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The Audio Drama Show
Bringing you the best of original and adapted English language drama - classical and modern - from talented independent writers and producers.
6 days ago
Mrs Lirriper's Lodgings Part 2
Major Jackman's many virtues extolled, he and Mrs Lirriper welcome to the lodging house newly-marrieds Mr and Mrs Edson to stay on the second floor of 81 Norfolk Street, the Strand. What follows is a classic Charles Dickens story of abandonment, heartbreak and ultimate tragedy that leaves our two protagonists much changed by the experience. Episode 2 of 3
Feb 10, 2021
Mrs Lirriper's Lodgings Part 1
Emma Lirriper is a minor masterpiece of Charles Dickens characterisation. We are introduced to the world of London lodging houses in the 1860s seen through her eyes, and learn how she entered the business; her views on guests, business rivals like Miss Wozenham ("lower down and over the way"), the girls she employs, Wandering Christians, and stories of amusement and mayhem. This culminates in the arrival of her future friend and confidant Major Jemmy Jackman. Episode 1 of 3
Jan 27, 2021
Vacant Possession Part 3
Drunken hymn-singing from Mason and Scott after Lillian's funeral kicks off this final revelatory episode. Scott has gatecrashed the event performing an impromptu eulogy to his mother. What follows is a succession of discoveries. Why is Scott really back from America? Why did he never return before? Events proceed to a, perhaps, surprising conclusion. Episode 3 of 3
Jan 20, 2021
Vacant Possession Part 2
After a bristling initial conversation, stepbrothers Scott and Andrew catch up on their previous 40 years apart - and beyond. Childhood relationships and the interesting background around Scott's departure to the USA keep the pot boiling. Andrew learns some home truths about his father and stepmother, the recently-deceased Lillian, with blackmail and betrayal to the fore. Episode 2 of 3
Jan 13, 2021
Vacant Possession Part 1
Scott is a wanderer returning. After many decades he is back in England from the USA, having heard of his mother Lillian's death and on the eve of her funeral. He meets Mason, a friend of Lillian. But there is still a closer, less genial family member to encounter. Episode 1 of 3
Dec 21, 2020
A Christmas Carol Part 2
Having seen off the first ghost, Scrooge's education in the current lives of others during the festive season proceeds to the houses of the Cratchit family and his nephew, courtesy of a jolly Ghost of Christmas Present. With a grim parting from him, the final, mysterious spectre appears to show Scrooge a series of visions for life after death, in which his focus on money and gain "leave not a wrack behind". Now fully chastened, the miser's spirit breaks - into something much more human. Episode 2 of 2
Dec 15, 2020
A Christmas Carol Part 1
Charles Dickens' classic Yuletide tale is presented in a two-part adaptation that gives you more of the story, focusing particularly on the corrosive effects of early Victorian capitalism. In Part 1, we see Scrooge in all his business and money-focused selfishness - until Jacob Marley and the Ghost of Christmas Past show up, confronting him with long-forgotten events that end with violent consequences. Episode 1 of 2.
Dec 9, 2020
Daddy's Girls Part 4
Edward is back from Scotland with good news from eldest daughter Greta. For Lia, it is decision time for them regarding her pregnancy. As she leaves, Edward's youngest daughter Megan arrives in a fractious mood. More family strife ensues as the "archaeological dig" on their past relationship begins again. After a few stiff drinks, new revelations on the depths of her bitterness, the teenage affair with a teacher, and some shocking truths about her miscarriage are finally revealed. Will daddy and his girls finally sort it all out? Episode 4 of 4.
Dec 2, 2020
Daddy's Girls Part 3
The showdown happens. Angry daughter Megan meets with Lia, her dad's new and much younger partner. The discussion ranges far and wide - fatherhood and loss, bringing up children, mothers and teenagers. It all gets personal about motives and attitudes. Then the issue of Lia's new-found pregnancy rears its contentious head and major conflict ensues. Will they be "good" by the end? Episode 3 of 4.
Nov 25, 2020
Daddy's Girls Part 2
Edward and Lia meet in a wine bar to discuss the bombshell of their relationship announcement for his grown-up daughter Megan. It is time for some honesty about his past marital infidelities and Megan's significant teenage perils and mishaps. Lia suggests that he visits Greta, his other daughter, in Scotland; but strangely, she is not drinking wine and feels a little bit queasy. This is the prelude to a second major and life-changing revelation. Episode 2 of 4.
Nov 19, 2020
Daddy's Girls Part 1
The up-and-down relationship of a father with his grown-up daughters. In this first of four episodes, recently-bereaved Edward brings home some "interesting" news to Megan about a new romantic attachment...and quite a lot more. Cue conflict and the revisiting of sins from the past. What will Megan and her sister do?
Nov 12, 2020
On holiday in Spain with his brother, Geordie Chris encounters a strange, feral dog. They call him "Fella" as he follows them to a restaurant. It is then that the situation turns nasty...and deadly. But will this be the end of "Fella" for Chris?
Nov 4, 2020
Memories of people and places in his past life are revisited by a man recovering from serious illness. Ashcombe Hall and a summer holiday spent there with his school friend Roddy are recalled as he approaches the now-derelict country house. In the dilapidated gardens, memories of flowers and an "act of stupidity" trigger powerful emotions about past and future loss.
Oct 27, 2020
Mr Hobson is on a train journey back to Liverpool for the funeral of Jim Sweeney, an ex-work colleague. He is accompanied by memories of teaching at Quarry Bank - the teenage John Lennon's alma mater - cheeky "doppelganger" school photography, and paradoxical visions of atheist Jim in heaven. Teachers' nicknames, tragically unfortunate pupils, and "why me?" thoughts also flood Hobson's mind - underpinned by the optimistic words of Lennon's famous song "Imagine".
Oct 21, 2020
A woman relives memories of her father: planting potatoes on Good Friday, pipe smoke in his shed, and telling stories of old world magical woods, witches, hares and death. Touching recollections mix with more kindly, paternal hokum of supernatural romance and fatal birth, ending in the final words of worldly advice from a dying man to a loving daughter and her unborn child.
Oct 13, 2020
Borderline Part 3
In this final episode, in limbo with Molly, Keith survives his heart attack and begins to see the light of past misdemeanours and the fragility of the life he has left to live. Meanwhile, philosophical disagreements about healthcare continue to occupy the doctor and nurse caring for him. His conscience rises in time for Molly's fate to be played out. But the consequences of past sins cannot be entirely erased.
Oct 8, 2020
Borderline Part 2
Seriously ill Keith is still alive in the hospital - sort of. In a kind of limbo, he meets Molly, the unconscious and badly-injured patient in the bed opposite. She has his scrolls: a record of the many downs of his dubious life as a licentious driving test examiner and tax dodger (amongst other things). Can he, will he repent before it is too late?
Sep 30, 2020
Borderline Part 1
Keith, the driving test examiner, wakes up in hospital next to a critically injured woman, having had a "cardiac event" in his car. He is tended to by a doctor and nurse with markedly different views on the philosophy and practice of health care. In his still-confused state, our hero cannot understand why his wife is not there. He hears an ominous tune and enters a strange white room...is this "the end"? Part 1 in a series of three episodes.
Sep 22, 2020
A Dog's Life
Based on true accounts, the tragic story of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 is told from a new perspective - that of a young, female Pomeranian dog called Lady. Accompanying her mistress Margaret Hays, she hobnobs with the pets of the rich and famous - including other dogs, a canary, and a pet pig. Excitement at the prospect of an onboard dog show is interrupted by the unfolding disaster of the famous ship. From Lifeboat 7, she is rescued with her mistress, who becomes involved in the famous kidnapping of two boys: the "Titanic orphans".
Sep 15, 2020
Cottoning On Part 6
In this final part of his life and times, the focus is on Geoffrey's father - a taciturn, diffident Northerner with distinct and sometimes quirkily "interesting" views, likes, and dislikes. We learn about life on match day at Bolton Wanderers football club in the 1940s and 50s - brass bands, cough lozenge sellers, and the different stance of some players who had been miners during the Second World War. As his life and the death of his wife proceed, Geoff's dad moves from domestic dependence towards comparative self-sufficiency, coping with car accidents, visits to hospital, and the other perils of old age. All met with bracing degrees of stubbornness, idiosyncracy and eccentricity, until his sad, elegiac end.
Sep 9, 2020
Cottoning On Part 5
As Geoff enters Cambridge University, two major themes are pursued in this penultimate episode of his memoirs. First, the life of his mother as a working class woman of the mid-20th century – her ailments (bunions to be precise), work ethic (“work must not only be done, but be back-breakingly done”), quaint views of his passion for acting, and ultimately her sad death from Alzheimer’s. The world of acting also hoves into detailed view. Our hero begins slowly at university, deals with the theatrical prejudices of ‘normal’ people, and tells stories generated from his efforts in the quirky and sometimes perilous world of amateur dramatics: short-sighted sword fighters, a beautiful but hopeless female Shakespearian actor, high camp Roman centurions, and theatrical sets and props that have a life of their own!
Sep 2, 2020
Cottoning On Part 4
In this episode of Geoffrey’s memoirs, he joins “the snob factory” (i.e. Bolton Grammar School) on his way to Cambridge University and a degree in French. Crucial to this progress is the guiding influence of Irish teacher Emma Saxelby. En route, we hear of the Reverend Hough (limp handshake, boring sermons), the four modes of Lancastrian language, scouting, a new baby sister, fashion as applied to shirt tails and long trousers, and the sad wartime fate of fellow pupil Arnold, the conscientious objector.
Aug 26, 2020
Cottoning On Part 3
Part 3 ranges far and wide in the life of Geoff as he grows up to secondary school age at Bolton Grammar School, and with a nod to his future in both the teaching and acting professions. The Raymond Street gang, playground fights, the vagaries of corporal punishment, and his interview for 'big' school are some of the boyhood delights, along with the scarily bewhiskered, one-armed caretaker Mr Hammond. He attends the 'soap church' (in honour of its benefactor, the future Lord Leverhulme), learns the facts of life, and proceeds to pass them on to a decidedly unappreciative spinster, his Auntie Nora. Meeting A.D. Walsh at Bolton Grammar introduces him to an influential teacher, future colleague, and fellow theatrical thespian, famed for his unwitting star turn as a loudly vociferous, deaf mute.
Aug 19, 2020
Cottoning On Part 2
Geoffrey’s memoir continues a journey through boyhood, dominated by the figure of Grandpa Tomlins - a stylish ladies' man fallen on hard times - who arrives, unbeknown to young Geoff, to stay with the Banks family. We learn also of the strange rituals of Empire Day, the wonders of cricket and Bolton Wanderers football club, the fate of Norman Isherwood, and at his demise, the resolved mystery of Grandpa Tomlins’ strange protuberance.
Aug 12, 2020
Cottoning On Part 1
The life and times of Geoffrey Banks: teacher, broadcaster, thespian and TV actor in Coronation Street, Poirot, and a host of other shows and films. As told in his memoirs of growing up and living in 20th century Northern England and read by his son Nigel. In this first episode, we learn about Geoffrey, the background to the origination of Cottoning On, and begin the exploration of his early life in Bolton, Lancashire: multiple house moves, coal men, mud pies, Norman Nuttall, and much more. I and the writer really do appreciate your constructive feedback. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contacts: Twitter - twitter.com/peoplescope Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/adastra34/
Aug 5, 2020
An empty city centre and railway station. No people and no activity. Suddenly, a camera drone appears. A story of surveillance, suspicion, social contact and surprise. This is the third and final in our series of short story “Lockdown Squibs” that dramatise different aspects and impacts of the pandemic virus. I and the writer really do appreciate your constructive feedback. Just email me at email@example.com. Contacts: Twitter - twitter.com/peoplescope Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1138133330 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/adastra34/ Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2PYBXqwduS_xIcBBERlISw?
Jul 30, 2020
All is not well for a USS submarine crew as they hear of a virus affecting the world above. Long term confined isolation leads to strife and conflict. Will they survive and make it to dry land? If they do, what will they find? This is the second in a series of three short story “Lockdown Squibs” that dramatise different aspects and impacts of the pandemic. I and the writer really do appreciate your constructive feedback. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contacts: Twitter - twitter.com/peoplescope Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/adastra34/
Jul 21, 2020
The Birdman of Clapham North
The social and economic impact of lockdown hits a man hard. He has lost his job. Coping with the fall-out of this and trying to just survive has taken him to the edge. But a blackbird offers a glimmer of hope. This is the first in a series of three short story “Lockdown Squibs” that dramatise different aspects and impacts of the pandemic virus. This squib draws on material contained in the BBC programme “Your call is important to us - new claimants tell us about their lives on hold”, Monday June 29 2020. I and the writer really do appreciate your constructive feedback. Just email me at email@example.com. Contacts: Twitter - twitter.com/peoplescope Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/adastra34/
Jul 16, 2020
Turner's Gift Part 2
In this second and final episode, George Smarden Dike redoubles his efforts to extract money from the artist J M W Turner, this time through blackmail. Turner is faced with a dilemma: losing one of his paintings or jeopardising his most important private relationship. He has little time, but comes up with a plan. But will it work? I and the writer really do appreciate your constructive feedback. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contacts: Twitter - twitter.com/peoplescope Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/adastra34/
Jul 8, 2020
Turner's Gift Part 1
Turner’s Gift is a fictional story in two parts, recounting a dramatic series of events in the late life of the celebrated English artist, J M W Turner. It is based significantly but not entirely on real aspects of his existence. In Part 1, Turner - recovering from serious illness – receives two visitors at his London studios. One is a potential assistant, Francis Sherrell, who Turner then takes on and who proves to have an immediate, positive influence on the artist’s motivation. The other visit is from George Smarden Dike: a strangely-behaving man who targets the wealthy Turner with an idea for a new printing process. The artist easily sees through his reproductive pretensions, and Dike is ejected: but his pursuit of the artist has only just begun… I and the writer really do appreciate your constructive feedback. Just email me at email@example.com. Contacts: Twitter - twitter.com/peoplescope Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/adastra34/
Jul 2, 2020
Who Do You Think You Are?
This is a distinctly different, American gangster story. Mobster Louis Gainsborough meets glamorous Dolores (FBI Agent Cody in disguise) in the bar owned by his criminal rival Frank Schulz.....except that these characters continually interrupt the imagination of the writer as he creates this story. Louis gets to choose his own name. Feisty Dolores decides what she will and won't do and say. Meanwhile, the action moves atmospherically towards its double crossing and surprisingly murderous end. We really do appreciate your constructive feedback. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org. Other contacts: Twitter - twitter.com/peoplescope; Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/adastra34/
Jun 27, 2020
I'll Never Forget
Andrew lies in a hospital bed in mental decline. Memory flits in and out of the past as he tries to remember old actors, movies, Shakespeare, football players. He is visited by younger brother Tom, back from abroad, who he does not initially recognise. They relive old times - visits to the cinema, the pub, paper doilies - and begin to remake the connections of a relationship. We really do appreciate constructive feedback about this story. Just email email@example.com.
Jun 19, 2020
The excitement of a family trip to a Beatles tribute concert is disrupted by an encounter with a loud, aggressive man with a grey poneytail. Tensions rise and a vicious punch is thrown. But the tables soon turn seriously for the perpetrator.
Jun 11, 2020
Underneath the blankets, a young mind damaged by parental abuse is heroically protected by Dan "The Teddynator" - his one-eyed toy. And slowly healed in adulthood by a kindly, patient therapist.
Jun 4, 2020
The Wrong End of The Stick
A woman in her 50s sits in her favourite Italian restaurant at lunchtime musing on a life now empty, save for career and the dubious comforts of food. A song, a voice, and a romantic face from the past enter the room. Will they be able to put right a 30 year-old mistake?
May 28, 2020
The famous, wily Belgian sleuth Diogènes Flambert closes in on the perpetrator of his latest dastardly case - the murder of Doctor Ebony. He has assembled the potentially guilty in one room for the dénouement. Will it be Major Coleman, Madame Blanche, Principal Peach, or someone else? As the tension mounts, be prepared for one final and unexpected twist.
May 21, 2020
Matt Radice is the travelling salesman with a busier agenda than most: stretching job, boorish boss, and a complicated personal life. Add in a strangely-behaving satnav called Sadie and you have the ideal conditions for the perfect storm of a day...
May 15, 2020
Keep Me Safe!
Two men are fighting. One shouts "keep me safe!" - why?
May 8, 2020
The Letter I Always Meant To Write
In his hospital bed Ralph, a retired lawyer, thinks of the letter he should have sent many years ago to Jess, the now-deceased love of his life. Chronicling the history of their relationship – its ups, the final bitter down, and detrimental impact of this break-up on the rest of his life – a profound realisation kicks in.
May 1, 2020
Alex and cake-loving Robbie, the carpet fitters, arrive at Mrs Tyson's bungalow to fit her new carpet, in the room she shares with her lovely budgerigar Barnabas. They finish the job and are about to leave. But where has the bird gone?
Apr 24, 2020
The Man In The Window
A woman watches a man dressing mannequins in a shop window, surrounded by fog. This leads her to fantasy, a brief connection, illness, and finally....sorrow.
Apr 18, 2020
Black & White & Red All Over
Driving home at night, Will is forced to stop after colliding with something in the road - possibly a badger? Getting out of the car he realises quickly that something is not right. And then the police arrive...
Apr 12, 2020
The Second Chance
Ellie is relieved that she fails to post a rancorous letter to her father. But then, in "Sliding Doors" fashion, the letter is despatched. Regretting the vicious content immediately, she tries to intercept its arrival - with ironically deadly results.
Apr 4, 2020
Ashes to Ashford Part 2
Left in a state of confusion at the end of Part 1, Jimmy “Skiver” McIver manages to kick start his quest to inherit old school mate Roger Soul’s considerable fortune. By way of an Italian volcano via an East Kent hillside, Jimmy (and occasionally, his trusty side-kick Spud Murphy) face their sternest challenge yet – from an unlikely source. Hear how love (aided and abetted by bucket loads of money) wins through for our hero...in curiously dubious circumstances.
Mar 28, 2020
Ashes to Ashford Part 1
Ashes to Ashford is a “quest” story…with a difference. Instead of a heroic Odysseus, Sir Lancelot or Luke Skywalker, we have Jimmy McIver, a feckless Cockney failure living in 21st Century England. Having made very little of his existence thus far, Jimmy is given one last chance to “make it big” by a now-deceased old school friend and success story, Roger Soul. To inherit his earth, McIver must successfully complete four tasks set for him by Roger. In Part 1, we hear what these challenges are and how Jimmy fares with the first two of them, accompanied by his doughty assistant Spud Murphy – imagine an Irish version of Sancho Panza. What could possibly go wrong? Listen in to both parts and see how McIver makes it.
Mar 18, 2020
The Tale of Jack Martin
This last story from "The Pickwick Papers" finds Dickens in roister-doister form with a rollicking, enchanting tale of derring-do: featuring a hero, heroine, and a couple of posh, dastardly villains! On a visit to Edinburgh, Jack Martin spends a " heavy" last night with Scottish friends and, on his way home in the wee small hours, he stumbles across a park full of abandoned old mail coaches. Nodding off, he awakes to find a magical change as the coaches and their human contents spring into new life. Our hero is whisked away on a journey involving kidnap, conspiracy, sword play and a beautiful, feisty heroine in peril. Listen to how Jack makes it through to an exciting, romantic, but sadness-tinged denouement.
Mar 18, 2020
The Grave Digger & The Goblin Queen
This is the third of our short-story adaptations from Charles Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers" and his first Yuletide supernatural tale. It tells of Gabriel Grub, a morose, lonely and drunken grave digger who hates people, particularly during the festive season. One Christmas Eve, while at work in the graveyard, he encounters a startlingly scary Goblin Queen (and her many subjects), who terrorises and whisks him away to her underworld lair where Grub is shown the true human values of the season. Dickens was to return triumphantly to this theme seven years later with "A Christmas Carol".
Mar 17, 2020
The Strange Client
Another short story from Charles Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers" and the only one in our series that is truly serious. Having been imprisoned by him, and after witnessing child and then wife die in abject poverty, George Heyling vows to be revenged on the man responsible for this tragedy - his father-in-law. What follows is a path of destruction as Heyling systematically - and legally - ruins the man's life, engineering his death in a final, fatal confrontation.
Mar 15, 2020
The Story of Tom Smart
"Tom Smart" is one of four short stories adapted from Charles Dickens' first major work "The Pickwick Papers". Originally called "A Tale Told by a Bagman", it is a story of magical transformation. After a few too many drinks at the inn where he is staying, our hero Tom notices a strange wooden chair in his bedroom. What follows is a fantastic encounter that changes Tom's life forever.