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WATCH SPLENDID ISOLATION: LOCKDOWN DRAMAS ON BBC2

 

We have been working with BBC NI, BBC Arts supported by ACNI on a new exciting collaboration – Splendid Isolation: Lockdown Drama,a collection of five minute theatrical pieces exploring life in lockdown.

Filmed on location in accordance with social distancing guidelines over the coming weeks, the pieces will explore the positive and negative aspects of social isolation and lockdown.It is part of a wider national collaboration between BBC Arts, theatres and Arts Councils in each nation in this challenging time for the creative sector.

They will be broadcast on BBC Two Northern Ireland on Thursday 25 June at 10pm and afterwards on the BBC iPlayer. It will also be on BBC Four on Tuesday 30 June at 10.30pm and BBC1 on Wednesday 1 July at 11:20pm.

 

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BEST WISHES

 

written by Abbie Spallen

directed by Cathy Brady 

performed by David Pearse and Jack Flynn

Kenny is an ageing, paranoid recluse.  Lockdown sees his well-intentioned neighbours leave bags of essentials on his doorstep each week. Mistrustful, Kenny senses there’s an ulterior motive – what are they after?  Next time he’ll be waiting to confront these ‘good’ Samaritans ….

WAKE CAKE

 

written by Stacey Gregg

directed by Emma Jordan

performed by Kerri Quinn

Nicky is trying to overcome her Aunt’s death during lockdown without all of the usual customs – there was an online funeral but Nicky has decided to send her off with a proper gesture – delivering tray bakes, or ‘wake cake’  to family and friends in her honour.

THE GIRL AT THE WINDOW

 

written by Lisa McGee

directed by Des Kennedy

performed by Anthony Boyle,  Julie Lamberton and Richard Clements

Jimmy is fragile and alone, staying in his late father’s house – he died during lockdown.    As Jimmy clears out the house contents he notices a girl in the house opposite. He attempts to communicate but she doesn’t respond, staring straight through him. Doesn’t she see him?  Is she a ghost?  Is he losing his mind with grief?

A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS

 

written by Owen McCafferty

directed by Jimmy Fay

performed by Stella McCusker and Eoin McCafferty

Stella is a mature actress living on her own. To stave off loneliness and keep her mind active she rehearses plays from her past. A young volunteer delivering her medication overhears.  A drama student during normal times, he realises that maybe the medicine she really needs is human interaction….

LOVE LOCKDOWN

 

written by David Ireland

directed by Conelth Hill 

performed by Abigail McGibbon

Gillian tells us she was in love once – with a guy at university many years before.  But he moved on and married. Lockdown has brought him suddenly out of the woodwork again…. his situation has changed and he wants to meet. Should she let him see what she’s become after all this time? Her mother wouldn’t be pleased and, of course, they’d be breaking lockdown….

JUST THE TWO OF US

 

written, directed and performed by Sarah Gordon and Damian McCann

Partners Karen and Simon are sharing a small office space at home during lockdown.  Karen is meticulous, Simon is relaxed….way too relaxed for Karen’s liking. We join them as Wi-Fi problems are upsetting Karen’s plans for a virtual office get-together.

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