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Adjoa Andoh

Actor Adjoa Andoh talks to Michael Berkeley about her passion for theatre, opera and the music that reflects both her English and her Ghanaian heritage.

The actor Adjoa Andoh talks to Michael Berkeley about her passion for theatre, opera, and the music that reflects both her English and African heritage.

Whether you're a regular at the National Theatre or Old Vic, prefer your entertainment on the big screen, or like to curl up on the sofa in front of Dr Who or Casualty (or - even - with the radio), you'll be familiar with the work of Adjoa Andoh.

The daughter of a history teacher and of an exiled Ghanaian journalist, she was heading for a career in the law before making a dramatic switch to acting, and has scarcely been out of work since. Her recent theatre work includes playing the exiled Black Panther leader in Assata Taught Me at The Gate, and Casca in Nicholas Hytner's highly acclaimed production of Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre.

She chooses music by Vaughan Williams, Rimsky-Korsakov, Bernstein, Puccini, Britten, and the African musician Dade Krama - music which reflects joyous moments in her life but also the challenges she's faced: growing up mixed race in rural England in the 60s and 70s, forging a career as an actor without a drama school training, and speaking up about being the mother of a transgender child.

Producer: Jane Greenwood
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.

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34 minutes

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Sun 8 Jul 2018 12:00

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on Greensleeves

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Sheherazade (Finale)

    Performer: Sydney Harth. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
  • Pharoah Sanders

    The Creator Has A Master Plan

  • Gustav Holst

    Neptune (The Planets)

  • Dade Krama

    Kronkohinkoo

    Performer: Kweku Gablah. Performer: Dada Lamptey. Performer: Nii Noi Nortey. Performer: Nana Tsiboe.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Nessun Dorma (Turandot)

    Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester. Conductor: Roberto Abbado. Singer: Ben Heppner.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Peter Grimes, Act 1 (The Truth, The Pity...)

    Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Orchestra: Richard Hickox. Singer: Philip Langridge. Singer: Janice Watson.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Quintet (West Side Story)

    Performer: Jimmy Bryant. Performer: Marni Nixon.

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