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Claire O’Hanlon, a respected lecturer, is tormented by nightmares of her arrest and imprisonment in 1989. In the present day – a mysterious cassette tape arrives at Claire’s home in Maynooth. The tape is a hidden recording produced during her time in Berlin, and Claire is instantly transported back to her adolescence. She decides to return to Berlin to track down the traitor recording her adolescent conversations for the dreaded Stasi. Claire’s husband Stuart tags along, worried Claire’s mental health difficulties will re-emerge. Unbeknownst to Stuart, Claire has another reason to visit Berlin. Emil, the love of her life, disappeared during the protests in Berlin. Now Claire wonders, ‘Is Emil alive after all?’
The Wall in the Mind
The Wall in the Mind is an original radio drama series, scheduled to broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm, Saturdays at 7AM and 10PM GMT over the next three weeks.
The drama explores the consequences of the imprisonment of an Irish woman in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin wall. The series combines a variety of innovative storytelling and sound production techniques to create a thrilling drama linked to real historic events. Listeners travel back and forth in time, as Irish woman Claire O’Hanlon tries to make sense of her experiences as a teenager in communist East Berlin and to solve the mystery of her vanished first love, Emil.
Writer / Director Gareth Stack travelled to Berlin to research the historic locations featured in the series. There he explored the ruins of the paramilitary police barracks, where on 7th and 8th October 1989 hundreds of East German protestors were held in one of the last desperate acts of a tyrannical regime. Thousands marched as the communist government faced revolution on the streets. Those unlucky enough to be arrested were tortured by the notorious ‘Volkspolizei-Bereitschaft’ paramilitary police. These events inspired a story that explores the marks history leaves on the lives of ordinary people.