This play was written in the weeks leading up to the London Olympics in 2012 – it was a part of the ‘Rapid Response’ strand of radio dramas – a direct response to current stories in the news.
As well as the imminent Olympics, and ongoing austerity – the play was also written at the same time the digital switchover was happening, and reflects the uncertainty of all these events on the residents of one family in Dagenham.
(It seems quite surprising now that we didn’t know whether the Olympics would be a success. But that brilliant opening ceremony was quite a surprise, and relief, at the time.)
White Noise was first broadcast before the Olympics began – so it’ll be interesting to see if it gains or loses anything by now being placed into historical context.
The story is fairly simple – centering on 18 year old FREDDY, 40 something DANNY, and the more mature KATH.
As the Olympics loom young Freddie wants to be an Artist but has no artistic talent. His father Danny, a mechanic, loses his job, discovers his local pub has been taken over, and has an identity crisis. Their mum/nan Kath, an agoraphobic, goes on a necessary fearful walk through the park…
The chimeric day of the opening ceremony provides a day of reckoning for all three…
The play was written very quickly – but came from the heart.
It features the redoubtable acting talents of Ricci Harnett, Louise Jameson, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Ayesha Antoine, and Matthew Gravelle. James Robinson directs/produces.