I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

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01Episode 1 - Maya Angelou's Autobiographies20180618

Maya and her brother Bailey are sent to live with their grandmother in Arkansas.

Dramatisations of Maya Angelou's evocative and life-affirming autobiographies.

World premiere radio dramatisation of Maya Angelou's iconic debut memoir. This beautiful evocation of Angelou's life in the Deep South, begins in 1931. As an infant Maya and her brother, Bailey are sent to live with their grandmother in Arkansas. Annie, whom they call Momma, runs the only store in the black section of Stamps and becomes the central moral figure in Maya's childhood.

Narrator ( Older Maya).... Adjoa Andoh
Maya.... Indie Gjedsal
Bailey.... Roshawn Hewitt
Momma.... Cecilia Noble
Uncle Willie.... Richard Pepple
Steward.... John Lightbody
Girl.... Francesca Elise

Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

From the producer and dramatist that brought the award winning Color Purple to Radio 4.

The books that make up the life and times of Maya Angelou are some of the best, most beautiful and haunting pieces of autobiography written. They run the gamut from life affirming to tragedy and back again with a tone that is a joyous, direct and searingly honest, and are an extraordinary portrait of 20th century black America.

02Episode 2 - Maya Angelou's Autobiographies20180619

Maya goes to her mother in California and becomes the victim of a traumatising abuse.

Dramatisations of Maya Angelou's evocative and life-affirming autobiographies.

Maya Angelou's iconic debut autobiography powerfully evokes her life as a child in 1930's America. Maya is reunited with her estranged mother, where she suffers a traumatising sexual abuse. Dr. Angelou's extraordinary autobiography illuminates her incredible life, her resilience, creativity and power.

Narrator (Older Maya).... Adjoa Andoh
Maya.... Indie Gjesdal
Bailey.... Roshawn Hewitt
Momma.... Cecilia Noble
Mother.... Ellen Thomas
Freeman.... Richard Pepple
Lawyer.... John Lightbody

Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris.

03Episode 3 - Maya Angelou's Autobiographies20180620

After her traumatic experience, Maya finds hope in Mrs Flowers.

Dramatisations of Maya Angelou's evocative and life-affirming autobiographies.

Maya, in a state of trauma, has stopped speaking and is back living with her Grandmother in Arkansas. She meets her first life line in the guise of the wonderfully refined Mrs. Flowers.

Narrator ( Older Maya).... Adjoa Andoh
Maya.... Indie Gjedsal
Bailey.... Roshawn Hewitt
Momma.... Cecilia Noble
Bertha Flowers.... Nikki Amuka-Bird

Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris.

04Episode 4 - Maya Angelou's Autobiographies20180621

Aged 15, Maya visits her estranged father on a chaotic and surprising trip to Mexico.

Dramatisations of Maya Angelou's evocative and life-affirming autobiographies.

Maya, now aged 15, spends time with her father, Daddy Bailey. They go on a surprising and chaotic trip to Mexico
Narrator ( Older Maya).... Adjoa Andoh
Maya.... Pippa Bennett-Warner
Dolores....Nikki Amuka-Bird
Daddy Bailey.... Richard Pepple
Spanish voices....Maider Jáuregui, Rocío Mesonero
Celia Romo, Julio Villa-García, Hugo Sánchez and Francisco Oda-À?ngel
@ Instituto Cervantes, Manchester

Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris.

05Episode 5 - Maya Angelou's Autobiographies20180622

World premiere of audio drama series of Maya Angelou's debut memoir - a modern classic.

Dramatisations of Maya Angelou's evocative and life-affirming autobiographies.

Angelou: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, (5/5)
Episode Five - Series one. Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
World premiere of radio dramatization of Dr. Angelou's debut memoir. Aged 15 Maya is the first Afro-American to work as conductor on the trams in San Francisco, and aged 16, her life changes forever.

Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

Further Info:
From the producer and dramatist that brought the award winning Color Purple to Radio 4.

The books that make up the life and times of Maya Angelou are some of the best, most beautiful and haunting pieces of autobiography written. They run the gamut from life affirming to tragedy and back again with a tone that is a joyous, direct and searingly honest, and are an extraordinary portrait of 20th century black America.

The six series will be broadcast in six weekly intervals.

Throughout her lifetime, Angelou published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She won three Grammys, a Tony, a National Book Award, and was nominated for a Pulitzer.

Angelou delivered an inaugural recitation during Bill Clinton's ceremony - the first poet to do so in over thirty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest US civilian award) from Barack Obama.
Radio 4 is working with academy award-winning animation studio Aardman to create an animation in celebration of Angelou's life and work which will be available via the Radio 4 website.

MAYA ANGELOU'S AUTOBIOGRAPHIES01Episode 1 - Maya Angelou's Autobiographies20180618

Maya and her brother Bailey are sent to live with their grandmother in Arkansas.

Dramatisations of Maya Angelou's evocative and life-affirming autobiographies.

World premiere radio dramatisation of Maya Angelou's iconic debut memoir. This beautiful evocation of Angelou's life in the Deep South, begins in 1931. As an infant Maya and her brother, Bailey are sent to live with their grandmother in Arkansas. Annie, whom they call Momma, runs the only store in the black section of Stamps and becomes the central moral figure in Maya's childhood.

Narrator ( Older Maya)....Adjoa Andoh
Maya....Indie Gjedsal
Bailey....Roshawn Hewitt
Momma....Cecilia Noble
Uncle Willie....Richard Pepple
Steward.... John Lightbody
Girl....Francesca Elise

Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

From the producer and dramatist that brought the award winning Color Purple to Radio 4.

The books that make up the life and times of Maya Angelou are some of the best, most beautiful and haunting pieces of autobiography written. They run the gamut from life affirming to tragedy and back again with a tone that is a joyous, direct and searingly honest, and are an extraordinary portrait of 20th century black America.

World premiere of audio drama series of Maya Angelou's debut memoir - a modern classic.

Radio dramatisation of Maya Angelou's multi-volume memoirs.

Maya Angelou: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, (1/5)
Episode one - Series one. Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
World premiere of radio dramatization of Dr. Angelou's iconic debut memoir. This beautiful evocation of Angelou's life in the Deep South, begins in 1931. As an infant Maya and her brother, Bailey are sent to live with their grandmother in Arkansas. Annie, whom they call Momma, runs the only store in the black section of Stamps and becomes the central moral figure in Maya's childhood.

Further Info:
From the producer and dramatist that brought the award winning Color Purple to Radio 4.

The books that make up the life and times of Maya Angelou are some of the best, most beautiful and haunting pieces of autobiography written. They run the gamut from life affirming to tragedy and back again with a tone that is a joyous, direct and searingly honest, and are an extraordinary portrait of 20th century black America.

The six series will be broadcast in six weekly intervals.

Throughout her lifetime, Angelou published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She won three Grammys, a Tony, a National Book Award, and was nominated for a Pulitzer.

Angelou delivered an inaugural recitation during Bill Clinton's ceremony - the first poet to do so in over thirty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest US civilian award) from Barack Obama.
Radio 4 is working with academy award-winning animation studio Aardman to create an animation in celebration of Angelou's life and work which will be available via the Radio 4 website.

Radio 4.

MAYA ANGELOU'S AUTOBIOGRAPHIES02Episode 2 - Maya Angelou's Autobiographies20180619

Maya goes to her mother in California and becomes the victim of a traumatising abuse.

Dramatisations of Maya Angelou's evocative and life-affirming autobiographies.

Maya Angelou's iconic debut autobiography powerfully evokes her life as a child in 1930's America. Maya is reunited with her estranged mother, where she suffers a traumatising sexual abuse. Dr. Angelou's extraordinary autobiography illuminates her incredible life, her resilience, creativity and power.

Narrator (Older Maya)....Adjoa Andoh
Maya....Indie Gjesdal
Bailey....Roshawn Hewitt
Momma....Cecilia Noble
Mother....Ellen Thomas
Freeman....Richard Pepple
Lawyer....John Lightbody

Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris.

Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris.

World premiere of audio drama series of Maya Angelou's debut memoir - a modern classic.

Radio dramatisation of Maya Angelou's multi-volume memoirs.

Maya Angelou: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, (2/5)
Episode two - Series one. Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Celebrating life, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known prejudice and poverty, but also, joy, achievement and strength. In this first volume, Maya Angelou evokes powerfully her childhood in the American south and California of the 1930s, where she suffers a traumatising rape by her mother's lover. Dr. Angelou's extraordinary autobiographies illuminate her incredible life, her resilience, creativity and power.

Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris

Further Info:
From the producer and dramatist that brought the award winning Color Purple to Radio 4.

The books that make up the life and times of Maya Angelou are some of the best, most beautiful and haunting pieces of autobiography written. They run the gamut from life affirming to tragedy and back again with a tone that is a joyous, direct and searingly honest, and are an extraordinary portrait of 20th century black America.

The six series will be broadcast in six weekly intervals..

Throughout her lifetime, Angelou published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She won three Grammys, a Tony, a National Book Award, and was nominated for a Pulitzer.

Angelou delivered an inaugural recitation during Bill Clinton's ceremony - the first poet to do so in over thirty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest US civilian award) from Barack Obama.

Radio 4 is working with academy award-winning animation studio Aardman to create an animation in celebration of Angelou's life and work which will be available via the Radio 4 website.

Maya goes to her mother in California and becomes the victim of a traumatising abuse.

Dramatisations of Maya Angelou's evocative and life-affirming autobiographies.

Maya Angelou's iconic debut autobiography powerfully evokes her life as a child in 1930's America. Maya is reunited with her estranged mother, where she suffers a traumatising sexual abuse. Dr. Angelou's extraordinary autobiography illuminates her incredible life, her resilience, creativity and power.

Narrator (Older Maya)....Adjoa Andoh
Maya....Indie Gjesdal
Bailey....Roshawn Hewitt
Momma....Cecilia Noble
Mother....Ellen Thomas
Freeman....Richard Pepple
Lawyer....John Lightbody

Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris.

World premiere of audio drama series of Maya Angelou's debut memoir - a modern classic.

Radio dramatisation of Maya Angelou's multi-volume memoirs.

Maya Angelou: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, (2/5)
Episode two - Series one. Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Celebrating life, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known prejudice and poverty, but also, joy, achievement and strength. In this first volume, Maya Angelou evokes powerfully her childhood in the American south and California of the 1930s, where she suffers a traumatising rape by her mother's lover. Dr. Angelou's extraordinary autobiographies illuminate her incredible life, her resilience, creativity and power.

Produced and Directed by Pauline Harris

Further Info:
From the producer and dramatist that brought the award winning Color Purple to Radio 4.

The books that make up the life and times of Maya Angelou are some of the best, most beautiful and haunting pieces of autobiography written. They run the gamut from life affirming to tragedy and back again with a tone that is a joyous, direct and searingly honest, and are an extraordinary portrait of 20th century black America.

The six series will be broadcast in six weekly intervals..

Throughout her lifetime, Angelou published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She won three Grammys, a Tony, a National Book Award, and was nominated for a Pulitzer.

Angelou delivered an inaugural recitation during Bill Clinton's ceremony - the first poet to do so in over thirty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest US civilian award) from Barack Obama.

Radio 4 is working with academy award-winning animation studio Aardman to create an animation in celebration of Angelou's life and work which will be available via the Radio 4 website.

MAYA ANGELOU'S AUTOBIOGRAPHIES03Episode 3 - Maya Angelou's Autobiographies20180620

After her traumatic experience, Maya finds hope in Mrs Flowers.

Dramatisations of Maya Angelou's evocative and life-affirming autobiographies.

Maya, in a state of trauma, has stopped speaking and is back living with her Grandmother in Arkansas. She meets her first life line in the guise of the wonderfully refined Mrs. Flowers.

Narrator ( Older Maya)....Adjoa Andoh
Maya....Indie Gjedsal
Bailey....Roshawn Hewitt
Momma....Cecilia Noble
Bertha Flowers....Nikki Amuka-Bird

Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris.

After her traumatic experience, Maya finds hope in Mrs Flowers.

Dramatisations of Maya Angelou's evocative and life-affirming autobiographies.

MAYA ANGELOU'S AUTOBIOGRAPHIES04Episode 4 - Maya Angelou's Autobiographies20180621

Aged 15, Maya visits her estranged father on a chaotic and surprising trip to Mexico.

Dramatisations of Maya Angelou's evocative and life-affirming autobiographies.

Maya, now aged 15, spends time with her father, Daddy Bailey. They go on a surprising and chaotic trip to Mexico

Spanish voices....Maider Jáuregui, Rocío Mesonero
Celia Romo, Julio Villa-García, Hugo Sánchez and Francisco Oda-À?ngel
@ Instituto Cervantes, Manchester

Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris.

Maya, now aged 15, spends time with her father, Daddy Bailey. They go on a surprising and chaotic trip to Mexico
Narrator ( Older Maya)....Adjoa Andoh
Maya....Pippa Bennett-Warner
Dolores....Nikki Amuka-Bird
Daddy Bailey....Richard Pepple
Spanish voices....Maider Jáuregui, Rocío Mesonero
Celia Romo, Julio Villa-García, Hugo Sánchez and Francisco Oda-À?ngel
@ Instituto Cervantes, Manchester

Aged 15, Maya visits her estranged father on a chaotic and surprising trip to Mexico.

Dramatisations of Maya Angelou's evocative and life-affirming autobiographies.

Maya, now aged 15, spends time with her father, Daddy Bailey. They go on a surprising and chaotic trip to Mexico

Spanish voices....Maider Jáuregui, Rocío Mesonero
Celia Romo, Julio Villa-García, Hugo Sánchez and Francisco Oda-À?ngel
@ Instituto Cervantes, Manchester

Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
Produced and directed by Pauline Harris.

MAYA ANGELOU'S AUTOBIOGRAPHIES05Episode 5 - Maya Angelou's Autobiographies20180622

World premiere of audio drama series of Maya Angelou's debut memoir - a modern classic.

Dramatisations of Maya Angelou's evocative and life-affirming autobiographies.

Angelou: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, (5/5)
Episode Five - Series one. Dramatised by Patricia Cumper
World premiere of radio dramatization of Dr. Angelou's debut memoir. Aged 15 Maya is the first Afro-American to work as conductor on the trams in San Francisco, and aged 16, her life changes forever.

Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

Further Info:
From the producer and dramatist that brought the award winning Color Purple to Radio 4.

The books that make up the life and times of Maya Angelou are some of the best, most beautiful and haunting pieces of autobiography written. They run the gamut from life affirming to tragedy and back again with a tone that is a joyous, direct and searingly honest, and are an extraordinary portrait of 20th century black America.

The six series will be broadcast in six weekly intervals.

Throughout her lifetime, Angelou published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She won three Grammys, a Tony, a National Book Award, and was nominated for a Pulitzer.

Angelou delivered an inaugural recitation during Bill Clinton's ceremony - the first poet to do so in over thirty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest US civilian award) from Barack Obama.
Radio 4 is working with academy award-winning animation studio Aardman to create an animation in celebration of Angelou's life and work which will be available via the Radio 4 website.