Jessica Raine interview: Call the Midwife star on doing Agatha Christie – and feeble roles for women

Published in The Independent on Sunday on July 12, 2015

Jessica Raine may have locked up her bicycle and folded away her nurse’s uniform, but it seems the Call the Midwife star can’t escape the 1950s. She’s back on the BBC this summer in Partners in Crime, a six-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence spy novels. The Beeb is hoping the slightly hapless husband-and-wife crime-fighting team will prove as popular as Poirot or Miss Marple. Continue reading “Jessica Raine interview: Call the Midwife star on doing Agatha Christie – and feeble roles for women”

Queens of Syria: a modern retelling of Euripides’s The Trojan Women by female victims of the Syrian civil war

Published in The Independent on Sunday on July 12, 2015

“I have a scream I have to let out – I want the world to hear it.” So says Suad, a young Syrian woman who fled her homeland for Jordan. It’s one of the most powerful moments in a new documentary, Queens of Syria, which follows a 2013 theatre project run with Syrian refugee women in the Jordanian capital, Amman, to stage a new version of Euripides’s tragedy, The Trojan Women. Continue reading “Queens of Syria: a modern retelling of Euripides’s The Trojan Women by female victims of the Syrian civil war”