Honour is a 30-minute radio drama that takes place in 16th century, feudal Japan and tells the story of Nao; a disgraced Ashigaru who recounts the story of his deceitful and treacherous life to his Damyo in the hope he be granted an honourable death.
We meet Nao as a young boy with his brother Isamu. The pair, like all siblings, are in constant contention for their parent’s approval. It is heart-breaking, then, when Isamu is noted as worthy enough to become an honourable Samurai whilst Nao is stuck as a middling foot-soldier (Ashigaru). After serving under his brothers command, Nao snaps and murders Isamu and assumes command of his brother’s life.
The guilt consumes him as Nao falls from a plethora of disreputable and dishonourable decisions. Until, that is, he decides to confess in the hope that he may be allowed to kill himself but die in honour.
Honour won the bronze award for Best Speech Programming at the Student Radio Awards 2018.
- Honour was written by Benjamin Brake, Daniel Lawrence and Rhys Stacey.
- Honour was produced by Connor Morrin.
- Honour artwork was produced by Abigail Whitnall.
- Honour’s music was produced by Connor Morrin and Patrick Nelson.
- Field recorders: Marcel Gnauk and Justin Campbell-Platt
- Nao Inagaki was played by Nik Rivers.
- Isamu Inagaki was played by Thao Nguyen.
- Daimyo was played by Kenzo Kanayama.
- Ashigaru was played by Robin Khor Yong Kuan.
- Samurai was played by Ken Ikami.
- Young Nao was played by Austin Hansen.
- Young Isamu was played by Kai Oyama-Jones.
- Mother was played by Yoko Hansen.
- Isamu’s Girlfriend was played by Yuri Oyama-Jones.