taken from the BBC website at the time when this programme was first broadcast
by Debbie Tucker Green
A young woman has gone missing. No-one knows what has happened to her. She is described by an unconnected group of people whose lives she touched in some way on the last day anyone saw her. One or two of them knew her, some met her briefly and some just happened to see her.
Young Woman 1……….Sheri-An Davis
Young Woman 2………..Michelle Asante
Cab Driver (Jaswinder)……….Emil Marwa
Cab Driver’s Girlfriend……Manjinder Virk
New Mum…………..Nadine Marshall
New Dad ……………..Alex Lanipekun
Burger Bar Worker……..Richie Campbell
Girlfriend (of Burger Bar Worker)….Seroca Davis
Security Guard…………..Alan Williams
Wife of Security Guard……..Dystin Johnson
Linda’s Husband……………Justin Salinger
Man on Bench…………Danny Lee Wynter
Directed by Debbie Tucker Green
Produced by Mary Peate
What people saw – or think they saw, saw wrongly, presumed through glimpses of her at different times – reveals more and more about the woman and what happened on the last day she was seen. As these unconnected people try to recollect what happened, each of them is fairly confident they know what they saw, but the story shifts with every new bit of information. We learn who these unreliable witnesses are and at what point in their lives we are meeting them. We also hear from the woman herself and gain some sense of how she got to where she did and what went on when there were no witnesses.
The different versions of events slowly build to a disjointed version of who the woman was and what may have happened to her as the fragments of truth are drawn together.
As well as a fascinating study of the impossibility of discovering one objective version of reality, ‘Gone’ is a series of beautifully detailed vignettes of the intimate lives of an group of individuals, revealing their troubling secrets, their cruelties and their joys.
Debbie Tucker Green has written freefall (shortlisted for a Prix Europa Award 2002); to swallow (2003) and handprint (2006) for BBC Radio. Most recently she wrote and directed heat for Hillbilly films, which was screened at The London Film Festival 2009. Other TV short film includes spoil (2007). Stage plays include random (Royal Court 2008 and 2010); generations (Young Vic 2007); trade (RSC 2005), stoning mary (Royal Court 2005); Born Bad (Hampstead 2003) and Dirty Butterfly (Soho 2003). She won the Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2004.
BBC Radio 3, 8:00pm Sunday 14th March 2010
9:32pm Sunday 21st March 2010
Although Nicola does not have a very big part in this play, she delivers her lines to devastating effect. Her character is a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage and is about to embark on an affair with another man.
Alex Lanipekin read a different part of this story. He was in Spooks Series 6 and 7. Nicola did not appear in either Series.
Justin Salinger is Linda’s (Nicola’s character) husband. He also appeared with Nicola in Modern Dance for Beginners [Stage].
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