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HER Story: Women’s Untold Histories

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Narrated by: Katy Brand,Amaka Okafor,Niamh Cusack,Aimee-Ffion Edwards,Amanda Root,Indira Varma,Rebecca Humphries,full cast,Anton Lesser
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Publisher's Summary

10 dramas focusing on women's untold stories from history.

This diverse, eclectic collection of plays explores an array of social, political and historical events from a female point of view. In these captivating dramas, we see the world through their eyes, giving us a fresh perspective on a female history that is too often unrecorded, misrepresented or misunderstood.

Featuring a multiplicity of styles and genres, and written by a wide variety of authors, they range from comedy dramas themed around the Bayeux Tapestry and the 1962 Cheltenham Literary Festival, to award-winning, thought-provoking tales of Nigerian teenagers kidnapped by Boko Haram. A contemporary version of the heroines from Greek mythology, Persephone and Demeter; Profumo affair from a female perspective, Britain's last witch (Helen Duncan); a legendary ballerina (Margot Fonteyn); a little sister (Dious, sibling of St Anthony) and a youngest daughter (Judith Shakespeare).  

Embroidering the Truth

Queen Edith - Katy Brand

Bishop Odo - Charlie Anson

Other cast: Katy Sobey, Lisa Zahra, Jonny Holden, Rosie Cavaliero, Tracy Wiles.

Written by Abigail Youngman. Produced by Mary Ward-Lowery. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 17th October 2019


Tisana - Amaka Okafor

Ruhab - Faith Alabi

Haleema - Joan Iyiola

Written by Theresa Ikoko. Directed by Abigail Gonda. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 14th July 2017

The Bulbul Was Singing

Laura - Rebecca Humphries

Ariman - Shaniaz Hama Ali

Other cast: Paul Hickey, Jonny Holden, Saya Zahawi, Catherine Cusack, Shaun Mason, Debbie Korley, Chris Pavlo

Written by Judy Upton. Directed by Emma Harding. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 19th August 2019

Seven Pomegranate Seeds

Performed by Niamh Cusack, Ruth Bradley and Leah McNamara

Written by Colin Teevan. Produced and directed by Allegra McIlroy. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 7th January 2020


Elizabeth Jane Howard - Melody Grove

John Moore - Tony Gardner

Kingsley Amis - Jonathan Forbes

Other cast: Will Howard, Emma Handy, John Lightbody. Written by Sarah Wooley. Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 31st July 2018

Well, He Would, Wouldn't He?

Mandy (younger) - Aimee-Ffion Edwards

Christine Keeler - Lyndsey Marshal

'Pops' Murray - Stephen Marzella

Stephen Ward/Peter Rachman - Ewan Bailey

Other cast: Adrian Schiller, Alex Dower, Anthony Courier. Written by Charlotte Williams. Directed by Kate McAll. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 23rd February 2013

Tony's Little Sister and the Paradox of Monasticism

Anthony - Duncan Preston

Dious - Samantha Spiro

Satan - Tim McMullan

Other cast: Ben Crowe, Rachel Bavidge. Written by David and Caroline Stafford. Produced by Marc Beeby. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 6th August 2007

Judith Shakespeare

Judith Shakespeare - Amanda Root

William Shakespeare - Michael Pennington

Henry, Earl of Southampton - Anton Lesser

Other cast: Andrew Wincott, Melinda Walker, Thomas Connor, Stephen Critchlow, Ann Beach, Colleen Prendergast, Jillie Meers

Written by Nan Woodhouse. Directed by Tracey Neale. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 25th April 1996

An Unchoreographed World

Margot Fonteyn - Sophie Jerrold

Constant Lambert - Richard McCabe

Other cast: Oliver Millingham, Kate Littlewood

Chorus - Anne-Marie Piazza, Maria Askew, Ffion Jolly, Ben Ashton and Coen de Groot

Written by Frances Byrne. Produced and directed by Mark Smalley. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 22nd May 2008

The Last Witch Trial

Lucy - Indira Varma

Margo - Lyndsey Marshal

Other cast: Joanna Monro, Vineeta Rishi Sam Dale, Michael Shelford, Keely Beresford

Written by Melissa Murray. Directed by Marc Beeby. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 4th June 2010

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