Watch the BBC production of Burn Your Phone starring Alan Cumming

Burn Your Phone

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A 30-minute radio play originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4

Nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award
Radio Play of the Year (The Independent)

Written by Andrew Wallace
Starring Alan Cumming, Jonathan Keeble, Becky Hindley, Stephen Critchlow, Geoffrey Whitehead, George Allonby and Andrew Wallace
Directed by Mairi Russell

Reviews

If they are all as good as Andrew Wallace, we are in for a treat. His short play Burn Your Phone was about a telephone operator working a long shift at the Hastings Exchange. We eavesdropped on Andy’s headphones as he handled the callers, polite, frustrated, anxious and rude, who wanted everything from reductions in their bills, to sex, to meals on wheels, to an ambulance. Nothing fazed him until he began receiving increasingly horrible death threats …

Beautifully performed by Alan Cumming as Andy, this was a marvelous play, superbly suited to its medium.

The Independent
I preferred Burn Your Phone by Andrew Wallace, who writes from the heart, having been a telephone operator like his hero, Andy Special. Innocents, tricksters and lonely old ladies who worry about their meals on wheels are all in a day’s work. But one caller is different.

The voice which threatens “I’m going to kill you” seems a normal enough crank call the first time. But when Andy realises that the line the death-threatener is using is non-existent and he knows far too much about him, he begins to lose his charm and cool …

The play manages to be witty, sinister and humane. Made for radio, you might think, but Burn Your Phone has already been snapped up for BBC telly …

Mail on Sunday
Watch the original BBC production above.

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