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Lila and Lena, two bright young girls who have grown up in the tough streets of post-war Naples and are striving to make a better life for themselves before their worlds divide.

From one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, Elena Ferrante, the continuing story of Lila and Lena, two bright young girls who have grown up in the tough, rough streets of post war Naples.

Lila finds it hard to forgive her husband Stefano. Meanwhile Lena continues her higher education and is determined to make a difference with her life and escape the clutches of Naples - but at the expense of her friendship with Lila.

Written by Elena Ferrante
Dramatised by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Producer: Celia de Wolff
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 9 Sep 2017 21:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Lena Monica Dolan
Lila Anastasia Hille
Lena (adolescent) Daisy Tompkinson
Lila (adolescent) Chloe Harris
Rino Tom Varey
Carmela Harriet Waters
Michele Lee Rufford
Stefano Adam Long
Pasquale Joseph Palmer
Nino Sarratore Sam Lupton
Antonio Josh Bolt
Pinuccia Kathryn Drysdale
Ada Nelly Harker
Enzo Brian Fletcher
Nunzia Becky Hindley
Donato Sarratore Sam Dale
Old Professor Sam Dale
Gigliola Bessie Carter
Bruno James Joyce
Interviewer James Joyce
Pietro Ferdinand Kingsley
Mariosa Claudia Jolly
Professor Airota David Collings
Adele Sylvestra Le Touzel
Guard Nicholas Boulton
Examiner Jane Whittenshaw
Author Elena Ferrante
Adaptor Timberlake Wertenbaker
Director Celia de Wolff

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