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Art doesn’t exist in a vacuum

Rookie reporter Abby is working on a story about an affordable homes campaign.
But then a carving goes missing from the Franklin Museum. A pine cone carved out of wood. It was stolen in broad daylight during opening hours. Abby has written a story about it which proves to be really popular.

Then she gets a mysterious phone call. The man on the end of the phone says his name is Konrad. He has the pine cone, but he didn’t steal it. You can’t steal what is actually yours in the first place, he tells her.

This is a moving tale about an artefact stolen by the Nazis from a German Jewish family during World War Two. So how did it end up at the museum?

My Jewish mother and grandmother escaped from the Nazis in 1938. They lost everything when they fled Vienna, with just a few clothes and hidden items, so this story is particularly poignant for me.

Written by Barbara Jennings
Directed by Emmeline Braefield @ebraefield

Rebecca Daines as Abby
Anthony Young as Frank
Zoe Cunningham as Mrs Dudley
Jonathan Legg as Conrad

Produced by Cat on a Piano Productions

News Room News by Spence
Newsroom by Riot

The Theatrephonic Theme tune was composed by Jackson Pentland
Performed by
Jackson Pentland
Mollie Fyfe Taylor
Emmeline Braefield

Cat on a Piano Productions produce and edit feature films, sketches and radio plays.

Their latest project is called @Theatrephonic, a podcast of standalone radio plays and short stories performed by professional actors. You can catch Theatrephonic on Spotify and other platforms.

For more information about the Theatrephonic Podcast, go to, Tweet or Instagram @theatrephonic, or visit their Facebook page.

And if you really enjoyed this week’s episode, listen to Theatrephonic’s other plays and short stories and consider becoming a patron by clicking here…

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