Pale Sister is a Nevision co-production with Angelica Films for the BBC in association with Riverside Studios.
The 75-minute one-woman special, which aired in March 2021, was presented as part of BBC Lights Up, a major festival of UK theatre adapted for TV and radio at a time when theatres throughout the UK have been closed.
Pale Sister stars, and is produced by, Lisa Dwan, along with Andrew Fettis, with Sir Trevor Nunn directing. It was recorded at Riverside Studios with Rachel Tackley as Associate Producer. It is executive produced by Sally Angel for Angelica Films, an All3Media company, Anne Morrison, Nevision’s Creative Director, Factual and Emma Cahusac for BBC Arts.
Written by celebrated author Colm Tóibín for award-winning actress , the play reimagines Sophocles’ Greek tragedy of Antigone from the point of view of her sister, Ismene. Pale Sister follows Ismene as she recounts her sister’s infamous defiance of their uncle, the king of Thebes, and decides what to do as the pressure mounts on the timid young woman to act.