Keeping The House in Order: From Fact to Fiction #BBCF2F
Just before sleeping at 12.05am Monday I receive a text from a Leeto Thale “There’s a South Africa themed week of shows at The Royal Court”. After sleep later this same Monday morning at 9.30am I Cycle to BBC in central London. I Spend the day in meetings and reading researching news. Nandita the producer explains: "From Fact to Fiction will be written by you then recorded by actors this Friday" and broadcast 7pm on Saturday 17th and 5.40pm on Sunday on BBC radio Four. The clock is ticking. I'm supported by meticulous Marie Helly the commissioning Editor of The World Tonight By the end of the day I've got it. I will take from fact to fiction the story of Pistorius's maid. It's 5pm.An hour later I'm at The Royal Court Theatre but the reading is sold out. I'm ticketless. A woman walks by. “I love your work” she says. She's an the actress in the play tonight. She offers to take me backstage to Napo, the writer for the evening’s play, and I know Napo Masheane! Last time we met we broke bread in Johannesburg. I get a golden ticket. ta Daaaa. I'm so grateful to her, to The Royal Court, to the actress who got me a ticket, to Leeto . I sit with Leetho and the most experienced arts producer in her field - Gill Lloyd.