The Portal by Martin Green

A new podcast for unusual times

A twelve-part audio drama that will transport you to a rich world of story and sound, written and composed by Ivor Novello winning composer and accordionist from folk group Lau, Martin Green.

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Lose yourself in a story of obsession, 40 years of night life and 4,000 years of human connection.

Two obsessive sound-recordists, and lovers torn apart by circumstance; Etteridge and Angela left us the most incredible collection of 20th century documentation ever made.

From 1947 to 1988 they never met. They recorded any and every aspect of London nightlife, from war-time dance-halls to the legendary M25 raves. But these recordings never saw the light of day until they were discovered in 2016.

Why did they keep these tapes secret? Because for 40 years these parted lovers had been leaving messages for each other in these recordings. What remains is a dark, dark story left for us to piece together.

Co-promoted with Oxford Contemporary Music

The Portal by Martin Green


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Commissioned and Presented with Edinburgh International Festival, Southbank Centre, Oxford Contemporary Music, National Theatre of Scotland, Bristol Music Trust, Shetland Arts, The North Wall Arts Centre, MacArts Galashiels and funded by Creative Scotland.

Original score and story Martin Green (Ivor Novello Award Winner 2019)
With contributions from:
James Holden (WARP/Border Community)
Radie Peat (RTE Folk Singer of the Year)
Brìghde Chaimbeul (BBC Folk Award winner)

Director Wils Wilson
Dramaturgy David Greig
Sound Design Eloise Whitmore (BBC Radio 4 Tunnel 29)
Executive Producer & Script Editor Polly Thomas

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