The Audio Drama Show
Summary: Bringing you the best of original and adapted English language drama - classical and modern - from talented independent writers and producers.
- Artist: James Newberry
- Copyright: ℗ & © 2020 The Audio Drama Show
Left dazed and confused at the end of Part 1, Jimmy “Skiver” McIver manages to kick start his quest to inherit old school mate Roger Soul’s considerable fortune. By way of an Italian volcano via an East Kent hillside, Jimmy (and occasionally, his trusty side-kick Spud Murphy) face their sternest challenge yet – from an unlikely source. Hear how love (aided and abetted by bucket loads of money) wins through for our hero...in curious circumstances.
Ashes to Ashford is a “quest” story…with a difference. Instead of a heroic Odysseus, Sir Lancelot or Luke Skywalker, we have Jimmy McIver, a feckless Cockney failure living in 21st Century England. Having made very little of his existence thus far, Jimmy is given one last chance to “make it big” by a now-deceased old school friend and success story, Roger Soul. To inherit his earth, McIver must successfully complete four tasks set for him by Roger. In Part 1, we hear what these challenges are and how Jimmy fares with the first two of them, accompanied by his doughty assistant Spud Murphy – imagine an Irish version of Sancho Panza. What could possibly go wrong? Listen in to both parts and see how McIver makes it.
This last story from "The Pickwick Papers" finds Dickens in roister-doister form with a rollicking, enchanting tale of derring-do: featuring a hero, heroine, and a couple of posh, dastardly villains! On a visit to Edinburgh, Jack Martin spends a " heavy" last night with Scottish friends and, on his way home in the wee small hours, he stumbles across a park full of abandoned old mail coaches. Nodding off, he awakes to find a magical change as the coaches and their human contents spring into new life. Our hero is whisked away on a journey involving kidnap, conspiracy, sword play and a beautiful, feisty heroine in peril. Listen to how Jack makes it through to an exciting, romantic, but sadness-tinged denouement.
This is the third of our short-story adaptations from Charles Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers" and his first Yuletide supernatural tale. It tells of Gabriel Grubb, a morose, lonely and drunken grave digger who hates people, particularly during the festive season. One Christmas Eve, while at work in the graveyard, he encounters a startlingly scary Goblin Queen (and her many subjects), who terrorises and whisks him away to her underworld lair where Grubb is shown the true human values of the season. Dickens was to return triumphantly to this theme seven years later with "A Christmas Carol".
Another short story from Charles Dickens' "The Pickwick Papers" and the only one in our series that is truly serious. Having been imprisoned by him, and after witnessing child and then wife die in abject poverty, George Heyling vows to be revenged on the man responsible for this tragedy - his father-in-law. What follows is a path of destruction as Heyling systematically - and legally - ruins the man's life, engineering his death in a final, fatal confrontation.
"Tom Smart" is one of four short stories adapted from Charles Dickens' first major work "The Pickwick Papers". Originally called A Tale Told by a Bagman, it is a story of magical transformation. After a few too many drinks at the inn where he is staying, our hero Tom Smart notices a strange wooden chair in his bedroom. What follows is a fantastic encounter which changes Tom's life forever.