|DO3||20210516||Angela is the first autobiographical play by leading dramatist Mark Ravenhill. Written during lockdown specifically for radio, the play centres on his mother, Angela, at the age of 84 and suffering with dementia, looking back across her life. This production was originally created for Sound Stage, by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Pitlochry Festival Theatre, in association with Naked Productions. Sound Stage is a new audio-digital platform offering audiences the chance to have an ‘at home theatre experience.|
Mark Ravenhill says:
“With the death of my mum in 2019, I was drawn for the first time to write an autobiographical play. I was particularly interested to explore the way culture high and low had impacted on Mum's life and our lives as a family. The play is constructed around a series of encounters with children's literature, classical ballet, amateur theatre and popular song - encounters that shaped my mum's sense of self and her relationship with me. Both my parents are from working-class backgrounds which gives a specific turn to their relationship to culture and to me. As I thought about a form that could move swiftly in time and location and between inner thought and outer action, I realised that this was best written as a radio play. I feel it's the most 'radio' of the radio plays that I've written…??
The drama intercuts between Angela in her old age, her memories and mind failing her, and her youth; growing up, falling in love with Ted, moving away from her roots as the world of amateur dramatics welcomed her, her struggle with post-natal depression, the challenges of her own aspirations, and the roller coaster that is motherhood. The play is poignantly set against Mark's experience of beginning to learn his lifelong passion of ballet, in his fifties.
Exquisitely observed and full of compassion, Angela is an emotive exploration of working-class motherhood in the 1960s, told by one of Britain's leading dramatists, as we've never heard him before.
Older Angela.... Pam Ferris
Young Angela.... Matti Houghton
Ted.... oby Jones
Older Mark.... Joseph Millson
Young Mark.... Jackson Laing
Angela's mum, Ballet teacher, Nurse 2 and Ivy.... Alexandra Mathie,
Julie, Nurse 1 and Plummy woman.... Nadia Albina
The Fox and Doctor Carter.... Olivier Huband
Doctor Adetiba, and the Director.... Dermot Daly
Social Worker, Ballet woman and Nurse 3.... Kirsty Stuart
Doctor Mansoor and Plummy man....Raj Ghatak.
The production team
Director/Producer, Polly Thomas
Assistant director, Emma Lynne Harley
Composer, Alexandra Faye Braithwaite
Recording engineer, Louis Blatherwick
Sound designer, John Scott
Executive Producer, Eloise Whitmore
Angela originally created for Sound Stage, by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Pitlochry Festival Theatre, in association with Naked Productions
A Naked Production for BBC Radio 3
Mark Ravenhill's new play about his mother, her love of culture and dementia.