The Waves – Five Contemporary Dramas

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South Norfolk Radio is joining with more than thirty other Community Radio Stations across the country this month in presenting a series of five new, exciting dramas exploring the very topical theme of the impact of colonialism on contemporary British life.

Leading theatre company Tamasha, celebrated for telling stories from the global majority, has joined forces with acclaimed audio drama production company Holy Mountain to present THE WAVES. A series of five explosive 25-minute audio dramas, THE WAVES explores our age of so-called ‘culture war’ through the lens of the legacy of the British empire.

The five dramas tell local stories from Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Leamington Spa and Edinburgh. Taken together, they create a national picture of contemporary Britain, and how it has been shaped by its colonial past. From the terraces of a Hibs football match to a beauty pageant in Cardiff Bay, these stories take us inside modern British life with the authenticity of today’s lived experience.

Each drama is by a writer whose family heritage was affected by British colonialism, and who lives in the place their story is set. Raising fundamental questions about how we live today, THE WAVES is a series of the finest original audio drama by a new generation of writers, directors and actors from the global majority.

Reflective of contemporary life, some of the productions feature adult themes and language, tailored to an adult audience.

THE WAVES is made possible by the support of The Audio Content Fund; financed by the UK Government to fund independent producers making high quality, public service content for UK commercial and community radio, The Audio Content Fund has so far supported 128 projects distributing over £2.6m in the sector.


Broadcast Schedule on South Norfolk Radio

20th January 9.30pm

QUEENS by Erinn Dhesi (Leamington Spa) uses the imposing statue of Queen Victoria in the town centre as a magical realist portal into the past for grandmother Surinder and her recalcitrant granddaughter Simran. When Surinder is diagnosed with dementia, she seeks Simran’s help to recover some disturbing memories from her past, not quite sure what she’ll find.

27th January 9.30pm

GROSVENOR ROAD by Corinne Walker (Bristol) uses split time periods to look at the fate of a former slum building which was a focus of Caribbean anti-racist resistance in the 70’s and 80’s. Years later, it has been regenerated into expensive flats attractive to a white London couple, who are being shown around by a young, black estate agent.

3rd February 9.300pm

WE SEE NO COLOUR by Danielle Fahiya (Cardiff) follows two non-identical twin sisters of dual/multiple heritage, and different skin tones, as they enter a beauty pageant in Butetown, Cardiff.

10th February 9.30pm

BABY MAMA by Stefanie Reynolds (Manchester) catches up with mixed middle-class couple, Renee and James, on the day they move into an expensive flat within a former cotton factory in Ancoats, Manchester. With Renee heavily pregnant with their first child, workaholic James hires the apartment block’s cleaner to help Renee unpack, starting off an unlikely friendship between two black women of very different backgrounds and life experience.

17th Februray 9.30pm

GLORY, GLORY AN EDINBURGH STORY by Kamala Santos (Edinburgh) locates its action at a Hibs football match, where Eric, an elderly Honduran Scottish former lumberjack, spots his estranged granddaughter Jade taking part in racist behaviour towards black players. His ensuing intervention opens up a journey of discovery about Jade’s roots, telling a little-known story about a significant Caribbean presence in the Scotland Highlands during World War Two.



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