The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Pitlochry Festival Theatre present ANGELA by Mark Ravenhill in association with Naked Productions Ltd and BBC Radio 3.
To open the Sound Stage Season we present Mark Ravenhill’s first autobiographical play where ballet and memory intertwine in a love letter to Mark’s mother.
The play centres on the playwright’s mother, at the age of 84 and living with dementia, as she looks back across her life.
The play cuts between Angela in her old age, her memories and mind failing her, and in her youth - growing up, moving away from her roots as the world of drama welcomed her. It depicts her aspirations, her struggle with depression and the challenges of becoming a mother all poignantly set against Mark’s experience of beginning to learn ballet, his lifelong passion, in his fifties.
Exquisitely observed and painfully honest, Angela is an emotive exploration of working-class motherhood in the 1960s, told by one of Britain’s best-loved dramatists as we have never heard him before.
Playwright, Mark Ravenhill said: “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…”
One of the most distinctive contemporary UK playwrights, Mark Ravenhill burst on to the theatre scene in 1996 with the huge hit Shopping and F**king and he has continued to garner critical acclaim for plays that include Some Explicit Polaroids, Mother Clap's Molly House, Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat and most recently the book for the acclaimed RSC musical The Boy in The Dress. Mark is the winner of both the Scotsman's Fringe First and Spirit of the Fringe awards. Angela is his first autobiographical play.
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Cast and Credits
Julie, Nurse 1 and Plummy Woman - Nadia Albina
Doctor Adetiba, and Director - Dermot Daly
Angela - Pam Ferris
Doctor Mansoor and Plummy Man - Raj Ghatak
Young Angela - Matti Houghton
The Fox and Doctor Carter - Olivier Huband
Ted - Toby Jones
Young Mark - Jackson Laing
Angela’s mum, Ballet teacher, Nurse 2 and Ivy - Alexandra Mathie
Mark - Joseph Millson
The Social Worker, Ballet woman and Nurse 3 - Kirsty Stuart
Writer - Mark Ravenhill
Director - Polly Thomas
Assistant Director - Emma Lynne Harley.
Composer - Alexandra Faye Braithwaite
Sound Design - John Scott
Sound Recordist - Louis Blatherwick
Dates, Times & Prices
Fri 26 – Sun 28 March and Thu 1 - Fri 2 April
Thu, Fri & Sat 7pm and Sun 4pm.
Subscription for all 8 performances - £80
Standard tickets from £15 per performance.
Running Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes (this includes a 15 minute interval)
Each performance includes a different Post-Show Talk each night!
Performance 1- Fri 26 Mar: Talk and Q and A with writer Mark Ravenhill
Performance 2 - Sat 27 Mar Talk and Q and A with director Polly Thomas and members of the cast
Performance 3 - Sun 28 Mar : In Context - an insight into the themes of the play with guests TBA
Performance 4 - Thu 1 Apr: Pre-Recorded Talk and Q and A with writer Mark Ravenhill
Performance 5 - Fri 2 Apr: Pre-Recorded Talk and Q and A with writer Mark Ravenhill