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THE ISLAND

The Island was transmitted as part of BBC Radio 4's Friday Play series on December 13, 2002 at 9:00 pm and was recorded on location on the Isle of Skye. The play is 60 minutes long and the author is Jane Rogers.  The original music was composed and performed by Domonique Lejohn.

Directed by Clive Brill, who spent seven years producing drama for BBC radio and in 1990 he became head of Development for BBC TV Series. He formed Pacificus Productions and took on the "Shakespearean" task in 1996 of directing the entire Arkangel Shakespeare Series, in which David appears in nine plays.

In addition Clive has directed David in four other radio dramas The Order of Release, Murder in Samarkand, The Purple Land, the two part Afternoon Play series Stevenson in Love and in the staged reading of Edward III at The Globe.

Other Pacificus Productions David has appeared in include the Book of the Week readings of Robert Louis Stevenson's biography, the 2010 and 2011 Book at Bedtime series Night with a Vampire and Night with a Vampire 2, the radio plays A Quick Change, Love Virtually, Every Seventh Wave, which was also directed by Clive, and the Richard Wilson Radio 4 series Believe It!.

Synopsis: "Angry young Nikki Black, dropped off at a post office at birth, tells her life story, a series of unsuccessful placements in homes, a stint in a children’s home, and initial successes followed by self-sabotage and failure. She blames her fear of success on her lack of a mother. A mother, she says, makes you “free to fly.” If she can find her and destroy her, Nikki reasons, she will be rid of this fear.

She traces her mother to a remote island off the coast of Scotland and becomes a boarder in her house without disclosing her real identity." - taken from enotes.com 

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CAST

Kate Ashfield* -  Nikki

David Tennant - Calum

Susan Brown - Phylis

Brian Timoney - Gaz

PJ Farrell - Burt

*appears with David in the short Sweetnightgoodheart  and the TV films Secret Smile and United.

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