Jump Blue – Written by Hannah Silva, an Afonica production for BBC Radio 3’s ‘Between the Ears’, has been awarded a Commendation as runner up at the BBC Drama Awards for Best Single Drama; Fiona Shaw was shortlisted for Best Actress.
JUMP BLUE – Commendation, Best Single Drama
In this category the judges chose to make a commendation for one of the runners-up: JUMP BLUE is a sophisticated, layered and immersive piece about free diving which was both frightening and exhilarating. It used the tools of radio perfectly and despite its short length had a huge emotional and narrative impact.
On 2 August 2015, the great Russian freediver Natalia Molchanova disappeared in Spanish territorial waters. Through sound, text and music, “Jump Blue” takes us to extraordinary depths in this immersive re-imagining of her final descent.
Apnea, or freediving without breathing apparatus, requires the few who practise it to encounter a profound stillness as their heart rate slows and their lungs contract. In the darkness of the abyss, on a single breath, they truly meet themselves. In Hannah Silva’s lyrical text, voiced by actress Fiona Shaw, memory and sensation fragment and intertwine in shifting layers of consciousness.
“Jump Blue” is based on extensive interviews with many of the world’s leading freedivers, including Natalia Molchanova’s son Alexey.
Freediver ….. Fiona Shaw
Text by Hannah Silva
Research by Nicolas Jackson
Executive producer, Sara Davies
Music by Aaron May
Sound design by Steve Bond
Produced by Nicolas Jackson and Steve Bond
‘Jump Blue’ is an Afonica production for BBC Radio 3.