Eileen’s life has been a catalogue of fads, phases and obsessions on a quest to ‘fix herself’. It’s been a rollercoaster ride that’s sometimes exhilarating but mostly exhausting. In spite of her determination to keep going, the voices in Eileen’s head just won’t let up. On a trip to tend her Mum’s grave, she decides to stop fighting them and start listening.
This episode contains references to obsessive compulsive behaviours and childhood fears of death.
Performed by Danielle Henry
Recent theatre work includes After Life (2021) and My Brilliant Friend at the National Theatre, Queens of the Coal Age at Royal Exchange Manchester and Christmas Carol and The Hypocrite at the RSC. She is well known for TV roles in Emmerdale , Doctors (for which she was nominated in the British Soap Awards 2014) and most recently in My Mum Tracy Beaker for CBBC and Silent Witness.
Written by Leah Chillery
Leah is graduate of the BBC College of Comedy. She has written four plays for BBC Radio 4 and her work for theatre includes the hit play 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover which she co-wrote for the Bush Theatre and the Earl of Mo’ Bay which was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award. Leah is also one of the first Felix Dexter bursary winners, completing a comedy writing apprenticeship with the BBC. She contributed to Newsjack, Famalam and Mrs Brown’s Boys as well as developing an original sitcom. She has been commissioned to write a short film for Eclipse Theatre in Sheffield and is also working as a dramaturg on the National Theatre’s young playwright’s programme.
- End of Life Doulas
- Surviving the Tsunami of Grief
- The Good Grief Trust
- BAME in Mind
- The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network
- A Matter of Life and Death Festival
- Death cafes UK
- Produced by She Wants a Dog (Kate Chapman and Pippa Frith)
- Assistant Producer Daljinder Johal
- Directed by Kate Chapman
- Sound design by Iain Armstrong
- Sound editing by Fraser Youngson
- Partner: Nottingham Playhouse
- Supported by Arts Council England