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AN EXCITING AND UNPRECEDENTED COLLABORATION BETWEEN BBC RADIO LEEDS AND LEEDS PLAYHOUSE IN ASSOCIATION WITH LEEDS COLLEGE OF MUSIC.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the landing of the Empire Windrush, four Yorkshire-based writers were commissioned from an open call out to write new 15-minute radio dramas responding to the theme of migration. These plays will be performed live at Leeds College of Music before being broadcast across BBC Radio Drama.

A Piece of Home by Emma Barnes A grand piano brings the past to life and unites a three generations.

Soon Come by Gemma Bedeau A woman is on the phone to Carriacou, to the sister that stayed behind.

Exodus by Chris O’Connor A family from Leeds must make a terrible decision; who gets in the boat?

On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring by Kamal Kaan A poetic parable on what it means to be an outsider.

VENUE: LEEDS COLLEGE OF MUSIC
A BBC Radio Leeds and Leeds Playhouse co-production, in association with Leeds College of Music. 

Cast & Credits

Writer: On Hearing The First Cuckoo In Spring Kamal Kaan / Writer: Exodus Chris O’Connor / Writer: A Piece of Home Emma Barnes / Writer: Soon Come Gemma Bedeau / Director Kash Arshad / Radio Drama Consultant Stefan Escreet /

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    Chris Jack
    as Earnest & Joseph in Soon Come, Rob in Exodus
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    Alyce Liburd
    as Josephina in Soon Come, Sarah in Exodus, Victoria in A Piece of Home
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    Philip D McQuillan
    as Daniel & Peter in Soon Come, Minister in On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, Patrick in Exodus, Mr Rubin in A Piece of Home
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    Susan Twist
    as Aideen in Exodus, & Agata in A Piece of Home
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    Elexi Walker
    as Angela in Soon Come
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    Flo Wilson
    as Betty in Soon Come , Songbird in On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

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