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Welcome to






The Religious Drama Society of Great Britain

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An approach to drama

Radius drama explores faith and also asks more open-ended questions about the meaning of our lives. The Radius Script Collection offers some outstanding plays on religious themes, many of them designed to be performed at Christmas or Easter, and it also includes plays on serious topics which do not explicitly mention religion but which prompt the audience to look for their own answers.

The Death of Shakespeare by Nick Warburton 

was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 24 April. Nick Warburton is also the author of several episodes of Tommies, the powerful BBC Radio 4 drama following the lives of those on the battlefront of the First World War.


Tommies is available to order on CD from the BBC.


Hollywood reinterprets the story of Noah?

This year's Radius Annual General Meeting 

will be held on 17 September 2016 in Chester, chaired by our President, the Right Rev Graeme Knowles. Details will be available in Radius Performing Summer issue.


In the afternoon Les Ellison will be leading a workshop based on his new Radius play The Summoning of Everyman. This provides members and their guests with an exciting opportunity to work with one of the country's foremost practitioners of Church drama.

Cinema streamings

Future cinema screenings from major national theatre companies


Royal Shakespeare Company: 

Cymbeline, 28 September;

Lear, 12 October.








Why not celebrate the 700th anniversary of the death of Julian of Norwich with a performance of Radius’s award-winning script Cell Talk by Dana Bagshaw? Cell Talk is a duologue between Julian and the younger mystical writer Margery Kempe, thirty years younger than Julian and a source of scandal in her lifetime.


It is known that the two did meet a few years before Julian’s death, and in the play Margery receives

















According to most philosophers, God in making the world enslaved it. According to Christianity, in making it, He set it free. God had written,

not so much a poem, but rather a play; a play he had planned as perfect, but which had necessarily been left to human actors and stage-managers, who had since made a great mess of it.

Orthodoxy – GK Chesterton, 1874-1936

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This website is still under construction and over the next few months we shall be adding membership information, playlists and dedicated members’ pages.


Membership – to request an application form email Full membership costs £20 per annum, £10 for students.


Radius has an extensive collection of plays in copiable typescript, and a smaller selection of published plays and study courses to buy. Christmas and Easter scripts are a speciality. To request lists of Radius plays please email


Anna Wheeler's blog

Anna's blog discusses issues in theatre and theology that will be of real interest to other Radius members.


Follow the link

here to read

her latest entry

and to catch up

with a substan-

tial archive of

earlier reviews.

Anna - home page

Radius's Easter List includes two new plays and adaptations from award-winning radio dramas, together with other favourites. Info here

Just published

The Summoning of Everyman: a modern version

by Les Ellison. Read more about it here.


You may also be interested in Sacred Spaces

by Les Ellison, Nick Warburton, James Lark

A year in the life of a church community: nine short dramas. Not to be missed - more info here

Julian of Norwich

2016 Centenary


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Finally Julian

tells Margery about her own

visions of the divine. Cell Talk was joint winner of the Radius playwriting competition in 2001. Copies are available from Radius in user-friendly wirebound format @ £7 including p&p. The play is for two women, is simple to stage, and and lasts around an hour. It also exists in a longer version that includes Margery’s husband John, available from the author.

advice from Julian about her

pilgrimages, her resolution to  

live in celibacy with her husband,

her troubled early life and her

  turbulent relationships with  

          the priests who minister

                           to her.

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