I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation – Maya Angelou



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A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Maya Angelous poignant, powerful autobiography, starring Adjoa Andoh, Indie Gjesdal and Pippa Bennett-Warner. Abandoned by their parents, Maya and her older brother Bailey are sent to live with their grandmother and uncle in the small Southern town of Stamps in Arkansas. Struggling with rejection, they endure the prejudice of their white neighbours and suffer several racist incidents. One day, their father unexpectedly returns and takes the children to live with their mother in St Louis, Missouri. Aged only eight, Maya is abused by her mothers boyfriend, an experience that haunts her for a lifetime. Filled with guilt and shame, she refuses to speak to anyone except Bailey – until she meets Mrs Bertha Flowers, who encourages her love of books, helping her to find her voice and regain her own strong spirit. Maya Angelous debut memoir is a modern American classic, beloved worldwide, which recounts a youth filled with curiosity, wonder, disappointment, frustration, tragedy, and hard-won independence. This radio dramatisation, starring Adjoa Andoh, Indie Gjesdal and Pippa Bennett-Warner, plays out her extraordinary story with dramatic verve and poetic brilliance. Cast: Narrator (Older Maya)…Adjoa Andoh Maya…Indie Gjedsal/Pippa Bennett-Warner Bailey…Roshawn Hewitt Momma…Cecilia Noble Uncle Willie/Freeman/Daddy…Richard Pepple Steward/Lawyer…John Lightbody Girl…Francesca Elise Mother…Ellen Thomas Bertha Flowers…Nikki Amuka-Bird Spanish voices… Maider Jauregui, Rocio Mesonero, Celia Romo, Julio Villa-Garcia, Hugo Sanchez and Francisco Oda-Angel @ Instituto Cervantes,Manchester Receptionist…Lauren Cornelius Dramatised by Patricia Cumper Produced by Pauline Harris Running time: 1 hour 15 mins approx.

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