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BBC Radio 3 airing ‘The Skriker’ starring Maxine Peake – 20 March 2016

BBC Radio 3 airing ‘The Skriker’ starring Maxine Peake – 20 March 2016


“Long before that, long before England was an idea, a country of snow and wolves where trees sang and birds talked and people knew we mattered…”

In a broken world, two sisters Lily and Josie meet an extraordinary creature. The Skriker is a shape-shifter, an ancient fairy. She can be an old woman, a child, a man, a death portent. She has come from the Underworld to pursue, seduce and entrap them, through time and space, through this world and her own.

Whilst speaking English in its human incarnations, the Skriker’s own language consists of broken and fragmented word play. Blending naturalism, horror and magical realism, it is a story of love, loss and revenge.

The Skriker….Maxine Peake
Lily…. Danusia Samal
Josie…. Laura Elsworthy
Choir Master…. Stuart Overington
The Hag…. Jessica Walker
Choir….Alaka Prodhun, Charlie Green, Charlotte Beale, Elizabeth Barry, Joanna Griffins, Justina Aina, Olivia Avouris and Rebekah Davies

The Skriker by Caryl Churchill was first produced by The Royal Exchange Theatre as part of the 2015 Manchester International Festival directed by Sarah Frankcom. It was adapted for radio by Caryl Churchill and directed by Sarah Frankcom.

Producer/Susan Roberts for the BBC


Maxine Peake in Katie Him’s BBC Radio 4 Extra play ‘Lilo’ – 27 February 2016


EDIT: You can listen to the broadcast on the BBC website again: click me.

Saturday 27 February

Starring Maxine Peake and Trystan Gravelle, Lilo is Katie Him’s play about love, loss and trying to make sense of the past.

Childhood sweethearts meet up after nearly 20 years, wondering should they have stayed together? But a childhood act of violence somehow attracts and repels them in equal measure.

Trystan and Simone haven’t seen each other for 18 years. They went to school together, grew up together and fell in love, but it ended badly and then Trystan went off to university. To Trystan’s disappointment Simone is still married, to his arch enemy no less – they even have kids.

Trystan has no family but a successful career. They both claim to be happy; they both claim to have no regrets. But as the evening progresses they get down to the heart of the matter. Have they wasted the last 18 years? Should they be together now? And how much did Simone’s childhood act of violence in the swimming pool change the shape of both their lives?

When the pub kicks them out they make their way to Trystan’s hotel room. They have never slept together – are they going to sleep together now?

We meet Trystan and Simone at 11, 18 and 36 and piece together the story of their friendship which seems to have foundered on an incident in the pool that completely alters the course of their lives.

Katie Hims writes for radio, stage and television. She has written on the BBC’s long-running series Casualty as well as penning numerous radio plays, including her award winning debut, Earthquake Girl, which won the Richard Imison Award 1998, and an adaptation of the best selling novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

Producer/Melanie Harris
A Sparklab production for BBC Radio

First heard on Radio 4 in 2011.


IWD2016 inspiration from Maxine Peake, Carol Ann Duffy, Dame Judi Dench & Jacqueline Wilson

“We know that nurturing a child’s natural curiosity and creativity from a young age can have a massive impact on their development and on their adult lives.”
Wayne Hemingway

Some of the UK’s most inspirational and creative people including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Terence Conran, Carol Ann Duffy, David Shrigley, Heston Blumenthal, Stephen Merchant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Maxine Peake and Frank Cottrell Boyce have been telling us who or what inspired them as a child to help raise awareness of the impact creativity can have on a child’s life, in support of the children’s charity Curious Minds.

46 unique and personal tales have been collected together in an illustrated book, with a foreword by Wayne Hemingway and drawings from 15 illustrators including Steven Appleby (Loomus, The Guardian), Oliver Jeffers (Lost and Found), Nick Sharratt (The Story of Tracy Beaker), Al Murphy and Emily Forgot.

All proceeds raised from the purchase of this book will support creative projects for young people.

Curious Minds is a registered charity no. 1130988 that works across the North West to make sure all children have access to quality arts and cultural learning activities, providing kids with opportunities to be creative, have fun and stretch their minds and imaginations, giving them the best start in life.

The concept for the book was devised by creative collective Dorothy and its development was assisted by Arts Council England.


Update on the MTA 2016

Unfortunately Maxine Peake did not win Best Actress Award at Manchester Theatre Awards nor Best Play/Visiting Production.

However, she’s always a winner in our eyes!