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The Presence is a radio play by Tina Pepler, adapted from the book by Welsh poet Dannie Abse. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 17 March 2009, as an installment of the Afternoon Play[1].


Welsh poet Dannie Abse's account of his life in the first year after the death of his wife in a car crash. It pays tribute to their 50-year marriage; tells of his grief and the poetry that comforted him.


  • Dannie - Glyn Houston
  • Joan - Jennifer Hill
  • Susanna - Siriol Jenkins
  • Reader - Iestyn Jones
  • Wilfred/Dr O'Halloran - Howell Evans
  • Keren - Sara McGaughey
  • Doctor - Matthew Gravelle
  • Fireman - Lee Mengo

Directed by Kate McAll

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