Play for Today (1970–1984)
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Edna, the Inebriate Woman 

Edna is a drunk, and a homeless one. The play follows her through the streets, the police station, the psychiatric ward and a hostel, which for a while looks like it may become somewhere she can stay.

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Patricia Hayes ...
Edna
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Josie, of 'Jesus Saves'
Geraldine Sherman ...
Trudi, Inmate at 'Jesus Saves'
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Vangi, Inmate at 'Jesus Saves'
Kate Williams ...
Teresa, Inmate at 'Jesus Saves'
Peggy Aitchison ...
Lil, Inmate at 'Jesus Saves'
Freda Dowie ...
Mother Superior, Helper at 'Jesus Saves'
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Victor, Helper at 'Jesus Saves'
John Trigger ...
Walter Sparrow ...
Common Lodging House Proprietor
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Attendant, at The Spike
Denis Carey ...
Doctor, at The Spike
Jerry Verno ...
Old Man, at The Spike
Rex Rashley ...
Old Man, at The Spike
Amelia Bayntun ...
Jessie, a Tramp
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Edna is a drunk, and a homeless one. The play follows her through the streets, the police station, the psychiatric ward and a hostel, which for a while looks like it may become somewhere she can stay.

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21 October 1971 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Edna The Enibriate Woman
10 January 2010 | by (Malta) – See all my reviews

I had to cover a media class at very short notice and decided to use this play as a case study of public broadcasting. At the time the "Play for Today" series was a huge hit with me and my contemporaries and this, along with others has stood the test of time. The audience in their early 20's was completely mesmerized by performance, and at the end there was a noticeable, sideways glancing silence, which is a first since a room full of Maltese abhor silence. This was followed by a standing ovation and a lot of conversation about the play. I was almost moved to tears. We followed this a few weeks later by an episode of Steptoe and Son which featured Len Rossitter as an escaped convict, the effect was almost similar. I am about to show them Cathy Come Home. I don't think the BBC knows what it has in its archive and ought to air it more often.


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