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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 22 October 2008

Irene, an old woman threatens her new neighbour with a scythe when he suggests cutting down a tree which is on his land.

Irene claims that her husband is buried under the tree- "to cut the branches would be to cut his limbs." But the tree is around a hundred years old.

Ruth, a social worker is called in to assess Irene's mental health and ability to look after herself. But as she gets to know Irene she is drawn into a strange and magical tale that will change her life forever.

Written and directed by Anita Sullivan
Music by Sara Harrison

Producer: Karen Rose
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.


Sara Kestelman
Martina Laird
Kate Aspinall
Hugh Ross
Nicholas Boulton
Anita Sullivan
Anita Sullivan
Karen Rose



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