Maya played by Annie Domingo (Film 2011)
“My life. Mine – it just ebbs and flows, shifts, creating different patterns in time, in the here and now” A Nigerian woman in her sixties now resident in East London, she is a tough cookie .Maya was a writer with a reputation, she sold books, she did book tours and panel discussions – life in her native Nigeria being a favoured topic. Now all this is changing with the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, and feelings of frustration, humiliation and deep sorrow are edging out pride and resilience. Maya rides the tube trains, embarking on a journey in the morning, she forgets her destination, then she forgets to come up for air and inevitably finds herself on Silas’s platform where there’s always a cup of tea waiting.
Dino played by Nathan Bryon (Film 2011)
“I wasn’t no Gangsta drug junkie dealer neither – let’s face it, I didn’t have the credibility or the clothes” White boy aged 18, messy hair, dirty nails. Dino was a puzzle to the teachers at his primary school, they could not understand his failure to fit in, to make friends, to thrive. Dino’s mind was constantly preoccupied however with trying to suppress the feelings of despair and anger that were to dog him all his life. He was in a constant state of ‘fight or flight’, the result of a life with an abusive father in the presence of a mother who chose not to notice. When sniffing glue and simply ‘zoning out’ ceased to deaden his mind and his memories, and acting the fool only got him beaten up at school, Dino simply withdrew from the world.