Celebrated playwright David Edgar takes a mischievous look behind the scenes at this week's local elections. This piece imagines the soundbites you'll never hear as local candidates and senior politicians agonise over their speeches in anticipation of the judgment of the electorate.
Playwright Georgia Fitch takes us on the road to the FA Cup Final with a family of West Ham fans. Once they hit problems, it's not long before some of the political battles that raged across Barking and Dagenham recently are being re-fought as they struggle to make it to Cardiff in time for the game.
Celebrated poets Michael Symmonds Roberts and Imtiaz Dharker combine with composer John Harle to create Cleaning the Pipes, a response to Britain's initiative to bring stability to the Helmand province of Afghanistan. The Commander of the Task Force described their role thus: "We are not here as a colonial force to come and sort out the problems. Our role is to clean the pipes and get things flowing again".
Writer and broadcaster Mark Lawson sets his drama, United! in a fictional Northern club where, coincidentally, a Romanian and Bulgarian footballer have just been signed. However, problems soon arise when the East European superstars find personal reasons for refusing to play in the forthcoming Friday and Sunday games. Cast includes Struan Rodger and Gerard McDermottt
The year is 2012, the Kyoto treaty is about to expire and the eyes of the world are on the London Olympics. But one junior minister is so frustrated by the International Community's failure to seriously address the Carbon Emissions crisis, that he decides that a spectacular environmental gesture wiill help focus attention on what really matters.
In a week when Tony Blair expressed 'deep sorrow', for Britain's role in the Slave Trade, and the Mayor of London accused the black Chairman of the CRE of 'failing the victims of racism', Jazz Poet Rommi Smith meditates on our legacy of Empire and why sorry always seems the hardest word.
America is facing its worst summer drought since the Dust Bowl years of the Great Depression while many parts of the world are suffering floods. President Bush, however, is still non-committal in response to climate change. Fervent Democrat Frank has retired to Arizona with his wife, but what is happening to his tranquil poolside lifestyle?
As a London-based journalist responds to the state of emergency in Pakistan, she is influenced by the conspiracy theories of a friend in Washington. But is the news from Islamabad darker than anybody dares to imagine?
Ryan Craig's comically tender play reflects on a year of political upheaval and tells of a deal between two powerful men who clearly can't bear to be in the same room. He asks what we want from the people who manage us and what we can expect from the year to come. With Gerard Murphy, Robert Bathurst, and Frances Jeater.
On election day, Artie has been given an ultimatum by his girlfriend Zoe. Travelling through London to the polling station, he contemplates his love of both Zoe and the city. With Stephen Mangan and Helen Longworth.
In a week when the Bank of England warned of a sharp rise in unemployment and reports of the debt crisis hitting the middle classes have made the headlines, writer Richard Monks looks at the personal cost of a national crisis.
In a week that has seen global economic recession move even closer, Burton's Ozymandias takes a comic look at how the volatile stockmarket at home and in Russia has caused problems even for the oligarchs. With Ewan Bailey and Annabelle Dowler.
In the week that India launched its first mission to the Moon, Kim Revill discovers slices of life on earth that reveal the ambitions of aspiring superpowers and faltering confidence amongst the old order.
With UK house sales falling to a 30-year low and unemployment figures rising, comedy writer and actor Laura Solon examines the financial crisis through the eyes of two rival estate agents. As their professional relationship turns personal, are they helping or hindering their risk of unemployment?
Radovan Karadzic's makes his first appearance at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. As Karadzic insisted that he needed more time to prepare his defence and claimed that his fundamental rights had been violated, there were many with other thoughts on their minds. With Nigel Anthony, Annette Crosbie, Adam Kotz and Zoe Waites.
In the week in which Transparency International published their Corruption Perceptions Index, citing the MPs' expenses scandal as a key factor in the UK's lowest placing yet, DJ Britton tells the story of a young politician hoping to land a safe seat in the next election.
This week witnessed the death of the 100th British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan this year, the 237th since 2002. In What is the Custom of Your Grief? playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker imagines the correspondence between two young girls bereaved by the conflict. Performed by Betsabeh Emran and Emerald O'Hanrahan.
It's the last weekend before polling. The debates are over, and it's 'make your mind up time'. Across the country, barbeques are being primed, lawns are being mown and choices are being mulled over. Somewhere amidst the Home Counties marginals, Motorway Man - this election's successor to Worcestershire Woman and Mondeo Man - has been distracted from his task.
The election is over, and Frank Whitman, Member for Fitton West since 1987, is celebrating. It's been quite a week. Never mind the electorate, Frank's personal swingometer has resembled nothing so much as a metronome.
As oil continues to spew into the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and the cost of the clean-up soars, an office worker on the other side of the world watches BP's live images with mounting despair
This week, the Scottish parliament debated a bill that could impose a minimum price on units of alcohol by the end of year. Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's play traces a week in the life of Jessica, a woman becoming unhealthily interested in the drinking habits of her cleaner.
In a week that saw the publication of the Saville Report into the Bloody Sunday shootings and Israel announced the setting up of an inquiry into the raid on a Gaza aid flotilla, one family is undergoing its own form of truth and reconciliation. In a fictional country, a retelling of the Salome story by prize-winning author and historian, Marina Warner.
In a week that once again saw students protesting on the streets Janice Okoh tells the story of single mother Lorraine and daughter Nicole and how they are affected by the proposed changes to student fees.
Two strangers in a remote cottage by a frozen lake. One is about to release an incendiary secret video clip on the internet. The other wants to stop him. What are the consequences? A haunting, lyrical drama.
Cal, an offbeat space afficionado, lives in the Mojave desert as the busy space programme there enters a new era. He communes with Nadezhda, a true-life woman Russian astronaut, and in his imagination, a close friend. She knows what this new development will mean for the hard-working astronauts involved...
Paul Weeks is a "NO" man - he thinks AV is expensive and flawed and not the British way. In the week of Bin Laden's killing, he finds the AV referendum an embarrassing sideshow. But his wife, Sophie, has been actively campaigning for a YES vote, with a vigour that has surprised Paul. Now, as polling day arrives, and as the fault lines are exposed in the coalition's facade of unity, Paul and Sophie's marriage also starts to unravel. Does Sophie's passion for change have as much to do with their relationship as with electoral reform..?
In the week that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned as head of the IMF - following his arrest on sexual assault charges - award-winning novelist Lionel Shriver (We Need To Talk About Kevin, So Much For That) imagines the reaction of a Brussels-based bureaucrat - and his no-nonsense wife.
With the governance of international football being so much in the news this week, Ed Jones takes a look at how morality plays out at a more local level. Two football dads meet over a pint and discuss their lads.
In the week that the Prime Minister said that he would welcome cross-party talks on funding care for the elderly, playwright Nick Payne looks at the preparations taking place this weekend for a very special birthday party.
Terence Blacker responds to the Sarah Palin emails leak, when 24,000 pages of her missives appeared in the public domain. He imagines how a newspaper editor would deal with such a mountain of stuff, if it came his way. Would he rise to the challenge of making something of it all, or would he sink without trace!