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Glass Eels

BBC_Radio_4.svgGlass Eels, adapted from Nell Leyshon’s stage play, was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.


During a heady, hot summer, a young girl’s sexual awakening is coloured by shadows of her early childhood. Sixteen-year-old Lily lives on the Somerset levels. Lonely, harbouring a grudge against her father, she tries to come to terms with the death of her mother. Escaping at night to sit by the river, she meets Kenneth, the eel fisherman, and begins to explore her feelingsā€¦

Written with Leyshon’s characteristic stark lyricism and suffused with the austere poetry of the West Country, Glass EelsĀ dramatises the unconscious world of instinct where the lives of humans, plants and eels are all ruled by the primal rhythms of the wetlands.

Director Sue Roberts