Pearl (radio play)

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Pearl: A Play About a Play Within a Play
Written by John Arden
Characters Pearl
Gideon Grip
Captain Catso
Date premiered July 3, 1978 (1978-July-03)
Place premiered BBC Radio 4
Original language English
Genre Drama
Setting England, 1640

Pearl is a 1978 radio play by award-winning English playwright John Arden. Set in England in the 1640s, the play concerns a young Irish political operative named Pearl, who, with playwright Tom Backhouse, attempts to sway the political climate in favor of the British Parliament, as part of a plan to achieve Irish sovereignty.[1]


Pearl was produced and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on July 3, 1978, with the following cast:

Critical reception

The play won a Giles Cooper Award in 1978, and is considered one of the finest examples of the medium.


Hardcover and Paperback editions were published by Eyre Methuen in 1979.


  1. Arden, John (1979). Pearl: A Play about a Play Within a Play. London, Eyre Methuen. ISBN 0-413-40090-5