Monday, 7 September 2015

Anna in radio factual drama The Price of Oil

Anna Maxwell Martin, Raad Rawi and Luke Treadaway star in the first of a season of factual dramas exploring the history of oil - and the price we've paid for it. This is the colourful tale of how British Oil was thrown out of post-war Iran. Anglo-Persian Oil (later BP) was specially formed to exploit the 60-year oil concession to drill for oil, which was signed in 1901 by the then Shah of Persia. Prompted by Winston Churchill, the British Government bought 51% of the company's shares. Persian oil soon became Britain's "single largest overseas asset". But in 1951, newly-elected Prime Minister Mossadegh declared the concession 'immoral', unilaterally cancelled it, and on 1st May successfully passed a law which nationalised Anglo-Persian - and all the oil. There are riots, demonstrations, and a blockade of shipping. And in the great oil refinery on the island of Abadan, a shocked British ex-pat community struggle to understand the new world which has just arrived... All this week, The Price of Oil season will take us from 1951 to 2045, and around the world from Iran to Alaska, Libya, Nigeria, Turkmenistan, Washington and onto Scotland's offshore rigs, to explore the role oil has played in shaping our world. Devised by Nicolas Kent, with Jack Bradley & Jonathan Myerson, the season is produced by Jonquil Panting for BBC Radio Drama. As director of London's Tricycle theatre for almost 30 years, Nicolas Kent championed responsive factual and political drama, including seasons of plays by renowned writers about Afghanistan (The Great Game) and nuclear weapons (The Bomb). Now he brings that experience to BBC Radio 4, to tell the story of oil. Stand Firm, You Cads! was directed by Nicolas Kent.

First episode airs on Sat 26 Sep 2015 at 14:30.


Anna Maxwell Martin to play Lady Macbeth

Anna Maxwell Martin, the steely star of the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Bleak House, is to take up the daggers as Lady Macbeth when she makes her debut at the Young Vic in a radical new production, opposite her stage husbandJohn Heffernan.
Macbeth, which will open at London’s Young Vic in November and then transfer to the partner theatres, Birmingham Rep and Home in Manchester, will feature a company of actors and dancers. It is being jointly created by director Carrie Cracknell and choreographer Lucy Guerin, who brought an acclaimed Medea to the National Theatre last year.
Heffernan, also appearing for the first time at the Young Vic, recently starred in the RSC Oppenheimer, and in the BBC’s gothic fantasy adaptation of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and as Edward II at the National Theatre.
Maxwell Martin, who won early critical acclaim with a six-hour performance as Lyra in the National Theatre’s sell-out adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, went on to take Bafta best actress awards both for Bleak House, and for her startling performance as N in the television film version of Claire Allan’s novel about mental illness, Poppy Shakespeare. The Guardian’s Michael Billington said her performance as Isabella in the Almeida’s Measure for Measure, was“excellent”.
Other productions in the new Young Vic season include the previously announced appearance of Romola Garai in a new production of Measure for Measure; a new version of August Strindberg’s Creditors, written by David Greigwill and directed by Rikki Henry, who won the 2015 Genesis Future Directors award, with a company including Joylon Coy, Tom Rhys Harries and Gyuri Sarossy; and Marguerite Duras’s most famous play La Musica, featuring return visits to the company by Emily Barclay and Sam Troughton.