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Jennifer Howarth - Lord Behold Us

Written by Jennifer Howarth.

Set in Birmingham 1958. Michael Cooper is 12 and it is the first assembly of a new school term. Amid hearty cheers, the headmaster Mr Gardner announces there will be a school play this term - The Merchant of Venice directed by charismatic English teacher Mr Dawson.

Michael accompanies his friend Grayling to the auditions and lands himself a small acting role as well as singing a song.

Michael's sister Pat goes to a different school but wishes she was at Michael's school. She loves the theatre but her school doesn't do proper plays.

Their father is a lawyer in the Courts service - a successful, handsome man, who is dismissive of Michael's abilities and ridicules his ideas and interests. He is also a governor at Michael's school.

One evening Michael's father is visited by the headmaster and a fellow governor and some shocking news about Mr Dawson is revealed. Mr Cooper wants him sacked with immediate effect but the headmaster wants to stand by him - an extraordinary Headmaster for such bigoted times.

Cast:
Pat ....... Bryony Hannah
Michael ....... George Hill
Mr Dawson ....... Tom Riley
Father ....... Peter Wight
Mother ....... Jenny Funnell
Mr Gardner/Robert ...... Nicholas Boulton
Frank ....... Kim Wall
Grayling ....... Nicholas West
Janet ...... Cara Baker
Anderson ...... James Anderson

Director: Celia De Wolff
A Pier Production For BBC Radio 4.

Release date:

45 minutes

Last on

Wed 24 May 2017 21:15

Credits

Role Contributor
PatBryony Hannah
MichaelGeorge Hill
Mr DawsonTom Riley
FatherPeter Wight
MotherJenny Funnell
Mr Gardner/RobertNicholas Boulton
FrankKim Wall
GraylingNicholas West
JanetCara Baker
AndersonJames Anderson
WriterJennifer Howarth
DirectorCelia de Wolff