Alun Armstrong and Paul Ritter star in Tamsin Oglesby’s future oil comedy, BLOOD FROM STONE, for BBC 4 Radio Drama. Download from iPlayer now.
October 5, 2015 |

It’s 2045. A father and son energy company are struggling with the new economics of the oil market. With their wells running dry in Turkmenistan, and having to fight Chinese companies for the right to frack under Lytham St Annes …. is Ralph wrong about getting out of oil for good?

Or is his dad Charlie more of an addict than a businessman?

Will we ever be able to give up oil?


Tamsin Oglesby’s political fire and deftly funny writing have led to a series of theatrical hits, including ‘Future Conditional’ with Rob Bryden, which opened this season at the Old Vic, ‘Really Old, Like Forty-Five’ (National), ‘The War Next Door’ (Tricycle), ‘US and Them’ (Hampstead), and her adaptation’s of Russell Hoban’s ‘The Mouse and His Child’ (RSC) and Feydeau’s ‘Every Last Trick’ (Royal and Derngate, Northampton).


The Price of Oil season is devised by Nicolas Kent, with Jack Bradley & Jonathan Myerson, and produced by Jonquil Panting for BBC Radio Drama. As director of London’s Tricycle theatre for almost 30 years, Nicolas Kent championed responsive factual and political drama, including seasons of plays by renowned writers about Afghanistan (The Great Game) and nuclear weapons (The Bomb). Now he brings that experience to BBC Radio 4, to tell the story of oil.


Blood From Stone was directed by Jonquil Panting.


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