By Caryl Churchill. A drama about love, loss and revenge, adapted for radio and introduced by the playwright. Maxine Peake plays the doom-wreaking Skriker.
'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 shapeshifter, 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.
Choir Master ..... Stuart Overington
The Hag ..... Jessica Walker
Choir ..... Alaka Prodhan, Charlie Green, Charlotte Beale, Elizabeth Barry, Joanne Griffiths, Justina Aina, Olivia Avouris and Rebekah Davies
The Skriker by Caryl Churchill was 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, directed by Sarah Frankcom and produced by Sue Roberts.
(This programme contains strong language.).