Chicken Soup with Barley
A chance to hear a transfer to radio of The Royal Court Theatre's acclaimed 2011 production of Arnold Wesker's landmark play from 1958 that captures the collapse of an ideology, alongside the disintegration of a family.
This is one of the plays that made Arnold Wesker a leading voice of 1960s "kitchen sink" British drama.
The kettle boils in 1936 as the fascists are marching. Tea is brewed in 1946, with disillusion in the air at the end of the war. Twenty years on in 1956, as rumours spread of Hungarian revolution, the cup is empty.
Sarah Kahn, an East End Jewish mother, is a feisty political fighter and a staunch communist. Battling against the State and her shirking husband she desperately tries to keep her family together.
This landmark state-of-the-nation play is a panoramic drama portraying the age-old battle between realism and idealism.
Chicken Soup with Barley is a Royal Court Theatre production and was directed for the stage in 2011 by Dominic Cooke, and for radio by Simon Godwin, and produced for BBC Radio 3 by Catherine Bailey.
|Sarah Kahn||Samantha Spiro|
|Harry Kahn||Danny Webb|
|Monty Blatt||Harry Peacock|
|Dave Simmonds||Nitzan Sharron|
|Prince Silver||Rene Zagger|
|Hymie Kossof||Steve Furst|
|Cissie Kahn||Alexis Zegerman|
|Ada Kahn||Jenna Augen|
|Ronnie Kahn||Tom Rosenthal|
|Bessie Blatt||Rebecca Gethings|