Gerda Stevenson

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Gerda Stevenson at Feile na Greine, Waterville, Co Kerry.JPG
Gerda Stevenson at the Féile na Gréine festival, Waterville, County Kerry
Born 1 January 1959
Peeblesshire, Scotland

Gerda Stevenson (born 10 April 1956 in Peeblesshire, Scotland) is an award-winning Scottish actress, director and writer, described by The Scotsman in 1999 as "Scotland's finest actress". She has played many parts in the theatre, including the title role in Edwin Morgan's Phaedra and Lady Macbeth, and has appeared in many television dramas. She was Murren's mother in the Mel Gibson film Braveheart, and her voice is familiar to listeners of British radio, as a reader of short stories and adaptations. In particular, she has performed several poems and songs by Robert Burns for the BBC.[1]

Her play Federer Versus Murray toured to New York in 2012, and her poetry collection If This Were Real was published by Smokestack Books in 2013. She has adapted a number of works for radio: Self-Control by Mary Brunton in which Stevenson played the part of Laura Montreville; For the Love of Willie by Agnes Owens in which Stevenson played the part of Liza; The Heart of Midlothian by Sir Walter Scott for BBC Radio 4, nominated for a Sony Award in 2008, in which Stevenson played the part of the heroine Jeanie Deans;[2] and Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon.[3] She has written radio plays including: Island Blue,[4] Secrets: The Punter's Tale,[5] Secrets: The Escort's Tale[6] and The Apple Tree.[7] She directed the Afternoon Play The Price of a Fish Supper.[8]

Stevenson's partner is the Scottish Gaelic poet Aonghas MacNeacail.

Her father is the musician and composer Ronald Stevenson.[9][10] Her sister Savourna Stevenson (born 1961) has recorded works on the Scottish harp, the clàrsach.

Radio[edit]

Date Title Role Director Station
12 September 198210 October 1982 The Bride of Lammermoor BBC Radio 4
16 May 1985 Watching Waiters BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
13 March 1990 Fair Kirsten Marilyn Imrie BBC Radio 3
1 June 1990 The Interview Reader Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Morning Story
11 June 1990 Blood and Ice Marilyn Imrie BBC Radio 4 The Monday Play
27 October 1990 Witchwood BBC Radio 4 Saturday Playhouse
7 February 1995 The Upshot BBC Radio 4 Thirty Minute Theatre
14 December 1997 The Secret Commonwealth Patrick Rayner BBC Radio 4
22 January 1998 Tam o'Shanter Hamish Wilson BBC Radio 4
21 March 1998
(Recorded on 22 February 1998)
Camelot[11] Nimue BBC Radio 2
6 December 199913 December 1999 The Last Days of Mankind Giles Havergal BBC Radio 3 Sunday Play
5 February 200116 February 2001 Telling Liddy Bridie Pam Wardell BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama
11 February 2001 Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off Mary, Queen of Scots / Marian Marilyn Imrie BBC Radio 4
11 March 2001 Every Bit of It Georgia Susan Roberts BBC Radio 4
19 February 2002 A Hundred Miles[12] Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
25 August 20021 September 2002 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie[13] Jean Brodie Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial
25 January 20031 February 2003 Inspector Rebus: The Falls[14] Jean Burchill Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 The Saturday Play
31 March 200311 April 2003 Self-Control Laura Montreville Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama
6 May 2003 The Whole Story and Other Stories: Gothic by Ali Smith Reader David Jackson Young BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Reading
5 April 20049 April 2004 For the Love of Willie Liza Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama
10 January 200521 January 2005 The Gowk Storm Innkeeper's Wife David Ian Neville BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama
31 March 2005 Wooden Heart Uta Mary Ward Lowery BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
16 May 2005 A Breath from Other Planets Mathilde Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
25 February 2006 Christabel's Anarchist Christabel Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play
7 August 20062 October 2006 Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery[15] Steve Patrick Rayner BBC Radio 4
30 August 2006 The Madeleine Effect: Mangoes by Joanna Blythman Reader Kirsty Williams BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Reading
9 September 200716 September 2007 The Heart of Midlothian[2] Jeanie Deans Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial
23 March 2008 The Muse of Rose Street[16] Reader Monise Durrani BBC Radio 4
16 May 20084 July 2008 Paul Temple and the Madison Mystery[17] Steve Patrick Rayner BBC Radio 4
4 December 2009 Distributing Dave[18] BBC Radio Scotland Drama
22 December 2009 The Three Knots[19] Old Woman Kirsty Williams BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
11 June 201030 July 2010 Paul Temple and Steve[20] Steve Patrick Rayner BBC Radio 4
23 September 2010 The Second Mr Bailey[21] Margaret Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
25 January 2011 The Culture Café: Completely Burns[22] Reader Esme Kennedy BBC Radio Scotland
14 February 2011 The Book Café[23] Reader BBC Radio Scotland
28 February 2011 Secrets: The Punter's Tale[5] Cara Bruce Young BBC Radio Scotland Drama
8 May 2011 Hume, the Philosophical Historian[24] Reader Louise Yeoman BBC Radio 3 Sunday Feature
24 August 201112 October 2011 A Case for Paul Temple[25] Steve Patrick Rayner BBC Radio 4
12 October 2011 I Confess: The Power of the Confession[26] Isobel Gowdie Liza Greig BBC Radio 3 The Essay

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC – Robert Burns – Works read by Gerda Stevenson
  2. ^ a b BBC – Classic Serial – The Heart of Midlothian
  3. ^ BBC – Classic Serial – Sunset Song
  4. ^ BBC – Woman's Hour Drama – Island Blue
  5. ^ a b BBC – BBC Radio Scotland – Secrets: The Punter's Tale
  6. ^ BBC – BBC Radio Scotland – Secrets: The Escort's Tale
  7. ^ BBC – Afternoon Play – The Apple Tree
  8. ^ BBC – Afternoon Play – The Price of a Fish Supper
  9. ^ Gasser, M., "Ronald Stevenson, Composer-Pianist : An Exegetical Critique from a Pianistic Perspective" (Edith Cowan University Press, Western Australia, 2013)
  10. ^ Peebleshire News, 2009/07/31 Braveheart actress composes song for local school
  11. ^ CastAlbums » Camelot » BBC Radio 2 Cast
  12. ^ Scottish Theatre Archive – A Hundred Miles
  13. ^ Radio – Scattered dreams – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Sue Arnold, The Observer, 1 September 2002
  14. ^ BBC – The Saturday Play – Inspector Rebus: The Falls
  15. ^ BBC – Paul Temple – Paul Temple and the Sullivan Mystery
  16. ^ BBC – The Muse of Rose Street
  17. ^ BBC – Paul Temple – Paul Temple and the Madison Mystery
  18. ^ BBC – BBC Radio Scotland – Distributing Dave
  19. ^ BBC – Afternoon Play – The Three Knots
  20. ^ BBC – Paul Temple – Paul Temple and Steve
  21. ^ BBC – Afternoon Play – The Second Mr Bailey
  22. ^ BBC – BBC Radio Scotland – The Culture Café: Completely Burns
  23. ^ BBC – BBC Radio Scotland – The Book Café
  24. ^ BBC – Sunday Feature – Hume, the Philosophical Historian
  25. ^ BBC – Paul Temple – A Case for Paul Temple
  26. ^ BBC – The Essay – I Confess: The Power of the Confession

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