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Spoonface Steinberg (1998)

A girl suffering from Autism comes to terms with her cancer.


Lee Hall (play), Lee Hall (screenplay)




Credited cast:
Linda Bassett ... Mrs. Spud
Ella Jones Ella Jones ... Spoonface Steinberg
Helen McCrory ... Mother
Becky Simpson Becky Simpson ... Spoonface Steinberg (voice)
Mark Strong ... Father


Spoonface was different, even before the cancer. Now after her parents have split up and her mother has a drink problem, her hospital consultant introduces her to opera. She becomes fascinated with divas who have marvellous stage deaths and this helps her to approach her own death with dignity... Written by Spider Jerusalem

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cancer | autism | based on play | See All (3) »







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February 1998 (UK) See more »

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Superb programme
17 August 2007 | by chriswebster-8See all my reviews

If you haven't heard this on radio/audio or seen it - DO IT NOW. It is beautiful, thoughtful, sensitive treatment of a very difficult situation. Whatever it costs you to get hold of a copy, its worth it. The music also deepens and supports the story-line and some of the minor characters have practical insights into how to handle events and emotions that will help anyone who listens. The 'voice' grabs you right at the start and makes the programme compulsive listening - and is worth hearing again and again. If you enjoyed 'The curious incident of the dog in the night-time' then this will be to your taste too. Enjoy, laugh, cry, learn, smile!

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