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Vijay played by
Karl Queensborough (Film 2011)

“She was beautiful man, I loved her.”

A cocky British Asian boy aged 17, he lives in East London. Previous to his girlfriend’s murder, life had been sweet for Vijay. His mind was preoccupied with music, college, romance and designer jeans.

Then events overtook him, one random act of violence by a stranger destroyed his rational thinking.

Vijay finds himself trapped by a mind that can’t stop replaying the gut wrenching moment when his girlfriend was pushed under a train.

Silas played by
Patrick Myles
(Film 2011)

“I talk to people - one of the best forms of healing there is, talking - and being listened to” 

Silas sometimes feels he has the brain the size of a planet and his intellect is too much to bear. His ability to gather information, absorb books and schools of thought as if by osmosis is hindered only by the crashing troughs of despair he occasionally finds himself in. 

The highs and lows of Silas’s life have dictated his movements around the globe and his ability to hold down a job. Silas has the strong conviction that he is, nevertheless, a born healer - he was descended from Winnesheik, medicine chief of the Winnebagos after all, and his great grandma Sofia rode a spring wagon pulled by a two horse team of paint ponies - selling blood tonic made from cocklebur, balsam and burdock. 

In this spirit and tradition of the Old West, Silas has set up stall on platform 2 offering along with the crisps, Daily Mail and cans of coke - understanding, empathy and hope.
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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.

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