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Historical story of a farmer's family life in rural China. They experience both riches and famine from drought. Taken to the brink, they are forced to take desperate action.

Wang Lung and O-Lan meet and marry on the same day. O-Lan was a slave in the House of Hwang, the richest house in the village, where the opium-addicted owners are wasting their riches away. Wang Lung and O-Lan work hard and raise their children, but they are at the mercy of the land and when it fails them due to droughts and famine, they have to take desperate action.

Wang Lung - Chris Lew Kum Hoi
O-Lan - Chipo Chung
Earth - Gana Bayarsaikhan
Father -Liam Woon
Uncle - Bruce Wang
Ching/Buyer -Windson Liong
Gatekeeper/Fruit seller, - Jon Chew
Old Mistress - Pik Sen Lim

Original music composed by Ruth Chan
Written by Pearl S Buck, dramatised by Mary Cooper with MW Sun
Directed by Shan Ng
Produced by Pauline Harris for BBC Audio Drama North

57 minutes

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Sun 26 Sep 2021 15:00

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