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Anne Reid appears on popular BBC One show to talk about upcoming play on Fracking

Anne Reid appears on popular BBC One show to talk about upcoming play on Fracking

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil appeared on a national television programme to speak about her latest project.

Anne Reid MBE, who attended Penrhos College, was a special guest on BBC One’s The One Show on Wednesday, April 5, where she gave viewers an insight into her upcoming theatre production of ‘Fracked! Or: Please Don’t Use the F-Word’, which was announced recently as part of the final season at Chichester Festival theatre under the leadership of Jonathan Church and Alan Finch.

Reid will play a normally law-abiding retired academic who becomes fanatical in her opposition to plans to drill for shale gas in a pretty English village, and the 80-year-old stated she is looking forward to getting back on stage.

She said: “It is a comedy with serious undertones, and I have to admit I didn’t know a lot about fracking before taking up the role.

“I find it all quite scary after listening to those both for and against Fracking, but the play itself has been enormous fun so far and it is great to be back in theatre.

“This is something I have not done for a few years and the rehearsals have given me a great amount of pleasure.”

Reid has acted in popular programmes such as Last Tango in Halifax and Dinnerladies, and has currently been part of a production honouring former colleague Victoria Wood, who passed away last April.

The play will be directed by Richard Wilson, who played Victor Meldrew in One Foot In the Grave.

She also revealed that there are no plans for her to write an autobiography in the near future, tell The One Show hosts Angela Scanlon and Matt Baker that “my life hasn’t been interesting enough”.

You can view the interview in full here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08l26bp/the-one-show-05042017

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