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Meet Michael Bannister



MICHAEL BANNISTER

Michael was a creative and playful child.  He played a range of instruments, participated in student theatre, and loved his little sister Ruby.  His talents continued into adulthood and he attended a prominent acting school before going on to establish a spectacularly international career in film and on stage.  He was particularly noted for his character roles and received two oscar nominations before tragedy struck.  His family was involved in a car accident leaving his wife dead and himself and his youngest daughter permanently injured.  

It had been a loving and supportive marriage, his wife also being a successful actress, and Michael had found it impossible to move on.  He quit acting and retreated to the quiet holiday home owned by the family.  He had a weak back and permanent scarring.  Michael retreated into his family and focused on his two daughters, Sienna and Emerald.  His fortunes dwindled and his sadness enveloped the household.  He lived for his girls thinking his own life over.

Michael is now 56.  He has good mobility, although he still needs a stick to walk.  Recently Ruby put a proposition to him.  She wanted to start up a theatre company.  She has plenty of money and said she wants to help him rediscover his artistic voice.  She wants him to be the director.  Michael believes he has a good relationship with Ruby.  They have always been close and he is grateful for this opportunity to continue his career.  He has been working with Emerald, his youngest, for years now trying to help her develop her talents within the confines of her disabilities and can appreciate this gesture for what it is - a chance to find himself as an artist again, to be a whole person again.  

As director he thinks of himself as the creative driving force of the company.  After all, he is the one with the experience and reputation.  Ruby's one condition was that her family be employed.  Michael feels a benign indulgence about this as he was planning to do the same with his daughters. 


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Playing On Gold Series 2: Box Set #1 - Chapters 1 - 5

PLAYING ON GOLD SERIES 2 BOX SET #1 - CHAPTERS 1 - 5 LISTEN HERE Chapter 1: The Toasty Gathering
Michael and Ruby sneak a quiet moment to toast their achievements and the final production meeting begins.

Chapter 2: The Prepared Meeting
The production meeting continues and Ruby and River interrupt rehearsals.

Chapter 3: The Consoling Allocation
Edward consoles Flora after being kicked out of the launch, River shows Sienna her new dressing room, and Edward takes the first step in his plan.

Chapter 4: The Manipulated Tantrum
Edward continues to play with Ruby's emotions and River puts Flora and Edward firmly in their place.

Chapter 5: The Relieved Cajoling
Michael takes an evening off to dine with his daughters and he and Sienna try to convince Emerald to come to the launch.

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Playing on Gold Series 2: Box Set #3 Ch 11 - 15

PLAYING ON GOLD SERIES 2 BOX SET #3 CH 11 - 15 LISTEN HERE
CHAPTER 11: Emerald reaches out to Henri for help with Sienna's dress and Michael interrupts a planning session between River and Ruby.

CHAPTER 12: Micheal confronts Ruby about Flora, Henri works with Emerald on Sienna's dress, and Edward invites Kirana out for dinner.

CHAPTER 13: Ruby tries to mend her relationship with Flora, and Sienna and Brick run into Michael at the Bistro.

CHAPTER 14: Ruby has harsh words with River, Brick's evening is soured when he catches sight of Edward and Kirana, and Frank takes River out for a drink.

CHAPTER 15: Ruby finds Emerald crying about her mother and Edward takes a very drunk Kirana home.

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April Garreffa as Emerald Bannister
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Imbi Leili Ling as River Murello
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Collectors Edition Box Set #3: Ch 11 - 15

COLLECTORS EDITION  BOX SET #3 CHAPTERS 11 - 15 LISTEN HERE
CHAPTER 11: Emerald reaches out to Henri for help with Sienna's dress and Michael interrupts a planning session between River and Ruby.
CHAPTER 12: Micheal confronts Ruby about Flora, Henri works with Emerald on Sienna's dress, and Edward invites Kirana out for dinner.
CHAPTER 13: Ruby tries to mend her relationship with Flora, and Sienna and Brick run into Michael at the Bistro.
CHAPTER 14: Ruby has harsh words with River, Brick's evening is soured when he catches sight of Edward and Kirana, and Frank takes River out for a drink.
CHAPTER 15: Ruby finds Emerald crying about her mother and Edward takes a very drunk Kirana home.
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