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