Originally conceived as a drama about a young woman whose passion found expression in the protest movement, when the creators of the play were arrested whilst recording sound at a peaceful protest everything changed

The production team decided to explore how and why some members of the middle class are becoming radicalised and wanted to make recordings during actual protests. On 26 March 2011, they entered an upmarket grocer to make recordings where members of UK Uncut were staging a sit-in. By the end of the evening they were in a police cell

Life and art become properly intertwined in this drama as real recordings are mixed with drama recordings – and real characters are mixed with actors


Written by Glen Neath & John Jordan

Sound & music by Alisdair McGregor & Howard Jacques

Directed by Boz Temple-Morris


James ... James Lance

Simon ... Simon Kane

Iain ... Iain Robertson

Emma ... Louise Ford

George ... Niall Ashdown

Theo ... Dominic Hawksley

Gemma ... Gemma Brockis

Other parts played by Katie Bentley, Ben Dudgeon & members of the company


A Holy Mountain production for BBC Radio 4

Broadcast as The Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4, 17 February 2012



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