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What drives us to wear black, have a wooden coffin and to give our loved ones what we consider to be a “dignified” funeral at staggering expense?
Before Queen Victoria, we used to bury our own – now it is almost the exclusive domain of the funeral industry and with an average funeral costing £3,500, perhaps it’s time we looked for alternatives?
In this episode, we look at some of the incredible ways we can commemorate our dead and find out how we can conduct our own unique funeral celebrations, to better reflect the lives our loved ones have lived. Narrated by Jo Brand.
For the third year running, we hosted STAGE FRIGHT to launch the fabulous London Horror Festival. Three plays short listed and performed live to special guest judge Seth Patrick.
First up we had Special Delivery by Elizabeth Adlington, which focused on a couple following the delivery of a rather unusual teddy bear. Next came Tears from the Pillowby Gabrielle Wright, a touching yet spine-chilling tale about a man in a coma (we daren’t reveal any more). Finally, Pete Barrett’s Forever Amber told the story of a cantankerous lord with a passion for taxidermy.
The award went to Pete Barrett’s FOREVER AMBER, but you can listen to all three productions here.
Chatsworth House during the Second World War. The Devonshire family make way for an evacuated girls’ school, the grand interiors converted to dormitories and classrooms. Pupils Ceri and Gwyneth explore these new surroundings and their history, above and below stairs. But a ghost story about a screaming woman on the bridge in the grounds seems disturbingly true – and all the more disturbing for the parallels it presents with the secret love affair they discover their charismatic teacher Miss Cairns is involved in….
Recorded live at The Pleasance King Dome theatre at The Edinburgh Festival 2014, Trench Kiss follows Jim and Sally on holiday in Flanders. While Jim is off looking at gravestones, Sally is suddenly confronted by Jasper, a soldier who by a quirk of fate has been flung forward in time from the Great War and 1916 to the present day.
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THE SCENES: Act 1, Scene 3 – Act 1, Scene 5 – Act 2, Scene 2
THE THEME: How does power change people?
THE AIM: To provide modern, clear and vibrant recitals of key scenes from Shakespeare’s most popular plays for use as a study tool. To create recordings to demonstrate how accessible Shakespeare’s texts can be and to offer any student the opportunity to develop their depth of understanding, above simply studying the text off the page.
Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest consulting detective, is on trial for his life!
Trapped in a nightmarish court room and charged with endangering the public and his friends, Holmes is forced to relive some of his most bizarre cases with only Doctor Watson to aid his defence.
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.
Download hundreds of original award-winning radio dramas online for just £1.49 or £25 for a year’s unlimited access. We release three new audio plays a month, with a large selection of actors, including Stephen Fry, Abi Titmuss, Brian Blessed, Prunella Scales, Jo Brand, Timothy West, Nicholas Parsons, Lionel Blair, Richard O’Brien, Julian Glover and many more.