Lou Ramsden

Tinsel Girl
  • Tinsel Girl

    • Cherylee Houston

    • Lou Ramsden

    • Cherylee Houston (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • James Quinn (Read by)

    • Kathryn Pemberton (Read by)

    • Rosina Carbone (Read by)

    • Sarah McDonald Hughes (Read by)

    All seventeen episodes of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom about the life, loves and misadventures of wheelchair user Maz

    Nicknamed 'Tinsel Girl' by her best friend Lisa because of her sparkly view of life, Maz is an eternal optimist. But having just turned 30, she's all too aware that not only is she single, but also disabled. Her degenerative disease means she now has to use a motorised wheelchair, which isn't exactly the sexiest accessory a girl can have...

    In Tinsel Girl, the prospect of finding a partner through the minefield of online dating makes Maz reassess her situation and other people's perceptions of her. Can a man really find a woman in a wheelchair attractive?

    Tinsel Girl and the Tropical Trip finds Maz preparing for her first holiday abroad as a wheelchair user, as she heads to the Seychelles to be maid of honour at Lisa's wedding. But she is broke, unemployed and apprehensive - can she raise the money for her trip, and is she up to the challenge?

    In Tinsel Girl and the Big Reunion, Maz makes a startling discovery about flatmate Rachel, leading her to move out and plan a fresh start with new friend Verity. But is ditching Rachel really the best move?

    Tinsel Girl and the Support Worker sees Maz struggling to come to terms with needing a carer: can she find a way to make it work with Hayley?

    And in Tinsel Girl and the Pain Clinic, Maz hits rock bottom and reluctantly checks into a pain clinic. As she embarks on an adventure and finds friendship, she discovers that if she wants to change other people's outlooks, she must first change her own...

    Starring Cherylee Houston (Coronation Street), Tinsel Girl is inspired by her own experiences, and adapted from her diaries by Lou Ramsden.

    *Cherylee Houston was the Bronze Winner in the Audio Performer of the Year category at the 2020 Audio Production Awards for her performance in Tinsel Girl *

    Maz - Cherylee Houston
    Donny - Mikey North
    Rachel/Student - Kathryn Pemberton
    Wes/Doctor - Ged Mulherin
    Kev/Pete/Seamus/Guard/Barry/Compere/Clive/Bernie/Ed/DS Warren/Specialist - Toby Hadoke
    Jason/Robert - Benjamin Sadler
    Angus/Photographer - Hamilton Berstock
    Jim - James Quinn
    Lisa - Rosina Carbone
    Didier - Quentin Surtel
    Ollie - Sonny Flood
    Ruth - Wendy Patterson
    Callum - John Catterall
    Didier - Quentin Surtel
    Verity/Juliet/Mrs Coates - Krissi Bohn
    Felipe - Phil Perez
    Sid - Ged Mulherin
    Hayley - Sarah McDonald Hughes
    Andy - Chris Jack
    Liz - Enid Dunn
    Keira - Beatrice Baxter
    Dawn - Julie Hesmondhalgh
    Richard - Kevin Davids

    Production credits
    Written by Lou Ramsden
    Produced and directed by Charlotte Riches (Tinsel Girl, Tinsel Girl and the Tropical Trip, Tinsel Girl and the Big Reunion, Tinsel Girl and the Support Worker) and Nadia Molinari (Tinsel Girl and the Pain Clinic)
    With the BBC North Staff Choir
    Tinsel Girl and the Pain Clinic is dedicated to Ian from Bath Pain Clinic

Lou Ramsden is a playwright whose works for the stage include Breed and Hundreds and Thousands. Among her radio plays are Dos and Don'ts for the Mentally Interesting (which won the Mind 'Mental Health In the Media' Award for Best Radio Drama in 2009), Pouring Poison and Tinsel Girl.

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