St Mary's School, Cambridge

Bookcase, Radio Play

September 20, 2021 St Mary's School, Cambridge
St Mary's School, Cambridge
Bookcase, Radio Play
Show Notes

A radio play by playwright Rob John, performed by St Mary's students in their newly established recording studio. He has written over twenty plays for the stage and BBC Radio 4. He currently writes original dramatisations and story adaptations for BBC Schools Education.

For Bookcase, Rob wrote the script with our very own Head of Drama, Esther Roberts, in mind for the role of Eleanor. She performed the production with The Far East Theatre Company when it debuted in 1996. 

Bookcase sees protagonist Eleanor beginning to withdrawal from the outside world. Things at home with her Stepdad, Dennis, are strained and her own father seems to have disappeared. She stops going to school and instead finds escapism in fiction books. She’ll read anything from detective stories to love stories - anything to distract her. But when fiction merges with real life and the characters from the books begin to interact with her in her own room, things get complicated, confusing and most worryingly, dangerous...