Our Time of Day: My Life with Corin Redgrave

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Oberon Books, Sep 8, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages

‘I remember thinking if life had been different,

I might have liked to have ended up with that man.’

Our Time of Day was inspired by Corin’s

revelation that after suffering brain

damage he could remember little of his

marriage – despite the fact that for over

thirty happy, passionate and turbulent

years he and Kika had shared their love of

acting, family and left-wing politics with

ceaseless energy and commitment.

With great empathy and wit, Kika

records their lives on and off stage – two

great actors from two theatrical families.

She draws upon intimate records of the

thoughts and feelings that they had both

expressed in personal diaries, writing with

often brutal honesty. Finally she charts

the poignant trajectory of Corin’s illness,

from the moment he suffered a near-fatal

heart attack during a speech on behalf of

the Dale Farm gypsies, to severe memory

loss, cancer and his eventual death from

an aneurysm in the brain.

Throughout these troubled years both

continued acting in plays and films, as

well as strenuously pursuing the human

rights causes they held so dear.


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About the author (2014)

Kika Markham’s life in the theatre began playing Viola in a young all-star cast in a modern-dress adaptation of Twelfth Night at the Royal Court.
Two of her most treasured stage peformances are the West End production of Noël Coward’s Song at Twilight,/i>, not only because she co-starred with her real-life husband, Corin Redgrave, but she was also nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress; and Homebody/Kabul by Tony Kushner at The Young Vic for which she was Nominated for What’s On Stage Best Solo Performance.
More recent theatre includes The Last Yankee at The Print Room, On The Record at the Arcola, Tribes at the Royal Court, and Women, Power and Politics at the Tricycle Theatre.
Her television credits include Lois in Mr Selfridge, Secret State, New Tricks, Call the Midwife and Spooks, and playing Thatcher in The Line of Beauty. One of Kika’s more memorable television projects was Dennis Potter’s Double Dare. Few people know this was actually written around an evening spent with Kika after Potter had seen the iconic Cornetto ‘Gondola’ commercial. She also acted with Harold Pinter in his television play The Basement.
In film, Kika has worked mostly in France, with directors Jacques Rivette, Arnaud Deplechin and François Truffaut.

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