UK International
Radio Drama Festival 2018:
Irish entries

There are three entries from RTE, Ireland:
1.From Eden, by Stephen Jones, produced by Goretti Slavin.
2.Surviving Ireland, by Colm Tobin, produced by Aidan O'Donovan & Colm Tobin
3.Breaks, by Bez Kinte Theatre Company.

These are described below, with spoilers removed.

Written by Stephen Jones. RTE Radio 1, 6 Jan 17. Two lost individuals, Alan and Eva, find themselves locked in a bathroom together on New Year's Eve.(43m). Cast: Alan: Stephen Jones, Eva: Seána Kerslake. Sound: Ciarán Cullen; produced by Gorretti Slavin. Series producer for Drama On One is Kevin Reynolds. The stage version ran in Bewley's Cafe Theatre, Powerscourt, from 9-28 Jan 2017. Information and the play are online in the RTE archive: From Eden

The producer of 'From Eden', Gorretti Slavin, joined Drama On One a few year ago. She is an experienced stage director, and has been responsible for many productions, from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to 'Dublin by Lamplight', staged by the RTÉ players company 'In The Club'. Gorretti joined the RTA Drama team to raise the profile of Drama On One's new website, and to encourage access to RTE's growing archive of audio drama. Her Drama On One debut was with Joe O'Byrne's 'A Snail Called Sam' in 2012. Since then she has directed many productions broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, covering topics with a very wide range. One play featured talking cows; another was about whistle-blowing fund managers in the IMF.

By Colm Tobin. 17 Mar 2017; RTE Radio 1. Colm visits a digital detox centre on a remote island to monitor the progress of a smartphone-dependent couple.

Holly and Declan are become increasingly addicted to their online lives. Declan is not entirely happy with this so has signed them up for some time away, in an effort to get Holly to give him more attention by putting the phone down. Some reprogramming is in order. For the next week, Colm watches them like a hawk. Everything goes smoothly at first. They are led through a series of increasingly surreal treatments - like appreciating food without having to photograph it first. It goes smoothly to begin with; then less so....

The play was written, produced and performed by Aidan O'Donovan & Colm Tobin, with Stefanie Preissner, Deirdre O'Kane and Barry Murphy. Recording was by Liam Geraghty and Rachel Ní Chuinn. Sound Supervision was by Mark Dwyer. This was an Indie production (Turnip & Duck) in association with Kite Entertainment.

By Bez Kinte Theatre Company; edited by Emma Hughes & Louisa Sanfey; adapted for radio by Louisa Sanfey. Adapted from the stage production originally presented in September 2016 at Tiger Dublin Fringe. Development supported by Arts Council England.There’s an angel on a killing spree in the city of Bremen. For more than a decade she systematically poisons everyone in her life: parents, children, lovers and friends. As the body count mounts, she layers herself in thirteen corsets, creating a dangerous illusion of beauty.

The story circles the mysteries of a true story about the limits of what a woman can take.

Cast:Morgan Cooke, Erin Gilgen and Louise Wilcox. Sound Design: Damian Chennells. Producer for RTÉ: Kevin Brew. Music for ‘Childless Mother’ composed by Morgan Cooke, performed by Honi Cooke, Michael Lee, Aonghus O’Lochlainn, Rory Lynch, Sebastian Marquez, Tracy Nagle and Rachel Talbot. Sound recorded by John Gunning. Excerpts from the lecture, ‘Venomous Women: Poison murderesses in nineteenth-century Germany’ included by kind permission of Professor Susanne Kord from the German Department of University College, London. Developed through the Open Lab scheme at Barbican Guildhall, London.

By Jason Gill. Ireland (Indie). In this unusual radio thriller, a US fighter pilot almost killed in Iraq finds unexpected love on Ireland’s wild western shore. Captain Bob Conway’s soul is broken, just like his body was in Iraq. In the effort to rebuild himself, he travels to Galway in Ireland, where he meets and falls in love with a beautiful young student. But Bob and Mary’s lives are still being shaped by the past and by powers thousands of miles away. Producer Alan Meaney and writer/director Jason Gill fashion a tale of political intrigue and love among the ruins left behind by war.

Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland; first Broadcast on Newstalk 106-108FM on 20th August 2017. Selected for the UK International Radio Drama Festival 2018 in Herne Bay in Kent.

6 Mar 18; updated 18 Mar 18

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