A new podcast for unusual times.
The Portal brings together the talents of musician and composer Martin Green, director Wils Wilson, sound designer Eloise Whitmore and dramatist David Greig. They have woven together a tale of love, music, drugs and deceit; this story of obsession covers 40 years of night life and human connection.
Two obsessive recordists, Etteridge and Angela, were lovers torn apart by circumstance. From 1947 to 1988, they recorded any and every aspect of London nightlife, from war-time dance-halls to the legendary M25 raves. They crafted an incredible collection of 20th century documentation, but these recordings were not discovered until 2016. Because this secret couple never met. Instead, leaving messages for each other in recordings that form a dark story left for us to piece together.
With an original score by Martin Green – whose last work Aeons was awarded an Ivor Novello Award – and contributions from musicians including James Holden and BBC Folk Award-winner Brìghde Chaimbeul, this is a 12-episode podcast series unlike any other.
Available on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts
Contains strong language, adult themes and references to drugs
Lepus Productions, in collaboration with Naked Productions
David Greig Dramaturg
Martin Green Writer & Composer
Eloise Whitmore Sound design
Polly Thomas Executive Producer & Script Editor
Martin Atkinson Senior Producer
Music contributions from James Holden, Radie Peat, Brìghde Chaimbeul & Kate Young.
Cast includes Dylan Read, Anna Russell Martin, Alison Peebles, Owen Whitelaw, Nadia Albina, Jessica HardwickAmanda Wilkin, Adam McNamara and Tam Dean Burn .
Commissioned and Presented with Edinburgh International Festival, Southbank Centre, Oxford Contemporary Music, National Theatre of Scotland, Shetland Arts, MacArts Galashiels and The North Wall.