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Mayday Mayday

During the dying minutes of April 2003, as the Cornish town of Padstow celebrated the coming of summer, actor Tristan Sturrock broke his neck falling off a wall.

Best New Artist2015 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2015 / Becky Ripley / BBC 4, UK

During the dying minutes of April 2003, as the Cornish town of Padstow celebrated the coming of summer, actor Tristan Sturrock broke his neck falling off a wall.

Paralyzed in hospital and about to become a father for the first time, he was told he may never walk again. Mayday Mayday was produced and directed by Becky Ripley for BBC Radio 4, based on the real life story of Tristan Sturrock and Katy Carmichael.

This story won Best New Artist in the 2015 TC/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.


Photo of Becky at the awards ceremony snapped by Bill Healy.

Listen to the on location recordings for Mayday Mayday .


produced by

Becky Ripley

Becky Ripley (@Becky_Ripley) won the 2015 Best New Artist Award in the TC/RHDF Competition for Mayday Mayday, the first piece she ever produced.


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