Edson Burton

  • Deacon

    • Edson Burton

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Diana Yekinni (Read by)

    • Ashley Thomas (Read by)

    • Ashna Rabheru (Read by)

    • Don Warrington (Read by)

    Don Warrington stars as the enigmatic Deacon in this gritty contemporary fantasy trilogy

    In the spaces between inner-city Bristol and the netherworld walks Deacon, a mysterious, centuries-old drifter who arrives when least expected to save lost souls. In these three dramas, he comes to the aid of a boxer turned petty criminal, a teenager in danger and a refugee in hiding.

    Offered a 'job' by his former boxing trainer Jimmy, Mack is happy to oblige. All he has to do is deliver a car to a certain address by midnight - and not look in the boot. Then Mack hits an old man with the car. His name is Deacon, and although he looks like a tramp, he speaks words that are wise beyond this world. And he's about to change Mack's life, forever...

    Deacon: Moonlight on Water
    Sixteen-year-old Jas has a secret boyfriend, Ray, and she's planning to run away with him. But her ex, Zain, has found out, and pursues her into pitch-dark Eastville Park. Jas isn't scared: she knows how to handle Zain. But in this dangerous night-world, powerful spirits are abroad, and all is not what it seems...

    Deacon: Gabriel's Feast
    Grace has fled her war-torn homeland and sought sanctuary with a strange community on the fringes of Bristol. But what's driving their leader Gabriel? What are they preparing for? Despite Deacon's years and wisdom, he struggles to read the signs. Will he realise what is happening in time, or has he finally met his match?

    Created by writer and historian Edson Burton, these thrilling urban fantasy dramas are inspired by West African mythology and spirituality, and feature a predominantly black cast including musician and actor Ashley Thomas, aka Bashy, as Mack; Ashna Rabheru (Sex Education, Indian Summers) as Jas; Raj Bajaj (Killing Eve) as Zain; Don Gilet (EastEnders, Babyfather) as Ray; Diana Yekinni (Ije, Lunchtime Heroes) as Grace and Richard Pepple (Bridgerton, Beasts of No Nation) as Gabriel.

    Written by Edson Burton

    Starring Don Warrington as Deacon

    Mack - Ashley Thomas
    Mary - Leona Walker
    Jimmy - John Cording
    Price - Simon Ludders
    Waitress - Claire Cage
    Directed by James Robinson
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 28 July 2017

    Deacon: Moonlight on Water
    Jas - Ashna Rabheru
    Ray - Don Gilet
    Legba - Marega Palser
    Zain - Raj Bajaj
    Directed by John Norton
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 8 July 2019

    Deacon: Gabriel's Feast
    Grace - Diana Yekinni
    Gabriel - Richard Pepple
    Khan - Ikky Elyas
    Max/Legba - Marc Danbury
    Directed by John Norton
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9 October 2020

    ? 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

    © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Edson Burton is a poet, playwright, performer, storyteller and historian who has written five plays for BBC radio.

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