The Grapes Of Wrath

Wednesday 27 February to Friday 1 March



Michelle Fairley was the winner of this year’s BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Actress for her role as Ma, the matriarch of the Joad family.

In this drama, Ma is determined to keep her family together during their trek west to build a new life after the misery and devastation of the drought and winds that turned large parts of America into a dustbowl in the 1930s. Michelle Fairley is well known as a television and theatre actress and stars in Game Of Thrones.

The judges (Baz Bamigboye, Nicholas Kent and Stephen Tompkinson) were unanimously agreed that Fairley’s powerhouse central performance as Ma Joad was the best of the year, saying that, "Her vivid portrait transported us and made us feel we were suffering the same economic and social heartbreak the Joad clan were forced to endure."

BBC Radio 4 Extra Publicity