New Testament stories revisited and set in present day pre-Christmas London, introduced by Rev Dr Giles Fraser. Dawn King sets the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders in a building firm, working on a private conversion, where the boss starts to cut corners.
Tony ... Ben Crowe
Aleksy ... Patrick Brennan
Joe ... Will Howard
Eric ... Paul Stonehouse
Nina ... Liza Sadovy
Directed by Jessica Dromgoole
In the run up to Christmas, the first of five newly commissioned short plays inspired by the medieval Mystery Plays. Each one is a reworking of a New Testament Story, reset in the contemporary world by up and coming writers - and capturing the spirit of these early forms of theatre. Rev. Dr. Giles Fraser introduces the plays to give them a biblical context.
The New Cycle of Mystery Plays, every evening in The Essay, and then compiled on Sunday in the Drama on 3, is the second Cycle commissioned by Radio 3. Last year's Cycle, with stories all drawn from the Old Testament, featured Noah's Flood (set in a B&Q), the Creation (rehearsed in the mind of a recovering coma victim), Samson and Delilah (set in a hair salon), the Flight from Egypt (where old people break out of an oppressive home in Hackney) and David and Goliath (for the Israelites and the Philistines, read two postcode gangs in North West London).
Dawn King is an award winning writer who works in theatre, radio and film. Her play Foxfinder won the Papatango new writing competition and then Best Playwright in the Offies.