Category: plays

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!


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.


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.


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) 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 🙂



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.


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.



Sep 10

Rehearsed Readings at HopFestFringe

The 5 rehearsed readings in September 2016 at HopFestFringe were our first productions and one of the reasons for forming Hand of Doom Productions. HopFestFringe is a new fringe festival running alongside the world-famous Faversham Hop Festival.

We split the plays into two shows:

Show 1

Jack Conroy, an ambitious English record exec, has been offered the job he’s always worked for – head of the US division. He flies to New York only to receive the news that an American rival is out to sabotage his appointment. While his future is being decided by the board and chairman, Jack is left alone in a hotel room waiting to hear the outcome. Will he get the job or will he find himself on a plane back to England, humiliated and the laughing stock of the industry? As he waits for the Chairman’s decision isolated and alone in his suite, Jack’s only allies are Kenny, an incompetent bell boy and Gloria, a hooker who has career advice that might help Jack succeed … or possibly fail spectacularly!

Poster for Butterscotch, one of the rehearsed readingsBUTTERSCOTCH by Ribs Norman
Marilyn dreads the postman. Martin can’t communicate. Melissa is wearing a tea cosy. Morris suspects everyone of a serious crime. A touching play about love and regret when time is in short supply.

Show 2

SWIFTS by Charles Orrell

We didn’t sell many tickets ahead of the shows (handled by HopFestFringe via TicketSource), but we did have a lot of walkups. Audience response was great and the playwrights were all very happy. We’ll definitely put on more rehearsed readings again at HopFestFringe next year (and more before then!).


Sep 06

Safe Word at HopFestFringe

Poster for Safe Word play

HopFestFringe saw the third production of Ribs Norman’s Safe Word, after previous performances with the same cast at Spotlight in London for Actor Awareness and as part of Short Is The New Black at Hastings Fringe.

SAFE WORD is “a tale of boy meets girl in the digital age, with real ale and capes” and runs to around 15 minutes, with a cast of three. Soph, 41, was played by Hayley-Marie Axe, Lucy, 41, was played by Olivia Murray, and Ulrik, 39, was played by Tarquin Taylor. All three actors put in stellar performances in all venues.