Stage and screen star Anna Carteret stars as Mammles in JJB Productions’ rare revival of Charles Dyer’s Mother Adam, a witty and strange insight into loneliness and co-dependency.
Celebrated for his Rattle of a Simple Man, Charles Dyer is considered one of the greatest British playwrights of the 20th Century. The whimsical world of a bed-ridden, arthritic mother and her sprightly son combines deft verbal comedy with buried emotions.
Alongside Anna Carteret is John Craggs plays her tragicomic son Adam. This under-performed gem of a play welcomes you to the strange, eccentric, funny and often very moving world of these two oddballs, which sees them playing out their Sunday routine through conversation that gives you an insight into their unusual existence.
JJB Productions was set up by John Craggs and David Cleverley to produce this exciting revival, being staged at London’s Barons Court Theatre, in memory of John’s mother and aunt, who both passed away last year.
On TV Anna Carteret is best remembered for starring in the 1980s cop drama, Juliet Bravo, but she has a wealth of theatrical experience on stage.
She was part of Laurence Olivier’s company at the Old Vic from 1967 – 1974, including playing alongside him in The Merchant of Venice and winning the Clarence Derwent award for Most Promising Newcomer.
Anna also performed in Peter Brook’s Oedipus, and was part of Peter Hall’s National Theatre repertory company, during which she performed in the world première of the controversial Romans in Britain.
The actress has been directed by her husband Christopher Morahan in Man and Superman, and played Les Liasons Dangereuses for the RSC. Her most recent role was Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre.
Mother Adam plays at the Barons Court Theatre from June 14-July 2.