Lady on The Train: radio drama (45 minutes)

It is the 1950’s and these are exciting times for the young David McAllister as he boards a train from Edinburgh to London, steaming towards city life and the new world of a student doctor. As the journey gets underway David’s first impression of the other travellers sharing his booth is that of a harmless bunch of middle-aged gossips – even if their ridicule appears to be mostly at the cost of the very beautiful but melancholy widow seated further down the carriage. David is earnestly informed that she is the trophy wife of the recently deceased Sir Fitzpatrick, a wealthy Scottish laird. As the group’s spirited banter continues, little good is said about the woman and David is drawn into Madeleine’s tragic story through the contemptuous eyes of her self-appointed jury. It is only later, once the bullies’ prey has fled from their loud and thoughtless jeering, that David becomes contrite, seeking out the bereft Mrs Fitzgerald to apologise. It is too late, the damage is done and there is nothing David can do but witness the awful consequence of their cruelty unfold.


Something Borrowed: radio drama (45 minutes)

Sandra is an erstwhile writer single-handedly bringing up two children following the demise of her marriage. Christine is an ambitious young professional looking forward to a bright future with her new fiancé. Sandra and Christine hate each other – which is not surprising considering that they’re both in love with the same man. Forced to spend the night together in a hospital family room, waiting to hear whether Warren, the object of their shared love, will make it through complex brain surgery, the two women embark on a passage of mutual discovery – learning as much about themselves as they do each other. As powerful as their feelings of love and loss are, bound by a common purpose, the women’s hostility cannot compete with friendship’s subtle allure and as the night unravels, a tenuous bond is formed. Surgery continues, no news comes, the hours pass and cruelty surrendering to kinship, both women realise that the love of the man they have fought over can – indeed must – be shared if they are to rebuild their lives and move forward into whatever future fate has handed them.


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