Our September trio of fundraising events were all a great success.
They began on Thursday 21st September, when an audience of over 50 people were entertained by B.B.C. Radio 4 scriptwriter Bert Coules with his talk “No Need for Pictures” which revealed the joys and tribulations of writing radio drama. As well as a short history of drama on the radio (who remembers “Journey Into Space”?) Bert’s talk took the audience behind the scenes to explain how the productions we hear are produced in the studio. He also recounted anecdotes and stories of some of the many stars he has worked with, including Philip Madoc, Michael Williams, Clive Merrison, Fenella Fielding and Judi Dench. A most informative and entertaining evening was had by all. (and a note of thanks to the Church Stretton Area Local History Group for loaning us their projector)
The following day saw Bert conducting a Writers Workshop in which members of Church Stretton U3A Writing Group got to grips with the complexities of writing for radio. (Photos by Hazel Whitehouse)
And on Friday 29th September, Sherlock Holmes came to Church Stretton when the Stretton Players performed two of Bert Coules’ B.B.C. Radio 4 dramatisations to an almost 100-strong audience at the Silvester Horne Institute. The pieces were performed as if in a radio studio, with the actors in everyday clothes and reading from the script, giving the audience a sense of watching an actual radio production as it would be broadcast. It was a fascinating insight into the world of radio drama., which the Players performed magnificently. Very many thanks to Ray Philpotts and the Stretton Players. (Photos by Hazel Whitehouse)
Our appreciation goes also to all the local businesses who displayed posters, to Stretton Print, and a special thank you to Ros Ephraim of Burway Books for her help and continued support. We thank everyone who attended the events and all the volunteers who cheerfully came along to help. And our thanks above all others to Bert Coules, who not only very graciously waived his normal speaker’s fee and Play Performance rights, but made the train journey from his home in the south of England to Church Stretton three times during the preparation and execution of the events.