We are delighted and honoured that Virginia McKenna OBE, Bafta award winning actress, wildlife campaigner and co-founder of the international wildlife conservation and animal welfare charity the Born Free Foundation has provided a personal introduction to SNARED.
"This extraordinary work appears, at first, to be a simple tale of conflict; of good and bad, played out in the delirium of a memory. But, of course, that’s just the surface. This tale reflects the complex relationships, beliefs, needs and desires that lurk in the appalling tragedy of poaching, which reaches industrial scales of suffering and loss, as markets are driven well beyond the shores of Africa. This goes close to the bone of our most challenging work, and we are committed to ensure that this is heard. And understood."
Howard Jones, CEO, Born Free
Originally conceived for the stage by Tim Marriott, SNARED toured the South east of England in 2012/2013 to critical acclaim from a variety of individuals and organisations including respected wildlife campaigners Will Travers OBE, Ian Redmond OBE and Bill Oddie OBE.
This production, advised by Dr. Cheryl Mvula and specially adapted for radio by writer and director, Floyd Toulet, further explores the tensions surrounding the poaching of Africa’s wildlife; the topical issues surrounding the trophy hunting debate and the growing conflict between the needs of the continent’s people and its wildlife.
A Zambian man is nursed through a recurrence of malaria by his daughter and grand daughter. As they try to manage his fever he relives an event that continues to haunt him.
Three Years Ago...
In the African bush a hunter is confronted by an armed conservationist and her ranger and bound to a tree with one of his own snares. A terrible storm breaks and forces them to remain where they are until it passes. The hunter, convinced that he is to be executed, engages the conservationist in a dangerous game of argument and counter argument in a desperate bid to free himself.
In this tense tale of entrapment and deceit, who can tell the hunter from the hunted?
Whose world is it anyway? One of the oldest questions humankind has ever faced: and the most current. SNARED asks it all over again in new and dramatic form.
Simon Barnes, of The Times
Consultancy & Creative
Dr. Cheryl Mvula MBE
Wildlife and Cultural Consultant to SNARED for radio
A conservationist, social anthropologist and human rights activist, Cheryl has worked in wildlife areas of Africa for over 25 years.
She works with rural African communities to reduce poverty and conserve wildlife, extensively in the Maasai villages in Kenya's Masai Mara and in Zambia's Luangwa Valley.
She also works with a range of conservation NGOs including the Born Free Foundation and Zambia Primate Project, runs her own responsible tourism consultancy Tribal Voice Communications, and co-founded and manages the High Five Club African development charity.
Writer & Director of SNARED for radio
Floyd Toulet was born in Johannesburg in 1963 and spent much of his childhood travelling between South Africa, Mauritius and Australia until he finally settled in England.
Before writing for the stage, Floyd worked for over 20 years as a freelance copywriter at many of London’s premier advertising agencies. As well as DM, press, television and radio, Floyd has contributed to a wide variety of online magazines and digital forums. His recent theatre work includes KNOCKKNOCK.