Plays

The Hours
BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial

Three actors in starring roles of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Hours. Adapted for radio by Frances Byrnes

The Hours by Michael Cunningham
adapted by Frances Byrnes
April 16th and 23rd (2x 60′)

Music by Gene Pritsker.
Sound Design by Steve Bond
Directors: Polly Thomas and Judith Kampfner
Producer: Judith Kampfner
I am so thrilled by the BBC’s production of my novel The Hours and believe me, a novelist does not thrill easily!
— Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08m98ql

Fenella Woolgar as Virginia Woolf and David Annen as Leonard Woolf
photo taken during recording.
Photo: Judith Kampfner

Hands Up
BBC Radio 4

Six testimonies commissioned by New Black Fest from young black playwrights about their personal experience and reaction to policing and profiling. Adapted for radio by J Kampfner. With archival news clips and on-street interviews.

Aired on BBC Radio 4 July 2016

Listen to The Hands Up made for BBC Radio 4:

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String Music
BBC Radio 4

A 45 minute drama from the short story by crime writer and contributor to HBO’s The Wire, George Pelecanos, about a young man in metro DC who is pursued by a gang. A policeman tries to mediate but can he help? Adapted by Judith Kampfner.

 

Production of radio drama by Robert Meyers. DRONE PILOTS.

Drone Pilots

Drone Pilots by Robert Myers. A gripping radio play about two drone pilots in a trailer somewhere in New Mexico who come from different backgrounds but are faced with a task that at first, seems all too easy. Includes native Pashto speakers. BBC Radio 4.

David Rasche stars. Recorded and mixed in New York at Scott Lehrer Sound Studios.

 

Echo Point by Louis Nowra
BBC Radio 4

A ghost story set in an old Australian spa hotel in the Blue Mountains.


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Dinner in the Village
BBC Radio 4

by Caryl Phillips. The friendship between Richard Wright and C.L.R. James.

Forever Mankind by Judith Kampfner and Jonathan Mitchell
BBC Radio 4

President Nixon wrote a eulogy in case the first moon landing ended in a disaster. What if it had? What would have happened to a subsequent mission?

On BBC Radio 4.

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Unfinished Business by Judith Kampfner
BBC Radio 4

It could happen to any of us. What happens when you google your lost father and end up on an adventure that grips you by the throat.

Judith worked with original material I had created to write a play. She was enthusiastic but sensitive so I was comfortable to hand over to the material to her without restriction. My trust in her artistic judgement and her compassion proved to be sound and I was proud for my writing to have inspired her to write and produce a radio play. What was particularly moving was a letter from a listener, who told me just how much the play had meant to him.

Dan Re’em

This playscript has a reworked staged version.

On BBC Radio 4.

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Wedding in Venice
BBC Radio 4

A comedy of manners – a society wedding that ends darkly in a Venetian villa. Recorded in Australia.

Warrior Class by Kenneth Lin, adapted for radio by Judith Kampfner
BBC Radio 4

I adapted Warrior Class by Kenneth Lin for radio. A play that ran at Second Stages theater in New York with David Rasche as a party manager, Louis Changchien as a Chinese Republican aspiring politician and Katherine Powell as his ex girlfriend.

On BBC Radio 4.

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Utz
BBC Radio 4

By Gregory Norminton based on Bruce Chatwin’s novel. Director Marilyn Imrie

21 Dog Years
BBC Radio 4

By Mike Daisey

Imagining Them
BBC Radio 4

By Wendy Spero, Meg Wolitzer and David Cale

The Ugly American
BBC Radio 4

By Mike Daisey

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Dirty Tricks
BBC Radio 4

By Jon Jeter

“This was fascinating…Very strong performance…it stands out for being different in style.”
Caroline Raphael, BBC Drama Commissioner

Far North
BBC Radio 4

by Louis Nowra.Highly Recommended in the Tinniswood Awards for Best Radio Drama Playscript 2009

It’s Better with Animals
BBC Radio 4

by Mike Walker from 3 short stories

Albert Speer’s Walk Around The World
BBC Radio 4

by Michael Butt

Circus Train
BBC Radio 4

by Louis Nowra based on a story by Margarita Sharapova

The Moscow Prodigal
BBC Radio 4

by Michael Butt based on a treatment by Vitaly Yerenkov

The Target Audience
BBC Radio 4

by Igor Simonov adapted by Peter Jukes

Light of Darkness
BBC Radio 3

by Louis Nowra

Slaughterhouse Thirty Thousand by Mike Walker and Judith Kampfner
BBC Radio 4

After an activist teenager stages a protest at a pig slaughter house in North Carolina, the owners close it down and the people she was trying to help get deported.

On BBC Radio 4.

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