Playwright Lisa Parry (1998, English) releases new podcast drama, Deuce
Following the success of Tremolo, an award-winning exploration of early-onset Alzheimers, Lisa Parry (1998, English) continues to investigate health, medicine and family in Deuce, her latest bilingual podcast drama.
Deuce, available in Welsh and English, tells the story of Alys, a teenage tennis player who is diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) after she collapses during the final of the Girls’ Junior Championship at Wimbledon. As Alys lies in a coma, she is visited by her late father, Daf, a previous professional tennis player who Alys hopes to emulate. What follows is an intimate exploration of love and grief as Alys comes to terms with the idea of returning to her body and to a life without professional tennis.
‘Researching this drama was an incredibly moving experience where people shared their stories’, writes Parry, discussing her development of Deuce as an audio drama. ‘It feels right to tell this through audio, which is a really intimate form of storytelling where the listener conjures the images in their own mind.’
Deuce was produced by Illumine Theatre in partnership with Genomics Partnership Wales and in conjunction with Wales Gene Park. You can listen to the podcast drama for free online.