BBC Audio Drama Awards 2022 winners

Best Actor 
WINNER – Edmund Davies, The Pursuits Of Darleen Fyles. Director Pauline Harris, BBC Audio Drama North
Simon Russell Beale, Folk. Director Sue Roberts, BBC Audio Drama North
Giles Terera, The Meaning Of Zong. Director Tom Morris, Jonx Productions

Best Actress
WINNER – Juliet Aubrey, Dead Weather. Director Nicolas Jackson, Afonica
Jasmine Hyde, Little Blue Lines. Director Gemma Jenkins, BBC Audio Drama London
Amanda Lawrence, Folk. Director Sue Roberts, BBC Audio Drama North Continue reading “BBC Audio Drama Awards 2022 winners”

BBC Audio Drama Awards 2022 finalists

Best Actor 
Edmund Davies, The Pursuits Of Darleen Fyles. Director Pauline Harris, BBC Audio Drama North
Simon Russell Beale, Folk. Director Sue Roberts, BBC Audio Drama North
Giles Terera, The Meaning Of Zong. Director Tom Morris, Jonx Productions

Best Actress
Juliet Aubrey, Dead Weather. Director Nicolas Jackson, Afonica
Jasmine Hyde, Little Blue Lines. Director Gemma Jenkins, BBC Audio Drama London
Amanda Lawrence, Folk. Director Sue Roberts, BBC Audio Drama North Continue reading “BBC Audio Drama Awards 2022 finalists”

Radio review: Constellations / Elegy / The Meaning of Zong

Less reviews, more notifications that a wonderful radio version of Nick Payne’s Constellations is now available to listen to on Radio 3, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and George Mackay. It’s well worth your time but be warned, it could well lead to expensive splurges to see the four forthcoming West End casts of Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah, Peter Capaldi and Zoë Wanamaker, Omari Douglas and Russell Tovey, and Anna Maxwell Martin and Chris O’Dowd.

Sasha Yevtushenko also directs a production of Elegy as part of this double bill, a play which I don’t remember half as fondly, despite a strong cast at the Donmar Warehouse. Here again, Juliet Stevenson, Deborah Findlay and Marilyn Nnadebe elevate the production to must-listen levels but it just isn’t as gut-wrenchingly affecting a piece of writing in the end.

Last up is Giles Terera’s The Meaning of Zong, the debut play for this talented performer which is now receiving its premiere on radio. It’s an extraordinary dramatisation of a shocking piece of British history that very few of us will know about, one which is vital to add to the discourse that has emerged since last summer and a play that must be put on major stages as soon as we can.

Review: The Understudy

David Nicholls’ The Understudy translates to an amiable radio play with Stephen Fry, Sarah Hadland and Russell Tovey

Unswayed by the arrival of Covid-19, playwright Henry Filloux-Bennett and director Giles Croft have adapted their putative theatrical production of The Understudy into a two-part audio version. David Nicholls’ early novel about a jobbing actor has been lightly updated and the injoke-heavy result is rather good fun.

Narrator Stephen Fry takes us through the journey of Stephen McQueen (no relation!) as he prepares to understudy a hunky young actor in the West End and espies an opportunity to collude with the 12th sexiest man in the world to allow him to philander away and let Stephen chase the stardom that has eluded his career so far. Continue reading “Review: The Understudy”

News: The Understudy – a brand new radio play with Stephen Fry, Emily Atack, Sheila Atim, Layton Williams and more

The Understudy is a brand new radio play that will be broadcast in two parts on Wednesday 20th May and Wednesday 27th May to raise funds for the theatre industry which is facing a devastating impact from the Covid-19 health crisis. The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield will split proceeds of this project with charities including the Theatre Development Trust (SOLT and UK Theatre), Acting for Others and Equity Charitable Trust.

Coming together at a time that matters the most, the stellar line-up of actors currently confirmed to perform in The Understudy includes Stephen Fry, Emily Atack, Sheila Atim, Layton Williams, Russell Tovey, Sarah Hadland, Mina Anwar and many more. The cast and creative team involved in The Understudy will take part completely in isolation and actors will record their lines at home that will be brought to life by an exceptional sound design team. Continue reading “News: The Understudy – a brand new radio play with Stephen Fry, Emily Atack, Sheila Atim, Layton Williams and more”

BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020 winners

Best Actor
WINNER – Stephen Dillane, Sea Longing, director Karen Rose, Sweet Talk, BBC Radio 3
Sule Rimi, I Am Kanye West, director John Norton, BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Radio 4
Stanley Townsend, The Macefield Plot, director David Hunter, BBC Radio Drama London, BBC Radio 4

Best Actress
WINNER – Rebecca Front, Love In Recovery, director Ben Worsfield, King Bert, BBC Radio 4
Katherine Kelly, A Badge, director Tony Pitts, Savvy Productions, BBC Radio 4
Lydia Wilson, Black Water: An American Story, director Gaynor Macfarlane, BBC Scotland, BBC Radio 4 Continue reading “BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020 winners”

BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020 finalists

Best Actor
Stephen Dillane, Sea Longing, director Karen Rose, Sweet Talk, BBC Radio 3
Sule Rimi, I Am Kanye West, director John Norton, BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Radio 4
Stanley Townsend, The Macefield Plot, director David Hunter, BBC Radio Drama London, BBC Radio 4

Best Actress
Rebecca Front, Love In Recovery, director Ben Worsfield, King Bert, BBC Radio 4
Katherine Kelly, A Badge, director Tony Pitts, Savvy Productions, BBC Radio 4
Lydia Wilson, Black Water: An American Story, director Gaynor Macfarlane, BBC Scotland, BBC Radio 4 Continue reading “BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020 finalists”

BBC Audio Drama Awards 2019 winners

Best Original Single Drama
19 Weeks by Emily Steel, produced/directed by Helen Perry for BBC Radio 4
The Chosen One written and directed by Avi Garvi, produced by Nadir Khan and John Dryden, Goldhawk Productions for BBC Radio 4
WINNER – County Lines by Amelia Bullmore, produced/directed by Mary Peate for BBC Radio 4

Best Original Series or Serial
Stone by Martin Jameson, Richard Monks, Cath Staincliffe, Alex Ganley, Vivienne Harvey, produced/directed by Nadia Molinari and Gary Brown for BBC Radio 4
Tommies by Avin Shah, directed by Jonquil Panting, produced by David Hunter, Jonquil Panting and Jonathan Ruffle for BBC Radio 4
WINNER – The Truth about Hawaii by Oliver Emanuel, produced/directed by Kirsty Williams for BBC Radio 4 Continue reading “BBC Audio Drama Awards 2019 winners”