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The Cactus Flowers: 24th International Radio Playwriting Competition winner

Updated Thursday, 2nd April 2015

The first of two winners of the Playwriting Competition tells a tale of tradition and love in Kariba. 

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Сrocodile breeding ground. The announcement on the island in lake Kariba, Zimbabwe. Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Okyela | A sign warning of hidden dangers in Kariba - but are breeding reptiles the least of the dangers for Ndaka and Karen? The Cactus Flowers is the first of two award-winning plays from the 24th International Radio Playwriting Competition, which is run by the BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with The Open University and Commonwealth Writers. Virginia triumphed in the English as a Second Language category.

In the beautiful resort of Kariba, Zimbabwe, three women are tired of working for their “madams” – washing clothes and cleaning the rooms of the nearby safari park. However, they have ideas to make money for themselves. Ndaka wants a better life for her children and Magi thinks she has fallen in love with a wealthy guest. The park’s owner, Karen, is desperately trying to hide how bad business really is, while Ndaka’s husband, Max, has a vision to modernise.

However, when tragedy strikes, will it be tradition that saves them? 

The drama stars Adelayo Adedeyo from Skins and Some Girls, and Drop The Dead Donkey's Haydn Gwynne. It's directed by Marion Nancarrow

First broadcast on BBC World Service Radio on Saturday 11th April 2015. Please check your local listings for times.




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