Love for Menabilly

Love for Menabilly audio play about Daphne du Maurier
Wireless Theatre Ltd Audio Drama
Love for Menabilly
4.4/5 - (11 votes)

Love for Menabilly is an original audio play written by Jo-Ann Challis, exploring the obsessive relationship Daphne Du Maurier had with Menabilly, the house she loved.

Menabilly is a house with a past, but seemingly no future. Hidden away from prying eyes on a Cornish peninsula, Mena’s been abandoned by its owners and left to rot. It’s hurting and lonely, and embarrassed by its shabby appearance.

But everything changes when a young Daphne du Maurier seeks out Menabilly and is instantly entranced …

Daphne du Maurier invested money and love in Menabilly – an illustrious Cornish house she could rent but never own. This play explores a possible explanation for Daphne’s obsessive devotion to Menabilly: that a house has its own emotions and desires that bond with and influence those of its human occupant.

The play is set in the 1960s, but the action flashes back to key scenes in Daphne’s relationship with Menabilly and with her husband, Tommy.

Love for Menabilly by Jo-Ann Challis

Daphne ….. Julia Savill

Menabilly ….. Jane McKell

Tommy ….. Russell Biles

Tessa ….. Ellie Brooks

Tommy’s mistress ….. Tanya Alexander

Lord Evans ….. Lee Tilson

Other parts played by members of the cast

Written and produced by Jo-Ann Challis

Sound design and mix by Steve Rafter at BOMO Audio

Recorded at Bournemouth University, March 2022

6 thoughts on “Love for Menabilly”

  1. Really atmospheric piece – the intriguing concept of giving the house a voice is handled deftly and seamlessly provides context for the unfolding tale.


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