The Chatterleys is a vibrant new version of a well- known scandalous novel, a reinterpretation that gets back to the essence of Lawrence’s original – a marriage adapting to one person becoming disabled and the quest to become parents. It is the latest collaboration between award winning audio indie, Naked Productions and Graeae.
Following in our tradition of radically reinventing classic literature and drama for 21st century audiences, this cutting edge interpretation of DH Lawrence’s infamous novel of love, sex and class, is reframed as a 21st century drama about the impact of war, austerity and modern relationships.
The drama was developed by working closely with members of BLESMA (British Limbless E Service Men Association), to inform the story and perform in the production.
The Chatterleys is set in contemporary Redcar, North East England, an area with strong military links, tough economic conditions and spectacular coastal landscape. It offers a dynamic insight into modern life, in particular the challenges of becoming disabled and learning to create a ‘new normal’. It is also, at heart, a love story.
A transcript of the drama will be available on BBC Radio 4 website on broadcast.
Episode 1: Sunday 29 January 3pm – Now available on BBC Sounds
Episode 2: Sunday 5 February 3pm