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Cry Babies

Kim’s Science-fiction audio drama, set in the near future, and part of BBC Radio 4’s Science Fiction Season 2009 was broadcast today on BBC4.

Cry Babies

January 2009. Kim lies down before the cast of the BBC production of his Radio Play "Cry Babies": (Back - Left to right) Neil Gardner (director), Alex Jennings, Emma Darwall-Smith, Sarah Douglas, Natasha Little, (front) Kirsty Stuart, Sam Alexander, and Sia Berkeley.

Busy, successful couple Angela and Barty Flitcroft want a child but do not have the time to look after it. The solution is a genetically-enhanced daughter, Joy, birthed by a surrogate mother and reared to adulthood in a cryogenic chamber.

Joy experiences brief moments ‘out of the machine’, and as time passes each opening brings shocks and surprises as her parents and their society undergo incredible changes. And for Joy, stuffed with education by the machine but denied everyday experiences, life is not just a strange new country, but a frightening, confusing and often funny one, too.

Dr Rossiter …… Alex Jennings
Angela Flitcroft …… Natasha Little
Barty Flitcroft …… Rupert Degas
Joy …… Sia Berkeley
Roger …… Colin Morgan
SleepLearn Machine …… Sarah Douglas
Aruna …… Emma Darwall-Smith
Jeff …… Sam Alexander
Daisy …… Kirsty Stuart
Ari …… Rob Kendrick
Nurse Marketa/Girl …… Emma Handy

Directed by Neil Gardner

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About Maura McHugh

I'm a weird writer who lives in Galway, Ireland.

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