Jessica Dromgoole was a freelance theatre director and Literary Manager of Paines Plough Theatre Company, before she joined the BBC writersroom. After producing on the World Service soap, Westway, and launching an Urdu language radio drama series in Pakistan, she joined BBC Radio Drama.
As episode 1 begins, King Edward is sixty. His first wife Eleanor has been dead ten years. The Scottish Wars permitting, he is ready to marry again....
..........What gave the production texture and depth, though, were some subtle touches. So, while the drama included some splendidly gory sounds of people in pain, all horrible convulsions and last-breath gurgles, it also gave its protagonists credible, affecting lines. Margaret, the young French queen admirably played by Ellie Kendrick, was daunted by her wedding night. "It is," she said quietly, "so very..... 'here'."
It's good to see a national paper taking radio drama seriously. It would have been nice to see a credit for the producers, but perhaps next time ......... - Ed
KATIE HIMS TRILOGY....2011
Plays based on missing people .... (1) It's wartime and a tiny child evacuee whose paperwork is lost ends up at the wrong address; (2) a generation later and mother leaves home; (3) the sequel, thirty years later. A very affecting production; one wonders how often a train of events like this occurs in times of war. The plays, which went out under the collective title 'Lost Property' were:
(1)THE WRONG LABEL
3 May 2011.....1941, and children are evacuated from London to escape the bombing. Rosie Cavaliero, Alex Tregear, Katie Angelou, Daniel Cooper, Daniel Rabin, Stuart McLoughlin.
(2)THE YEAR MY MOTHER WENT MISSING
10 May 2011.....1979; Ruthie's mother has disappeared. Rosie Cavaliero, Shannon Flynn, Cealleach Spellman, Elliott Griffiths, Ralph Ineson.
(3)A TELEGRAM FROM THE QUEEN
17 May 2011.....Ruthie sets out to bring the members of the family back together. Rosie Cavaliero, Edna Dore, Gary Beadle, Daniel Rabin, Sean Baker, Jane Whittenshaw.
THE GREAT GAME....2010
10 Oct 10. Four plays tracing the history of war in Afghanistan. R3. Total duration 2 hours. the plays are: Bugles at the Gates of Jalabad, by Stephen Jeffreys, Miniskirts of Kabul, by David Greig, Honey, by Ben Okrent, and A Canopy of Stars by Simon Stephens. Producer Jeremy Mortimer. Directors Jessica Dromgoole, Indhu Rubasingham and Sasha Yevtushenko.
Bugles at the Gate remembers the British Army's worst defeat in history when 16,000 soldiers perished fleeing Kabul in 1842. We share the bugler's horror on hearing the news and reading the diary entries of a rare survivor, the General's wife.
Miniskirts of Kabul is set in 1992; a western woman interviews President Najibullah as he shelters in a UN compound.
Honey is about a CIA agent who realises the folly of American disengagement.
In Canopy of Stars, two squaddies discuss chips, football and Taliban insurgents.
WE OUTNUMBER YOU....2010
...............Later on 23 Apr was the play WE OUTNUMBER YOU, by Ed Hime (R4, 2100, 23 Apr 10), one of the last dramas to be broadcast in the Friday Play slot. A big oil company opens a new zoo on the Isle of Wight, to show its environmental commitment. Unfortunately the zoo contains some dangerous animals and one night two deranged 'greenies' hide inside. They hatch a plot, it goes hideously wrong, and the play rapidly turns into a horror story. Kenneth Cranham stars as the oil company boss, and the cast also included Luke Treadaway, Joanna Monro, Georgia Groome, Vineeta Rishi and Ben Crowe. The producer was Jessica Dromgoole. ............ND, VRPCC review, Apr 2010
DEWEY EYED (R4, 1415, 30 Mar 09) was a quirky play about a recently-widowed lady, Vera, who is finding it difficult to focus on life. Her daughter tries to get through to her using the only language they have in common - Dewey Decimal. They're both librarians. Against my expectations, the play worked well. The cast included Olivia Colman, Sheila Reid, Caroline Guthrie and Paul Rider and was produced by Jessica Dromgoole. (..........ND, VRPCC review, Apr 09)
24,Sep,2007. Andrew Sherlock's play is based on the true story of his parents' courtship; charted through Audrey's reminiscences and Jimmy's letters from Korea; where he was serving in the early 1950s. Jimmy ...... Andy Pointon Audrey ...... Gillian Kearney Evelyn ...... Elizabeth Estensen Marie ...... Laura Molyneux Pat ...... John Dougall Marzy ...... Katy Cavanagh Dennis ...... Sam Pamphilon Jean Metcalfe ...... Joannah Tincey. Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.
30,Jun,2007. Tom Stoppard's comedy juggles notions of literature; mathematics; landscape gardening and love through the lives and preoccupations of the inhabitants of Sidley Park; Derbyshire in the early 19th and late 20th centuries. Bernard ...... Jason Watkins Hannah ...... Nicola Redmond Septimus ...... Jack Laskey Thomasina ...... Jade Williams Chloe ...... Carey Mulligan Valentine ...... Joseph Kloska Chater ...... John Dougall Lady Croom ...... Liza Sadovy Noakes ...... Jot Davies Jellaby Simon Treves Brice ...... Anthony Glennon Augustus ...... Sam Pamphilon Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.
........a new radio adaptation, by Stoppard, of ARCADIA, a scintillating play in which present day researchers seek to find the truth about people and events from a former time - in this case, about 200 years earlier.It was broadcast by Radio 3 in the year of its first performance at the National Theatre, 1993. The action displays both past and present, opening in 1808 before switching to the 1990s. The listener learns the truth of both eras, but, predictably, the modern researchers construct a false picture of the past, which gathers sufficient momentum to displace the true one. It juggles notions of literature, Mathematics, landscape gardening and love through the lives of the inhabitants of Sidney Park, Derbyshire. It starred Jason Watkins, Nicola Redmond, Jack Laskey, Jade Williams and Carey Mulligan; the director was Jessica Dromgoole. (ND, VRPCC newsletter)
INDIA AND PAKISTAN....2007
11,Aug,2007. Samina Baig's tale of sibling rivalry; jealousy; forbidden passion and murder. Set in an India waking up to massive change; this story of two sisters and one man reflects the unease between old world values and new world ambition. Shazia ...... Archie Panjabi Mother ...... Nimra Bucha Shaheen/Soni ...... Sakuntala Ramanee Rahan ...... Nitin Ganatra Uncle/Inspector ...... Kris Dosanji Beggar ...... Shiv Grewal Driver/Hitesh ...... Saikat Ahamed Bismillah ...... Leena Dhingra Directed by Jessica Dromgoole. Part of the India and Pakistan 07 season.
Dombey and Son....2007
Dec 07. Mike Walker's adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale of family relationships, in 20 episodes, for Woman's Hour. Charles Dickens ...... Alex Jennings Dombey ...... Robert Glenister Florence ...... Abigail Hollick Young Florence ...... Eliza Darby Paul ...... Jacob Theato Mr Carker ...... Adrian Lukis Captain Cuttle ...... Trevor Peacock Mrs Brown ...... Geraldine James Dr Blimber ...... Robin Soans Mrs Pipchin ...... Flaminia Cinque Dr Peps ...... Karl Johnson Polly Toodles ...... Pam Ferris Susan ...... Nadine Marshall Walter ...... Joseph Arkley Young Walter ...... Jordan Clarke Toots ...... Sam Pamphilon Other parts played by Ben Crowe; Peter Marinker; Simon Treves; Alex Lanipekun and Lloyd Thomas. Music by Nicolai Abrahamsen. Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Jeremy Mortimer.
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