Pixie Juice

45 min. BBC Radio production from 2014 written by Ed Harris that’s a kind of Twilight Zone-ish tale and a quirky mix of comedy and drama, kitchen sink realism, fantasy, and horror.

A down-on-her-luck working class London tattoo artist (Indira Varma), looking after her dad (who’s losing his sight) one day discovers strange fairy/pixy creatures and after an accident with one, discovers their blood can be used in ink to create magical tattoos. A snappy-pace and the mix of elements, where it can be funny, serious, and creepy all at once, is part of what holds your attention (given, as mentioned, in a way it’s a pretty standard type fantasy tale). Good dialogue and good performances, too — especially Varma.

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