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The Loving Ballad of Captain Bateman

The writer Joseph Wilde and musician Tim van Eyken's play is a modern love story based on a very old folk song in which a noble lord goes abroad, lands in prison and falls for the gaoler's daughter. In the play, Captain Bateman is badly wounded in Afghanistan. Sofia and her father give him shelter and succour in accordance with pashtunwali, the code of honour and hospitality. But when Bateman inconveniently refuses to die they face grave danger from the Taliban for harbouring him and from the British army for keeping him prisoner.

Directed by Julian May
Original music by Tim van Eyken.

45 minutes

On radio

Monday 14:15
BBC Radio 4 FM only

Credits

Role Contributor
Captain BatemanNicholas Murchie
SofiaZarghuna Kargar
Sofia's FatherHaroon Yousofi
HollySarah Thom
Sgt GilbertBen Crowe
Pte RichardsPieter Lawman
Pte ScottTim van Eyken
Pte JonesWill Howard
JoanneEleanor Crooks
DerekAdam Nagaitis
Coach DriverAdam Nagaitis
WriterJoseph Wilde
DirectorJulian May
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