Broadcast: Saturday 7 November at 3pm on BBC Radio 4
Following the tradition of radically reinventing classic literature and drama for 21st century audiences, Graeae and Naked Productions present Bartholomew Abominations by Paul Sirett. A cutting edge new version of Jonson’s famous drama, brought to vibrant modern life in a comic and biting political commentary about modern British identity.
Paul Sirett’s bold new version reflects on the narrow-minded disability discrimination and English nationalism of the early 21st century. Building on growing jingoism and changing views of citizenship, identity and belonging, Sirett has set the story in 2032, at an annual event, where suitors must find the “perfect” partner or face deportation.
Recorded remotely, Bartholomew Abominations has an exceptional cast of disabled and non-disabled actors, including Liz Carr (Silent Witness), Stephen Collins (Reasons to Be Cheerful), Garry Robson (Fittings MultiMedia Arts) and Mina Anwar (Life of Pi).