005 Contemporary Drama – New
Providing by James Anthony Pearson was a simple radio drama, mainly consisting of the dialogue between two men, Michael (Ryan Fletcher) and Damien (Sandy Grierson), partners who wanted to adopt a child. Despite its simplicity, I found it extremely powerful. Michael is the main breadwinner; Damien has a catering business that is struggling to get off the ground. Michael is keen to adopt; Damien isn’t sure he’s going to be a good dad, or even if he wants to be a dad at all. After difficulties with the adoption process, they also consider having an acquaintance carry a baby to term for them. This doesn’t seem satisfactory, either. In the end, they go back to the adoption idea. If I had one criticism of this drama, it’s that it ended too soon: we don’t actually get to see Michael and Damien being dads. Directed by Kirsty Williams, it also starred Maryam Hamidi and Lesley Hart. It was a BBC Radio Scotland production.