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Sheila Hancock talks to Alan Rusbridger

Old Rage

Hay Festival 2022, 

The actor seemed to be managing old age. She had weathered widowhood, she had energy, friends, a devoted family, a lovely home. So why, at 89, did she suddenly feel furious? Shocking diagnoses, Brexit and bereavement knocked her from every quarter. And that was before lockdown. Home alone, classified as ‘extremely vulnerable’, she finds herself yelling at the TV. But she can at least take a long look at life – her work and family, her beliefs and her future. She reflects on her life as a daughter, a sister, a mother, an actor, a friend, and looks at a world so different from that of her wartime childhood. Despite age, despite rage, she finds there are always reasons for joy.

Sheila Hancock talks to Alan Rusbridger