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Mandrake

Duration:
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.

Credits

Irene
Sara Kestelman
Ruth
Martina Laird
Poppy
Kate Aspinall
Aiden
Hugh Ross
Nick
Nicholas Boulton
Writer
Anita Sullivan
Director
Anita Sullivan
Producer
Karen Rose

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