IT IS ENTERTAINMENT, OF COURSE – BUT THE PROGRAMME IS THERE TO BE A SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Richard Freeman’s special guest this week is Anna Passey.
Anna is best known for her role as Sienna Blake in the British Channel 4 soap opera, Hollyoaks – a part she has played on screen since 2012.
Initially appearing for a one-off story line, Anna’s portrayal of Sienna has evolved into an increasingly complex study of action and reaction, femininity, abuse, sympathy and villainy. Anna has won awards for her work in the series, with nominations for Best Actress at the last two British Soap Awards.
Hollyoaks is mainly aimed at teenagers and young adults, and Richard and Anna talk about the responsibility of the show when it tackles challenging life themes, such as cancer, kidknap and domestic violence. They also consider Anna’s many roles – as private Anna, Anna the soapstar with 400,000 Twitter and Instagram followers, and as Sienna Blake who will seem utterly real to loyal Hollyoaks viewers. They also explore whether Anna feels that her celebrity means that she now has a platform upon which to affect change she might want to see in the world, or whether it is a slippery path full of people trying to trip her up.
This conversation was recorded at the end of March 2018, so Anna understandably does not mention that her character is about to be killed off – but then resurrected – as this would have spoiled the fun.
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This podcast was presented by Richard Freeman for always possible
It was edited and produced by CJ Thorpe-Tracey for Lo Fi Arts
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