Another month - and this one is December - almost the end of the year! And what a busy, varied and interesting year it's been; theatre, audio drama, radio and audio books - who'd have thought it!
The most recent highlight for me has been the Dr Who 50th Celebration event; the level of excitement it generated slightly overshadowed other professional activities and it feels odd this week to be getting back to 'normal' - if such a state exists!
So this week's 'normal' consists of recording the final chapters of a RNIB Talking Book, Author, Author
by David Lodge and the recording of two audio dramas with Big Finish. I'm very much looking forward to all of that; final preparations today and the fun starts tomorrow.
But what else is happening this month? Well who knows what might turn up.What I can say, is that this month sees the release of a Sherlock Holmes box-set from Big Finish and here are the details:
The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes
Four decades. Four cases. One solution.
From the plains of Afghanistan to the alleyways of Victorian London,
from the dark heart of the English countryside to the ruin of Europe
after the Great War, join Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson in a
quartet of astonishing new investigations which span their lifelong
friendship – and beyond…
Nicholas Briggs Sherlock Holmes Richard Earl Dr Watson John Banks Inspector Lestrade
Derek Carlyle Wherry Blake Ritson Christopher Thrale
Michael Cochrane Winchester Bartley-Gower Amy Ewbank Eliza Hinderclay/Judy
Eve Karpf The Gracious Adelina/Mrs Chaunt Maclise/Mrs Hope Ken Bones Jim Hinderclay
Caroline Keiff Tess Dorno Tracey Childs Mrs Edgar Curbishley
Marek Oravec Griesser Andrew Fettes Tlitzlmann Blench
Written by: Jonathan Barnes
Directed by: Ken Bentley
I've always enjoyed listening to BF's Sherlock Holmes adventures; Nick and Richard capture the essence of the characters so vividly and the stories are such faithful evocations of the original Conan Doyle style. We recorded the four CDs that make up this box-set back in March, so when I come to listen to them, sometime in the next few weeks, they should sound very fresh - can't wait!
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||There's another very interesting release this month, which is currently only available as a Big Finish subscriber bonus. In December 2014, the story will become available to all: |
Trial of The Valeyard
BF have released the above image upon which, presumably, the cover art will be based; we shall see! For the keen listener, there might also be a surprise or two which BF haven't so far mentioned. If you are a subscriber, I hope you enjoy the story when it becomes available later this month.
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And now, back to preparation for tomorrow's audio book, but before I go, I just want to mention a production of Ionesco's The Bald Prima Donna, which opens on Thursday 5th December at The Old Red Lion in Islington. This alternative Christmas show from Tarquin Productions, is directed by the team responsible for The Blind and The Intruder, Benji Sperring and Rachel Illingworth. I'm really looking forward to seeing this show, which promises to be highly original and hugely entertaining!
More news as it happens!