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Bold new version of John Wyndham's science fiction classic by Graeae, a disabled-led theatre company. Adapted by Roy Williams.

A bold new version of John Wyndham's science fiction classic by Graeae, a disabled led theatre company.

Jenny Sealey, Graeae artistic director, has her own understanding of The Midwich Cuckoos, based on growing up feeling different and has cast deaf and disabled actors who also identify with the Cuckoos and what it is to be 'other' in society.

While being faithful to the original, this production brings a new sensitivity to the iconic novel, trying to grapple with the complexity of difference.

This brave modernisation is by award winning writer Roy Williams, with original music from composer Oliver Vibrans.

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Professor Zellerby and his 8 year old daughter Michaela survive the strange blackout of Midwich one afternoon in September 2009. Nine months later, some extraordinary children are born. Zellerby starts tracking their amazing development, secretly reporting on them to concerned government authorities. Michaela finds herself caught between her difficult relationship with her father, and the Cuckoo children who immediately learn to sign and therefore communicate with her better than her own father.

Composer.....................................Oliver Vibrans
Co-directors...................................Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey
Producer/Sound designer.................... Eloise Whitmore
Studio engineer...............................Lee Aston
Shadow writer................................Amy Bethan Evans
BSL interpreters..............................Ruth Andrews, Beverley Roberts, Tony Redshaw
Production coordinator.....................Sarah Kenny
Executive Producer..........................Joby Waldman

A Naked Productions/Graeae Theatre co-production for BBC Radio 4.

58 minutes

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Sat 6 Jan 2018 21:00

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Role Contributor
Zellerby Tyrone Huggins
Janet Alexandra Mathie
Charge Nurse Alexandra Mathie
Molly Cherylee Houston
Anthea Cherylee Houston
Michaela (aged 12) Annabel Pattison
Michaela (aged 18) Hermon Berhane
Boy Cuckoo (aged 12) Jermaine Anderson
Girl Cuckoo (aged 12) Cassie Campbell
Boy Cuckoo (aged 18) Adam Ali
Girl Cuckoo (aged 18) Terri Donovan
Doctor Graeme Hawley
Carl Graeme Hawley
Neil Reuben Johnson
Dean Charlie Concannon
Author John Wyndham
Adaptor Roy Williams
Director Polly Thomas
Producer Polly Thomas

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