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LOVENESS AND ME....2012
Follow-up to 'Gracie and Me'. 10 Aug 12. Nell decides to find out whether paying school fees for a child in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) will actually help. The recipient is chosen because she is keen on reading. She's already spent many hours with the 'Oxford English Dictionary' and an old copy of 'Gulliver's Travels'. The play gives the reassuring message that education changes lives. Cast: Nell: Harriet Walter, Loveness: Chipo Chung, Celia: Jenny Jules. Producer Catherine Bailey. Indie (Catherine Bailey Productions).


GRACIE AND ME....2010
5 Nov 2010. R4. Sequel to 'Boniface & Me'. The two plays were broadcast on successive days, 4-5Nov 2010.

Kate goes back to South Africa to see the woman she knew when she was a girl. In those days of apartheid, attitudes were different. The repercussions of having known both systems can have a profound effect on a person's life. Stars. Harriet Walter, Jenny Jules, Henry Goodman, Lauren Mote. Producer Catherine Bailey; Director Annie Castledine.

I assume this is an independent production by Catherine Bailey Productions, though the RT made no mention of it.

BONIFACE AND ME....2007
Gillian Plowman, author of a number of radio plays which explore relationships in a sensitive way, 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. ...N.D, VRPCC newsletter, Dec 07.


DAVID'S BIRTHDAY ....2000
9 Mar 00, R4. Maggie and Liz have conflicting feelings about their younger, handicapped brother. As they all meet to celebrate his twenty-fifth birthday, the prospect of his return to the family brings back memories of the past which will threaten their relationships with their respective partners. With Amanda Root, Clare Holman and Richard Curnow. Director: Sue Wilson.


A SEA CHANGE....1995
R4 2.5.1995/1400 Jenny Funnell/Peter MacQueen; thirty minute theatre. An atmospheric "timeslip" play; very well done.


PHILIP & ROWENA....1994
R4 24.5.1994/1400 Leslie Phillips/Renee Asherson. Thirty minute theatre.


THE WOODEN PEAR....1992
A mindless act of violence changes a woman's life for ever. R4 17.3.1992/1400 Anna Massey/Paul Slack. Thirty minute theatre.

compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

Above plays are (mostly) in vrpcc collections.

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