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Gudrun, a young woman in 11th-century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness.

By Lucy Catherine

Gudrun, a young woman in 11th century Iceland, must forge her path through a world of unearthly beauty yet uncompromising harshness. A new re-telling of classic Icelanders' saga.

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

Gudrun's Saga is based on the famous Icelanders' saga known as The Laxdoela Saga. Written in the 13th century, it tells of people in the Breiðafjörður area of Iceland from the late 9th century to the early 11th century. The saga particularly focuses on a love triangle between Gudrun, Kjartan and Bolli. Kjartan and Bolli grow up together but the love they both have for Gudrun causes enmity between them and, in the end, their deaths. The Laxdæla saga remains popular and appreciated for its poetic beauty and pathetic sentiment. Since the saga has often been regarded as an unusually feminine saga, it has been speculated that it was composed by a woman.

Kate Phillips makes her radio debut as Gudrun. Previous roles include Jane Seymour in Wolf Hall, Linda in Peaky Blinders and Lise in War & Peace, all on BBC1.

Lucy Catherine has written extensively for BBC Radio Drama, including Friday Plays, Classic Serial adaptations and Woman's Hour series. Her 95' adaptation of THE MASTER AND MARGARITA by Mikhail Bulgakov was broadcast in early 2015 and won the BBC 'Best Audio Drama (Adapted); her 2 x 60' adaptation of Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN was broadcast in December 2012 as well as her half hour 'Gothic Horror' original LOOTED. Original 10 x 14' Woman's Hour drama series HALFWAY HERE and 2 x 45' Afternoon Drama in the series 'Riot Girls', SUSAN AND EMMA were broadcast in 2016. Other recent commissions for Radio 4 include BOY and GOING SOLO, adapted from Roald Dahl's autobiography; LIGHTS, CAMERA, KIDNAP! based on a true story about Kim Jong Il.

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Mon 28 Nov 2016 19:45

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Gudrun Kate Phillips
Freija Samantha Dakin
Bolli Gavi Singh Chera
Kjartan Luke MacGregor
Thordis Alison Belbin
Osvif John Dougall
Thorvald Nicholas Murchie
Hallbjorn Finlay Robertson
Director Sasha Yevtushenko
Writer Lucy Catherine

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