom, Lisa Coleman as Hope;
also stars Mark Bonnor, Patricia Gannon and Michael Tudor Barnes;
directed by Bruce Young.
THE SEA WARRIOR ....2001
Two engineers on a North Sea oil rig notice a stranger...he seems to
know more than he should about their lives. Who is he? Noma
Dumezweni as Nafisa, with Paul Birchard, James Bryce, Lynne Bains
Simon Tait, Phyllis Livingstone; directed in Edinburgh by Bruce Young.
THE SEA WARRIOR
Short story read by Eileen McCallum, Radio 3.
THE TRANSLATOR ....2002
A contemporary love story set in Sudan and Scotland. A dramatisation
of her own novel, in 5 parts (12m each). With David Rintoul and Noma
Dumezweni. Directed by Bruce Young.
Dramatisation by the author of a prizewinning short story. A Scottish
student falls for a Sudanese girl, but not everything goes smoothly.
A pity there's no sequel (so far). With David Tennant as Brian, Wendy
Baxter as Shabia, Tracy-Ann Obermann as Miriam, Karim by Ray Emmett
Brown; also stars David Baker and Gordon Reid; directed by Bruce Young.
THE MYSTIC LIFE ....2003
Romance raises questions about faith
and commitment for Kassim and Dina, two Scots Muslims in Edinburgh.
With David Baker as Kassim, Roxana Pope as
Dina; also stars Ali de Sousa, Joanna Tope, Uzma Mir, Richard
Conlon, Vicki Liddelle, Simon Tait; directed by Bruce Young. The creative
partnership of Leila Aboulela and Bruce Young has produced "some of
the most moving and illuminating dramas of interfaith romance..."
(Gillian Reynolds, Daily Telegraph)
THE LION OF CHECHNYA....2005
90m, R3 play. Dramatisation of the kidnapping of a
Georgian princess, Anna, by the 19th century Chechen
warrior Imam Shamyl, in an attempt to win the release of
his son Jamal, who had been taken by the Russians years
earlier. The play also tackles Shamyl's jihad against
foreign intervention, and his eventual defeat and exile.
With Raad Rawl, Katherine Igoe, Matthew Pidgeon, Michael
Cochrane, Caroline Loncq, Jordan Waller, Shiv Grewal,
Ben Onwukwe, Sarah Ozeke, Nina Wadia, Renu Setna, Harry
Myers, Richard Katz. Producer Bruce Young.
Information from Leila Aboulela and from own
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website.
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