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Leila's Shame

A story about an unlikely friendship across the cultural divide between a risk-taking Somali woman and a cautious undercover cop. They have more in common than they realise.

A story about an unlikely friendship across the cultural divide between a risk-taking Somali woman and a cautious undercover cop. They have more in common than they realise.

When Kate sets out to gather evidence about a Somali drug-dealing ex-con, she assumes the identity of an academic researching into the hidden Manchester Somali community. Her gateway into the culture is Leila, a flippant, fun-loving young British Somali. Leila takes her to meet Somali families, while making drops for her boyfriend Khalid - Kate's target.

In spite of herself, Kate is very drawn to Leila. She's fun, slightly crazy and, it turns out, deeply troubled. They become friends although it's clear neither are revealing their true selves to the other.

Kate is charmed and intrigued by Leila who invites her to dinner with her mum and brother, takes her clubbing and arranges a memorable evening in a shisha bar. Kate's focus shifts from professional to personal. Khalid is still her mark, but now she also wants to protect Leila - especially when she realises Leila's real troubles stem from her mental ill-health, a subject that is deeply taboo in the Somali community.

Cast:
LEILA...Yusra Warsama
KATE…Jessica Baglow
MAHAD/KHALID...Youssef Kerkour
MUM...Sandra Cole
CAROLE/DC STACEY...Julia Rounthwaite

Scripted and Directed by Alessana Hall
Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore
Produced by Melanie Harris
Executive Producer: Jo Meek

A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4

44 minutes

Last on

Sat 29 Jun 2019 14:30

Credits

Role Contributor
Leila Yusra Warsama
Kate Jessica Baglow
Carole Julia Rounthwaite
DI Stacey Julia Rounthwaite
Mahad Youssef Kerkour
Khalid Youssef Kerkour
Mum Sandra Cole
Waiter Elmi Ali
Director Alessana Hall
Writer Alessana Hall

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