Polly Thomas is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading audio producer-directors. Her award-winning work has explored the potential of the medium, including location-based recording, international co-production, community activism and simultaneous live relay. She works in live and broadcast performance as writer, producer and director, most prominently with Thomas Carter Projects, an international media and performance company which she co-founded with Gary Carter.

COMING UP

BBC AUDIO AWARD 2024

Mark Heap is on the shortlist for the BBC Audio Awards for best supporting actor, playing Max Brod in Kafka’s Dick.

KAFKA’S DICK
BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 2nd April 2023 2030

Iconic modern comedy by Alan Bennett.

Starring Toby Jones, Mark Heap, Jason Watkins, Fenella Woolgar, Jim Broadbent and Don Warrington.

Directed and produced by Polly Thomas and Dermot Daly, sound design by Alisdair McGregor
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a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

Miranda Sawyer, The Observer 28th May 2023

a A Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

IMISON AWARD 2024

Liv Fowler’s, sharp new drama is on the shortlist for the prestigious Imison Awards for best new first audio drama.

New writer Liv Fowler’s bold debut drama. Two young women in a pub, discussing life, love, class friendship and how to get rid of the man they have killed and stashed behind the bins…… A dark, funny meditation on 21st century female friendship.

Cast Ami Metcalf and Shvrone Marks.

Recorded at Sonica Studios. Sound design was by Paul Cargill

HAPPY HOUR was directed by Jelena Budimir and produced by Polly Thomas

“….With her own kind of poetry and flashes of wit, Liv Fowler conjures a world rarely visible, where subjects include which life to live, the financial inaccessibility of university and the problem that is men…”

Jane Anderson, Radio Times 24th May 2023

“…In a two-hander written by relative newbie, Liv Fowler, Shvorne Marks and Ami Metcalf , who play Em and Chloe, are fun and believable, their interaction snappy; even the in-between scenes music is good…….it was lovely to hear genuine South London accents, as well as listen to a drama that tackles the problems between men and women in an original way…’

Miranda Sawyer, The Observer 28th May 2023

a A Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

DRAGONS OF THE POOL

BBC Radio 4 / 7th March 2024, 1415

DRAGONS OF THE POOL is a drama inspired by the true story of the Chinese seaman who were forcibly repatriated from Liverpool in 1945-46, written by Kathryn Golding featuring Liz Sutherland, Lucy Speed, Jeremy Ang Jones, Jon Chew and Gabby Wong..

Inspired by the true story of the Chinese seamen, forcibly repatriated from Liverpool in 1945-46, Dragons of the Pool is a fictional account based on the history of the “Compulsory repatriation of undesirable Chinese seamen” following their service during World War 2, back to Hong Kong, and China, which was on the brink of Civil War.

Set over the course of 50 years, the drama follows the journey of middle aged Leigh and her long lost father, Haoyu, as he tries to make his way back to the child he was forced to leave behind in Liverpool.

Sound design by Alisdair McGregor and original music by Ruth Chan. Directed by Shan Ng and produced by Polly Thomas,

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4


Image credti: YanKi Darling

WILLIAM’S CASTLE

BBC Radio 4 / 1st April 2024, 1415

Inspired by real Sunderland history, William’s Castle is by Jay Sykes with historical accuracy advice fromLily Daniels. In 1891, 13 year old orphan William Elliot wrote a letter to the future and hid it in a pew of the local church. Found centuries later, the letter inspired a community search to find out what happened to William….

Performed by Mikki Hodgson, Lyndan Trenholm, Charlie Hardwick, Becky Lindsay, Daniel James, Christina Berriman and Ken Smithson.

Original music was written and performed by Paige Temperley and Holly Rees.

Directed by Polly Thomas, with sound design and production by Jay Sykes, executive produced by Chantal Herbert

a Sister Sounds production for BBC Radio 4

VERGIL! A MYTHOLOGICAL MUSICAL

Classical poetry like you’ve never heard it……A 10 part musical drama starring Will Young and Claudia Kariuki, with Derek Jacobi, Le Gateau Chocolat, Alice Fearn, John Partridge and Divina de Campo.

Brilliant reinvention of Vergil’s epic poem, The Aeneid by New York Times best seller Maria Dahvana Headley, featuring a myriad of marginalised and overlooked characters, in a swashbuckling adventure. With songs.

Vergil’s epic story of Aeneas, a Trojan hero, prophesized to found Rome, who encounters the fearsome Cyclopes, the tragic queen Dido, the Trojan horse, the River Styx and the three headed dog who guards the underworld. But what about Vergil, the man who wrote it and why? This is that story. This time, full of warrior queens, rebels, queer poets and pirate women fighting back against the oppressive Roman Empire, shining a brilliant light on hidden history……accompanied by soaring ballads, poppy bangers, barber shop quartets, and comedy raps….

Cast: Alžbeta Matyšáková, Ani Nelson, Ashley Zhangazha, Ashok Gupta, Beth Hinton-Lever, Cavin Cornwall, Dan Collins, Douglas Jones, Ella Djurovich, Freddie Tapner, Frewyn Thursfield, George Georgiou, Gordon Kennedy, Harrison Knights, Jacoba Williams, Jonathan Case, Luke Hammond, Mark Hannah, Max Runham, Michael Kosko, Nadim Naaman, Olivier Huband, Olugbeminiyi Bammodu, Oscar Hansen, Raj Ghatak, Robyn Mcintyre, Romeo Mika, Sam Howard-Sneyd, Sharan Phull, Shaun Mendum, Silas Carson, Tachia Newall, Tonderai Munyevu, Tristan Waterson and William Collison.

With special thanks to London Musical Theatre Orchestra Singers, conducted by Freddie Tapner.

Music composed by Alexandra Braithwaite, Joseph Keckler and Elizabeth Purnell. Lyrics by Maria Dahvana Headley.

Sound design by Eloise Whitmore, Jon Nicholls, Louis Blatherwick, Paul Cargill and Steve Brooke.

Production Manager for Naked Productions Daren Spruce. Thanks to Miles Wheway and Teresa Milewski.

Directed and produced by Polly Thomas. Musical direction by Harrison Knights.

For Audible UK, Executive Producer Mariele Rauncre Temple Co-Executive Producer and Commissioning Editor Lydia Shamah and Production Co ordinator Alex Curran.

Produced by Naked Productions for Audible Originals.

Listen now: https://adbl.co/vergil

BBC AUDIO DRAMA AWARDS 2023 BEST SERIES WINNER

Exemplar by Ben and Max Ringham and Dan Rebellato ,

A modern-day thriller set in the north east of England. Jess is a lone wolf scientist with a troubled past whose passion for sound makes her the UK’s leading audio forensic examiner, who undertakes a different sound challenge in every episode.

Exemplar: an audio recording made by a forensic analyst to recreate the precise audio conditions of a piece of evidence in a criminal or civil case

Cast includes Gina McKee, Shvrone Marks, Fenella Wologar, Don Gilet, Deka Walmsley, Charlie Hardwick, Barbara Marten, Juliet Stevenson, Chetna Pandya, and Asif Khan.

Original music by Ben and Max Ringham

Recorded by Alisdair McGregor. Sound design was by Lucinda Mason Brown with Ben and Max Ringham

First broadcast on BBC RADIO 4 / August 2022 and available on BBC Sounds https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001b4fs

EXEMPLAR was produced by Polly Thomas and Jade Lewis

a Reduced Listening production for BBC Sounds and Radio 4

PENTABUS YOUNG WRITERS
PENTABUS / October 2022 onwards
written by 10 new young writers, directed by Polly Thomas , music and sound design by Jon Nicholls

a Naked Production for Pentabus Theatre

SWEET DREAMS
TUTTI FRUTTI/ MAY2021 onwards
a new audio drama with songs for younger children about how to have a good night’s sleep…written by. Mike Kenny music by Christella Litras and directed by Polly Thomas
a Naked Production forTutti Frutti

DOG LOVES BOOKS
CBeebies / 9 MAR 2020
voice directed by Polly Thomas
Animated children’s 52 episode series based on the award winning books by Louise Yates featuring Craig Cash and John Thompson
head writer Alan Gilbey
a Komixx Media Group production for CBeebies