Sorry, we’re being typical actors. Very self-absorbed.” There was a moment, during the rambling introduction to Radio 4’s Saturday Drama, when Maxine Peake’s self-deprecating joke rang perilously true.
Peake and her friend Diane Morgan were on stage at the BBC Radio Theatre, explaining to the audience how this performance of The Bottle Factory Outing came about. For more than five minutes, the actors blathered on about how they first met (auditioning for drama school – neither of them got in), how Peake discovered Beryl Bainbridge’s 1974 novel (“You read it, didn’t you?”), and why they both loved it (“It was actually really funny”).
They weren’t boring, exactly – both women have the kind of...
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