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2007 Boniface and Me
2006 Breakfast with Mugabe
2000 A high wind in Jamaica
1999 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome, Classic Serial
1999 Villette - Charlotte Bronte, dram. James Friel
1999 Dianeira, R3
1998 Waiting for the earth to move - Nick Leeson, rogue trader
1998 The airmen who would not die. Fuller, ad. M. Crompton. Story of the R101 airship.


NOTES

BONIFACE AND ME....2007
.......Gillian Plowman, author of a number of radio plays which explore relationships, including the spooky "Sea Change" from 1995, was the author of BONIFACE AND ME (R4, 1415, 4 Dec 07), an outstanding play looking at the situation in Zimbabwe (ex-Rhodesia) and the consequences for the charismatic head teacher of a village school. A divorced woman begins to write to an African child she met on a holiday. Soon she is writing to several children, and helping with their education. She finds more love and friendship from them than she does from her own family. Harriet Walter was Nell, Boniface was Jude Agoutika, and the producer and director were Catherine Bailey and Annie Castledine. A number of writers to the messageboard said that the play had them in tears; another person pointed out that this is hardly helpful; we must accept that there are some things we can only observe, and perhaps one of them is the tragedy which is Zimbabwe. ....ND, VRPCC newsletter...

Breakfast with Mugabe....2006
A Royal Shakespeare Company Production by Catherine Bailey Ltd, for BBC Radio 3. Sony Award winner.

A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA....2000
By Richard Hughes, dram. Bryony Lavery. The Bas Thornton children live in Jamaica. But a hurricane hits the island, and they are sent home to England, which is supposedly safer. On the way their ship is taken over by pirates. With Robert Glenister, Hatty Jones, Kiera Knightley; dir. Catherine Bailey. Broadcast as Classic Serial. 28 May 00.

WAITING FOR THE EARTH TO MOVE.... 1998
Superb play about the rogue trader Nick Leeson and how his activities led to the downfall of Barings' Bank. With Richard Briers, Paul Chan, Leena Dhingra, Andrew Lincoln. Directors Catherine Bailey and John Dove. 55m.


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