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Performance: Nona


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LesDawson donned a stringy wig and voluminous black dress to play the title role in Roberto Cossa 's grim satire of post-Falklands Argentina. First shown in 199 f, it is repeated here as a tribute to the comedian, who died earlier this year.
Nona, "the old one", is the 100-year-old matriarch of a city family, whose gluttony reduces her kinfolk to beggary, prostitution and death. The role is traditionally played by a leading male comic.
Dawson chomped his way to an 181b weight-gain during the filming, but was glad of the opportunity to extend himself theatrically. "It's good that people can see me doing something other than a game show. There comes a point when you're not stretching yourself any more - hence my little excursion into the heavier theatre."
Adapted by Michael Hastings
Producer/Director Simon Curtis


Unknown: Roberto Cossa
Adapted By: Michael Hastings
Director: Simon Curtis
Nona: Les Dawson
Anyula: Liz Smith
Carmello: Jim Broadbent
Chico: Timothy Spall
Maria: Susan Brown
Marta: Jane Horrocks
Don Francisco: Maurice Denham

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