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The second volume of Maya Angelou's evocative and extraordinary memoirs. It is 1945 and Maya is a 17-year-old single mother.

This series sees Maya sink into the world of prostitution and narcotics.
It's 1945 in San Francisco. Aged 17, and a single mother, Maya falls in love.

Dramatized by Patricia Cumper
Produced & Directed by Pauline Harris

Further info: BBC Radio 4 are broadcasting in six weekly intervals six dramatisations of poet, essayist, writer and activist Maya Angelou's six autobiographies. The books that make up the life and times of Maya Angelou are some of the best, most beautiful and haunting pieces of autobiography written . They run the gamut from life affirming to tragedy and back again with a tone that is a joyous, direct and searingly honest, and are an extraordinary portrait of 20th century black America.

Cast info:
Sope Dirisu has played many classical roles including Coriolanus and Pericles for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Paapa Essiedu has won several awards for his outstanding performance as Hamlet, his other classical roles include Pericles, Edmund in King Lear, and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet for the RSC. He had a leading role, Nate - Kiri's father in C4's Kiri. Adjoa Andoh has many stage, tv and film credits including series regular in Casualty for three years.

TV credits include 2017, Television, Donna Kroll, Acceptable Risk, Saffron Pictures/Facet4 for RTE, Kenny Glenaan
Pippa Bennett-Warner - 2016, Television, Margaret, Liar, Two Brothers Pictures for ITV/AMC, James Strong
2015, Television, Prosecution, Line of Duty, World Productions for BBC2, Michael Keillor
2015, Television, Alicia Whitechurch, New Tricks, Headstrong Pictures for BBC1, Daikin Marsh.

15 minutes

Last on

Mon 6 Aug 2018 19:45

Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator (Older Maya) Adjoa Andoh
Maya Pippa Bennett-Warner
Curly Sope Dirisu
Bailey Paapa Essiedu
Uncle Charley Anthony Ofoegbu
Director Pauline Harris
Producer Pauline Harris
Author Maya Angelou
Adaptor Patricia Cumper

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Dramatisations of Maya Angelou’s autobiographies, plus specially selected archive.