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Their Eyes Were Watching God

1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 19 February 2011

By Zora Neale Hurston, dramatised by Patricia Cumper.

This ground-breaking novel of 1937 was the first publication of an African-American female author.

When Nanny catches her 16-year-old granddaughter Janie, kissing Johnny Taylor, she wastes no time in speedily marrying her off to an old, wealthy landowner.

It will take Janie three marriages and many years to find the love and freedom she craves.

  • The Cast

    In their radio debut, Pippa Bennett-Warner (most recently Cordelia to Derek Jacobi's King Lear at The Donmar, London) and Nathaniel Martello White (Joe Turner’s Come & Gone) play Janie & Teacake.

    Adjoa Andoh (Invictus) plays Zora Neale Hurston.

    Also starring Dona Croll, Petra Letang, Clint Dyer, Anthony Ofoegbu, Adeel Akhtar, Jude Akuwudike and Christine Kavanagh.


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