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BBC Pop-Up Radio Drama Studio at Summerhall

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_ Time: 17.00
_ Duration: 90 mins
_ Age Suitability: 16+
_ Venue: Radio Studio

The BBC is creating an intimate live pop up radio studio at Summerhall. Eight fresh audio plays from leading writers are being recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Plays

Two young women hate their jobs and pretty much their whole lives. So it’s a simple decision to throw it all away and travel, until their aimless journey takes them straight into a horror story. But are they the victims, the perpetrators, or the witnesses?

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It’s Christmas day and these are the last 30 minutes of Sita’s life. As she struggles to differentiate reality from dreams and hallucinations, she is visited by two old friends from the past bearing gifts, memories and a hint of what’s to come.

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A writer remembers the year the world looked on with amazement at the Great Train Robbery, the Profumo Affair and the Assassination of JFK while failing to notice the death of his friend next door and his triumph in his 11 Plus.

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A comedy about the philosophy of sound. Do we all hear things the same way? Can we be tricked into hearing what isn’t there? And will sound engineer Ben get trespasser Isla out of his studio, or will she bring him to his senses?

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Sam is born blind. As a toddler she prefers hitting things to speaking. Her rage turns into patterns and then into melody. Witness Sam transmutate the ordinary sounds of our lives into an orchestra. What if everything you heard was music?

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Psychological thriller by award-winning dramatist, Oliver Emanuel: a woman’s world implodes when she finds herself at the mercy of a blackmailer.

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A new branch of the story of boyhood friends explored in Jacob’s award winning collection Jackself. It is set in a world both recognisably modern as well as starkly folkloric and weird. It recounts the journey of two boys through spaces real and rumoured, through the great forest of Blackwood, where voices and music weave alternative histories of boyhood, troubled friendship and the north of England. As well as a moving drama, The Blackwood is a haunting ‘landscape in noise’, created by musician and sound designer, John Alder.

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‘I am trying to remember the young woman that I was before I had children. I am trying to see who I am now… I am a writer and I have a splinter of ice in my heart and in my eye.’

Nell Leyshon performs her own story of how her reinvention of herself after children is halted by illness. It is a story of the body, medicine, statistics and the NHS; a story of motherhood and being a woman; a story of writing and of speaking with our own authentic voices.

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A prescient comedy about love, transatlantic communication and lousy lasagne at 30,000 feet.

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