The Waves - community radio audio dramas

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Holy Mountain are looking for community radio stations to broadcast an innovative and fascinating series of audio dramas exploring the impact of our colonial past on contemporary life. Each tells a story based in a different part of the UK.

The series, supported by the Audio Content Fund and offered free of charge to radio
stations, will broadcast early in 2022 across a network of community radio stations. There are five stories, each written by promising young writers of dual/multiple heritage from across the UK, that tell local stories but, taken together, create a national picture of contemporary British life.

These are modern, fresh and contemporary stories. Not historical drama – and yet the
stories arise from an informed reading of British history. The Waves has scale and ambition as well as local relevance.

The series is created by Boz Temple-Morris (founder of Holy Mountain and twice winner of the APA Award for best drama Producer) and Fin Kennedy (award-winning playwright and former Artistic Director of Tamasha). Fin and Boz have formed and mentored teams of locally-based artists, telling stories recorded in Bristol, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Leamington Spa.

Fifteen radio stations are already signed up to broadcast the Waves with more being added. Please contact boz@holymountain.co.uk for more details.

THE STORIES
Grosvenor Road by Corinne Walker (Bristol), Directed by Alix Harris, takes us
to a slum building which becomes a focus of Caribbean anti-racist organisation in the
1960s, and jumps sixty years, when a London couple arrive for a property viewing at
the same place, now regenerated into expensive flats.

Queens by Erinn Dhesi (Leamington Spa), Directed by Gitika Buttoo, uses the
imposing statue of Queen Victoria in the town centre as a magical realist portal into
the past for grandmother Surinder and her recalcitrant granddaughter Simran. When
Surinder is diagnosed with dementia, she seeks Simran’s help to recover some
disturbing memories from her past, not quite sure what she’ll find there.

Glory, Glory an Edinburgh Story by Kamala Santos (Edinburgh), Directed by
Niloo-Far Khan, locates its action at a Hibs football team match, where Eric, an
elderly fan, spots his estranged granddaughter Jade taking part in racist behaviour.
So begins a journey of discovery that explores a little-known story about Caribbean
lumberjacks brought to Scotland during World War Two to help the war effort.

We See No Colour by Danielle Fahiya (Cardiff), Directed by Catherine
Robinson, follows twin sisters of mixed heritage as they enter a beauty pageant.
When the lighter-skinned sibling is accepted while her darker sister is rejected, a
social media furore kicks off, threatening to derail both the competition and the
sister’s relationship.

Baby Mama by Stefanie Reynolds (Manchester), Directed by Gitika Buttoo,
catches up with mixed middle-class couple Renee and James, on the day they move
into an expensive flat within a former cotton factory in Ancoats, Manchester. With
Renee heavily pregnant, workaholic James hires the apartment block’s cleaner to
help Renee unpack, starting off an unlikely friendship between two black women of
very different backgrounds and life experience.

ABOUT
Holy Mountain is one of the leading independent audio drama production companies in the UK, with work regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and beyond. Their other current production Song of the Reed stars Mark Rylance and Sophie Okonedo and has episodes released every three months on BBC Radio 4, with episode 3 coming up on 21 st December.

Tamasha has been causing a commotion in British theatre since 1989. A touring theatre company, telling stories crafted by emerging and established artists, celebrating the lived experience of communities nationwide. The founding emphasis of championing British Asian talent has broadened, with a mission to create a home for a new generation of artists from the Global Majority, enabling them to shape the most powerful stories to move, provoke and
inspire people across the UK.

Supported by the UK Government to fund independent producers making high-quality, public service content for UK commercial and community radio, the Audio Content Fund has so far supported 128 projects distributing over £2.6m in the sector.