A Holy Mountain Production in association with Tamasha and supported by The Audio Content Fund
THE WAVES is a series of five explosive 25-minute audio dramas, exploring our age of so-called ‘culture war’ through the lens of the legacy of the British empire.
The five dramas tell local stories from Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Leamington Spa and Edinburgh. Taken together, they create a national picture of contemporary Britain, and how it has been shaped by its colonial past. From the terraces of a Hibs football match to a beauty pageant in Cardiff Bay, these stories take us inside modern British life with the authenticity of lived experience.
Each drama is by a writer whose family heritage was affected by British colonialism, and who lives in the place their story is set. Raising fundamental questions about how we live today, THE WAVES is a series of the finest original audio drama by a new generation of writers, directors and actors from the global majority.
WE SEE NO COLOUR by Danielle Fahiya (Cardiff) follows two non-identical twin sisters of dual/multiple heritage, and different skin tones, as they enter a beauty pageant.
GROSVENOR ROAD by Corinne Walker (Bristol) uses split time periods to look at the fate of a former slum building housing a cafe, which was a focus of Caribbean anti-racist organisation in the 1970’s and 80’s. Sixty years later, it has been regenerated into expensive flats attractive to a white London couple, who are being shown around by a young, black estate agent.
BABY MAMA by Stefanie Reynolds (Manchester) catches up with mixed middle class couple Renee and James, on the day they move into an expensive flat within a former cotton factory in Ancoats, Manchester. With Renee heavily pregnant with their first child, workaholic James hires the apartment block’s cleaner to help Renee unpack, starting off an unlikely friendship between two black women of very different backgrounds and life experience.
QUEENS by Erinn Dhesi (Leamington Spa) uses the imposing statue of Queen Victoria in the town centre as a magical realist portal into the past for grandmother Surinder and her recalcitrant granddaughter Simran. When Surinder is diagnosed with dementia, she seeks Simran’s help to recover some disturbing memories from her past, not quite sure what she’ll find there.
GLORY, GLORY AN EDINBURGH STORY by Kamala Santos (Edinburgh) locates its action at a Hibs football team match, where Eric, an elderly Honduran Scottish former lumberjack, spots his estranged granddaughter Jade taking part in racist behaviour towards black players. His ensuing intervention opens up a journey of discovery about Jade’s roots, telling a little-known story about a significant Caribbean presence in the Scotland Highlands during World War Two.
The world premiere of THE WAVES will take place on Wednesday 19 January at 7.30pm on Resonance FM.
Chelmer Radio (Essex): from 19 January
Tring Radio (Herts, Bucks and Beds): from 19 January
Beware the Radio (Lytham St Annes): from 19 January
Heart Song Live (Edinburgh): from 19 January
Sound Art Radio (Totnes, S. Devon): from 20 January
Sheffield Live (Sheffield): from 21 January
KTCR FM (Bristol): from 24 January
Nova Radio (North East): from 24 January
Awaaz Radio (Southampton): from 31 January
Canalside (Bollington, S. of Mancs): from 6 February
South Norfolk Radio
Alde & Blythe Radio
Conquest Hospital Community Radio
Sound design Alisdair McGregor
Music Michael Somerset Ward
Production Coordinator Tina Temple-Morris
Artwork Brighten the Corners
Dramaturg Fin Kennedy
Producer Boz Temple-Morris
Writer Erinn Dhesi
Director Gitika Buttoo
Assistant Director Cheri Farmah
Cast Vimal Korpal, Bharti Patel, Dilan Raithatha, Ravneet Sehra, Elexi Walker
Writer Stephanie Reynolds
Director Gitika Buttoo
Assistant Director Laura Woodward
Cast Nicola Gardner Sam Glen, Conor Glean, Elexi Walker, David Kian Wilson
Writer Corinne Walker
Director Alix Harris
Assistant Director Mercedes White
Cast Scott Bayliss, Jade Fearon, Amy Harris, James Schofield, Kerry-Ann Waison, Nadia Williams
WE SEE NO COLOUR
Writer Danielle Fahiya
Director Catherine Robinson
Assistant Director Andrew Suttie
Cast Claire Cage, Danielle Fahiya, Olivia Forrest, Emma Kaler, Kyle Lima
GLORY, GLORY AN EDINBURGH STORY
Writer Kamala Santos
Director Niloo-Far Khan
Assistant Director Kamala Santos
Cast Eddie Connor, Jordan Laidley, Gordon Peaston, Vivien Reid, Linden Walcott-Burton, Glen Wilson