“There’s a lot of directing to be done,” is Jeremy Herrin’s first comment about new play, People, Places and Things. He’s not wrong: the latest work from innovative playwright Duncan Macmillan is a piece about drug addiction, and an actress called Emma who checks into rehab to try to get clean. But it’s no dour tale of gritty realism, as you might expect; Macmillan’s masterstroke is to set it entirely from her point of view, and the director must therefore find ways to evoke both the iridescent highs of taking drugs, and the hallucinatory, disorienting lows. Swirled into that mix are serious, thorny questions about identity and performance, and how these might relate to addiction, recovery, and self-acceptance.
Jessica Raine may have locked up her bicycle and folded away her nurse’s uniform, but it seems the Call the Midwife star can’t escape the 1950s. She’s back on the BBC this summer in Partners in Crime, a six-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence spy novels. The Beeb is hoping the slightly hapless husband-and-wife crime-fighting team will prove as popular as Poirot or Miss Marple. Continue reading “Jessica Raine interview: Call the Midwife star on doing Agatha Christie – and feeble roles for women”