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Image by: © Bernadette Russell/ The White Rabbit 

The Kindness of Strangers

From: Kirsty McQuire
Length: 06:15

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One woman's philanthropic mission comes full circle.

Kindness_4th-sept-2011_small During the leap year of 2012, Bernadette Russell embarked on a mission to complete 366 Days of Kindness. Her efforts were prompted by the riots that spread through her adopted home town of London and across English towns and cities, between 6th and 10th August 2011.

Bernadette has left sweets in phone boxes, books on trains, £5 notes on buses. She has given away balloons, cakes, flowers and lottery tickets, written letters to a soldier returned from Afghanistan and offered her socks to the homeless. She practiced ‘targeted’ rather than ‘random’ acts of kindness but she says she ‘expected nothing in return.’

Bernadette is now turning her 366 philanthropic experiences into a stage play, in collaboration with Jacksons Lane Theatre in London and with support from Birmingham Rep and Forkbeard Fantasy.


Piece Description

During the leap year of 2012, Bernadette Russell embarked on a mission to complete 366 Days of Kindness. Her efforts were prompted by the riots that spread through her adopted home town of London and across English towns and cities, between 6th and 10th August 2011.

Bernadette has left sweets in phone boxes, books on trains, £5 notes on buses. She has given away balloons, cakes, flowers and lottery tickets, written letters to a soldier returned from Afghanistan and offered her socks to the homeless. She practiced ‘targeted’ rather than ‘random’ acts of kindness but she says she ‘expected nothing in return.’

Bernadette is now turning her 366 philanthropic experiences into a stage play, in collaboration with Jacksons Lane Theatre in London and with support from Birmingham Rep and Forkbeard Fantasy.


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Great Piece!

This left me feeling warm, and like I need to do more. Sometimes when I'm in the drive through at a fast food place, I do pay for the food for the car behind me, but that is about it for my random kindnesses. I think you did a really great job with this!

Timing and Cues

In cue: 00:00 Music up- 5 seconds of instrumental music/ actuality track up with the words 'This is gonna be interesting...'

Out cue: 05:56 Voice track up with the words: 'That's all any of us can do' / instrumental music 15 second fade out, which you can fade out early or read the backannounce over.

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

It's a familiar January mantra- new year, new me. But have you ever resolved to do anything everyday for a year- and actually accomplished it? One woman in London surprised herself- and others- by doing just that.

OUTRO:

This production is part of the Global Story Project, with support from the Open Society Foundations. Presented by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. The producer was Kirsty McQuire. You can keep up with Bernadette's kindness revolution on Twitter by following @BetteRussell or using the hashtag #366DaysOfKindness.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Instrumental sample Paper Dollhouse N/A. N/A 2012 02:21

Additional Credits

This production is part of the Global Story Project, with support from the Open Society Foundations. Presented by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. It was produced by Kirsty McQuire and mixed by Dom Boucher of The Sound Company, London.