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Episode 1

15 Minute Drama, The Awakening Episode 1 of 5

by Kate Chopin, dramatised by Janice Okoh

Holidaying on Grand Isle in 1899, Edna Pontellier feels she is living in a dream, so the attentions of the dashing young Robert Lebrun serve merely to amuse her.

Produced and directed by Marion Nancarrow

When it was published in 1899, Kate Chopin's novel shocked society and divided critics. Respectable, married Edna Pontellier, 28, is away from her home in New Orleans, holidaying on Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico with her husband and children. Teaching her to swim is the debonair young Robert Lebrun, known for forming an attachment with a different woman every summer. Despite warnings from her more conventional friend, Adele, Edna falls incontrovertibly for Robert. When he leaves Louisiana for Mexico, Edna realises she's been "awakened" and questions everything: her marriage, her position, the society she lives in. But what is left for her? The novel is regarded by many as the first in a new wave of modern American literature.

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15 minutes

Last on

Mon 18 Aug 2014 19:45


Role Contributor
Edna PontellierPippa Bennett-Warner
Leonce PontellierGuy Paul
CelestinePetra Letang
Robert LebrunPJ Brennan
Adele RatignolleSasha Pick
Madame LeBrunAdjoa Andoh
DirectorMarion Nancarrow
ProducerMarion Nancarrow
AdaptorJanice Okoh
AuthorKate Chopin

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