Review-The Wizard of Was.

I had my first review of the audio pantomime yesterday. It was only verbal, but very welcome. I felt as if I had just published a book and wanted to know what people thought of it. The comments were very positive; the only criticism being inconsistent sound levels ( not down to me!) I am still waiting for comments on the script and the acting but it is early days yet. I’d love to do another one next year and am concerned that once Christmas is over no-one will bother to look at the website http://www.voiceofprogress.co.uk and search out December’s magazine.

Talking Newspapers are such an important resource yet they are not well known. This Littlehampton and Worthing charity deserves  more exposure.

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Christmas Panto plus!

I promised to tell you when the panto was recorded. “The Wizard of Was” can now be heard on the Voice of Progress website under ‘magazine.’ There are two short pieces, one an excellent story set locally in Worthing, which take up the first fifteen minutes and then the pantomime.

The Voice of Progress are a talking newspaper  and many of their recordings are of local news but the magazines cover a variety of topics. The pantomime was written from the book which is why the shoes are silver, not red, We all had great fun making it and hope everyone enjoys it. Best Wishes to all. Julie.

Happy days!

I have now heard the panto as my friend sent it on dropbox. Not much needs changing and it should be out in early December . Once it is on line anyone will be able to hear it.

As for the radio play. I have now reached week four and am half way through the first scene. I think I’ll have to get round the lack of internal thought by having a character write a letter and read it to herself out loud. We’ll see.

My tutor seems fascinated by the differences between characters so I’ll have to think more about their ages and personalities. Should be planning my talk on reading for radio or writing a ghost story but can’t think of an original angle.

Writing Course adventure

Adventure? Yes, I think so. Trying something new at 75 must be an adventure. Anyway I have been asked to do two things, consider a structure for my radio play and work out the main character. As usual with fiction one is asked to write a backstory so that you know how the person would react in any given circumstances. Age and occupation are a start but more is needed even if it is not required for purposes of the play.

I immediately made a mistake. I was keeping back an essential characteristic of my main protagonist and then put her into a situation she would never be in. When you give a publisher a synopsis of your book you are supposed to reveal everything and I guess the same applies here but I am very reluctant to reveal a surprise ending this early. I may even change the story as I go along!

As far as structure goes – I have absolutely no idea how long this will be! Knowing my writing style it is much more likely to be 15 minutes than 45. I don’t know whether to write the 15 minute one and add scenes or try to start the longer one.

You know when you write a novel and the editor says it would be better without the first chapter? I fear that might be the case with this and I’ll lose my audience after the first few minutes.

All good fun.

Rehearsal

Everyone turned up for the pantomime casting session and it wasn’t difficult to cast the parts as I had heard most of them on the phone. The part I thought would be difficult turned out to be easy as the ‘reader’ adopted exactly the right voice without being coached. Our star actor was as good as I expected in the main role and the technician was happy with everyone’s voices on the microphones.

This will be an audio version of a well known story but with added jokes that I gleaned from the internet, although they may just as well have come out of a Christmas cracker!

Once it is in the can I’ll tell you all about it. There will have to be added sound effects and it should be out in early December.

Another Story

I didn’t realise how much what I was reading influenced what I was writing until this week.

I read a short story to our writing  group and accepted that the ending was weak. That’s what these groups are all about- helpful criticism to encourage improvement.

But, at home, I was reading Philip Dick short stories which resulted in my turning a gentle romance into a fatal time travel story. I read this to the group yesterday and they all complained that the heroine should not have been murdered. I blame Philip Dick.

I’m not sure I’ll rewrite it again. Each time I read it I find flaws. I’ll leave it and investigate scriptwriting courses. It’s time I had a go at something new.

Happenings

News about the panto and the poetry anthology yesterday. The anthology is with the printer and I should see a draft next week. I had great fun looking at potential borders on the computer but left it to him in the end as I could have been there for hours. He showed me how to drag and drop in windows. I wish I knew more about computers!

Then the technician at the talking newspaper gave me some advice about turning a panto into something for audio. I need to add a lot more that I assumed people would know was happening by putting it into the dialogue. It turned out that not everyone has seen the film ( a very common children’s story that I took from the book) I’ll let you know which one nearer the time. The film was a musical but I’m not having music – just sound effects!

Then, last night we were treated to a splendid evening with the Blue Coconut Orchestra at the Willows Folk Club. Brilliant musicians.We are singing again tonight with the surgery group – must be good for us!