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Radio 1Xtra commissions first plays for broadcast including partnership with Paines Plough

A scene from With a Little Bit of Luck. Photo: Richard Davenport
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BBC Radio 1Xtra has recorded its first plays for broadcast, including a collaboration with new writing company Paines Plough.

Sabrina Mahfouz’s With a Little Bit of Luck has been recorded and will be broadcast on April 2 on the BBC’s urban music station, in partnership with Paines Plough.

The station will also broadcast Yolanda Mercy’s Quarter Life Crisis, which has been adapted for radio, turning a one-woman show into a play for nine actors.

It was recorded on location and in the studio, and is directed and produced by Caroline Raphael from Dora Productions.

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The two commissions mark the first time theatre plays have been recorded for transmission on Radio 1Xtra.

With a Little Bit of Luck is part-play and part-gig, underscored by a live mix of old school UK Garage. It explores the genre’s legacy on young people and is directed by Stef O’Driscoll and co-produced by Paines Plough and Latitude Festival, where the play premiered in 2015.

Mahfouz said: “When 1Xtra launched, it seemed surreal but brilliant that the music we loved was being taken seriously enough to be given its own BBC radio channel.

“It marked a shifting moment for what is culturally valued in this country and I feel that With a Little Bit of Luck being the first drama they air on there, the shift progresses even further towards a place of space-making and inclusive, representational cultural documentation and valuing.”