Emotions also spilled over, in the strictly non sentimental sense, in a surprise offering about sexual abuse. Hello? (Independent Radio Drama Productions for LBC, from Monday, April 18) was a vivid piece of writing by 17-year-old Paul D Smith, one of the winners of a playwriting competition run by the producers.
His idea was to have a young girl gradually confess to a cab driver, via a short wave radio, how she was regularly abused by her father. Smith has a good ear for naturalistic dialogue as the flirtatious chat between the unnamed girl (played with great assurance by 16-year-old Julie Smith) and the cabbie (Tony Marshall) moved into a more painful area. The explosive ending in which the girl was abused by her father before the cabbie could get her name and address from her, was horrifyingly effective.