The Essay

Episode 1. The Essay: A New Cycle of Mystery Plays: The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Anderson

Eminent radio drama director Jessica Dromgoole returns to familiar territory in these five short productions. In the week leading up to Easter last year she put out a sequence of plays set in modern-day London but drawn from Old Testament stories, each penned by a different writer.

As we fast approach Christmas she presents another series set in current times, but the tales of inspiration are taken from the New Testament. The re-versioning of The Good Samaritan by Katie Hims, for example, places the story of prejudice confounded by kindness on the London Underground.

About this programme

A series of New Testament stories revisited and updated to present-day London, introduced by the Rev Giles Fraser. Dawn King sets the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders in a construction firm working on a private conversion, where the boss starts to cut corners. With Ben Crowe (Tony), Patrick Brennan (Aleksy), Will Howard (Joe), Paul Stonehouse (Eric) and Liza Sadovy (Nina). Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

Cast and crew

Cast

Tony
Ben Crowe
Aleksy
Patrick Brennan
Joe
Will Howard
Eric
Paul Stonehouse
Nina
Liza Sadovy

Crew

Director
Jessica Dromgoole
Writer
Dawn King
Categories
Arts

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