Radio stuff

I’ve been doing a load of radio stuff recently. Which is fun.

We recently recorded the Spark FM panto. This year we did Aladdin, with a great script by Jonny Chambers and featuring a cast of Spark presenters and producers as you’ve never heard them before!  I trotted out my usual panto dame to play Widow Twanky – a character I’ve done on stage many times in the past, but never before on the radio.

You can hear the panto being broadcast on Spark across the christmas season.

It also featured in the local paper:

PANTO madness will take over the airwaves. Presenters from 107 Spark FM, Sunderland’s community radio station, locked themselves in the station’s green room for a day to unleash some festive fun and record their take on Aladdin. In preparation for the show, the Spark cast has been getting tips from the region’s panto stage stars. The resulting production will be broadcast by the station across the festive season.

Spark Panto

photo from Sunderland Echo

Jonny Chambers of Spark said: “Basically, since we started in 2009, we’ve recorded a radio pantomime featuring some of our Spark presenters as you’ve never heard them before. “Previous ones have included Snow White and Cinderella and Take That – written by students at Sandhill View School. We essentially lock ourselves in the Spark Green Room Studio for a day and unleash some panto madness, editing it down and playing it put over the Christmas season.”

He added: “What started off as a bit of fun has transformed into a major part of our Christmas calendar at Spark and has become quite a major fixture in our festive programming. From the first one lasting only 10 minutes, it’s become a little monster that’s getting bigger each year.”

[text copyright (c) Sunderland Echo]

And today I was in the recording studio again, this time with one of my own scripts.

From a short film which I wrote 10 years ago (and which was subsequently performed as a one-act stage play) I adapted for radio a simple story which I called ‘Hello, I Love You’.

It’s a very basic tale of a man who catches a glimpse of a girl in a park and immediately falls in love.  The idea came simply from hearing the song on the radio one day, and was probably written in about four and a half hours.  You can read about today’s recording on the Sunderland REP page here.

There’ll be plenty more radio output coming during 2013, so if that’s your thing then keep an eye out – especially on the Sunderland REP site.

Hello I Love You

‘Hello, I Love You’: me, in blue, attempting to direct the rest of the cast


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