Sky Pilots Redux

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Back in the studio last week to re-record my Radio play Sky Pilots. Although it was broadcast on BBC Solent back in June, it wasn’t legally possible to broadcast the BBC’s recording on Cirencester’s Corinium Radio. On the plus side, it gave me the opportunity to work with Alice Vellender and David Lloyd, who did a great job.

Monday 29th Oct 10-30pm
Thursday 1st Nov 6-00pm
Saturday 2rd Nov 11-00am

Alice and David also performed the piece at the ‘For Invitation Only’ Showcase at Parmoor House Cheltenham, one of three plays performed for Caroline Summerfield’s Writers and Directors Showcase.

Nosferatu at the Cockpit

Screen Shot 2018-10-13 at 14.12.19After being performed in Gloucester back in May, my monologue Grave: Nosferatu will be performed at the Cockpit Theatre, London on Tuesday 27th November, as part of Bashir Productions’ ‘Creative Collisions’ showcase.

Creative Collisions is a showcase of amazing talent including actors, writers, directors and other creatives. The showcase is comprised of monologues and scenes, written by a variety of wonderful up and coming writers and featuring colourful, dynamic characters. There will be two performances on Tuesday 27th November at 2pm and 7pm.

Stage Managers: Clarina Mascarenhas
Casting Directors: Crispin Harris, Joy Waldron, Clarina Mascarenhas & Rachael Head

27/11 at 2PM & 7PM
Tickets: £10 *
Venue: The Cockpit, Gateforth St, Marylebone, London NW8 8EH

Gloucester Citizens

Gloucester-Citizen-Poster-212x300The latest project from Gloucester Scriptorium is ‘The Gloucester Citizen’, a series of tiny plays and monologues with characters inspired by the city of Gloucester.

The show includes two of my own pieces, both of them monologues set in a graveyard, originally written for Stroud Fringe.

In ‘Pension Plan’ bank robber Derek (played by Andrew Thorn) looks forward to enjoying the spoils of his late partner-in-crime Andy… who may have left him more than he’s expecting.

In ‘Nosferatu’, widow Lucy (played by Jilly Breeze) prepares to tell her late husband’s friends some home truths in the hope that she can begin to move on with her life.

The performance takes place in the Fountain Inn, Gloucester, at 19:30 on Thursday 31st May. Entry is free, although donations to the Scriptorium would be welcomed.

Sky Pilots: The Broadcast

BBC-SolentHard to believe the whole process is all over, but at 9:30  last Friday morning 18th May, my short radio play ‘Sky Pilots’ was broadcast on BBC Solent during the Julian Clegg drive time show – then repeated at 17:40. It was lovely to hear it complete with all the sound effects I had written in, but which couldn’t practically be done live at Thornden Hall – especially the hot air balloon burners.

The whole show is now available on iPlayer here, starting at 3:05:30.

It was great to be involved with the BBC Solent people, particularly Louisa Hannan who did such a great job of organising the whole venture, as well as fellow playwrights Ben White, Georgina Pitts  and GillianPalmer, I hope to hear more from them in the future.

Now comes the hard part, moving onwards with other projects.

 

 

Nothing Is As It Was: Earth Day

NIAIW Cover FileRetreat West’s Climate Fiction anthology ‘Nothing Is As It Was‘ is officially released today, 22nd April. Proceeds raised from the book sales will be donated to support the work of the climate action group, Earth Day Network.

The book is available from Amazon in both eBook and paperback formats and includes my own short piece ‘The Window Box‘.

 

Live, from Thornden Hall!

BBC-SolentStill mildly high after Thursday night’s recording!
On arrival at the venue, I was whisked away to meet the cast, Belinda and Orlando, plus other actors Jilly Bond and Tomos James, also director James Barry, everybody full of nice things about the plays. Food had been provided but I was too light-headed to be hungry.
Time to relax and chat to fellow winning scriptwriters Ben White and Georgina Pitts (Gillian Palmer away at sea),  nice, funny people, I can only wish them well. We had to do some more interviews, both recorded and live with Louise Peters, plus a brief Facebook Live video. We were finally led into the auditorium for the performance at 6:20.
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Orlando Brooke and Belinda Peters rehearse ‘Sky Pilots’, watched by James Barry

The plays had all been rehearsed and recorded earlier in the day: these recordings plus the live versions would be used for later tweaking/broadcast. Louisa ran the whole show, aided by James Barry.

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Belinda Peters, Orlando Brooke and Louisa Hannan prepare to record ‘Sky Pilots’.
Ben White’s ‘The Family Way’ first, and good fun too. A simple premise, based on Ben’s own life story: a father with tickets to see Southampton play Man United in the cup final at Wembley… except that his pregnant wife is due to give birth on the same day.
Georgina Pitt and Gillian Palmer’s ‘Searching’ had a looser structure, with two old friends determined to have fun during a trip to the Isle of Wight.
I had to stood up and introduced ‘Sky Pilots’, although I sounded a little on the quiet side (according to the video on Twitter). Not as many laughs as the other 2, most of the laughs coming in the middle third. Still, people seemed to like it, Paul Marchbank and Sarah Sullivan (both from Southampton Solent University) very complimentary.
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Organiser Louisa Hannan with the cast: Tomos James, Orlando Brooke, Jilly Bond and Belinda Peters
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Orlando Brooke, Stephen Connolly and Belinda Peters
I was reluctant to leave and break the spell. Now the wait to hear what they sound like on radio…
To be continued…

Workshopping at the BBC

Screen Shot 2018-03-17 at 13.54.01To the BBC in Southampton today, to workshop ‘Sky Pilots’ in preparation for its recording next month.

Louisa Hannan led the session, assisted by Neil Sackley, playwright James Barry and Maggie Tarver from Southampton Solent University. I met the other scriptwriters, Ben White (script entitled ‘The Family Way’) and Georgina Pitt (script entitled ‘Searching’, written in collaboration with Gillian Palmer).

The workshopping was really useful, James covered more the radio drama aspects and Maggie the more purely dramatic side. Some very useful suggestions came out of the process which I will need to consider for the final version of the script.

We were all recorded at various points during the day, for broadcast during Louisa’s drive time slot:

Also available on Louisa’s own web page here.