In support of Timey Wimey 2014, we welcome you to Spokenworld Audio and to your FREE downloadable audio dramas. Just click on the ADD TO CART button, then head off to the cart and add your COUPON CODE in to get your free download. Unzip the package to find these two award-winning SF audios inside:
MAYFLIES by Mike Maddox starring Sir Derek Jacobi, Catherine McCormack, Jason Isaacs and Danny Webb
“The whole piece is engaging and entertaining. The voice actors do a grand job of realising their characters, making them seem believable and sympathetic, conveying emotion well through a purely auditory medium. The scripting, too, is excellent – the dialogue is witty and realistic, and the star-gazing characters perfectly juxtaposed (and complemented) by the more grounded Dave. Mayflies is an excellent piece, and I would very highly recommend it! 8/10” – The Cult Den
When a message from outer-space is received, how does this revelation affect one man and his immediate group of friends and relations? And when he gets the task of deciding whether to reply or not, just what should he recommend?
In Mike Maddox’s “MAYFLIES”, DOUGLAS SCOFIELD, an eminent astronomer, has retired to the Hampshire countryside, where he now runs a fish farm. Following the death of his wife, he now spends most of his time in pursuit of fish and is losing himself in his pastime. His plans are disrupted when a colleague, MOLE, calls bringing with him shattering news. The project he set up thirty years ago has finally borne fruit and has received a signal from space, almost certainly of extra terrestrial origin. The signal appears to be genuine, and may be asking for a reply. The question is should we?
It falls to DOUGLAS to make the decision.
Far from being optimistic, however, he finds that his total absorption in fishing has given him a new perspective. With fly-fishing, the skill needed is to match the exact lure with the right conditions. Previous attempts to communicate with aliens are more like fishing with a float and bait; you stick something out and hope it takes. But this new message reminds him too much of fly-fishing. What if the message has been matched to give us exactly what we want to hear at this exact moment? Trout are predators, after all. But there are greater predators still that feed on them in turn. Including the ultimate super predator on Earth; mankind.
What if this message is not an invitation from friends, but is a lure dropped to us to see if we will take the bait?
DOUGLAS hears from an old flame, a girlfriend from his youth who has heard of his loss and wishes to get back in touch. Again, he draws parallels with the message from the stars. Does she just want some contact with someone she once loved, or does she want something more? And should he reply to her? And his daughter LUCY is due to give birth to his first grandchild at any moment…how will replying to the message affect the life of his grandchild, positively or negatively?
The extra terrestrial message would appear to be from a world that would have been destroyed long before mankind arose. It would also suggest that it carries messages form not one but two distinct cultures. If we choose to reply then it may be that our message will only reach its destination long after we have ourselves vanished as a species. Perhaps the development of technology is always the death knell of a species. His old love has no intention of renewing their acquaintance. She simply wants to know that he is still there, and know that he remembers her fondly.
With this in mind he makes his recommendation. It may be that it is a lure, bait from some dreadful predatory race. But it may simply be a voice in the darkness, asking for reassurance. True space travel is an impossibility, and meaningful communication impossible given the vast distances involved. Perhaps the best we can hope for is to pass on messages to those who come after us. DOUGLAS, with this is mind, composes a message himself…to his new-born grandchild.
Derek Jacobi as Douglas Scofield
Jason Isaacs as Dave
Catherine McCormack as Lucy
Danny Webb as Stephen Mole
Sarah Douglas as Moira
Steven Cree as Rob
Mike Maddox is an established writer with several successful audio dramas to his name, including “Doctor Who: Circular Time”, starring Peter Davison as the Doctor for Big Finish productions and aired on BBC7 . He has also scripted 2 episodes of “Spring” for Doctor Who starring Hugh Fraser as a scheming Time Lord, and “Summer” starring David Warner as Sir Isaac Newton. He wrote “The Lion Graphic Bible”, published in 1998 – a full-length comic strip adaptation of the bible in graphic novel format, it has sold some 500,000 copies in 22 languages since publication in 1998.
Neil Gardner has written, produced and directed two New York Gold Award winning comedy-dramas and executive produced dramas for Radio 3, 4 and the Wellcome Trust. He is an avid science-fiction and fantasy fan, and one of the leading voices in developing more audio and radio output for these genres in the UK. He recently wrote, produced, edited and directed the 13 part full-cast audio drama/comedy series “The Brightonomicon” for BBC Audio Books and BBC7. He is the owner and MD of Ladbroke Productions, the oldest independent radio production company in the UK, with over 300 BBC productions made to date.
Dirk Maggs is well known for his many superb, and often award-winning radio dramas and series. He has written and directed the Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy radio sequels, as well as the Dirk Gently series. He is widely regarded as one of the finest radio producer/directors of the past 20 years.
Dur: 44mins STEREO
SOMETIME NEVER by Scott Harrison starring Simon Jones and Rosalyn Landor (AUDIES 2014 Award Winner – Original Work)
“A well-told sad drama…it’s hard not to see the great potential that Sometime Never has…” – Starburst Magazine
“This is an intense 30 minutes. But you won’t regret the listen.” – 9/10 The Cult Den
“A well-structured bittersweet tale.” – 8/10 Sci-Fi Bulletin
We are very proud to kick off 2014 by launching a new series of 30 minute, 2 person audio dramas. The debut title is SOMETIME NEVER, written by Scott Harrison and starring Simon Jones (Hitch-hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy) and Rosalyn Landor (The Devil Rides Out, C.A.T.S. Eyes). The audio drama is directed, edited and sound designed by Neil Gardner (Doctor Who, Dorian Gray, BBC Radio) with music specially composed by James Dunlop (Big Finish/Dorian Gray).
SOMETIME NEVER tells the story of a chance meeting between Nancy Timperley and the mysterious David Voland, at the site of a past tragedy. Just why is Nancy there, and what does David know of her past and the tragic events of so many years ago?
About The Production
“I launched Spokenworld Audio in 2010 specifically to get to a time and place where we would be able to do just this sort of thing, commission and produce our own audio drama,” says Neil Gardner, owner and MD of Spokenworld Audio. “I’ve spent years working in radio and audio, always at the whim of the commissioning editors’ wishes, bemoaning the lack of opportunities to create the sort of audio that I enjoy, and I know that there is an audience for. So, after a few years building up the business and getting things in place (like building our own studio) in late 2013 we were ready to start work on a range of short, 2 person audio dramas. Simon Jones is my ultimate radio hero,” says Neil, “but I have never had the chance to work with him, frustratingly! Then an opportunity arose, whilst he was in the UK, and I jumped at it. This meant Scott had to create and refine a script in just 4 weeks, and we had to work out a schedule that was being squeezed by Christmas deadlines. But when you have the chance to work with a legend like Simon, you move mountains! But then, that’s why I love working with Scott, he is the consummate professional writer, as well as being disturbingly talented.”
To star alongside Simon, Spokenworld Audio turned to an actress very much at home in the audio medium, Rosalyn Landor. A legend in her own right, having starred in genre classics such as THE DEVIL RIDES OUT and THE AMAZING MR BLUNDEN, as well as being an award-winning audiobook narrator, Ros was the ideal choice to portray Nancy.
“I had been working with Ros for many months recording audiobooks for the USA, but I knew she was itching to do some full-on acting,” recalls Neil Gardner.“What a joy for me to have two legends of audio to work with…and, it turns out, they’d worked together before, which made the recording day more like a reunion, fantastic!”
SOMETIME NEVER focuses on just two characters, in a confined location, allowing the listener to enjoy the performances to their fullest. The drama is half an hour long, and includes sound design and music score by Neil Gardner and James Dunlop, who worked together previously to create the second series of “The Confessions Of Dorian Gray” for Big Finish.
“I learned very quickly, working on Dorian for Big Finish, that sound design was an essential part of creating these audio experiences, but without a terrific score, the final product just wouldn’t feel like the ‘audio movie’ we were aiming for,” says Neil. “While our new series is focusing on performance and script, I wanted to bring the magic we’d found on Dorian to these new productions, and so it was a no-brainer to recruit the incredibly talented James Dunlop to composed the score. And he’s delivered a beautiful, haunting, almost romantic set of tracks which really lift the production to new heights.”
SOMETIME NEVER marks the debut for Spokenworld Audio’s drama aspirations. The company aims to release 6 titles in 2014, alongside their regular roster of single-voice audiobooks and radio documentaries. And sitting in the background, almost ready to poke its head out of the shadows, is a feature-length, full-cast drama…but we can’t say anything else about that right now!
“This is a calling card for us, a chance to find new listeners and invite them to see what we have to offer. We are passionate about audio, and like our friends at Big Finish, Bafflegabble and Audible, we want to bring as much new material to life as we can. The BBC can only commission so much, and even then they don’t commission much of what we want to produce. So here we come, to do it for ourselves…audio for all ages!”