WINDOVER

BBC Director

Windover

Did You Know?

Cherry Cookson worked as a director for BBC Radio for over thirty years.

She now runs Acting For Radio workshops – details HERE.

A ghost story set on the wild Atlantic coast of North Devon, told through the eyes of Jenny, a girl of nearly nineteen, whose recently deceased grandmother, Mary, has bequeathed her ‘Windover,’ the cottage where she is staying with her father and his girlfriend during the summer vacation.

Before long Jenny starts to be troubled by visions of two teenage girls, and learns, from a photograph taken in 1934, that these girls are her grandmother, Mary and her friend Cathy. As the days go by and Jenny  becomes increasingly disturbed by the visions, she befriends Stephen, a neighbouring farmer and tries to enlist his help in making sense of what’s happening to her. Stephen, however, is evasive and little by little Jenny finds herself drawn into the tragic events that occurred nearly eighty years earlier.

Starring Emma Kelly, Sean Baker, Richard Holt, Colleen Prendergast, Beth Eyre, Amy Raine Jackson, Richard Reed and Pamela Binns

Emma Kelly
Richard Holt

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Written by Brita Bradbury, Directed by Cherry Cookson, Edited by Malcolm Thorp, Music arranged and performed by Cherry Cookson. Running time: 45 mins

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Key Scenes

Much Ado About Nothing

Learn through Radio Drama

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

THE SCENES: Act 1, Scene 1 – Act 4, Scene 1 – Act 5, Scene 4

THE THEME: Love and Language

THE AIM: To provide modern, clear and vibrant recitals of key scenes from Shakespeare’s most popular plays for use as a study tool.  To create recordings to demonstrate how accessible Shakespeare’s texts can be and to offer any student the opportunity to develop their depth of understanding, above simply studying the text off the page.

Starring: Edward Harrison, Siri Steinmo, David Beck, Dominic Cazenove, Ffion Jolly, Brigid Lohrey, Peter Rogan  

Dominic Cazenove
Edward Harrison

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Directed by David Beck, Edited by Garry Abbot @ Audio Mill

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MACBETH

Key Scenes

Macbeth

Key Shakespeare scenes as a learning aid

Macbeth

By William Shakespeare

THE SCENES: Act 1, Scene 3 – Act 1, Scene 5 – Act 2, Scene 2

THE THEME: How does power change people?

THE AIM: To provide modern, clear and vibrant recitals of key scenes from Shakespeare’s most popular plays for use as a study tool.  To create recordings to demonstrate how accessible Shakespeare’s texts can be and to offer any student the opportunity to develop their depth of understanding, above simply studying the text off the page.

Starring: Edward Harrison, Siri Steinmo, David Beck, Dominic Cazenove, Ffion Jolly, Brigid Lohrey, Peter Rogan  

Edward Harrison
David Beck

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Directed by David Beck, Edited by Garry Abbot @ Audio Mill. Running time: 35 minutes

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HAMLET

Key Scenes

Hamlet

Staring Edward Harrison, from the West End’s Henry IV

Radio Drama as a Learning Aid

Hamlet

By William Shakespeare

THE SCENES: Act 2, Scene 2 – Act 3, Scene 1 – Act 3, Scene 4

THE THEME: Is Hamlet mad?

THE AIM: To provide modern, clear and vibrant recitals of key scenes from Shakespeare’s most popular plays for use as a study tool.  To create recordings to demonstrate how accessible Shakespeare’s texts can be and to offer any student the opportunity to develop their depth of understanding, above simply studying the text off the page. 

Starring: Edward Harrison, Siri Steinmo, David Beck, Dominic Cazenove, Ffion Jolly

Edward Harrison
Dominic Cazenove

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Directed by: David Beck, Edited by: Garry Abbott @ Audio Mill

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DAPHNIS and CHLOE

RADA Students

Daphnis and Chloe
RADA

Hattie Naylor is an award-winning librettist and radio playwright.  She lives in Telford but was brought up in the Forest of Dean, which she imagined as a possible setting for her dramatisation of Daphnis and Chloe.

Performed by the 3rd students at RADA, 2014

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer

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Daphnis and Chloe

Hattie Naylor’s adaptation of Longus’s ancient Greek story of two naive young lovers beset by pirates, aided by supernatural forces and the power of love

Performed by Final Year actors at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (2014)

Daphnis and Chloe by Longus is thought of as the first novel, written approximately 300 BC, it concerns the young love of Daphnis and Chloe.

Both are abandoned as children, found by farmers and grow up to be shepherds. The novel is set against a breath-taking pastoral backdrop, with Daphnis and Chloe being at one with the nature, and as beautiful and unknowing as the land that surrounds them. Such is their innocence that although they long for each other’s company, neither know that the feeling they have towards one another is love. And as that feeling becomes stronger, other forces intercede to prevent their union: pirates, wealth, poverty and seducers plot to separate the potential lovers.

Storyteller 1 –  Sarah Twomey, Storyteller 2  -  Ellora Torchia, Storyteller 3  -  Anna Krippa, Myrtale, Lamo’s wife  - Eliza Butterworth, Chloe, a Young Sherpherdess -  Lianne Harvey, Pan, a god –  Sarah Twomey, Love, a god - Milli Prus, Nymph -  Milli Prus, Lycaenium, a young woman -  Eliza Butterworth, Dionyosophanes, Lamo’s Master -  Tom Varey, Lamo, a goatherd  -  Joe Blakemore, Rich City Lad 1 - Tom Varey,  Daphnis, a young goatherd -  Jack Colgrave Hirst, Dryas, a shepherd -  Joshua Collins, Megacles, Chloe’s real father  -  Joshua Collins, Philetas, an old man -  Scott Westwood, Astylus, Dionysophanes’s son – Joseph Rain, Gnatho, Astylus’s servant  -  Kyle Winfield, Rich City Lad 2 -  Kyle Winfield

For more information on the RADA students go to  http://www.rada.ac.uk/profiles?pg=1

RADA facebook page  www.facebook.com/RoyalAcademyOfDramaticArt

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Singer Eliza Butterworth, Ukulele played by Mili Prus, Sound design by Chris Drohan, Mixed by Craig Dormer

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer

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FIVE KINDS OF SILENCE

By Shelagh Stephenson

Five Kinds of Silence
RADA

Performed by the 3rd students at RADA, 2014

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer

Warning: This play contains lots of swearing and scenes that may be upsetting for some listeners

Follow Rada: @RADA_London

Five Kinds of Silence

By Shelagh Stephenson

Performed by Final Year actors at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (2014)

Five Kinds of Silence tells the story of a family living under the power of the vicious Billy, who physically, emotionally, and sexually abuses his wife, Mary, and children, Susan and Janet. 

The play won the 1996 UK Writers Guild‘s Best Original Play award and the 1997 Sony Award for Best Original Drama. 

Starring: Billy 1  - Paul Jacobs, Billy 2 – Alistair Toovey, Billy 3  -  Jake Mitchell, Billy 4 –  Reginald Edwards, Susan –  Patsy Ferran, Janet  -  Sophie Bleasdale, Mary  - Emily Johnstone, Policewoman (sc 5) – Phoebe Pryce, Lawyer (Sc 8)  -  Vanessa Scholfield, Psychiatrist (Sc 12, 16) –  Gwynneth Keyworth, Psychiatrist  (Sc 17)   –   Phoebe Pryce, Lawyer (Sc 26)  -  Eva Clifford, Policeman 1 (Sc 3) - Hubert Burton, Policeman 2 (Sc 3)  -  Samuel Valentine, Police Inspector (Sc 6)   – Tom Hansom, Lawyer (Scs 19, 23, 25)  -  Matt Whitchurch

For more information on the RADA students go to  http://www.rada.ac.uk/profiles?pg=1

RADA facebook page  www.facebook.com/RoyalAcademyOfDramaticArt

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Sound design by Philip Matejtschuk, Mixed by Craig Dormer, Directed by Jeremy Mortimer

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THE LEGEND OF SPRINGHEEL JACK – Series Two, Episode Three

Series 2 Finale

Series II , Episode III

Did you know, Series One of Springheel Jack won the Silver Mark Time Ogle Award in 2012?

 

The Springheel Saga – Series Two

Episode Three

With Jonah Smith dead and the murder of Maria Davis still a mystery, there is little hope that the forces of good will triumph as a runaway train speeds towards it’s explosive destination.  All aboard -  The Engine of Doom! 

Starring: Neil McCormack, John Holden White, Andrew Shepherd, Josephine Timmins, Ashley McGuire, Silas Hawkins, Philip Lawrence, Stephen Hill, Mike Garnell, Matthew Woodcock, Neil Frost, Jane Deane, James Duckworth, with Jeremy Stockwell and Nicholas Parsons.

Ashley McGuire
Starring Nicholas Parsons

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Written By: Gareth Parker & Robert Valentine, Directed By: Robert Valentine, Title Music:  Francesco Quadraruopolo, Incidental Music: Cameron K. McEwan, Editing and Sound Design: Benjamin Osborn, Producers: Gareth Parker, Mariele Runacre Temple & Robert Valentine. Running Time: 37 Minutes

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RUNNING TO STAND STILL

Charity Production

Running To Stand Still

If you would like to make a donation after listening, the charity is www.investinme.org.

Running To Stand Still

Presented by The OFFSTAGE Theatre Group, in association with Wireless Theatre  (supported by BBC Radio Gloucestershire), and in aid of Invest In ME.

This is an original 60-minute audio play (with songs), featuring professional actors, with cameos from presenters on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Gloucestershire and Sky Arts 1, that deals with the illness M.E. as its focal point.

It is written by a sufferer and it specifically addresses what happens to relationships around an individual who is stricken by the illness and should educate those that don’t know much about this life-threatening condition. For those that have experienced the illness (first or second hand), it’s a story you can empathise with. For those who haven’t, it’s a story you can sympathise with.

It first toured around schools and colleges in 1997, exactly 15 years ago, as well as being performed at an International Conference about the illness it was trying to raise awareness of (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). It also had the distinction of being the first play to be broadcast on BBC Radio Gloucestershire in 1996.

This is a charitable endeavour, which sees all profits going to Invest In ME (www.investinme.org); who are fundraising to set up a research centre into the much-misunderstood and life-threatening disease.

Actor/Director/Writer and M.E. sufferer, Barnaby Eaton-Jones said: “The script was first written in 1992, which makes this the 20th anniversary of that event. But, a lot has changed since then. It was often sad, very frustrating and constantly bewildering to read so much new research since the play was last performed and find that there is still prejudice, wrong information and lack of knowledge out there in the general public. Hopefully, this play will play a small part in helping to redress the balance.”

Starring: Jilly Breeze, Barnaby Eaton-Jones, Dawn Stanley, Rob Leetham, Rowena Perkins 

The real-life radio personalities and presenters featured were, in alphabetical order… 

Richard Atkins, Claire Carter, Dominic Cotter, Rachel Darcy, Faye Hatcher, Steve Kitchen and Annie McKie

With grateful thanks to Nick Bull and BBC Radio Gloucestershire

If you would like to make a donation after listening, the charity is www.investinme.org

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Script and Songs (Music/Lyrics) by Barnaby Eaton-Jones, Sound, Production and Editing by Steve Bradbury

Mastered by David Pickering Pick at FFG, 

The musical accompaniment was written and arranged by Paul Arthurs (Bass, Percussion, Additional Guitar), Steve Bradbury (Piano, Hammond Organ, Strings), With Barnaby Eaton-Jones (Guitar)

Artwork supplied by Carolyn Edwards and Helen Morris

Graphic Design by Scott Bishop at Jump Creative

‘Running To Stand Still’ was produced by Steve Bradbury and directed by Barnaby Eaton-Jones

The OFFSTAGE Theatre Group: offstagetheatregroup.com, Barnaby Eaton-Jones: barnabyeatonjones.com

FFG: ffg.org.uk, BBC Radio Gloucestershire: bbc.co.uk/gloucestershire, Carolyn Edwards: carolynedwards.blogspot.co.uk, Helen Morris: creativechaosart.blogspot.co.uk

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BLOOD AND STONE

Based on a true story!

Blood and Stone

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Blood and Stone

Based on the true story of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, perhaps one of the greatest mass murderers of all time. She was a woman who tortured and killed over 600 young women for their blood.

Too noble to be executed, in 1610 the ‘Bloody Lady of Cachtice’ was bricked up in a set of rooms in her own castle in Slovakia. Why then should the young and beautiful Katya be at the castle door attracting the close attention of the gaoler and wanting a job looking after Countess? Is it revenge or some more ghostly visit from Bathory’s past? And if she should help her escape….

Listen through head phones and experience the ultra vivid world the 3D Audio recording technique creates inside your mind.

Starring: Josephine Arden, Mike Garnell, Fiz Marcus and Andrew Ward

Fiz Marcus
Mike Garnell

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Written by Marty Ross, Directed by Mariele Runacre Temple, Produced by Andrew Ward and Nick Hewson, Edited by Ben Sturgess
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SWEATBOX

Released for International Women’s Day

Sweatbox

Contains Swearing

“Wired, claustrophobic and gorgeously dark in its humour.”

Ben Monks

To mark International Women’s Day we are thrilled to present Sweatbox. Recorded by an all female cast in honour of IWD, Sweatbox is a darkly comic look at society’s fascination with celebrity.

The original drama centres on main protagonist Zoe (Fay Downie) and the disturbing Kerry (Lexy Howe). Each week Zoe treats herself to a relaxing sauna, until one fateful evening she meets Kerry, a woman more obsessed with celebrity life than her own, and that relaxation is thrown into turmoil. Kerry is harbouring a dark secret but will it force Zoe to face truths of her own?

Written by actress Lexy Howe, Sweatbox is a showcase of female creativity developed to highlight the achievements of The Wireless Theatre Company’s female cast members.

Starring Lexy Howe, Fay Downie, Jack Bowman

Fay Downie
Lexy Howe

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Based on the stage play, originally directed by  Graham Elwell, Written and adapted by Lexy Howe, Sound design, editing and engineering by Joe Richardson, Directed by Jack Bowman. With thanks to Graham Elwell.

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