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55 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 13 March 2010

A radio production of Debbie Tucker Green's stage play first produced at the Royal Court Theatre. Nadine Marshall plays four characters in a family whose ordinary day is shattered by unforeseen disaster. Cast also includes Petra Letang, Richie Campbell, Manjeet Mann, Jill Cardo, Inam Mirza and Gunnar Cauthery.
Directed by Debbie Tucker Green
Produced by Jeremy Mortimer

Just an ordinary day. But for one black family a random event is going to change everything.
The first play in a new series of 'The Wire' - writing for radio that pushes the boundaries of narrative is a radio production of Debbie Tucker Green's latest stage play. Random was premiered at the Royal Court in a production by Sacha Wares in March 2008.

Nadine Marshall reprises her extraordinary performance, playing four characters (Sister, brother, Mother and Father) in a black family which, in an otherwise ordinary day, is devastated by sudden, unforeseen disaster.
It starts just like any day with "Birds bitchin' their birdsong outside" and with the sister (the play's central voice) outstaring the alarm clock "till it blinked first - loser". But at work she gets a voicemail message from her mother: "Come home. Now."

There are two police cars outside. Sister and her father have to take a journey to identify her brother's body. Killed in a random attack, just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The radio production of Random was recorded on location in South London in August 2008, and features Nadine Marshall, Petra Letang, Richie Campbell, Manjeet Mann, Jill Cardo, Inam Mirza and Gunnar Cauthery. The play was directed by Debbie Tucker Green.

Debbie Tucker Green's first radio play 'Freefall' was broadcast in The Wire in 2003. Her stage plays include Dirty Butterfly (Soho 2003) Born Bad (Hampstead 2003) Stoning Mary (Royal Court 2005 ) Random (Royal Court 2008). Her Channel 4 play Spoil was broadcast in 2007.


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