And so, October.
There are a couple of CD releases this month which I've been involved with and which I'm looking forward to listening to, but first, I just want to mention last month's release of The Doomsday Quatrain. I've now had the chance to listen to it twice through and have really enjoyed the story and some great performances.
Invidious as it might be to single anyone out, particularly as each actor did such a fantastic job with their respective roles, I do think Derek Carlyle deserves a special mention. It's been my great good fortune to have worked with 'Del' on a number of BF stories and once on-stage in a short play at Theatre503. He's one of those actors who, without any fuss at all, always delivers an interesting and totally believable performance. His role as Kren is played with such finesse that the authenticity and credibility he brings to it almost goes unnoticed - as, perhaps paradoxically, ought to be the case with all great performances. In my opinion, as soon as an audience becomes aware of the mechanics of the acting, the spell is broken and one is then simply left to admire 'technique'.
Added to that, Del is one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet and as a company, we had great fun working on this story. Everyone involved was just such a pleasure and a 'treat' to work with. I say all this quite genuinely and don't consider myself to be a 'luvvie' who thinks everything and everyone in the theatre is 'marvellous' and 'extraordinary' - far from it! Just credit where it's due.
A few images now to break up this block of text. First up is the release of a new Sherlock Holmes double bill of audio dramas, The Final Problem and The Empty House:
Nicholas Briggs (Sherlock Holmes)
Richard Earl (Dr Watson)
Alan Cox (Moriarty)
John Banks (Lestrade/Moran)
Beth Chalmers (Mrs Hudson)
The Final Problem
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adapted by Nicholas Briggs
If only Holmes and Watson can manage to stay alive in the meantime.
Adapted by Nicholas Briggs
Online reviews & comments:
'A truly wonderful adaptation that’s bolstered by an incredible cast.'
'Superb. Simply superb…' Tim Mass Movement
...followed by The Elite, a Doctor Who audio drama, taken from an original story by Barbara Clegg and adapted by the super-creative talents of Mr. John Dorney:
Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka)
Sarah Sutton (Nyssa)
Joe Coen (Aubron)
Ryan Sampson (Thane)
Derek Carlyle (Alaric)
Joannah Tincey (Stemp)
John Banks (Garthak)
Ellie Burrow (Ella)
The Doctor offers Tegan and Nyssa a trip to the paradise world of Florana, but instead the TARDIS takes them to a domed city on a planet scarred by warfare. A world where everyone is young, and fighting for the glory of the Elite...
On October 13th, I'll be taking part in a rehearsed reading to raise funds for Emergence; details here: Emergence and taken from their website, below:
Sharon Pollock’s award winning play finds Lizzie, years later, in the same family home, entertaining a friend and playing with the endless question… Did she, or didn’t she?
The staged reading of Blood Relations by the Resurgence Theatre Company will be a script-in–hand performance with some movement - performed in aid of Emergence's first national fundraising month. The experienced professional cast will have had a few rehearsals where the emphasis will have been on characterisation and the emotional content of the piece - a recipe for a dynamic, spontaneous and powerful theatrical experience in an intimate space.
The cast features West End actress Lisa Bowerman (right) as Lizzie’s sister Emma Borden. Lisa is best known for roles in two series of Casualty, Dr. Who, Spooks, Bad Girls, Doctors and has just finished filming the role of Jennifer Lingwood in Coronation Street. Also, 13 years as title role in the cult audio series The Adventures of Bernice Summerfield.
The cast also includes Susan Franklyn (Soldier Soldier, Casualty, The Governor), and Max Gold (Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, EastEnders);
John Banks, Regina Reagan and William Whymper.
The staged reading of Blood Relations will take place on Thursday October 13 (7.15pm) at The Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Blacks Road, London W6 9DT and tickets are £10. To purchase tickets go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com - key in the event you wish to attend and follow the instructions on the site.
...and finally; having now recorded four of six Stargate SG-1 episodes with Michael Shanks, there are two more to go before the series is complete and post production work can continue in preparation for release.
...and finally, finally; much enjoyment was had by all in Big Finish's latest venture, which I had the pleasure of being involved with last week. Details to be released later this month!