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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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SOHO by Michael Hastings

A production written by Michael Hastings and commissioned by Channel 4 Television (1997).

 

 

 

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South Pacific – press quotes


Mark Shenton, Daily Express

“The show radiates joy”

 

David Mellor, Mail on Sunday

“Productions of musicals as good as this don’t come along very often, so catch it if you can.”

“Paulo Szot’s big number, This Nearly Was Mine, brought the house down, and rightly so.”

 

Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail

“SOME ENCHANTED EVENING”

“When Paulo Szot sings the wonderful sound of his rich baritone makes your heart ache”

“Womack gives the best performance of her career. You won’t want to wash this girl outta your hair”

“Bartlett Sher’s TRIUMPH”

Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

**** FOUR STARS

“AN ENCHANTED EVENING IN THE SOUTH SEAS”

“A CLASSIC OF AMERICAN MUCIAL THEATRE REVIVED WITH THE LOVE AND RESPECT IT DESERVES”

Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

“Paulo Szot is the undeniable star of the show. His voice is a thing of splendour”

Michael Covenay, What’s On Stage

Bartlett Sher’s Lincoln Center production is sharp and sassy, beautifully designed by Michael Yeargan… the score is imperishable and reawakens its bewitching dramatic composition in which dialogue, sentiment and music are held in perfect sway”

Libby Purves, The Times

 

“Paulo Szot’s baritone steals your soul like a sunset in a warm ocean”

“Samantha Womack is an enchanting Nellie”

Laura Silverman, The Mail

 

***** FIVE STARS

 

“Michael Yeargan’s set includes an exquisite backdrop of the South Pacific waters”

“The score, played emotively by a twenty five piece orchestra, fills the auditorium with opulent expanses of sound for much of the three hours”

THE LINCOLN CENTER – UK PRODUCTION IS FAULTLESS

Julie Carpenter, The Express

 

“SOUTH PACIFIC IS HARD TO BEAT”

Tim Auld, Sunday Telegraph

 

“Samantha Womack will make headlines for her sassy performance”

“Also remarkable is Paulo Szot who blows the theatre away with his rendition of Some Enchanted Evening

Christopher Hart, Sunday Times

 

“Don Holder’s beautiful lighting effects passing through all the colours of the rainbow”

Robert Gore-Langton, Mail on Sunday

 

“Richard Rodgers’ score is ripplingly lush and the hit songs are virtually non-stop – from the eerily seductive Bali H’ai to the aching romance of Some Enchanted Evening and the sex starved sailors’ song There is Nothing Like a Dame”

 

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THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Promenade Productions and Genesius Theatrical Productions produced the Scottish Opera and D’Oyly Carte production of The Pirates of Penzance in 2013 at the following venues:

Manchester, Opera House
11 – 15 June 2013

Bristol, Hippodrome
18 – 22 June 2013

Newcastle, Theatre Royal
25 – 29 June 2013

Oxford, New Theatre
2 – 6 July 2013

Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre
16 – 20 July 2013

It received excellent reviews including:

 ‘GILBERT AND SULLIVAN’S SWASHBUCKLING CLASSIC IS STILL BRINGING THE HOUSE DOWN. PHENOMENAL’ Manchester Evening News

‘THIS SLICK AND GORGEOUS-LOOKING CO-PRODUCTION BETWEEN SCOTTISH OPERA AND D’OYLY CARTE IS IN A DIFFERENT LEAGUE’ Daily Telegraph

‘**** FRESH AND VITAL. A GREAT NIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT’ The Scotsman

‘A G&S EVENING SHOULD BE PURE PLEASURE. THIS PRODUCTION DELIVERS THAT IN GENEROUS MEASURE’ Scottish Daily Express

‘IT’S FEEL-GOOD ALL THE WAY, WITH A GREAT SCORE, FABULOUS PERFORMANCES AND A UNIQUE COLLABORATION BETWEEN D’OYLY CARTE AND SCOTTISH OPERA’  Newcastle Chronicle

Further details: http://piratestheshow.com/

 

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SOUTH PACIFIC by Rodgers & Hammerstein

Barbican & UK Tour 2011

This breathtaking and lavish Lincoln Center Theater production reinvented the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein show, swept the 2008 Tony Awards, played to sold-out houses on Broadway, and was televised across America.

Set on a tropical island during World War II, this is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as poignant today as when it first thrilled audiences in 1949.

Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.

Promenade is co-producing South Pacific with Genesius Theatrical Productions, Robert Boyett Inc, the Ambassadors Theatre Group and Bob Bartner.

Barbican Dates:
15th Aug to 1st Oct 2011

for PRESS QUOTES click here

 

 

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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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