Judith Adams - Playwright & Dramatist

"Judith Adams doesn't just write well-made plays, but pieces in which form and subject are perfectly matched" Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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Radio Work : Dramatisation

PUBLISHED by BBC/PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE: EARTHSEA PART ONE / The LEFT HAND of DARKNESS

Two powerful BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast dramatisations by Judith Adams, based on the best selling novels of

URSULA LE GUIN

published on 6 CDs

2016

producers/directors:

Sasha Yevtushenko and Allegra McIlroy

EARTHSEA

These brief audio dramas require enormous compression of scenes and events, but (Judith Adams') sensitivity to what the books are about, what the heart of them is, where the whole story goes, guides her choice of what can and can't be cut, and where to put it. She's just about unerring. Ursula Le Guin, Sept.2016

Dramatisation in 12 half-hour episodes of the classic books by Ursula K. Le Guin

Part Two 2016/17 - The Weaver's Fan - in construction

First Half broadcast and on CD:

BBC Radio 4E

Broadcast 2015, April 27/28/29/30, May 1st & 4th: 6-6.30pm.

producer / director: Sasha Yevtushenko

This epic project is a personal interpretation, through the fusion of all six books (Wizard of Earthsea, Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, Tales of Earthsea and The Other Wind). Distilled across six hours, this will be the creation of an immersive world to rival Middle Earth, Hogwarts, Gormenghast and Neverwhere. Although adored by teenagers for decades, Earthsea isn't simply a saga for the young. Le Guin layers her work with themes of self-discovery, relationships, isolation and connection, love and betrayal, violence and redemption. Earthsea has unique characters, a glorious geography and the energy of its own songs, sagas and myths.

It challenges all boundaries, especially those of gender, race and privilege.

Le Guin brings reality itself to the proving ground. Theodore Sturgeon

BBC Blog: Writer's Room

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THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS

April 12th & 19th 2015

Dramatisation of the award-winning, ground-breaking and deeply influential novel by Ursula K. Le Guin

BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial, 2015

TBB April 12th & 19th, 3-4pm;

rpt. April 18th & 25th, 9-10pm

producer/director: Allegra McIlroy

Le Guin, daughter of an anthropologist father and novelist mother, takes apart the components of what it is to be human in this 'reality' and experiments with new environments in time and space that re-examine the very heart, muscle and bone of how to be more fully human in other, startling ways.

"A book does not come to me as an idea, or a plot, or an event, or a society, or a message; it comes to me as a person. A person seen, seen at a certain distance, usually in a landscape.....Once... I saw two of them. As my vision is not ironic, but romantic, they were small figures, remote, in a tremendous waste landscape of ice and snow. They were pulling a sledge or something over the ice, hauling together. That is all I saw. I didn't know who they were. I didn't even know what sex they were (I must say I was surprised when I found out). But that is how my novel The Left Hand of Darkness began, and when I think of the book, it is still that vision I see. All the rest of it, with all its strange rearrangements of human gender and its imagery of betrayal, loneliness and cold, is my effort to catch up, to get nearer, to get there, where I had seen two figures on the snow, isolated and together."

Ursula K. Le Guin: The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and (Science) Fiction.

BBC Blog: Writer's Room

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LORD OF THE FLIES

Nominated for Radio Academy Award 2014

Dramatisation of the novel by William Golding for BBC Radio 4E

Producer/director: Sasha Yevtushenko

Music + Studio Manager: Colin Guthrie

June 2013

Narrator....Ruth Wilson

Ralph........Finn Bennett

Jack..........Richard Linnell

Piggy........Kasper Hilton-Hille

Simon.......Jack Kane

Other Boys: Edward Bracey, Bradley Sheddon, Tomi Fry, Barney Herrin, Gabriel Brody, Isaac Andrews.

Adults: Adam Nagaitus, Stephanie Racine, Ben Crowe

Conch: Eilon Morris

"The momentum of its terrifying narrative, the escalating of the madness is so vividly told. It becomes almost unbearable to listen to more, but then you are compelled to.."

"....one of the best radio dramas I have ever heard"

"Amazing, intense production"

Pick of the Week, Observer and Radio Times.

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BUDDENBROOKS

broadcast October 2012

Dramatisation in 3 episodes of Buddenbrooks, The Decline of a Family by Thomas Mann

BBC Radio 4 CLASSIC SERIAL - BBC RADIO PICK OF THE WEEK

Produced/directed by Chris Wallis, Autolycus Productions

Banned and burned by Hitler, Buddenbrooks is Nobel prize-winning Thomas Mann's first masterpiece, published when he was 25, in 1901.

Little known outside Germany (where it was dramatised for TV in 1979 and made into a 2008 romantic movie), it is a tender, witty, exquisitely detailed and ironically detached fiction emerging from his childhood in Lubeck. Mann's tone is, in fact, perfect for radio.

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OUT OF AFRICA

b. April 25th-29th 2011

Dramatisation of the novel by Karen Blixen

BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Serial

Produced/directed by Gaynor Macfarlane

RADIO TIMES EASTER MONDAY CHOICE:

"fleeting but vivid impressions...beautifully conveyed..." Jenny Roper

"Last week's Out of Africa, starring Emma Fielding, adapted by Judith Adams, directed by Gaynor Macfarlane, was so good I forgot the film. This version understood the magic of a voice, was delicately frugal with music and effects, stole into the mind as if projected straight onto the imagination. It was, in other words, pure radio.": Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph

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THE HIRELING

b.June 19th and 26th June, repeated: Sat 25th June and Sat 2nd July.

two-part dramatisation of the novel by L.P.Hartley

BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial

Produced/directed by Chris Wallis

PICK OF THE WEEK TIME OUT:

"Moving steadily and with almost unbearable inevitability towards emotional disaster, this..tale...is as much about sincerity as it is, after all, about class." Lisa Mullen

PICK OF THE WEEK/RADIO'S FIVE OF THE BEST RADIO TIMES:

"Unmissable....a beautifully played indictment of the chasm between the classes in 1950s Britain"Jane Anderson

Pick of the Week also: Independent, Times, Observer, Daily Mail****, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

"a compelling adaptation.."

"an excellent cast..."

"Simon Day, rapidly expanding his range and reputation.."

"a compelling two-parter..."

MRS MABB

March 2008

45 minute dramatisation of a short story by Susanna Clarke

BBC Radio 4

pr. Elizabeth Allard

with Emma Fielding

Broadcast March 18th 2008, 2.15pm

"Mrs. Mabb was absolutely excellent. Everything I hoped for and more. Well done to Judith Adams for adapting the story and to Elizabeth Allard for producing. And thanks, of course, to the wonderful cast who brought the story to life.

9.5 out of 10. More, please!"

Friends of English Magic

FOEMS INTERVIEW

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MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot (reprise)

28th January 2008

BBC 7 RADIO

For the next four weeks - Mon-Fri 10am/9pm/2am

Dramatised by Judith Adams

Produced/directed by Gaynor Macfarlane

Cast: Robert Glenister, Caroline Martin, Tom Goodman-Hill, Candida Benson, Richard Dillane, Laura Doddington, Martin Hyder, Karl Johnson, Nick Fletcher, Sally Dexter, Roger Allam, Ron Cook, Rachel Atkins, Ekizabeth Garvie, Katherine Igoe, Matthew Marsh

Radio Times Pick of the Day

"this top-quality dramatisation" (Jane Anderson)

IN A BAMBOO GROVE

January 2008

RADIO TIMES Pick of the Week Spoken Word Choice

RADIO CHOICE: Observer, Independent on Sunday, Saturday Guardian, Times, Independent, Daily Telegraph

45 minute dramatisation based on a short story by Ryunosuke Akutagawa (1921). Afternoon Play (Watershed/BBC production) for Radio 4

Broadcast Wednesday 23rd January 2008, 2.15pm

Starring Derek Jacobi

pr. Chris Wallis

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ALMOST BLUE

February 2006

by Carlo Lucarelli

February 2006

Dramatisation of crime novel about synaesthesia.

prd. Lu Kemp

RADIO TIMES CHOICE

MIDDLEMARCH

April 2005

by George Eliot

April 2005

Dramatisation in 20 episodes.

RADIO TIMES CHOICE

"Thrilling ... Adams' dramatisation makes the characters so vivid ..." Sue Arnold in The Observer

prd. Gaynor MacFarlane.

THE MILL ON THE FLOSS

June 2003

by George Eliot

June 2003

Dramatisation in 15 episodes

prd. Gaynor Macfarlane

RADIO TIMES CHOICE: "this terrific dramatisation..."

Observer Guide Choice: "'Maggie's tragic story is vividly re-enacted in this Woman's Hour Drama co-starring Tom Goodman-Hill as Maggie's brother and Deborah Findlay as the author, George Eliot."

Independent on Sunday: "Maggie Tulliver rides again..."

Sunday Telegraph: "The dramatist, Judith Adams, clearly not intimidated by Eliot's doorstop-sized novel, brings out the author's energy and wit without excising the book's more leisurely pastoral descriptions"

Scotland on Sunday: "Radio 4's Woman's Hour drama this week is The Mill On The Floss, that classic story of a free-spirited lass battling against the strictures of Victorian society. Marvellous Maggie Tulliver is a passionate heroine for any time of the day, but a particular treat at 10.45 every weekday morning."

THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY

May 2002

by Thornton Wilder

May 2002

Dramatised (heroically) in one episode.

cast: Sian Phillips, Robert Glenister, Jasmine Hyde, Tom Goodman-Hill, Annette Badland, Michael Feast and Helen McCrory.

prd. Gaynor Macfarlane

Nominated for Sony Award for Radio Drama, 2003

Radio Times Choice "Judith Adams and Gaynor Macfarlane: two of the safest pairs of hands in radio drama."

ROB ROY

January 2002

by Walter Scott

January 2002

Dramatised in 3 episodes

Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane

Cast includes: Sean Chapman, Liam Brennan, Tom George, Vicki Liddelle, Paul Young and Gareth Thomas.

Radio Times Choice: "Serials do not come more classic than this dramatisation by Judith Adams... the skilled hands of Adams brings the story vividly to life."

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SCOTTISH SUFFRAGETTES

2000

by Leah Leneman

5 part abridgement of book

prd. Gaynor Macfarlane

WIT

October 2000

Radio adaptation of the play by Margaret Edson

October 2000

prd. Gaynor Macfarlane

THE MIDNIGHT FOX

August 2000

Dramatisation of the novel by Betsy Byars

Broadcast August 2000

Cast includes Matthew Rhys

prd. Gaynor Macfarlane

RADIO TIMES CHOICE: "Magical"