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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.

At the helm of the series are Boz Temple-Morris, founder of Holy Mountain, and Fin Kennedy, award winning playwright and until recently the Artistic Director of Tamasha. Fin and Boz have been regular collaborators making audio drama for BBC Radio 4 and mentoring writers for radio through Tamasha’s Developing Artists programme.

The five dramas will be broadcast on South Norfolk Radio on Thursday evenings at 9.30pm, commencing on 20th January.



Written by: David Mann

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