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‘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.