Anita, 21 years old, a chemistry graduate about to do a PhD. Anita has always been very bright (she was often referred to as ‘the little madam’ as a child). She is confident, vivacious and smart. She has a very sharp tongue though, and often falls back on sarcasm when she’s feeling nervous. She does not suffer fools gladly.
Sonny, Anita’s brother, aged 18. He’s just finished his A levels. Sonny is a (non-violent) activist. From a young age he has been concerned about the environment and animal rights. He is an active, gentle young man, much loved by everyone who knows him. He is very close to his mother, with whom he has a good, humorous rapport.
Lina, Sonny and Anita’s Mum. 43. Works at a garden centre. Lina has been a single mother since her partner died 10 years ago. She is very dedicated to her children, some might even say overprotective. She certainly neglects herself in favour of the kids. She has a tendency to take life too seriously, but she does have a wry sense of humour which comes out especially with Sonny.
Raz, is 37 and is a painter and decorator. Trying to have a relationship with Lina. Raz is a quirky, kind-hearted ex-punk. Originally from quite a rough background, he shook off his past and ended up travelling the world for many years, doing odd jobs, taking in life. He is a breath of fresh air for Lina and is currently thinking about becoming a Buddhist.