|DRAMA||20210329||Katie's Redford's debut drama tells of a daughter's memories of her mum's struggle with mental health. Tender, moving but delightfully funny too.|
Narrator/Jen ….. Katie Redford
Directed by Tracey Neale
Yellow Lips is a story told from the perspective of Jen, the daughter of a woman who has been struggling with her mental health. When Jen is eight, her mum is sectioned. The young Jen never truly questioned the effect it had on her and her family. But looking back, with an older head upon her shoulders, she has the knowledge of how such an illness can affect the dynamics of a family.
A recollection consisting of vivid memories and images from childhood, which seemed so normal at the time, are with hindsight far from it. The grown up Jen delves back into the past picking out certain moments and witnessing various events that have shaped the relationship she has with her mum. There are heartbreaking and deeply painful moments but what shines through is the wonderfully creative and funny mum too. Jen talks us through the downward spiral leading up to that day in 1996, when Wannable by The Spice Girls was released, and which also happened to be the day her Mum was sectioned and then takes us through the climb back up to her mum's recovery.
Lorraine Ashbourne plays Mum. Lorraine has many radio and television credits to her name and she regularly appeared at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Her most recent work includes - Unforgotten, Grantchester, Cheat, I Hate Suzi, Out of Her Mind, The Crown (playing Barbara Castle) and Bridgerton in which she plays Mrs Varley.
Stephen Critichlow plays Dad. Stephen has numerous audio drama credits to his name. He played Kenneth Horne in Round the Horne Revisited for the Leicester Square Theatre and reprised the role of Kenneth in BBC TV's Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa. He also appeared in the long running The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre and his most recent theatre credit was The Remains of the Day in 2019.
Katie Redford's debut drama, a daughter's memories of her mum's battle with mental health.
Drama from BBC Radio 4