Hattie Naylor

How to Survive the Roman Empire, by Pliny and Me: The Complete Series 1-3
  • How to Survive the Roman Empire, by Pliny and Me: The Complete Series 1-3

    • Hattie Naylor

    • Ewan Bailey (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Joanna Scanlan (Read by)

    • Kieran Hodgson (Read by)

    • Matthew Gravelle (Read by)

    • Mia Soteriou (Read by)

    • Nigel Barrett (Read by)

    Kieran Hodgson stars as Pliny the Younger in Hattie Naylor’s engaging drama charting the fortunes of a household in Ancient Rome.

    The Emperor Domitian has informers everywhere; no-one is safe. He rules Rome with a rod of iron, and is dangerously unstable and paranoid. In the snake-pit of Imperial Rome, all Pliny the Younger wants to do is get his letters ready for publication.

    Except if he, his mother Marcella, their Greek cook Doris (who narrowly missed out on becoming the next Oracle at Delphi), and Venta, their slave with secretarial skills have any chance of surveying, they are going to have to negotiate a political minefield, keep their eyes peeled for spies and, most of all, not do anything to annoy the Emperor.

    Easier said than done.

    Cast and credits

    Pliny the Younger………………..Kieran Hodgson
    Venta………………………………..Nigel Barrett
    Marcella……………………………Joanna Scanlan
    Doris the Cook…………………Mia Soteriou
    Regulus……………………….Matthew Gravelle
    Lucipor…………………………Ewan Bailey
    Produced by and directed for radio by Kate McAll
    Written by Hattie Naylor

HATTIE NAYLORs’ credits include Ivan And The Dogs, The Night Watch, Going Dark, As the Crow Flies, and Bluebeard. Ivan and the Dogs (Soho Theatre and ATC) was nominated in the Olivier Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre, won the Tinniswood Award in 2010, and has been performed to further acclaim internationally. The film adaptation of the play: Lek and the Dogs, directed by Andrew Kötting premiered at the London Film Festival 2018.