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Roehampton drama lecturer's adaptations to appear on BBC Radio 4 dystopian season

University of Roehampton’s Graham White, Reader in Drama and Creative Practice, has written dramatisations of two J.G. Ballard novels, The Drowned World and Concrete Island, which will form part of the BBC Radio 4's June season of dystopian dramas.

Posted: 12 June 2013

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University of Roehampton's Graham White, Reader in Drama and Creative Practice, has written dramatisations of two J.G. Ballard novels, The Drowned World and Concrete Island, which will form part of the BBC Radio 4's June season of dystopian dramas.

The Dangerous Visions season will feature a series of plays which explore contemporary takes on future dystopias, with Ballard's work as their inspiration. The first of the adaptations, The Drowned World is set in a future world where& atmospheric change and evolutionary reversal confronts a UN mission as it explores an abandoned city, while Concrete Island tells the story of a man who finds himself fighting for survival when he is stranded on a patch of wasteground after his car crashes off the motorway on his way home.

Speaking about the plays, White who is current director of ReWrite, the University of Roehampton's Centre for Research in Creative and Professional Writing said " What interests me most about these two novels is that while they focus on two distinctive dystopian landscapes, they also pick up on one of the recurrent themes in J. G Ballard's work, which is the central character's journey inside the self. The geographical settings become the catalyst for that inner journey."

The representation of the self is a thread common to White's research pursuits. He is interested in how people articulate themselves and their histories. In recent publications, he has examined and explored the performance of self in public legal environments such as the UN's tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

Graham White has produced a number of adaptations for BBC Radio in recent years including versions of BS Johnson's 1960s experimental novel The Unfortunates which won a BBC Audio Drama Award for Innovation in February 2012 and of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd.

The Drowned World will be broadcast on Sunday 16th June at 3pm and Concrete Island on Sunday 23rd at 3pm on BBC Radio 4. Listen to Graham White talking about The Drowned World or read an interview& on how he adapted JG Ballard's work.

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