Jessica Dromgoole is a British director of contemporary theatre and radio-plays, as well as a former Artistic Director of the Finborough Theatre from 1988 to 1991. From 1991 she has been New Writing Co-ordinator for BBC Drama, Entertainment and Children's programmes.
Dromgoole won the 2007 Prix Italia for Original Radio Drama with The Incomplete Recorded Works of a Dead Body. She won the 2012 BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Audio Drama with Lost Property: The Year My Mother Went Missing. She won the 2012 Bronze Sony Radio Academy Award for Best Drama with A Tale of Two Cities.
|Radio plays directed by Jessica Dromgoole|
|Date first broadcast||Play||Author||Cast||Synopsis
|31 March 2007||The Incomplete Recorded Works of a Dead Body||Ed Hime||Khalid Abdalla, Ameet Chana, Elaine Lordan, Saikat Ahamed, John Dougall, Mark Straker, Anthony Glennon and Jasmine Callan||Ed Hime's blackly comic fictional documentary combines a collage of deliberate recordings, from police surveillance tapes to an unfinished installation piece on pigeons, as it follows Babak Beyrouti, famous Iranian sound recordist and agoraphobic, as he braves London in his quest for lost love.
Won the Prix Italia for Original Radio Drama in 2007.
|BBC Radio 3 The Wire|
|18 June 2008||Listen to the Words||Ed Hime||Joe Dempsie, Lizzie Watts, Sam Crane, Lisa Stevenson, Nyasha Hatendi, Helen Longworth, Ben Crowe, John Rowe, Liz Sutherland, Stephen Critchlow and Dan Starkey||Tim has a problem with empathy, and justifies tapping fellow student Sophie's phone as the only way to understand her. When it all goes wrong, he books the media room of the secure unit where he is being held and creates a broadcast for his college radio station.||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|2 August 2010 – 6 August 2010||The Shooting Party||Isabel Colegate dramatised by D J Britton||Olivia Colman, Ellie Kendrick, Sam Dale, Jaimi Barbakoff, Michael Shelford, Christine Kavanagh, Joshua Swinney, Sean Baker, Sally Orrock, Jude Akuwudike and David Seddon||Autumn 1913; a shooting party takes place on an Oxfordshire country estate. An error of judgement results in a death.||BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama|
|18 November 2010||All the Blood in My Veins||Katie Hims||Elaine Lordan, Shannon Tarbet, Tyger Drew-Honey, Katie Angelou, Alfie Browne-Sykes, Jude Akuwidike, Lloyd Thomas, Deeivya Meir and Shirena Watt||Viola, a 14-year-old girl, has responsibilities beyond her age.||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|3 May 2011||Lost Property: The Wrong Label||Katie Hims||Rosie Cavaliero, Alex Tregear, Katie Angelou, Daniel Cooper, Daniel Rabin, Stuart McLoughlin, Bethan Walker, Sally Orrock, Sean Baker and Joanna Monro||London, 1941, and Alice knows that to stop your children from being evacuated is tantamount to siding with Hitler.||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|10 May 2011||Lost Property: The Year My Mother Went Missing||Katie Hims||Rosie Cavaliero, Shannon Flynn, Ceallach Spellman, Elliot Griffiths, Ralph Ineson, Daniel Rabin, Jane Whittenshaw, Sally Orrock, Stuart McLoughlin and Sean Baker||It's 1979, and it's not the first time that Ruthie's mother Queenie has gone missing, but usually she leaves a note.
Won the BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Audio Drama in 2012.
|BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|17 May 2011||Lost Property: A Telegram from the Queen||Katie Hims||Rosie Cavaliero, Edna Doré, Gary Beadle, Daniel Rabin, Stuart McLoughlin, Sean Baker, Jane Whittenshaw, Alex Tregear, Joanna Monro and Sally Orrock||It's 2011, and, as Alice's 100th birthday present, Ruthie sets out to put her family back together again. The final play in Katie Hims' trilogy of heartbreak and redemption.||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|26 December 2011 – 30 December 2011||A Tale of Two Cities[Note 1]||Charles Dickens dramatised in five parts by Mike Walker
Music by Lennert Busch
|Robert Lindsay, Jonathan Coy, Alison Steadman, Karl Johnson, Lydia Wilson, Andrew Scott, Paul Ready, James Lailey, Tracy Wiles, Simon Bubb, Carl Prekopp, Adjoa Andoh, Daniel Cooper, Clive Merrison, Gerard McDermott, Paul Moriarty, Christopher Webster, Adam Billington, Rikki Lawton and Alex Rivers||In London and Paris before and during the French Revolution, these five episodes show the plight of the French people under the brutal oppression of the aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, and the corresponding savage brutality of the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the years immediately following.
Won the Bronze Sony Radio Academy Award for Best Drama in 2012.
|BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
- Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Jeremy Mortimer
- Jessica Dromgoole's radio play listing at Diversity (suttonelms.org.uk)
- Jessica Dromgoole's radio play listing at RadioListings
- Dromgoole, Dominic (2007). "Acknowledgments". Will & Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life. Pegasus Books. pp. 293–4. ISBN 1933648465. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
My sister Jessica was extremely helpful, as she always is, with matters of tone, with extra material and with a large helping of extra jokes.
- Prix Italia, Winners 1949 – 2010, RAI Archived 22 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
- BBC – BBC Audio Drama Awards 2012
- Sony Radio Academy Awards 2012 – Best Drama
- BBC – The Wire – The Incomplete Recorded Works of a Dead Body
- The Incomplete Recorded Works of a Dead Body – A radio play by Ed Hime (script)
- BBC – The Wire
- BBC – Afternoon Play – Listen to the Words
- BBC – Afternoon Play
- BBC – Woman's Hour Drama – The Shooting Party
- BBC – Woman's Hour Drama
- BBC – Afternoon Play – All the Blood in My Veins
- BBC – Afternoon Play – Lost Property: The Wrong Label
- BBC – Afternoon Play – Lost Property: The Year My Mother Went Missing
- BBC – Afternoon Play – Lost Property: A Telegram from the Queen
- BBC – Afternoon Play – A Tale of Two Cities
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