Three Sisters Rewired

A Graeae and Naked Productions co-production for BBC Radio 4
Adapted and directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey

Following acclaimed new interpretations of Little Dorrit and The Midwich Cuckoos, Graeae and Naked Productions join forces once again to present a radical reworking of Anton Chekhov’s classic Three Sisters for BBC Radio 4, written and directed by Jenny Sealey and Polly Thomas.

On an isolated farm in 21st century Yorkshire, three sisters – Olivia, Maisie and Iris – struggle to survive on a financially draining farm, with intermittent internet, and a pervading sense of dislocation from the real world.

With the titular three sisters played by three Deaf actors – Genevieve Barr, Lara Steward and Alexandra James – Three Sisters Rewired breaks new ground as it reimagines the story through the prism of deafness.

In this complete overhaul of the Russian original, Three Sisters Rewired explores how, even in the modern world, isolation and stagnation are a prevailing issue for many people still.
This is Chekhov as he has never been done before.

Transmission dates:

Episode 1:
Saturday 14 December 2.45pm
BBC Radio 4

Episode 2:
Saturday 21 December 2.30pm
BBC Radio 4

Scripts:

The script transcripts will be available from the date and time of each episode broadcast (see dates/times above). Click on the links below to download these.

Episode 1 script, click here.
Episode 2 script, click here.

Image gallery

  • Kay Purcell & Genevieve Barr
  • Chris Jack & Alexandra James & Tachia Newall
  • Full cast & crew
  • Jenny Sealey
  • Polly Thomas & Alexandra James
  • Alexandra James & Tachia Newall

Image gallery

Cast
  • Olivia
    Genevieve Barr
  • Maisie
    Lara Steward
  • Iris
    Alexandra James
  • Angus
    Jonathan Keeble
  • Natalie
    Steph Lacey
  • Anna
    Kay Purcell
  • Victoria
    Alexandra Mathie
  • Tyrone
    Tachia Newall
  • Sean
    Chris Jack
Credits
  • Adaptation and direction — Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey
  • Original music — Alice Trueman
  • Flute — Ruth Montgomery
  • Original play — Anton Chekhov
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    Three Sisters Rewired

    Following acclaimed new interpretations of Little Dorrit and The Midwich Cuckoos, Graeae and Naked Productions join forces once again to present a radical reworking of Anton Chekhov’s classic Three Sisters for BBC Radio 4, written and directed by Jenny Sealey and Polly Thomas.

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