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An American Rose

By Charlotte Jones. The chilling story of the most powerful family in America and the tragic fate that befell Rosemary Kennedy, who underwent a prefrontal lobotomy.

by Charlotte Jones

The Kennedys were the most famous family in
England when Joseph became American Ambassador
in London. But daughter Rosemary's behaviour began to
cause the family increasing concern.

Produced by Claire Grove
Directed by Sally Avens

Award winning writer Charlotte Jones' play is inspired by the lives of two of JFK's sisters, 'Rosemary' Kennedy, who died in 2005, but underwent a prefrontal lobotomy aged 23 and Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy who married the heir to the Duke of Devonshire.
Charlotte's work includes 'Airswimming' and 'Humble Boy' for the National Theatre. She has written several plays for Radio.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 7 Sep 2012 21:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Rosemary Kennedy Fenella Woolgar
Kathleen Kennedy Lydia Wilson
Rose Kennedy Lisa Eichhorn
Deborah Mitford Tilly Gaunt
Billy Hartington Carl Prekopp
Dr Freeman Don Gilet
Sister Margaret Tracy Wiles
John White Harry Livingstone
Writer Charlotte Jones
Director Sally Avens
Producer Claire Grove

Broadcasts

  • Sat 3 Mar 2012 14:30
  • Fri 7 Sep 2012 21:00

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