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Envy

By Duncan MacMillan and Effie Woods. Rebecca Front plays a character consumed by envy, interviewing for the same role as Helen Polidora, who always beats her at everything.

by Duncan MacMillan and Effie Woods. Inspired by medieval morality plays these stories take a look at sin in the modern world. Rebecca Front plays Eve, a character consumed by Envy.

Directed by Sally Avens

Invidia has gone for a job interview at her old school, but her nemesis, Helen Polidora, is interviewing for the same role. Helen who always beats her at everything. Will this time be different?

The third of five plays inspired by the medieval morality plays introduced by Dr Sue Niebrzydowski, Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Bangor University.
Six of radio's most talented playwrights (Lin Coghlan, Roy Williams, Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods, Al Smith and Lizzie Nunnery) explore how contemporary attitudes to morality have changed.
In medieval times allegorical plays such as 'Mankind' and 'Everyman' were used to warn audiences that how they lived in the present would affect their afterlife - whether they would end up in Hell, Purgatory or Heaven. But in a secular age how do we deal with the nature of sins and virtues? Our attitude to good and evil is certainly less black and white. Is it bad to be proud, don't we deserve respect? Can't anger be used to promote change for the better and isn't envy what drives our materialistic lifestyle? These five tales explore our attitudes to these questions through the character of 'Eve', a 21st-century Everywoman, played by Rebecca Front.

Rebecca Front is a BAFTA winning actress best known for her comedy work in The Thick of It, Alan Partridge, Grandma's House and Psychobitches.
Rebecca can currently be seen in BBC1's War and Peace.

Duncan's most recent play, People, Places and Things, is transferring from a sold-out run at the National Theatre to the Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End in March. He writes here with his wife, actress and writer Effie Woods. They have previously written an Afternoon Drama together for Radio 4, The Golden Record.
His co-adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 with Rob Icke for Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse is playing at the Melbourne Festival in Australia after two runs at the Playhouse Theatre in the West End. His play Lungs (Atmen) is playing in rep at Schaub├╝hne in Berlin, directed by Katie Mitchell. The Forbidden Zone is also in rep, directed by Katie Mitchell and will be playing at the Barbican in May 2016.

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Writer Duncan Macmillan
Writer Effie Woods
Eve Rebecca Front
Invidia Rebecca Front
Jonathan Alex Lowe
Headteacher Susan Jameson
Helen Adie Allen
Director Sally Avens

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