Jessica Dromgoole

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.

Early life

Dromgoole is the daughter of schoolteacher Jenny Davis and Patrick Dromgoole, a former managing director of Harlech Television. Dromgoole is the older sister of Dominic Dromgoole.[1]


Dromgoole won the 2007 Prix Italia for Original Radio Drama with The Incomplete Recorded Works of a Dead Body.[2] She won the 2012 BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Audio Drama with Lost Property: The Year My Mother Went Missing.[3] She won the 2012 Bronze Sony Radio Academy Award for Best Drama with A Tale of Two Cities.[4]

Radio plays

Radio plays directed by Jessica Dromgoole
Date first broadcast Play Author Cast Synopsis
31 March 2007 The Incomplete Recorded Works of a Dead Body[5][6] 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.[2]
BBC Radio 3 The Wire[7]
18 June 2008 Listen to the Words[8] 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[9]
2 August 2010 – 6 August 2010 The Shooting Party[10] 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[11]
18 November 2010 All the Blood in My Veins[12] 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[13] 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[14] 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.[3]
BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
17 May 2011 Lost Property: A Telegram from the Queen[15] 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][16] 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.[4]
BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
  1. Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Jeremy Mortimer


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