Katy Brand

HER Story: Women’s Untold Histories
  • HER Story: Women’s Untold Histories

    • Various

    • Katy Brand (Read by)

    • Amaka Okafor (Read by)

    • Niamh Cusack (Read by)

    • Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Read by)

    • Amanda Root (Read by)

    • Indira Varma (Read by)

    • Rebecca Humphries (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Anton Lesser (Read by)

    10 dramas focusing on women's untold stories from history.

    This diverse, eclectic collection of plays explores an array of social, political and historical events from a female point of view. In these captivating dramas, we see the world through their eyes, giving us a fresh perspective on a female history that is too often unrecorded, misrepresented or misunderstood.

    Featuring a multiplicity of styles and genres, and written by a wide variety of authors, they range from comedy dramas themed around the Bayeux Tapestry and the 1962 Cheltenham Literary Festival, to award-winning, thought-provoking tales of Nigerian teenagers kidnapped by Boko Haram. A contemporary version of the heroines from Greek mythology, Persephone and Demeter; Profumo affair from a female perspective, Britain's last witch (Helen Duncan); a legendary ballerina (Margot Fonteyn); a little sister (Dious, sibling of St Anthony) and a youngest daughter (Judith Shakespeare).

    Embroidering the Truth
    Queen Edith - Katy Brand
    Bishop Odo - Charlie Anson
    Other cast, Katy Sobey, Lisa Zahra, Jonny Holden, Rosie Cavaliero, Tracy Wiles. Written by Abigail Youngman. Produced by Mary Ward-Lowery. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 17 October 2019

    Tisana - Amaka Okafor
    Ruhab - Faith Alabi
    Haleema - Joan Iyiola
    Written by Theresa Ikoko. Directed by Abigail Gonda. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 14 July 2017

    The Bulbul Was Singing
    Laura - Rebecca Humphries
    Ariman - Shaniaz Hama Ali
    Other Cast: Paul Hickey, Jonny Holden, Saya Zahawi, Catherine Cusack, Shaun Mason, Debbie Korley, Chris Pavlo
    Written by Judy Upton. Directed by Emma Harding. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 19 August 2019

    Seven Pomegranate Seeds
    Performed by Niamh Cusack, Ruth Bradley and Leah McNamara
    Written by Colin Teevan. Produced and directed by Allegra McIlroy. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 7 January 2020

    Elizabeth Jane Howard - Melody Grove
    John Moore - Tony Gardner
    Kingsley Amis - Jonathan Forbes
    Other cast: Will Howard, Emma Handy, John Lightbody. Written by Sarah Wooley. Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 31 July 2018

    Well, He Would, Wouldn't He?
    Mandy (younger) - Aimee-Ffion Edwards
    Christine Keeler - Lyndsey Marshal
    'Pops' Murray - Stephen Marzella
    Stephen Ward/Peter Rachman - Ewan Bailey
    Other cast: Adrian Schiller, Alex Dower, Anthony Courier. Written by Charlotte Williams. Directed by Kate McAll. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 23 February 2013

    Tony's Little Sister and the Paradox of Monasticism
    Anthony - Duncan Preston
    Dious - Samantha Spiro
    Satan - Tim McMullan
    Other cast Ben Crowe, Rachel Bavidge. Written by David and Caroline Stafford. Produced by Marc Beeby. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 6 August 2007

    Judith Shakespeare
    Judith Shakespeare - Amanda Root
    William Shakespeare - Michael Pennington
    Henry, Earl of Southampton - Anton Lesser
    Other Cast, Andrew Wincott, Melinda Walker, Thomas Connor, Stephen Critchlow, Ann Beach, Colleen Prendergast, Jillie Meers
    Written by Nan Woodhouse. Directed byTracey Neale. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 25 April 1996

    An Unchoreographed World
    Margot Fonteyn - Sophie Jerrold
    Constant Lambert - Richard McCabe
    Other cast Oliver Millingham, Kate Littlewood
    Chorus - Anne-Marie Piazza, Maria Askew, Ffion Jolly, Ben Ashton & Coen de Groot
    Written by Frances Byrne. Produced and directed by Mark Smalley. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 22 May 2008

    The Last Witch Trial
    Lucy - Indira Varma
    Margo - Lyndsey Marshal
    Other Cast: Joanna Monro, Vineeta Rishi Sam Dale, Michael Shelford, Keely Beresford
    Written by Melissa Murray. Directed by Marc Beeby. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 4 June 2010
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Katy Brand (Author, Reader) Katy Brand is a writer, comedian, and actor. In 2008, she won Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards for her ITV sketch show, Katy Brand's Big Ass Show, and has since appeared in numerous films, including Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Svengali, Good Arrows; TV shows including QI, Peep Show, Have I Got News for You, Buzzcocks, Strictly Come Dancing; radio shows including The Infinite Monkey Cage and live events including Victoria Wood's Angina Monologues and the Twitter Joke Trial Benefit Gig. Katy writes regularly for the Telegraph amongst others. She also once dressed up as Beyoncé on national television and very nearly got away with it...

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