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Playwright Anita Sullivan Radio

"All the words and action frame one still, quiet moment where

everything changes."

Anita Sullivan
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SILOS

Coming soon, my BBC Radio 4 Serial is a future-fiction thriller about human consciousness. Resource-hungry nations aren't doing enough to adapt lifestyles and mitigate climate change. The practical alternative is human hibernation. National Service with unexpected benefits. Sleep through winter, learn a language, lose weight. What could go wrong?

A Sweet Talk Production produced by Karen Rose

With Anistasia Hille, Paul Bazely, Rakie Ayola, Raad Rawi.

First episode broadcast March 19th 2024, then available on BBCSounds

Read more in the Making-of blog

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OPENING LINES/ HEART OF DARKNESS

Coming soon. I've been interviewed for Opening Lines, a discussion forum on key works. First time I've been an 'expert' voice an Radio 4! I talk about  'Heart of Darkness' as a prequal to the re-broadcast of my adaptation. Opening Lines March 17th at 2.45pm, drama follows at 3pm.

ROUND THE WORLD

IN 6O PLAYS

I'm an award-winning writer of radio and theatre plays, short-stories, podcasts and video screenplays. All of my 60+ scripts have been staged or broadcast. I'm also a digital storyteller, creating interactive narratives for VR and gamified worlds.

Writing is exploration. Experience the world as an octopus, a bee, a fox hunter, a musician from Diego Garcia, a companion-robot or a 130 year old woman. Enter a carnivorous beach-hut, swim The English Channel or orbit Earth with Gagarin.

My Radio 4 plays are often recorded on location, my theatre work site-specific. I like to work collaboratively, blending script, documentary and improvisation.

I've given MA Creative Writing seminars and run courses at the Bishopsgate Institute.

p.s I love my job!

Dramatic audio experience, falling through space

IN DEVELOPMENT

Work in Progress: Radio 4 commission to adapt Peter Benchley's eco-warrior coming-of age, Girl of the Sea of Cortez. With Afonica , broadcast late 2024.

Work in Progress: a book for publication. Behind a big NDA. Can say no more

RECENT PROJECTS

Model Village. Proud to be writing New Perspective's 50th year touring show. A model village rebels! Rehearsals start September.

End of Transmission. Audio drama, history of HIV told from the point of view of the virus. Multi award-winning. New Society of Authors video interview.

 

Freewheeler's Do Not Disturb, written in collaboration with the company. Ambitious multimedia project. Film being edited

A GRAY SPACE

I'm a core collaborator on a website and creative community inspired by Scottish novelist, playwright and artist Alasdair Gray.

 

It celebrates his work and ethos by encouraging creative contributions and collaborations, with the aim of making people and things better. An ongoing project with Alasdair's niece Kat Rolley, launched at the International Alasdair Gray Conference in June 2022. To view a trailer for one of our projects, press play >

LISTEN NOW...
 
End of Transmission Jude confronts her HIV virus about past secrets and their future together

Two on a Tower Adaptation of Thomas Hardy's astronomy novel for Radio 4

Heart of Darkness  Contemporary reimagining of Conrad's novel for Radio 4

Ring Classic Japanese horror by Koji Suzuki, adapted in binaural sound

We Need to Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver's novel adapted in 10 parts for Radio 4 Woman's Hour.

Rock of Eye Three elderly tailors make a suit for a very dangerous customer.

Mandrake  A dispute over a hedge, a 100 year old woman and a tree with a voice. Radio 4 drama.
 Finalist for Imisson Award

Full Blown A woman with a life-changing diagnosis confronts past relationships and secrets. Radio 4 Drama

The Octopus  Radio 4 Drama with a octopus as the lead character.  Nominated for Radio Drama award.

Try typing 'Anita Sullivan' into YouTube. People put my plays up, BBC takes them down. You never know what you might find. You'll also find an American poet and piano tuner with the same name, who isn't me. And a racehorse. Enjoy! 

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