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Alison Hindell Radio Plays

Alison Hindell was appointed Head of Radio Drama in March 2005, on Gordon House's retirement.

Alison joined the BBC from the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1988. She has directed approximately 200 radio plays, from soaps to international co-productions. She directed the new version of Under Milk Wood, using Richard Burton's 1963 reading of First Voice and building a new production around it.

Alison Hindell was educated at Mary Datchelor Girls' School in London and then at Somerville College, Oxford, reading English.

She joined the BBC as a producer in the Radio Drama Script Unit and became a producer in the Radio Drama Department in Wales in 1990.

She maintains her links with theatre and has recently directed the first production in Wales of "Shadow of a Boy".

Alison is studying part-time for a PhD in Russian from Exeter University. Her subject: Interpretations of Russian Literature in British Theatre and Radio Drama from 1985 to the present day.

(taken from BBC Press release, 17 March 2005)

PLAYS PRODUCED BY ALISON HINDELL:
1990 *Mary Had a LittleLamb
2001 *The Devil's Music (3 plays), by Alan Plater
2003 *Atlantis, by Dan Anthony
2003 *Badgers in my vest, by John Fletcher.About Dylan Thomas.
2004 *The guest before you, by Peter G. Morgan
2004 *Put money in thy purse, by Peter G. Morgan
2004 *The Cyhiraeth, by Ruth Jones & Debbie Moon
2005 *Press the hash key now, by Peter G. Morgan
2007 The Wedding Vortex, by Elizabeth Lewis
2008 Mrs. Klein, by Nicholas Wright


NOTES ON THE PLAYS

Mary Had A Little Lamb *....1990
6 Sep 90, afternoon play. By Arnold Evans. Mary and Neil abandon their careers for deepest Wales and then become new parents. Parenthood, well-meaning friends and a pregnant goat may prove too much. With Sonia Ritter and Maggie Steed. Produced by Alison Hindell.

Cast:Sonia Ritter ...............Mary, Maggie Steed...............Julia, Jonathan Tafler............Tony, Jonathan Cullen............Neil, Richard Tate...............Colin.

THE DEVIL'S MUSIC....2001
Three plays by Alan Plater were broadcast on successive Wednesdays: The Devil's Music (R4, 1415, beginning 8 Aug 01), inspired by the Women's Jazz Archive. A choir of ex-slaves sings the song "Roll, Jordan, Roll" in a Welsh village in the 1880s; a generation later the tune is used in a comic song; in the third play it appears in another setting. Plater's work is very well crafted and holds the attention throughout. Alison Hindell directed the trilogy . ND, VRPCC newsletter, Sept 2001

ATLANTIS....2003
8 Sep 03; by Dan Anthony. The peace of a seaside caravan site is disturbed by the arrival of a mysterious stranger, causing dangerous emotions to surface in the apparently civilised community. With Philip Madoc, John Sparkes, Robert Chase, Christine Pritchard, Nickie Rainsford, Simon Ludders, Robert Chase, and Gareth Piper Producer Jane Dauncey; director Alison Hindell.

BADGERS IN MY VEST....2003
6 Nov 03. By John Fletcher. The young Dylan Thomas spent much of the war in a Newquay pub unable to write. The challenge of a returning soldier shocks him out of his writer's block. First in a season marking the 50th anniversary of the poet's death. With Oliver Ryan, Rhodri Hugh, John McAndrew, Helen Griffin, Manon Edwards, and Laurence Allan. Director Alison Hindell.

THE GUEST BEFORE YOU....2004
Eavesdrop on a week in the life of hotel room no. 331. Produced by Alison Hindell.

PUT MONEY IN THY PURSE....2004
Saturday play - an account of Orson Welles' chaotic attempt to film Othello, as seen by his Iago, Micheal MacLiammoir. Simon Callow played MacLiammoir and Don Warrington played Welles. The play was directed by Alison Hindell.

The Cyhiraeth....2004
- (R4, 1415, 8 Nov 04), in the "double acts" series of afternoon plays, was by Ruth Jones and Debbie Moon. It took place in two time-frames; Elizabeth died a tragic death two hundred years ago after an unhappy love affair, and Jess's romance in 2004 looks to be following a similar course. But Elizabeth is determined that her own mistakes will not be repeated. Siriol Jenkins and Sian McDowell were the women, and the men in their lives were Matthew Morgan and Mike Hatward; Alison Hindell directed. ......ND, VRPCC newsletter

PRESS THE HASH KEY NOW....2005
Comic play about the perils of using (and not using) mobile 'phones. This play received mixed comments on the BBC messageboard, but I found it entertaining and OK. It starred Ruth Jones, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Bradley Freegard, Keith Woodason, Laurence Allan and Shireen Shah, and was directed by Alison Hindell.

Radio Times - A gentle comedy of modern manners...Lorna has found some saucy text messages on her boyfriend's mobile 'phone. The moral of the story gradually becomes clear - the best way to communicate is for us to talk to each other.

THE WEDDING VORTEX....2007
,29,Jan,2007,Monday,Radio 4,14:15:00,Afternoon Play The Wedding Vortex By Elizabeth Lewis When Esther starts to plan her wedding, she doesn't realise how many choices are involved, nor how many other people want to make those choices for her Esther ...... Lisa Coleman Evelina ...... Penny Downie Miss Lovelace ...... Eiry Thomas Beatrice ...... Manon Edwards Kiki ...... Lesley Rooney Katie ...... Sara McGaughey Jack ...... Richard Mitchley Paul ...... Richard Nichols Director Alison Hindell

MRS. KLEIN....2008
20 12 2008 14:30; Saturday Play. 20 Dec 2008; 14:30 on BBC Radio 4. Synopsis:Nicholas Wright's dramatisation of the troubled relationship between influential child psychoanalyst Melanie Klein and her own children. Faced with coming to terms with the news of the death of her son; Mrs Klein decides against going to his funeral. Frustrated with her mother's behaviour; Klein's daughter Melitta confronts her with some home truths. Mrs Klein ...... Janet Suzman Melitta ...... Eve Best Paula ...... Clare Corbett Directed by Alison Hindell. Broadcast: 20 Dec 200814:30BBC Radio 4

Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

asterisked plays in vrpcc collections

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