Writer’s true-life tales to be broadcast on Radio 3

NEW PROJECT: Writer Fiona Evans.
NEW PROJECT: Writer Fiona Evans.
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A WRITER’S latest work, which has seen her take real-life tales and turn them into fiction, will be broadcast tomorrow.

Fiona Evans, who was raised in Mill Hill and is a former St Anthony’s pupil, worked alongside producer and director Pauline Harris as they collected stories from three elderly people.

The drama has been created by children performing their words, with the aim of exploring the links of vulnerability, fragility and resilience between the old and young.

The finished piece, The Startling Truths of Old World Sparrows, will be aired tomorrow on Radio 3.

Fiona’s previous work has included Geoff Dead: Disco for Sale, which was based on the heartache faced by the family of Seaham-born soldier Geoff Gray as they sought the truth about their son’s death at the Deepcut Barracks from gunshot wounds, and Scarborough, a play which was performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London. She has also written for EastEnders, Casualty and Doctors.

Her latest play, Geordie Sinatra, was performed at the Live Theatre in Newcastle last year.

Fiona said of her latest project: “Through the interviews, each person’s worst fear emerged.

“This was not intentional, but as it echoed in each interview it informed the narrative organically, so that each character faces their worse fear.”

One of the storyline is based on the words said by Rhoda, interviewed on the eve of her 80th birthday, another features Stan, who worries about not being able to defend his wife, and Ron, who is in a wheelchair after a stroke.

The programme will go out at 8.45pm.