Emma Hearn was educated at Manchester University. She is a freelance producer, director and production manager with 20 years experience of working in drama in theatre and radio. As production manager, her BBC dramas include His Masterís Voice, Bretton Woods, Ulysses, The Tempest, and Our Countryís Good. As producer, a few of her plays are listed below. She has worked for the Wireless Theatre Company and the BBC, and now works for the Cast Iron Radio & Recording Ltd. and Goldhawk Productions.
NOTES ON SOME OF THE PLAYS
22 Nov 16: The Truth About Anna, 1
By Michael Butt: two-part thriller, based on a true story and set in California. Eco-terrorists planning to blow up a dam become suspicious of a new recruit. Anna: Julianna Jennings, Greg: Philip Desmeules, Angela: Jammy Kasongo, Melissa: Gillian Saker, Al: Jared Zeus, Franklin: Trevor White, Jackson: Trevor White, Librarian / Receptionist: Lorna Nickson-Brown. Producer: Emma Hearn, director: Carl Prekopp. Indie production: Goldhawk.
Shortlisted for the 'Best Drama Series' Audio Drama Award for 2017.
18 May 16: School Drama, 1
By Andy Mulligan. First episode in a four-part series from Indie production company Goldhawk; further episodes broadcast tomorrow, Thursday, Friday and a 60m episode on Saturday. A formerly well-known TV star is brought into a failing school to help stage a production of Romeo and Juliet. As ever in Goldhawk productions, location recordings are used throughout. There are also some uncomfortable truths about certain parts of the UK education system; I hope the Education Minister was listening. Cast - Tom Hollander, Sian Gibson, Tony Gardener, Heather Craney, Rob Jarvis, Divian Ladwa, Rebecca Emerton, Rory Greenwood, Rob Merriam, Finn Elliot, Floss Willcocks, Susie Baxter, Vincent Ebrahim, and students from Portsmouth Grammar School. Music by Jon Quin. Producer: Emma Hearn; director John Dryden.
27 Jan 16: Tumanbay,9
By Mike Walker. Episode title: Jaws Of Victory. A trade delegation brings Tumanbay the latest war merchandise, while the sultan prepares to use his armies to destroy the upstart woman Maya. Gregor: Rufus Wright, Cadali: Matthew Marsh, Wolf: Alexander Siddig, Sarah: Nina Yndis, Ibn: Nabil Elouahabi, Maya's envoy: Nadir Khan, Madu: Danny Ashok, Daniel: Gareth Kennerley, Slave: Akin Gazi, Heaven: Olivia Popica, Frog: Deeivya Meir, Frog's mother: Sirine Saba, Al-Ghuuri: Raad Rawi, General Qulan: Christopher Fulford, Physician: Vivek Madan, the Hafiz: Antony Bunsee, Bello: Albert Welling, Don Siego: John Sessions, Dona Ana: Anabelle Dowler, Boy: Darwin Brokenbro, Rider: Akbar Kurtha. Producers for the series: Nadir Khan, John Dryden, Emma Hearn. Indie (Goldhawk).
6 Jan 16: Tumanbay, 6
By John Dryden. Episode title: In The Beginning. With Tumanbay in chaos after a prominent person is murdered, Heaven and her slave companion are taken prisoner in the desert. Meanwhile, Gregor tries to find out the secret of the missing reliquary. Gregor: Rufus Wright, Heaven: Olivia Popica, Wolf: Alexander Siddig, Cadali: Matthew Marsh, Ibn: Nabil Elouahabi, Maya's envoy: Nadir Khan, Madu: Danny Ashok, Daniel: Gareth Kennerley, Slave: Akin Gazi, General Quilan: Christopher Fulford, The Hafiz: Antony Bunsee, Bello: Albert Welling, Boy: Darwin Brokenbro, Manel: Aiysha Hart, Shamsi/Maid/Sabira: Laure Stockley, Rajik: Akbar Kurtha, Pamira: Nathalie Armin. Producers: Emma Hearn and Nadir Khan. Directed by John Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk).
18 Dec 15: Greek Drama
By Matthew Solon, dir. John Dryden (Indie, Goldhawk). A docu-drama based on Matthew Solon's research into the Greek debt crisis and bail-out of summer 2014. As Greece and its creditors argued over terms, decisions were thrashed out in secret, behind closed doors. This is the inside story. Alexis Tsipras: George Georgio, Yanis Varoufakis: Pano Masti, Jeroen Dijsselbloem: Tice Oakfield, Angela Merkel: Gabrielle Schamitzky, Wolfgang Schauble: Eric Redman, George Chouliarakis: Christopher Sciueref, Illias Kartalis: John Ioannou. Producer: Emma Hearn.
2 Dec 15: Tumanbay, 1
By John Dryden and MIke Walker. Episode title: A Head Start. A historical drama set in medieval Egypt under the rule of the Mamluk slave dynasty. Reports of rebellion in Amber Province have reached the city. There are rumours of a mysterious force devouring the empire from within. There is fear and suspicion; no-one can be trusted. Gregor: Rufus Wright, Girl on the ship: Olivia Popica, her mother: Nathalie Armin, Slave merchant: Nabil Elouahabi, Cadali: Matthew Marsh, Frog: Deeivya Meir, Frog's mother: Sirine Saba, Basim: Alexander Siddig, Sarah: Nina Yndis, Envoy: Nadir Khan, Shajar: Sarah Beck Mather, Madu: Danny Ashok, Sultan Al-Ghuri: Raad Rawi, General Qulan: Christopher Fulford, Physician: Vivek Madan, Daniel: Gareth Kennerley, Maid: Laure Stockley, Ship's captain: Albert Welling. Other parts played by Christian Hillborg, Stefano Braschi and Alex Utgoff. Producers: Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Dryden; directed by John Dryden. Indie (Goldhawk). This is episode 1 of 10.
.........For me the other big drama event in this quarter was the new ten-part epic from Goldhawk (R4, beginning 2 Dec 15) by John Dryden and Mike Walker. This is a historical drama set in medieval Egypt under the rule of the Mamluk slave dynasty. Reports of rebellion in Amber Province have reached the city; there are rumours of a mysterious force devouring the empire from within. There is fear and suspicion; no-one can be trusted.
In the story, Tumanbay is the capital of a vast Egyptian empire where opportunities are plentiful and life is cheap. The first scene in the city's palace, where an envoy from a rebellious province has a grim gift for the Sultan, gives a sense of what to expect: intrigue and casual ISIL-type violence. John Dryden's direction, recorded on location, gives the play an eerie realism where the listener can never fully relax; it is truly excellent. There is an enormous cast including Rufus Wright, Olivia Popica, Nabil Elouahabi, Raad Rawi and Albert Welling (remember his play 'The Lintel'?). The series producers were Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Dryden. It should be noted that historically, Tumanbay was not a city; it was the name of the Sultan in the late 1400s. (.......ND, Diversity Website review, Dec 2015)
Nigel Deacon, Diversity website
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