Shadow Play
Louise Monaghan

I have to explain it to you. That’s me in the middle. Then there’s me Nanna and me Grandad, yeah…Then there’s me mam up there. And you.

Katie is eleven, watching films after tea and learning shadow puppets from her grandad. But something happened in the past and it’s not gone away. Katie’s mother is dead and her father’s in prison and she’s starting to act up. It’s for her grandparents to decide whether she should meet the man who changed her life forever.

Louise Monaghan has just received her first commission for BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Play.  Directed and produced by Jessica Dromgoole, Alone in the Garden with You will be broadcast next summer. In 2006, Louise was nominated by The Bush Theatre for The Fifty, a new writing initiative run by The Royal Court in conjunction with the BBC. Her play Beautiful, was nominated by Out of Joint for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2009.  She was a finalist for both The London Fringe Festival’s Theatre Writing Award 2010 and Little Brother Productions Big Opportunity 2011 with her play Aurora. She lives on the South Coast with her husband Mike. They have two sons, James and William and a Lakeland terrier called Bruce.