Jan 14

Radio Play: Mrs Shipley’s Spinning Wheel by Michele Sheldon

As promised, here’s the second of our four radio plays which we recorded last year in Faversham. Thanks again to Robert “Woody” Burgess who recorded and produced all the plays for us.

Mrs Shipley’s Spinning Wheel was originally a short story written by Michele Sheldon and was adapted into a radio play by the author. Susan Anderson played Daughter and Nicola Carter played Mother.

Stay tuned for play number three next week!

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Jan 08

Radio Play: Clouds by Sarah Davies

We are delighted to release our first radio play, Clouds by Sarah Davies. We had a fun day recording this and three other plays in Faversham. Our thanks go to The Limes pub who let us use their plush upstairs room, to Robert “Woody” Burgess who recorded and produced the plays for us, and to all the actors who took part.

Romeo was played by Jack Finch-Harding and Mercutio by Anthony Hall. Sarah Davies was the writer.

We hope you enjoy the play. We’ll be posting the remaining three over the coming weeks.

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Dec 11

Coming Soon from Hand of Doom Productions

Mince Pie, Anyone?

We are very pleased to announce that we are performing Mince Pie For One, a short play with a heartwarming Christmas theme, next Tuesday in Jittermugs, Faversham. If you like Love Actually, you’ll love this 🙂

Tickets are £7 from Jittermugs and include a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine (or prosecco). Tapas menu and licensed bar available. Strictly limited audience capacity, so don’t wait until the night itself to get your ticket.

Doors open at 7pm, performance starts at 8pm. It’s only a 15-minute play though, so don’t be late or you’ll miss it!

We hope to see you there!

 

Sketchy Beasts News

As you can see, Burgess & Norman’s debut sketch comedy show, Sketchy Beasts, went down very well with the full capacity crowd at the Fleur de Lis hall on November 11th. Thanks to everyone who attended.

If you liked what you saw – or are gutted you missed out – fear not! Burgess & Norman are now planning to take the show on the road, ending with a grand finale at HopFestFringe in September (of course!). In the meantime, they will be performing at the Private Widdle Social Club on January 27th (Deal) and in Folkestone Comedy Club on February 3rd (Folkestone, obvs).

 

 

Stand Up Comedy in the Arden: Lee Kyle

At the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, Lee Kyle got a really nice review. The bit that stuck in his mind was: “it would be good to see him find more of his audience.”

“Yeah,” he thought, “it bloody would!”

So, in a moment of madness, he has decided to bite off more than he can chew and has booked a 30+ date national tour (Hand of Doom Productions is helping him with the Faversham date), as an attempt to answer the question: “What happens if you do a tour while not actually being famous?”

Then, as if that wasn’t enough, he is ending the tour with a gig in a 400-seat theatre in his hometown.

He’ll also be recording a documentary as he goes while hoping not to regret it.

He’s good by the way, should have probably have said that earlier. He’s done a bit of telly and radio but nothing you’ll have seen, which is a good thing really or the whole point of the tour won’t have made sense.

He had a book out last year, that was in the top ten comedians’ books on Amazon UK and led to almost no rasing of his profile. His podcast with Sammy Dobson (from BBC’s Boy Meets Girl (yep, she’s better known) is called Which Is The Best? and is funny and is liked by people who like it.

Come on, get on board, take a chance. Be cool.

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Nov 27

Calling All Playwrights!

Have you written a short play, either specifically for radio, or one that could be adapted for radio? We’re planning to start a weekly magazine-style podcast featuring a radio play, some short stories and interviews with authors. This podcast might also become a regular show on a local community radio station.

We’re looking for are plays that are no longer than 15 minutes long, with a small cast. Genre – drama, comedy, sci-fi, political thriller – anything goes.

Sadly we have no funds at this stage, but plays will become part of a podcast which will be available for download, so people will at least get to hear your work. All rights remain with you, naturally.

If you’ve got something you think might be suitable, drop us a line at highfive (at) handofdoom.online. And if you’re an actor, producer or someone who fancies doing some foley work, we’d love to hear from you too. (We’ve got a lot of short stories lined up, but when we run out we’ll post a call out, so keep your eyes peeled.)

UPDATE 28.11: Submissions can come from anywhere in the world 🙂

 

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Oct 03

Telling Tales at the Troubadour

Last Friday, September 29th, we held our Tales of the Triennial storytelling event in a new (to us) venue – The Troubadour of Kent. It’s a lovely little micropub on Tontine Street in Folkestone. The owner, Mark Swain, also wrote one of the stories.

There wasn’t much room by the time everyone had arrived, so we think we were pretty much sold out (bean counter to confirm). This event was a one-off to coincide with the fantastic Folkestone Triennial, an arts festival held every three years in the town. All the stories were written in response to artworks from this or previous Triennials (many are permanent fixtures), or to the theme “DoubleEdge”.

This was the lineup:

Most of the stories were read the authors themselves, with Ribs Norman and Louise Burgess stepping in on two occasions. Ribs and Louise also performed their Triennial tribute sketch, The Art Buffoons, which went down very well. You can watch a video of their sketch here:

All in all, a great event. Next up – Spooky Stories for Grown Ups at The Grand on October 27th.

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May 12

Short Story Competition Winner

We’d like to thank everyone for entering our first short story competition. We very much enjoyed reading your entries and appreciate your support.
Without further ado, we are pleased to announce that the winner is:

James Turner with his story entitled “13th May 2007”

We would also like to mention Barbara Woodhams, whose story had us in stitches and is thus Highly Commended.

James’ story will feature at both of our upcoming Storytelling for Grownups evenings, taking place in Folkestone (May 19th) and Faversham (May 20th). As his prize, James receives two tickets to the venue of his choice, plus a cut of the profit from both events.

We’d love to meet all the entrants (plus their extended family, friends, work colleagues, vague acquaintances etc), so if you’re free on either evening, tickets are available online or on the door:

Storytelling for Grown Ups (Folkestone) May 19th
Storytelling for Grown Ups (Faversham) May 20th

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Mar 27

Short Story Competition For Kent Writers

We’re busy planning our next live storytelling event and we want you to be part of it! We’re looking for a new short story or monologue that we can perform at our May event, which will be taking place in both Faversham and Folkestone.

The rules are fairly simple (full Ts and Cs at the end of this post):

  • You need to live in Kent to enter
  • Your story or monologue must be no more than 2,000 words long
  • You must take your inspiration from our theme: “May”
  • You must pay the entry fee of £4 via paypal.me/HandofDoom/4
  • You must submit your entry by midnight GMT on April 30th

The theme is purposely vague, to encourage a wide range of entries. Think: May Day, Mayday (as in SOS), May, Maybe, Theresa May. Well, perhaps not the last one…

Entries need to be in by April 30th. Please send an email to highfive@handofdoom.online with the subject “May Short Story Competition”. Please include your name, mobile number and story title in the email, but do not put your name on the story itself so that we can read them anonymously. The competition is £4 to enter.

The winner will have their story or monologue read at both events and receive a cut of the profits (sadly never massive, but it’s still payment for writing!). The winner will also get two free tickets for the venue of their choice (venues and dates to be confirmed shortly).

Quick! Get writing!


Full Terms & Conditions

Entries may take the form of a short story or monologue.

2,000 words maximum, no minimum. The title is not included in the word count.

All entries are judged anonymously: do not include your name on the document.

All entries should be on the loose theme of “May”. Interpret this as you see fit.

No erotica please.

Entrants may submit as many stories or monologues as they wish, as long as the fee is paid for each entry.

Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition by notification in writing; entry fees will not be refunded.

The deadline date for entries is 12 midnight (UK time) on April 30th 2017.

The Competition is open to writers residing in the county of Kent only.

Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.

Entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed in any other competition.

If your entry has been longlisted or shortlisted in other competitions, and provided it has not won a prize or been published, then it is eligible for the Competition.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should they win a prize or be published prior to the prizegiving date; entry fees will not be refunded. You must inform Hand of Doom Productions immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.

Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible.

The entry fee is £4 per story or monologue submitted payable via paypal.me/HandofDoom/4

Entries must be in English.

Entries to be double-spaced and a word count noted at the top of the first page.

Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title.

The filename of online entries must be the title of the entry and it must be either a .doc, .docx, .rtf, .wps, .pdf or .txt file.

Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted, nor substitutions made. If entrants wish to correct errors they must submit a new entry, marked ‘Final Version’ on the title page, and enter again with payment of the entry fee. No correspondence or discussion about amendments will be entered into.

Entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment to PayPal.

The winner will be contacted by the judges in early May. If you do not hear from us by the date of the first event, it means your entry has not been selected on this occasion.

Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but Hand of Doom Productions will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning story or monologue, (including Highly Commendeds), in any relevant promotional material.

The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.

Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.

Judging is fair and unbiased. Experienced readers assist the named judges in selecting the shortlists.

The prize is a reading of the winning entry at two live storytelling events in Faversham and Folkestone. In addition, the winner will receive two complimentary tickets to the event of their choice, plus a proportion of any profit made from ticket sales.

Hand of Doom Productions reserves the right to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so. Any changes to the rules will be posted on the Hand of Doom Productions website.

SUBMISSION OF ENTRY IMPLIES ACCEPTANCE OF ALL THE RULES

 

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Jan 11

Live Storytelling: Twisted Love

Yes, it’s that time again already – another evening of storytelling by Kent’s finest is nearly upon us. Our third bi-monthly spoken word event is entitled Twisted Love and we envisage it as an alternative – or even antidote – to the saccharin-sweet commercial overkill that Valentine’s Day has mostly become.

This time round we’re running two venues, in two different towns (gasp!). Faversham and Folkestone residents will be able to treat themselves to an evening of literary entertainment on Valentine’s Day itself (Faversham) or the Friday after (Folkestone). The Grand hotel’s Drawing Room was so good for our Spooky Stories night that we’ve booked that again for February 17th (tickets here) and we’re trying out The Old Wine Vaults in Faversham on February 14th (details here, tickets on the door only).

The lineup is yet to be finalised, but so far we have stories from Ribs Norman, Michele Sheldon and Kate van der Borgh.

Here are the lovely posters of a truly romantic flower-spewing gent:

Twisted Love Poster FolkestoneTwisted Love Poster Faversham

If you haven’t been to our spoken word events before, you can get a feel for them by watching the videos from Spooky Stories for Grown Ups on our YouTube channel.

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Nov 11

Do you want a Mince Pie for One?

One of our writers, Ribs Norman, has written a heart-warming play set in a coffee shop. Mince Pie for One has a Christmas theme, two fantastic reveals and a French ukulele player. What’s not to like? Its Christmas theme means that we have to act now, or wait an entire year. Patience levels run low here at Hand of Doom Productions, so we’ve come up with a cunning plan.

We’re asking town centre and shopping centre managers if they would like us to perform Mince Pie for One in cafes and restaurants during their scheduled Christmas late-night openings. We are convinced that this short but sweet play will bring some Christmas cheer to weary shoppers with its seasonal mix of humour and romance.

Our plan is to perform the play at several venues across each town on the same day, creating a buzz, drawing people into the town and providing great publicity for the town’s retail centre. We’ve had a couple of enquiries already, but we’ve got space in our schedule to fit in more towns. If you’re interested, or know someone who might be, you can get the full lowdown in the email we recently sent out.

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While we’re on the subject of site-specific plays, we’re also open to opportunities to perform Safe Word in pubs and bars. It’s actually set in a micropub, but it would work well in any kind of venue with beer on tap.

 

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Nov 08

Live Storytelling: Festive Phantoms & Yuletide Yarns

Following on from the success of our Spooky Stories night for Halloween, we’re running another evening of storytelling on December 16th in Folkestone. Come along to Family in Rendezvous Street at 8pm to hear 6 all-new stories. It’s free entry this time (we’re hoping people might put a little something in the hat at the end so we can pay our creatives) and food and drink will be available to purchase.

Promotion for Festive Phantoms & Yuletide Yarns

So far, we have confirmed stories from Michele Sheldon, Ribs Norman and Primrose Coulter with three more in the works (we’ll announce those soon). The readers will be Louise Burgess, Nicola Howard and Ryan Hill.

For further details, please see the Facebook event page.

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