THE PATIENCE OF MR JOB
by Justin Butcher
Mr Job is an African farmer with an unshakeable faith in the benevolence of the West. There’s a flurry of excitement in the village. Mr Kismet, from the World Development Agency, has sent a letter offering rich rewards if the region sells its timber and moves to cut-flower production. Mr Job obeys the WDA scrupulously, even when the instructions prove extremely inconvenient, but as they wait for Mr Kismet’s arrival, a series of disasters strike. A satire about globalisation and climate change.
The Patience of Mr Job was produced for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in 2010, directed by Claire Grove, and starring Jude Akuwudike as Mr Job and Adjoa Andoh as Mrs Job. This online play-reading for J. Productions is directed by Adjoa Andoh (Invictus, Doctor Who), most recently seen playing Lady Danbury in the Netflix smash hit series Bridgerton.
‘Nicely played and very funny satire by Justin Butcher.’ (The Daily Telegraph)
‘Funny and deeply tragic.’ (The Daily Mail)