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Tarek

This Is Your Country Now Too: Episode 7 of 7

Stories seen through the eyes of child refugees as they leave home for the unknown.

The family of 14 year-old Tarek’ is bidding him farewell in a restaurant in Idlib, northwestern Syria. Amid the partings and advice from his mother, father and sister and barrel bombs raining down, Tarek is bundled off on a perilous journey across Europe.

But, as if in a Kafkaesque nightmare, following setbacks on the road or at sea, he constantly finds himself back in the restaurant, still to start his journey and receiving more advice.

He can claim asylum once he’s in Britain – the problem is getting there.

Set in war torn Syria and across Europe, this is the final drama in a series of seven plays about the experience of child refugees fleeing persecution to find a new life in the UK since 1939.

Cast:
Tarek … Ronak Patani
Baba … Paul Chahidi
Hozan … Rachid Sabitri
Zahra … Sara Bahadori
Khaled … Waleed Elgadi
Mama … Nathalie Armin
Najib … Danny Rahim
Zilal … Farshid Rokey
Joanna … Ruby Benthall
Other parts played by the company

Written by Jonathan Myerson
Series devised by Nicolas Kent with Jack Bradley

Original Music/Musical Supervision: Jack Newton
Sound Design: Mark Smith
Directors: Jonathan Myerson and Nicolas Kent
Producer: Nicholas Newton

A Promenade production for BBC Radio 4

Release date:15 December 2019

44 minutes

 

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Eve

This Is Your Country Now Too: Episode 5 of 7

Stories seen through the eyes of child refugees as they leave home for the unknown.

In the divisive years of apartheid South Africa, a young girl, Eve, is smuggled out of the country after her mother was killed. The secret plan to get Eve out, with the help of sympathisers of the ANC cause, is arranged by a white South African couple, now living in London where she will join her father, Joseph – played by Danny Sapani.

Although successful in their mission, they meet resistance from Joseph when Eve arrives in London. But her burgeoning friendship with the couple’s son, thirteen-year-old Jack, helps to win over Joseph until the Immigration Service call at the house to interview Eve throwing her and her father’s future into doubt.

This is the fifth of seven dramas in the series about the experience of child refugees fleeing persecution to find a new life in the UK since 1939.

Cast:
Eve Motsamayi … Nokukhanya Masango
Joseph Motsamayi … Danny Sapani
Anne-Marie Levering … Olivia Darnley
Sean Levering … Paul Herzberg
The Nightingale … Pamela Nomvete
Mr. Junies … Kevin Harvey
Jack Levering … Felix Gillingwater
Other parts played by the company

Written by Chinonyerem Odimba
Series devised by Nicolas Kent with Jack Bradley

Original Music / Music Supervision: Jack Newton
Director: Femi Elufowoju Jr
Producer: Nicholas Newton
A Promenade production for BBC Radio 4

Release date: 12 December 2019
44 minutes

 

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Chung-yun and So-ling

This Is Your Country Now Too: Episode 3 of 7

Stories seen through the eyes of child refugees as they leave home for the unknown.

Chung-yun and So-ling, two children from a village on the mainland, embark on a treacherous journey to escape the famine in Mao Tse Tung’s China by swimming across the South China sea to Hong Kong.

The journey, in their wretched state, is tough and on arrival they find the welcome is not exactly as they had wished. Escaping again from the clutches of a fisherman and his wife, Chun-yun is struck by a lorry and is taken to hospital.

It is at this point their luck begins to change with the support of Officer Wong and his wife, Rita, who make efforts to give the two children the opportunity for another life, rather than being sent back to the mainland.

This is the third of seven dramas in a series about the experience of child refugees fleeing persecution to find a new life in the UK or its dominions since 1939.

Cast:
Chung-yun … Chris Lew Kum Hoi
So-ling … Jade Chan
Fisherman and Foreman… Ozzie Yue
Fisherman’s wife and Carol … Siu-see Hung
Officer Tony Wong … Andrew Leung
Rita Wong … Michelle Yim
Superintendent Letts … Andrew Havill

Written by Ben Ockrent
Series devised by Nicolas Kent with Jack Bradley

Original Music / Musical Supervision: Jack Newton
Director: David Tse
Producer: Nicholas Newton
A Promenade production for BBC Radio 4

Release date: 10 December 2019
44 minutes

 

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Gustav and Franziska

This Is Your Country Now Too: Episode 1 of 7

Stories seen through the eyes of child refugees as they leave home for the unknown. Starring Damian Lewis.

In the days after the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia in March 1939, a Jewish family is faced with a terrible dilemma – save their two children, nine-year-old Gustav and his elder sister Franziska, but maybe never see them again.

When they hear of a scheme to get children to London on trains, their mother determines it’s the only way. This Kindertransport scheme, devised by Nicholas Winton, is left in the hands of two young schoolteachers, Trevor Chadwick and Beatrice Wellington his Canadian assistant.

With more than a little naivety and dogged persistence, amid the chaos of a new Nazi administration, this little-known story of Chadwick’s part in the saving of 700 Czechoslovakian children who otherwise would have suffered the fate of their parents, is the first of seven dramas in a series about the experience of child refugees since 1939.

Cast:
Trevor Chadwick … Damian Lewis
Mama … Susannah Wise
Papa … Allan Corduner
Gustav … Hector Bateman-Harden
Franziska … Sophia Pettit
Nicholas Winton … David Michaels
Beatrice Wellington … Christy Meyer
Bömelberg … Mark Edel-Hunt
Alfred Dubs – Tom Hibberd
Other parts played by the company

Written by Jonathan Myerson
Series devised by Nicolas Kent with Jack Bradley

Original Music: Jack Newton
Directors: Jonathan Myerson and Nicolas Kent
Producer: Nicholas Newton
A Promenade production for BBC Radio 4

Release date: 08 December 2019
44 minutes

 

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This is your Country Now Too

A series of seven radio dramas about child refugees since 1939 devised by Nicolas Kent with Jack Bradley for BBC Radio 4.

This Is Your Country Now Too

Four of these dramas have been made by Promenade. They are stories as seen through the eyes of child refugees as they leave home for the unknown.

Gustav and Franziska

Starring Damian Lewis. In the days after the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia in March 1939, a Jewish family is faced with a terrible dilemma

Chung-yun and So-ling

Chung-yun and So-ling, two children from a village on the mainland, embark on a treacherous journey to escape the famine in Mao Tse Tung’s China by…

Eve

In the divisive years of apartheid South Africa, a young girl, Eve, is smuggled out of the country after her mother was killed. The secret plan to get Eve…

Tarek

The family of 14 year-old Tarek’ is bidding him farewell in a restaurant in Idlib, northwestern Syria. Amid the partings and advice from his mother…

 

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THE AFGHAN AND THE PENGUIN by Michael Hastings

Neither Muriel, Younis’ landlady, nor Major Douglas, his MOD case officer, can help the Afghan interpreter from being sent home to his uncertain fate in Afghanistan.

Maybe a penguin can help…

Michael Hastings’ wry look at the world through the eyes of those who play an unsung part in the war in Afghanistan.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, April 2011.[/three_fourth_last]

CAST

Younis – SARGON YELDA

Muriel – LYNNE MILLER

Major Dougie – ALAN COX

Lieutenant/Policeman – CHRISTIAN BRADLEY

Station Jock – CHRISTIAN BRASSINGTON

The Boy – TIMON GREAVES

COMPANY

Production Associate – Natalie Macaluso

Studio Presentation – Mark Smith

Directed by Steven Atkinson

Executive Producer – Ed Crozier

Producer – Nicholas Newton

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WAVES BREAKING ON A SHORE by Neil Brand and Michael Eaton

A play in two parts, for BBC Radio 4, May 2010

The audacity of Waves Breaking on a Shore is that it is a play about a medium without sound written specifically for a medium without images! A story about a new way of seeing offered by the cinema manages to be entirely appropriate as a subject for radio drama. Both Neil Brand and Michael Eaton are aficionados of a neglected period of early cinema history and the links between the gradually emerging form and the older pleasures of popular live entertainment.

At the turn of the twentieth century two vaudevillians, one Irish the other Jewish, are striving for success as a music hall double act: Cohen and Cohan, when they find themselves bitten by the bug of cinematography at the birth of film.

CAST

Manny Cohen – SIMON SCHATZBERGER

Danny Cohan – ANDREW SCOTT

Uncle Max – JONATHAN TAFLER

Nettie Truman – HAYLEY ATWELL

Eugene – JIM NORTON

Colonel Truman/Barraclough – SEAN CHAPMAN

Thief – JASON MAZA

COMPANY

Studio Presentation – Mark Smith

Production Associate – Natalie Macaluso

Music – Neil Brand

Violinist – Andrew Bridgemont

Executive producer – Ed Crozier

Directed by John Burgess

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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THE CONFLICT IS OVER by Michael Eaton

This factual drama explores the events that led up to the signing of the Downing Street Declaration in December, 1993 – one of the most significant, if under-valued, landmarks in the Northern Irish Peace Process.

The drama centres upon the personal relationship between the British Prime Minister, John Major, and his Irish counterpart, Albert Reynolds.

CAST

John Major – MICHAEL MALONEY

Albert Reynolds – DERMOT CROWLEY

Martin Mansergh – PATRICK DRURY

Robin Butler – THOMAS WHEATLEY

Patrick Mayhew – MICHAEL COCHRANE

Martin McGuinness – LLOYD HUTCHINSON

Bill Clinton – MATTHEW MARSH

COMPANY

Producer’s assistant – Emma Faulkner

Studio Manager – Mark Smith

Executive Producer – Paul Woolwich

Director – Nicolas Kent

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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A LIFE OF CHEKHOV by Irene Nemirovsky

adapted for radio by Michael Hastings

Broadcast in five short plays for BBC Radio 4
Woman’s Hour Drama, 3rd – 7th Nov 2008

Irene Nemirovsky’s biography of Anton Chekhov, adapted for radio by Michael Hastings, captures in brief scenes, reminiscent of his short stories, crucial points from his tough childhood in the remote port of Taganrog on the Sea of Azov to his marriage in his last years as the celebrated playwright.

Irene Nemirovsky’s biography appeared in 1950 but it was not until the publication of Suite Francaise in 2006 that her enormous talent as a writer reached a wider audience. In A Life of Chekhov she puts aside the conventional biographer’s position and writes the story as if she was in the presence of the Chekhov family.

CAST

Anton Chekhov – ANDREW SCOTT

Masha Chekhov & Natasha – ROMOLA GARAI

Yevgenia Chekhov & Olga Knipper – NIAMH CUSACK

Paul Chekhov & Suvorin – DAVE HILL

Uncle Mitrofan – ALAN WILLIAMS

Kolya Chekhov & Alex Smagin – BO PORAJ

Sasha Chekhov – KEITH DUNPHY

Vanya Chekhov – HUGH WYLD

Misha Chekhov – BILLY DUDLEY

COMPANY

Studio Manager – Mark Smith

Production Assistant – James Thompson

Executive Producer – Ed Crozier

Director – Lucy Bailey

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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THE LEOPARD by Giuseppe di Lampedusa

dramatised by Michael Hastings

Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 11th May 2008

In 1957, Giuseppe Tomasi, Prince of Lampedusa, the last member of a great Sicilian family, died childless, impoverished and unknown, leaving behind him a recently completed manuscript of a novel. The following year the novel, The Leopard, was published to acclaim and is now recognised and one of the finest works of twentieth-century literature. Five years after its publication Luchino Visconti made his celebrated film starring Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival.

In the book Don Fabrizio’s, the Leopard, closest and most intimate relations, family and counsellor reveal the passing of his world – a symbol of the change that came about during the republican unification of Italy in 1860. His support for his romantically inclined nephew, Tancredi, allows his family to wed the beautiful daughter of the uncouth, newly moneyed Sicily in the figure of the mayor of the town where his country palace is situated. The old feudal system is dying. But Don Fabrizio clings on to an ancient rule – ‘we must change to remain the same’.

Playwright and screen writer, Michael Hasting’s new adaptation views the Prince from the prism of his family, servants and his confessor and takes the story to its conclusion twenty years after Don Fabrizio’s death.

CAST

Don Fabrizio – STANLEY TOWNSEND

Princess Stella – JULIE LEGRAND

Concetta – CLAIRE PRICE

Angelica – HAYLEY ATWELL

Ciccio/Pallavicino/Priest – JOSEPH ALESSI

Father Pirrone – JAMES HAYES

Francesco/Carlo – TOM VAUGHAN-LAWLOR

Tancredi – TOM HIDDLESTON

Calogero/Chevalley – ANTHONY O’DONNELL

Giovanni – HARRY MCENTIRE

Angelica at 70 – CLAIRE NIELSON

COMPANY

Studio Manager – Mark Smith

Production Assistant – James Thompson

Executive Producer – Ed Crozier

Director – Lucy Bailey

Producer – Nicholas Newton

 

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