Radio acting debut for Madness star
Sunday 8th May 2011, 4:00AM BST.
Madness frontman Suggs is to make his radio acting debut with a lead role in a new BBC Radio 4 drama.
The chart star – whose band’s hits include Baggy Trousers and House Of Fun – heads the cast in a new production for the station’s Saturday Play.
The drama, called Deep Down And Dirty Rock’n’Roll, is to be aired on May 14.
Suggs – real name Graham McPherson – plays an ageing musician whose rock and roll lifestyle has left him in serious debt and in the midst of a “mid-life meltdown”.
The singer has some previous acting experience, having made guest appearances in TV and film productions, including The Edge Of Love, about the life of Dylan Thomas.
He also took a role in Our House, the Madness-themed stage musical, but this will be his first radio drama.
Suggs has also carved out a successful career as a broadcaster, presenting shows for BBC 6 Music and Absolute Radio.
Producer Claire Grove said: “Suggs was warm, funny, very directable and he brought the reality of the rock business with him, which was great for the play. I loved working with him.”
The new drama also stars Burn Gorman, who has appeared in Layer Cake and ITV’s production of Wuthering Heights.
* Deep Down And Dirty Rock’n’Roll will be broadcast on Saturday May 14 at 2.30pm on Radio 4.