No Ordinary Joe, No Ordinary Kennedy

A new Award Winning audio drama commissioned to honour the bravery of Joe Kennedy Jnr

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Originally planned last year to tour Suffolk airfields No Ordinary Joe, No Ordinary Kennedy will now be performed as an audio drama.

No Ordinary Joe, No Ordinary Kennedy

The flight that changed history

INK has commissioned playwright, Martyn Wade to tell the dramatic and tragic story of Joe Kennedy Jnr, the elder brother of JFK, who as a young man seemed destined to become President of the United States – until, that is, the Second World War intervened. No Ordinary Joe, No Ordinary Kennedy examines Joe’s complex character, and traces events which led Joe to volunteering for a top-secret and highly dangerous mission, in which he was required to fly a Liberator plane packed with explosives and bail out before it crossed the Channel. Tragically his plane exploded over Blythburgh, Suffolk killing him and his co-pilot, Lt. Wilford John Willy (Bud). This play is to honour them both and all those who flew and lost their lives during WW2.

No Ordinary Kennedy has won a Gold Award at the HEAR NOW Festival

IT WILL BE PLAYING AT THE HEAR NOW AUDIO FICTION AND ARTS FESTIVAL PODCAST PALOOZA BETWEEN 24-27TH OF JUNE.

No Ordinary Joe, No Ordinary Kennedy

Written by:

Martyn Wade

Commissioned by INK and produced by Digital Drama

Cast:

Joe Jr: Charlie Field

Joe Sr: Andrew Wincott

Pat: Molly McGeachin

Bud: William Kempsell

Production:

Director: Kate Valentine

Sound Recordist: Lucinda Mason Brown

Sound Editor: David Chilton

Associate Producer for Digital Drama: Alison Ramsey

Thanks to National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will also gather and record local WW2 stories which will be then be presented and stored at The Halesworth Museum and an exhibition displaying parts of the crashed plane curated for the first time from different sources.