Lose yourself in a story of obsession, 40 years of nightlife and 4,000 years of human connection.
In The Portal Martin Green, Wils Wilson, and David Greig have woven together a tale of love, music, drugs and deceit over 12 episodes available on Apple Music/Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and all good podcast platforms free of charge from 25 September.
A story where two obsessive sound-recordists, and lovers torn apart by circumstance; Etteridge and Angela left us the most incredible collection of 20th century documentation ever made.
From 1947 to 1988 they never met. They recorded any and every aspect of London nightlife, from war-time dance-halls to the legendary M25 raves. But these recordings never saw the light of day until they were discovered in 2016.
Why did they keep these tapes secret? Because for 40 years these parted lovers had been leaving messages for each other in these recordings, a dark, dark story left for us to piece together.
“The Portal began as a little day dream that spiralled out of control and out into the real world. The opportunity to be making a piece of work of this size, with these remarkable collaborators is beyond exciting. Audio has always been the world where I feel most at home, and I love stories. As a story-telling form, podcast is a perfect medium for me. It is a perfect halfway house between reading a book, where you get to decide what characters look like for yourself, and film, where you are able to present so much detail.”
To order the album of The Portal, visit Martin Green’s website
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The Portal contains strong language, references to drugs and alcohol.
The Portal was written by Martin Green, directed by Wils Wilson with Dramaturgy from David Greig.
Recorded by Louis Blatherwick, Sound Design by Martin Green with thanks to Eloise Whitmore.
Mixed by Calum Malcolm and Cameron Malcolm.
Original music by Martin Green.
The musicians were Martin Green, Yasaman Najmeddin, Radie Peat, James Holden, Brìghde Chaimbeul, Kate Young and Adrian Utley
Executive Producer & Script Editor was Polly Thomas.
Produced by Martin Atkinson for Lepus Productions in collaboration with Naked Productions.
Martin Green: MG
Dylan Read: Etteridge, Jim
Alison Peebles: Angela (Older), Angela’s Mum, Lady Henthorne
Anna Russell Martin: Angela (Younger)
Adam McNamara: Freddy Taft, Peter, Angela’s Dad
Owen Whitelaw: Hotelier, TV Presenter, Acid Academic
Amanda Wilkin: Mary, Becca, Traffic Warden
Jessica Hardwick: Heather
Nadia Albina: Jill, Acid Academic
Tam Dean Burn: Piper
Casting by Anna Dawson
Edinburgh International Festival, Southbank Centre, National theatre of Scotland, Oxford Contemporary Music, Shetland Arts, MacArts Galashiels and The North Wall.
Supported by Creative Scotland.
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