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The Carhullan Army

The Carhullan Army - Sarah Hall

bookshelves: spring-2010, play-dramatisation, dystopian, published-2007, britain-england, fraudio, glbt, women

Recommended for: Radio 3 listeners
Read on April 12, 2010

 

The Carhullan Army
By Sarah Hall
Adapted by Sarah Hall and Dominic Power

BBC blurb - Since her second novel "The Electric Michaelangelo" was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2004, Sarah Hall has been regarded as one of the most original and exciting voices in contemporary British fiction. "The Carhullan Army", her third novel, was published in 2007 to acclaim and won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. A serious political novel that convincingly explores the mindset of fascism, and a haunting story of how far we will go to be free, it's also a kind of Cumbrian western, peopled with heroic personalities out of an all-female version of "The Iliad". It's a blistering achievement: darkly violent, funny, tender and gripping, "The Carhullan Army" is like nothing else.

In an unspecified near-future, life in Britain has become unrecognisable: the floodwaters have risen, food and fuel are scarce, and the country is run by the sinister Authority. All women are forced to wear contraceptive devices. Sister, as the book's narrator calls herself, escapes this repressive world and heads for a mysterious, quasi-mythical commune of women high in the Cumbrian fells, led by the legendary Jackie Nixon. The journey is a challenge but arrival is only the beginning of Sister's struggle.



SISTER ..................ANNE-MARIE DUFF
JACKIE ..................GERALDINE JAMES
NICOLA .................JANE WHITTENSHAW
LORRIE .................SORCHA CUSACK
SHRUTI..................ZAWE ASHTON
CORKY..................SALLY BRETTON
MEGAN ................ELIZA CAITLIN PARKES
CHLOE .................JO HARTLEY
FOWLER/MARTIN..NEIL DUDGEON
JONES..................ANDREW DUNN
CALUM/TERRY......EDWARD MACLIAM

Directed by Lawrence Jackson
Produced by Frank Stirling
Broadcast on:
BBC Radio 3, 8:00pm Sunday 11th April 2010
Duration:
90 minutes
Available until:
9:32pm Sunday 18th April 2010
Categories:
Drama, Classic & Period