Dame Monica Mason

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Kirsty Young's castaway is the director of the Royal Ballet, Dame Monica Mason.

Her working life has been dedicated to dance. When she joined the Royal Ballet at fifteen she was the youngest dancer to be admitted to the company and, during her career, its legendary choreographer Kenneth MacMillan created five roles for her. She became director ten years ago and is due to step down this summer. She says: "I couldn't bear it if I thought that, behind closed doors, somebody was saying 'she's here again, you know', so I shall keep my distance and only go in when asked."

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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Fri 13 Jan 2012 09:00

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Role Contributor
PresenterKirsty Young
Interviewed GuestMonica Mason

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