Friday, November 10, 2006

Jessie Kesson short story adapatation for BBC Radio Four
Until Such Times is a poignant story told from the point of view of a young girl who longs for the return of her 'Aunt Ailsa' as she is boarded, temporarily, with her Grandmother and Invalid Aunt. With autobiographical elements from a life which saw Kesson grow up illegitimate and institutionalised, only to become a remarkable writer of fiction and radio drama, it presented a marvellous challenge as my first adaptation for radio. The production celebrates a powerful story with great performances by Carol Ann Crawford as Aunt Edith (foreground), Gayanne Potter as Aunt Ailsa, Laura Smales as the girl (far right), and Eileen McCallum as the Grandmother (centre). David Ian Neville (left) directed. It is broadcast this Wednesday, 15th November on Women'sHour at 10.45 and repeated at 19.45.

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