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By Fay Weldon, adapted by Joy Wilkinson. A darkly comic fairy tale about revenge, sex and power. A wronged woman plans diabolical punishments for her husband and his mistress.

by Fay Weldon, adapted by Joy Wilkinson. A darkly comic fairy tale about revenge, sex and power.

When Ruth discovers her husband is sleeping with a prettier, richer woman, she makes ingenious and diabolical plans to punish them both.

'The Life and Loves of a She Devil', written in 1983, is a gleefully bawdy satire on the war of the sexes, and a fable about the rewards and dangers of our capacity for transformation.

It is part of Riot Girls on Radio 4, a series of no-holds-barred women's writing that includes Erica Jong's 'Fear of Flying' and original plays following three generations of women by Lucy Catherine and Ella Hickson.

Adapted by Joy Wilkinson
Directed by Abigail le Fleming

The Writer
Fay Weldon CBE has written 34 novels, numerous TV dramas, several radio plays, 5 full length stage plays and five collections of short stories. She works as Professor teaching creative writing at Bath Spa University.

The Adapter
Joy Wilkinson was selected as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2015. She has several original feature projects and TV series in development, including the thriller KILLER CV, which was selected for the 2014 Brit List. Joy writes extensively for radio, on original dramas and adaptations. In theatre, her work has won prizes including the Verity Bargate Award.

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Sat 27 Feb 2016 21:00

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Role Contributor
Ruth Hattie Morahan
Bobbo Barnaby Kay
Mary Fisher Lyndsey Marshal
Nurse Hopkins Rosie Cavaliero
Mrs Fisher Susan Jameson
Nicola Evie Killip
Andy Leo Wan
Garcia Chris Pavlo
Angus Gerard McDermott
Insurance Man Gerard McDermott
Brenda Debra Baker
Mrs Trumper Debra Baker
Elsie Flower Katie Redford
Girl in Job Centre Rebecca Hamilton
Author Fay Weldon
Adaptor Joy Wilkinson
Director Abigail le Fleming


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