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Lucy Prebble, Temple, NSSA - Lynda Clarke, Alan Ayckbourn's Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present

Lucy Prebble on her play A Very Expensive Poison, Lynda Clarke - BBC National Short Story Award nominee, Sky One drama Temple and Alan Ayckbourn's Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present

Lucy Prebble’s play A Very Expensive Poison opened last week at the Old Vic in London. It tells the story of the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 with a treatment ranging from the high theatricality of song, dance and puppetry to simple direct address to the audience - and has a love story at its core. Lucy Prebble joins Front Row to talk about putting truth on stage.

Mark Strong and Daniel Mays star in new Sky One drama Temple, set in a disused underground station being used as a covert hospital to treat criminals and CEOs of massive companies who need to keep their health a secret. David Butcher of the Radio Times reviews.

Lynda Clarke has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award with Ghillie’s Mum. The writer discusses her story which is about a shape shifting mother whose animal forms delight her son but horrify the wider world . The story is broadcast on Radio 4 at 1530 on Friday 13 September and the winner of the BBC NSSA is announced on Front Row on 1 October.

Lope de Vega wrote about 500 plays but there can’t be many writers with more plays to their name than years to their age. Alan Ayckbourn can claim that honour: he’s 80 and last night his 83rd play opened, like so many of his previous dramas, in Scarborough. Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present has all the deft stagecraft we expect from the playwright; it opens on the day of Micky’s 80th birthday party and works backwards to the birthdays of his wife, his son and daughter. What happens offstage is as important as what the audience sees. This is a family drama about rumour, reputation and what really happened. So, a play for our times. Nick Ahad, drama critic for the Yorkshire Post, reviews the production.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Hilary Dunn

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Meet the Booker Prize Shortlisted Authors

Meet the Booker Prize Shortlisted Authors










The Booker Prize is one of the biggest literary prizes in the world and Front Row is delighted to announce that we’re offering listeners a chance to meet this year’s shortlisted authors to ask them about their shortlisted novel. So if you’re reading, or interested in reading any of the six books – from Margaret Atwood to Salman Rushdie – get in contact.  Tweet us @BBCFrontRow or email frontrow@bbc.co.uk. Let us know which author you’d like to meet and send us one question you’d like to ask.

Lucy Prebble

Lucy Prebble
Lucy Prebble

Her play A Very Expensive Poison is at the Old Vic
until 5 Oct

Main image: MyAnna Buring and Tom Brooke
Photo credit: Marc Brenner

Temple

Temple
Mark Strong 
Photo credit: Sky

Temple begins on Sky One on 13 Sept at 9 pm

National Short Story Award Shortlisted Author - Lynda Clark

National Short Story Award Shortlisted Author - Lynda Clark
Lynda Clark
Photo credit: Nigel King

Her short story Ghillie’s Mum is on Radio 4 on 13 Sept
at 3.30 pm

BBC National Short Story Award 2019

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present
Jemma Churchill and
Naomi Petersen   
Photo credit:
Tony Bartholomew

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present is at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough until 5 Oct


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