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Roots (Acting Edition) by Arnold Wesker

Roots (Acting Edition) - Arnold Wesker
bookshelves: radio-3, eng-norfolk, britain-england, play-dramatisation, published-1950, under-50-ratings, autumn-2015
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Isca Silurum
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from October 05 to 06, 2015



Description: The Donmar Warehouse's recent acclaimed production of Arnold Wesker's 1958 "kitchen sink" drama Roots is brought to Radio 3 - starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Beatie a young woman finding her voice at a time of unprecedented social change.

It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm her head is swimming with new ideas. Ideas of a bolder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

When it was first performed in the late 1950s, as part of Arnold Wesker's trilogy of plays, Roots and its writer were heralded as part of a new wave of social realistic drama which put authentic working class voices on stage.

Directed by James Macdonald
Produced by Catherine Baileylder, freer world, which promise to clash with their rural way of life.

Beatie Bryant Jessica Raine
Mrs Bryant Linda Bassett
Stan Mann David Burke
Jenny Beales Lisa Ellis
Mr Bryant Ian Gelder
Mr Healey Nic Jackman
Jimmy Beales Michael Jibson
Frank Bryant Carl Prekopp