Sarah Waters Introduces - The Yellow Wallpaper
4 Extra Debut. A woman in need of total rest for nervous depression lies alone, overtaken by a strange obsession. Starring Charlotte Emmerson.
Exclusively for Radio 4 Extra, author Sarah Waters chooses a favourite book from the BBC archives.
Dramatised from the 1892 short story by American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman. A woman is taken to the country by her doctor husband in order to cure her of an unnamed illness - post-natal depression - after the birth of a child.
Instructed to have total rest and emptiness of mind and avoid stimulating company, the woman sinks into a still-deeper depression. Alone in the top floor nursery of a rented house, she becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper and descends into madness.
Dramatised from the 1892 short story by American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Starring Charlotte Emmerson.
Music composed by Gary Yershon and performed by Gary Yershon and Laetitia Havers
Producer Susan Roberts
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.