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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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

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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

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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

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

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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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PAINTED BLIND

Our Valentine's Submission Winner

Painted Blind

"Wireless Theatre excels at it's art. A true find"

Regent Times

Painted Blind

Happy Valentine's Day. We requested alternative Valentine's Day scripts and fell in love with this one by Adam Elms. Have a listen yourself.

Few things are as invigorating as a gin and tonic with ice and a slice, don't you agree? Mind you, I've never been to Lourdes or white water rafting. That Strongbow was a mistake though. A definite mistake.

These hot tears tumble from eyes who see all and yet see not, wings spread, I soar through the memory, our joining, our lot.

Starring: Mike Goodenough, Ashley McGuire and Ben Whitehead

Ashley McGuire
Mike Goodenough

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Written By: Adam Elms, Directed By: David Beck, Engineered and Edited By: Joe Richardson, Running Time: 30 Minutes
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KINDRED

Starring Catherine Cusack

Kindred by Jaki McCarrick

"If you're up for the challege, these plays will transform you"

Radio Drama Review

Kindred is a very loose interpretation of Euripides' Electra, set on the Irish border, and recorded on location in stark, vérité style in London, England. The play was shortlisted for last year's BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition.

Jaki McCarrick's first play, The Mushroom Pickers, won the 2005 Scottish Drama Association's National Playwriting Competition, and premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in London in May 2006 and in New York in February 2009

Contains strong language

Featuring:  Catherine Cusack, Jonathan Clarkson, Chris Magee, Genevieve Swallow, Peter Mahon and Richard Holt

Catherine Cusack
Jonathan Clarkson

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Directed by Robert Valentine, Produced by Ceri Gifford, Executive Producer Mariele Runacre Temple, It was recorded entirely on location in London and edited by Malcolm Thorp

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DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI

1914-1918

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Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori

A touching glimpse into the experiences of the soldiers of the first world war.

This series of letters from the front powerfully evokes the horrors and emotions of the men who fought and died on the battlefield, focusing on Wilfred Owen’s eternal question, is dying for your country an honour or a curse?

Featuring: Matt Kirby, Mostyn James, Dhugal Fulton, Joe Wells, James Everest, Fred Godward, Julian Boote, Collette Zacca, Justin Palmer

Joe Wells
Mostyn James

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Written By: Joe Wells, Edited By : Paul Winston Churchill, Directed By : Fran Kirkham, Running Time : 30 mins 45 secs

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Voices In The Wind

Alice In Wonderland

Barbara Rosenblat has been honored with 5 Audie Awards and 27 Earphone Awards

Alice In Wonderland

This timeless classic comes to life again with stellar performances by Georgia Lee Schultz as Alice and award winning Barbara Rosenblat as the Mouse, Duchess, Cheshire Cat and the Queen along with a full cast of characters, music and sound effects.

Introducing the original song My Garden Back Home. Alice In Wonderland is for those who are young and those who are young at heart.

Starring: Georgia Lee Schultz, Barbara Rosenblat, Alexandra Poole, Michael Dick, Bob Telfer, Brady Van Vaerenbergh, Alaina Walker, Bill Tye, Keith Burnett, Norm McLeod, David Farquhar, Gred Sheen

Barbara Rosenblat
Georgia Schultz

Adapted for Audio by: Diane Vanden Hoven, Co-Directed by: Pat Gough and Laura Van Veen, Executive Producer: David Farquhar, Recording Engineer/Sound Design/Mixing by: David Farquhar, 'My Garden Back Home' Music and Lyrics by George Zarr - Performed by Georgia Lee Schultz - Used by Permission

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BATTLE CRIES

By Jane Downs

Battle Cries

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Battle Cries

Following a revolutionary uprising in her country, “Battle Cries” tells the story of Amina, who flees the chaos of her home town, leaving her mother and brother behind in the increasingly volatile city. The two women’s accounts of their different experiences are interspersed with extracts from the Mu’allaqa of ‘Antara – a poem embroidered on a cloth of gold and publically displayed in Mecca in the 7th century.

Battle Cries explores the themes of war, love and separation which are common to both the poets of 7th century Arabia and the more recent experience of the populations in the Middle East and North Africa. A passionate writer of radio drama, Jane has lived and studied extensively in the Middle East. The Arab Spring of 2011 inspired her to write a script, which would combine the traditional tribal poetry of pre-Islamic Arabia, with a female perspective of the uprising.

Starring : Naveed Khan, Alyssa Kyria, Fiz Marcus, Daniel Rodrigues and Nadia Nadif

Fiz Marcus
A;yssa Kyria

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Edited By: Francesco Grassi, Directed By: Emma Hearn, Running Time: 42 mins

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REDDER THAN ROSES

A Wireless Theatre LIVE Recording

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We're delighted to be returning to The Buxton Festival again in July 2014 with Marty Ross's The Woman on the Bridge.

Redder Than Roses

No British monarch was more glamorous than Mary Queen of Scots. No one was more spellbound by her than the French poet Chastelard.
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But as he yearns for an intimacy impossible given Mary's position – especially under the watchful eye of the puritanical Earl of Moray – Chastelard is driven to ever more desperate measures.
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Celebrity stalker? Poet uncompromising in quest of beauty? Decide for yourself, in an intimate drama with all the intensity of Renaissance tragedy recorded live at the Lee Wood Hotel as part of the Buxton Festival.
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Starring: Jessica Dennis, James Parkes and Kristian Hart
Kristian Hart
James Parkes

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Written By: Marty Ross, Directed By: David Beck, Sound design By: Tshari King, Running Time: 58 Minutes

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