Thursday, 20 August 2020

Bletchley Girls - Jenny Wren Productions' first ever radio play

Jenny Wren Productions presents


a radio drama by Lou Beckett

“Germany is winning the war, England’s being bombed into oblivion… and MI6 is depending on a small team of girls working in a freezing hut in the English countryside to break Germany’s most secret code.”

Inside Bletchley Park, Dilly Knox enlists a small team of young women to crack some of the enemy’s toughest codes. Whilst Margaret Rock is a trained statistician, the newest recruit is Mavis Lever, 19 years old and a student of German romantic poetry. A friendship develops between this unlikely pair as pressure mounts on them to decipher intercepts which will impact the course of the war. It’s a phenomenal task – “We must know what Hitler knows” – and they work against the clock – and the odds. But it’s not all night shifts and Enigma machines; there are dances, pranks, and even a touch of romance.

Jenny Wren Productions presents the untold true story of two female code-breakers at Bletchley Park at the height of World War II in this brand new radio drama.

Bletchley Girls was originally intended to be a stage play, but the Covid-19 pandemic prompted us to adapt, and we spent lockdown turning it into a radio play and recording it. It is in three half-hour episodes, which were live on YouTube until the end of January 2021. 

Thanks to our partner Gloucester Cathedral, there is also a free, online, Community Singing resource, designed to provide creative opportunities for older people in individual households and in residential settings, but suitable for anyone who enjoys singing, to accompany the play.

This is no longer freely available. If you would like to listen to Bletchley Girls or the Community Singing resource, please contact us via the contact form here on our website.

With thanks to all involved, Bletchley Park and our funders Thirty Percy and the Gloucestershire Funders Covid-19 Response.

And thank you of course to you, our audience, for listening! We hope you enjoyed it.

Link to programme for Bletchley Girls: