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19 hours ago

Choice Radio Worcester

It's a new adaptation of a classic play which is the choice of Our Star Theatre Company's latest touring venture as they have selected Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca as their Autumn show. A tale set in a house full of rather stuffy characters may not seem the ideal vehicle for the young company to take on but then again, it does give the cast a chance to present it with more than a few surprises. Hence, the show kicks off with entire cast on stage and... a sea shanty! And why not, for this tale of lies, deception, mistrust and character assassination is based around the death by the sea of the title of the play. For Rebecca de Winter was seemingly much-loved, at least by some of the characters and the new Mrs de Winter just doesn't cut it in their eyes, so worthless and downtrodden in fact that she does not even have a first name.

With all of the action taking place in a single room setting, it is down to the cast to provide the variety, in particular Rhys Harris-Clarke as the upper crust Giles Lacey, especially when in fancy dress, and his wife Beatrice (Ava Weetman), Seb Young as the smartly-dressed Maxim de Winter and Katie Balson as Mrs Danvers, the scheming, hateful, creepy and devious housekeeper dressed in black who ensures that the new Mrs de Winter is thoroughly put in her place and is sadly made to suffer for her innocent actions, which is exactly how Mabli Powell portrays her as she is virtually the only character whose conscience is clear.

The story is full of twists and turns where even the facts, such as they are, and the admissions of guilt are suddenly in doubt as the story unfolds and some well-timed effects such as freezing the action and a nice little dance routine, choreographed by the deceased Mrs de Winter herself, Destiny Dawe, all help move the story along until its shocking final scene.

Charles Smart - the eldest of the cast - plays the ever-dependable man-servant Frith, Eleanor Catherine Smart plays Frankie, Maxim's right hand assistant in terms of running the Estate and show and company Director Ben Mowbray completes the team as Jack Favell, a none-too-likeable fellow with something of a murky past when it comes to Rebecca's affections.

The company shows again that a talented cast can successfully tweak and put their own mark on a classic which has been done many times before, keeping it fresh and thoroughly enjoyable and visiting small venues which do not often have the pleasure of hosting live theatre (in this case the lovely, if in the middle of nowhere, Wellington Heath Memorial Hall!)

Ben and Ava recently came up to the studio for a chat about the show with Pete Phillips - you can hear the hour-long programme here:
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And there is more about the company here:
www.ourstartheatrecompany.com
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Its a new adaptation of a classic play which is the choice of Our Star Theatre Companys latest touring venture as they have selected Daphne du Mauriers Rebecca as their Autumn show. A tale set in a house full of rather stuffy characters may not seem the ideal vehicle for the young company to take on but then again, it does give the cast a chance to present it with more than a few surprises. Hence, the show kicks off with entire cast on stage and... a sea shanty! And why not, for this tale of lies, deception, mistrust and character assassination is based around the death by the sea of the title of the play. For Rebecca de Winter was seemingly much-loved, at least by some of the characters and the new Mrs de Winter just doesnt cut it in their eyes, so worthless and downtrodden  in fact that she does not even have a first name. 

With all of the action taking place in a single room setting, it is down to the cast to provide the variety, in particular Rhys Harris-Clarke as the upper crust Giles Lacey, especially when in fancy dress, and his wife Beatrice (Ava Weetman), Seb Young as the smartly-dressed Maxim de Winter and Katie Balson as Mrs Danvers, the scheming, hateful, creepy and devious housekeeper dressed in black who ensures that the new Mrs de Winter is thoroughly put in her place and is sadly made to suffer for her innocent actions, which is exactly how Mabli Powell portrays her as she is virtually the only character whose conscience is clear.

The story is full of twists and turns where even the facts, such as they are, and the admissions of guilt are suddenly in doubt as the story unfolds and some well-timed effects such as freezing the action and a nice little dance routine, choreographed by the deceased Mrs de Winter herself, Destiny Dawe, all help move the story along until its shocking final scene.

Charles Smart - the eldest of the cast - plays the ever-dependable man-servant Frith, Eleanor Catherine Smart plays Frankie, Maxims right hand assistant in terms of running the Estate and show and company Director Ben Mowbray completes the team as Jack Favell, a none-too-likeable fellow with something of a murky past when it comes to Rebeccas affections.

The company shows again that a talented cast can successfully tweak and put their own mark on a classic which has been done many times before, keeping it fresh and thoroughly enjoyable and visiting small venues which do not often have the pleasure of hosting live theatre (in this case the lovely, if in the middle of nowhere, Wellington Heath Memorial Hall!)

Ben and Ava recently came up to the studio for a chat about the show with Pete Phillips - you can hear the hour-long programme here:
https://1drv.ms/u/s!ApvQQHoOrsTJgS6Dx19RI_k806KW?e=v84UQT

And there is more about the company here:
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The Sunday Supplement on Sunday (obviously!) from 9am with Pete Phillips

An hour of classic 70's tracks from 9 till 10am

New music after 10am from:
- Blackelvis - Gimme Ya Luv
- John Headley - I Love Country Music
- Libera - Walking In The Air
- Manuel Aspidi - Let out this light
- Matthew Schultz - Turn me up
- Nigel Thomas - I've Seen Forever
- The Prey - Nowhere To Be Found
- The Respectables - The power of rock-n-roll
- Trident Waters - Futility

And a whole mix of music and What's Ons from 11am

And a review of Rebecca by Our Star Theatre Company...

Tune in live from 9 on Sunday…

streaming.broadcastradio.com:8590/worcesterhr
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The Sunday Supplement on Sunday (obviously!) from 9am with Pete Phillips

An hour of classic 70s tracks from 9 till 10am

New music after 10am from:
- Blackelvis - Gimme Ya Luv
- John Headley - I Love Country Music
- Libera - Walking In The Air 
- Manuel Aspidi - Let out this light 
- Matthew Schultz - Turn me up 
- Nigel Thomas - Ive Seen Forever
- The Prey - Nowhere To Be Found
- The Respectables - The power of rock-n-roll 
- Trident Waters - Futility

And a whole mix of music and Whats Ons from 11am

And a review of Rebecca by Our Star Theatre Company...

Tune in live from 9 on Sunday…

http://streaming.broadcastradio.com:8590/worcesterhr

4 days ago

Choice Radio Worcester

Back in 1973, a film was released which horrified, disgusted and frightened audiences with people fainting and vomiting, so much that in many areas it was banned (an act almost guaranteed to increase its popularity). The Exorcist has become a true classic of its genre, put the name of actress Linda Blair on everybody's lips and now, more than four decades later, a stage version sets out to emulate its effects on a live audience.

From the moment you enter the auditorium, you're hooked as the dull sounds of a church bell rings out inside a claustrophobic echoing chamber accompanied by solemn chattering voices. And then, suddenly... Well, what can only be described as the most unexpected and heart-stopping start to a play ever.

Sophie Ward plays the distraught mother of the increasingly-disturbed and irrational 12 year old girl Regan and Ben Caplan and Paul Nicholas are the two Fathers who ultimately have to deal with the situation. But the true star of the show is young actress Susannah Edgley who plays Regan as she transforms from mild-mannered birthday girl who loved getting a present from her uncle to someone who does some extremely unpleasant things. She is not alone in this and for a large part of the show is absolutely perfectly lip-synching the words of the devil. And that is the voice of none other than Gandalf himself - a very potty-mouthed and mischievous Sir Ian McKellen (who must have absolutely loved recording his parts!). In fact, the standing ovation which the shocked and ultimately relieved audience gave was largely directly at her and rightly so.

Definitely not one for the faint-hearted, the essential elements of the film are performed in front of your very eyes - the girl obsessed by the devil, the foul blasphemous language and acts, the vomiting, yes even the 360 degree head-turning - it's all there in a production where you begin to dread the pulling back of the partition to show the girl's bedroom for fear of what depraved act is about to be shown.

Unlike in a film, which has all the time in the world to produce shocking special effects, a stage play has no such luxury. In order to succeed, the effects must be actioned to a very precise - and live - timescale and without exception they were - lighting, sound, visuals and special effects all done seamlessly and on cue. And there's a nice touch at the end with a nod to the music which accompanied the film (Tubular Bells, if you didn't know…)

Flash bang wallop - what a stage play!

And if you think it's all hokum, just remember William Peter Blatty's story was based on true events from 1949... Sweet dreams!
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Back in 1973, a film was released which horrified, disgusted and frightened audiences with people fainting and vomiting, so much that in many areas it was banned (an act almost guaranteed to increase its popularity). The Exorcist has become a true classic of its genre, put the name of actress Linda Blair on everybodys lips and now, more than four decades later, a stage version sets out to emulate its effects on a live audience.

From the moment you enter the auditorium, youre hooked as the dull sounds of a church bell rings out inside a claustrophobic echoing chamber accompanied by solemn chattering voices. And then, suddenly... Well, what can only be described as the most unexpected and heart-stopping start to a play ever.

Sophie Ward plays the distraught mother of the increasingly-disturbed and irrational 12 year old girl Regan and Ben Caplan and Paul Nicholas are the two Fathers who ultimately have to deal with the situation. But the true star of the show is young actress Susannah Edgley who plays Regan as she transforms from mild-mannered birthday girl who loved getting a present from her uncle to someone who does some extremely unpleasant things. She is not alone in this and for a large part of the show is absolutely perfectly lip-synching the words of the devil. And that is the voice of none other than Gandalf himself - a very potty-mouthed and mischievous Sir Ian McKellen (who must have absolutely loved recording his parts!). In fact, the standing ovation which the shocked and ultimately relieved audience gave was largely directly at her and rightly so.

Definitely not one for the faint-hearted, the essential elements of the film are performed in front of your very eyes - the girl obsessed by the devil, the foul blasphemous language and acts, the vomiting, yes even the 360 degree head-turning - its all there in a production where you begin to dread the pulling back of the partition to show the girls bedroom for fear of what depraved act is about to be shown.

Unlike in a film, which has all the time in the world to produce shocking special effects, a stage play has no such luxury. In order to succeed, the effects must be actioned to a very precise - and live - timescale and without exception they were - lighting, sound, visuals and special effects all done seamlessly and on cue. And theres a nice touch at the end with a nod to the music which accompanied the film (Tubular Bells, if you didnt know…)

Flash bang wallop - what a stage play!

And if you think its all hokum, just remember William Peter Blattys story was based on true events from 1949... Sweet dreams!Image attachmentImage attachment

5 days ago

Choice Radio Worcester

During the last two tours of Priscilla Queen of the Desert in 2012 and 2015, the role of Tick/Mitzi was taken by Jason Donovan. For the current tour, which happily has Malvern as part of its run, that role is taken by Joe McFadden, who has only recently come out of playing a somewhat different character in Peter James's The House on Cold Hill. Not leaving the show totally though, Jason Donovan is one of the producers of this version which, given his long association with the show, has allowed the creative team to re-imagine the production and make it, well, even more spectacular!

If anything, it seems strange that the show has only been in the theatre for 13 years, first being staged in Australia 12 years after the film was a smash hit.

It certainly brings together everything you would hope for - a really fantastic choice of mostly up-tempo songs - ‘It’s Raining Men’, ‘Go West’, ‘Hot Stuff’- and some gentler ones such as ‘Say a Little Prayer’ and 'Always on My Mind’ (for this is not just the story of the trio's stage personas but also their private lives), amazing and ensemble backing singers, a very creative stage set and, of course, the costumes. This is one show where the costume department really can go over the top and they do - "Dancing paintbrushes?" "No problem!" "Skirts to look like fruity cup cakes?" "Certainly!".

The whole show is a celebration of a lifestyle which rocks to the core the macho man and country boy inhabitants of the small-town and small-minded Outback.

Along with Joe McFadden (always smiling and obviously thoroughly enjoying being in such an iconic show) are Miles Western as the matriarch of the team who has seen better days (a high point being her explanation as to why her former lover was called "trumpet"!) and Nick Hayes as the young upstart Felicia/Adam, along with Daniel Fletcher as Bob, not looking for love but maybe finding it in unexpected places… It's amazing what other things come from unexpected places…!

And then, hidden away somewhere underground, was an excellent 7-piece band who added so much to the live performances on stage

The theatre was pretty much packed out to the rafters (and the full audience gave an amazing response at the end of the show) and it remains so for the rest of the week too.

Only a stone's throw from Malvern's British Camp, this is Australian Camp at its finest - Out, Proud and very, very Loud! And, as it states in the programme, it's a message to those who "may be less tolerant and understanding".

A perfect antidote to a cold wet dank evening - or any evening for that matter!
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Join me Tuesdays at 4pm til 6pm on Choice radio, for the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. Online and on the Hospedia bedside units.
I have music from The Beach Boys, Al Stewart and Fleetwood Mac plus loads more, along with The link, a fun game to guess the link with clues. 2 hours of fun , great music.and your requests.
To listen online or on your phone search for Choice Radio, Worcestershire Royal Hospital,,
Click on it and scroll down to listen live. Click and listen.
Look forward to your company 🙂
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Sue Cressman is one amazing lady. Having undergone treatment for two separate bouts of breast cancer with a broken neck and then fractured discs in between, Sue now works hard raising money for specific items which sufferers may need to make their life a little bit easier.

And as this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, she has released a song which, in a single word, sums up her approach - Survive.

Sue chatted to Pete Phillips about her life and the work which she does

You can hear the chat here:
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And there is more about Sue here, including a link to get a copy of the song and the video too:
www.suecressman.com
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Sue Cressman is one amazing lady. Having undergone treatment for two separate bouts of breast cancer with a broken neck and then fractured discs in between, Sue now works hard raising money for specific items which sufferers may need to make their life a little bit easier.

And as this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, she has released a song which, in a single word, sums up her approach - Survive.

Sue chatted to Pete Phillips about her life and the work which she does

You can hear the chat here:
https://1drv.ms/u/s!ApvQQHoOrsTJgTDuDlOK2HvBh_YM?e=hu9l4P

And there is more about Sue here, including a link to get a copy of the song and the video too:
www.suecressman.com

The Sunday Supplement on Sunday (obviously!) from 9am with Pete Phillips

An hour of classic 70's tracks from 9 till 10am

New music after 10am from:

- Derek Buckham - In the Morning we will Remember Them
- Foxer - Don't Leave A Scar
- Jackson & Clarke - If You Want It
- Junior Giscombe - A Change Is Gonna Come
- Molly Anne - California Calling
- Polyglot - Factions Part 1
- Songwriterz - The Girl I Wanna Be
- Steve Bonham and The Long Road - American Wilderness
- Your Life & Mine - Run Away

Plus, at 11am, the incredible story of Sue Cressman. And it truly is incredible as Sue has twice suffered from breast cancer and also broken her neck and is now giving others hope and encouragement and we'll be chatting to her live

Tune in live from 9 on Sunday…

streaming.broadcastradio.com:8590/worcesterhr
... See MoreSee Less

The Sunday Supplement on Sunday (obviously!) from 9am with Pete Phillips

An hour of classic 70s tracks from 9 till 10am

New music after 10am from:

- Derek Buckham - In the Morning we will Remember Them
- Foxer - Dont Leave A Scar 
- Jackson & Clarke - If You Want It 
- Junior Giscombe - A Change Is Gonna Come
- Molly Anne - California Calling
- Polyglot - Factions Part 1
- Songwriterz - The Girl I Wanna Be 
- Steve Bonham and The Long Road - American Wilderness
- Your Life & Mine - Run Away

Plus, at 11am, the incredible story of Sue Cressman. And it truly is incredible as Sue has twice suffered from breast cancer and also broken her neck and is now giving others hope and encouragement and well be chatting to her live

Tune in live from 9 on Sunday…

http://streaming.broadcastradio.com:8590/worcesterhr

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Pete thanks for playing In the Morning we will remember them. The first Radio Play of many I hope

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1 week ago

Choice Radio Worcester

The Prairie Dogz
PLEASE SHARE! We are going on a UK tour! March 2020! 20 shows in 24 days! Check out our video then help us out at www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-prairie-dogz-2nd-album-and-first-uk-tour/coming_soon/x/21787341

Thanks to Indiegogo for creating a platform for emerging artists!

Thanks to Musik & Film, MAF Music Promotion for our radio play over in the UK!

Thanks to Jeff Muller of Alchemy Studios for the recording and sound!

Special thanks to the following radio stations in the UK for making this tour possible!

BCfm Radio
Seahaven FM 96.3
Choice Radio Worcester
NPO Radio 2
Fréquence Eghezée
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Fish Creek Radio
Brooklands Radio
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BBC London
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BBC Radio 6 Music
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2 weeks ago

Choice Radio Worcester

Murder, Margaret and Me is a three-hander about the queen of thriller writers, Agatha Christie, and an actress who played one of her main characters Miss Marple, Margaret Rutherford - both of whom are considered National Treasures and who both became Dames later in life. Philip Meeks's story (originally a one-woman show - hence the title - and partly based on an archive of letters supplementing the known facts) explores the unlikely relationship which developed between the two women whilst introducing one other character, the Spinster - otherwise referred to as "old woman" - who is a waif-life person resembling a typical reader's view of Miss Marple herself, cleverly linking and commenting on the stories and characters.

Clearly Miss Rutherford was a force to be reckoned with and she certainly had no particular interest in Miss Christie or her books. She never read such novels, admitting only to liking some of the romantic writings of a certain Mary Westmacott, which, as Agatha pointedly indicated to her was her very own pseudonym. Nor did Agatha think she was right for the role so it was a rather strained friendship which ensued, not starting well when Agatha, uninvited and unexpected, arrives on the studio stage to watch proceedings and continuing when Agatha was introduced to Margaret's "family".

Lin Blakley (Pam Coker in Eastenders) plays Agatha, a prim and proper granny of a character, lovable and yet to be feared one suspects, who takes no prisoners, much like the villains in her plays with whom she often sympathises at the expense of the actual victims. Sarah Parks has the task of portraying a forthright Miss Rutherford, about whom the film critic Kenneth Tynan commented "she can act with her chin alone" - her amusing facial expressions are clearly visible here too. Gilly Tompkins plays the Spinster, spending much of time on stage knitted whilst the appropriately dressed stage-hands move the film set furniture about.

Unexpected as it might have been, a friendship - and a level of mutual admiration - did build between the two women as each of them had a dark secret, revealed in the last quarter of the play which a serious and tense conversation between the two, removing the levity of the previous, often humorous, interactions. There are some amusing mentions too of a certain Belgian fellow, who appears to be more like nose around the neck of Miss Christie or, rather, Agatha Christie Limited, which she notes with disappointment that she has become, not knowing quite how to bump off that particular character!

Tilted Wig have joined forces again with Malvern Theatres (and the Churchill Theatre, Bromley) to produce this version of the play, which was originally staged in 2012 at the Edinburgh Fringe, following on from previous successful productions at the theatre and next Spring, they will be bringing their adaptation of one of the most controversial books in English literature, Lady Chatterly's Lover, to Malvern. Over 14s only!

And in true Tilted Wig's unconventional style, instead of the usual programme, you get what looks very convincingly like a dog-eared and well-worn paperback novel, which gives a mass of interesting information about the production and everyone involved.
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Join me Jon Fulcher, Tuesdays at 4pm til 6pm on Choice radio, for the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. Online and on the Hospedia bedside units.
I have music from the Phil Collins,Queen,Squeeze and The Beatles plus loads more, along with The link, a fun game to guess the link with clues. 2 hours of fun , great music.and your requests.
To listen online or on your phone search for Choice Radio, Worcestershire Royal Hospital,,
Click on it and scroll down to listen live. Click and listen.
Look forward to your company 🙂
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