So, the last of these three stories was called Pandemic Stories 3 – Annie. And it featured great grandma Annie who was a feisty old character in Tina and Tom – Pandemic Story 2 played so well by Hannah Studd. And she did another marvellous job as the story of her lockdown in a care home proceeds and takes a few turns. This again reflects some of what went on at that time in the lockdown and the difficulties with relatives getting to see or visit, or even contact at times.
With Annie having the bulk of the play, this could almost have been a Talking Heads style play in the style of Alan Bennett’s creations (not that I would compare in any way quality or content wise with those). And quite good that they are on the TV at the moment too (and very good versions they are) – currently on iPlayer from the BBC.
As well as Hannah Studd playing Annie, repeating their roles from the first and second parts was Morven Robinson who has an excellent natural style in the role of Tina, Karen MacQuarrie returned as the Newsreader and again presented that and the credits extremely well, and additionally contributed a new role as Luna, the care home assistant. Fiona Goulty returned in a new role as Judith, the care home manager. Brett Barnett returned as Annie’s Grandson Tom, again doing an excellent job, and young Lauran Thomas re-created her role as Great Granddaughter Jenny as she did in Story 2. A guest cameo appearance by my good lady Linda Dauber completed the casting!
The recording was also a challenge again. The first one worked well over Zoom, but this one (like the second story) was more technically a struggle, maybe due to the fact that much of the country was using internet video chat capabilities by this time in lockdown, so the systems and broadband in general were well used. So it took quite a while in editing as well using Audacity, with again, some recordings having to come from the cast’s own recordings as well as my computer. But we got there and the Audio performance was released in June 2020. The music was the same as in stories 1 and 2 and was Kevin MacLeod‘s Almost New and Rising Tide, but with an additional piece Clear Waters which featured near the end of the last but one scene – all these tracks are available on Kevin’s music website at https://incompetech.filmmusic.io.
The podcast was released on the Anchor podcasts site as was the first and second stories, and can be heard at this link:- https://anchor.fm/wombwell-thespians/episodes/Pandemic-Stories-3—Annie-eesuou
So a big thank you to all the cast for making this series work so well! You were all great.
So that’s it for now on the Pandemic Stories… I do have a draft online for stories 4 and 5 but now the lockdown has eased other pressures are taking time, and I and the group above are working on a recording an audio performance version of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde! A different challenge indeed, and will be coming to a Podcast site near you before the end of August 2020!!