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.


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

Critical receptionEdit

The play won the very first 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.