Alongside our fabulous podcast series, Stories from the Archives, which has been entertaining listeners for the past few months, we wanted to do something more for our lovely audiences during these strange times. So, since Lockdown came into force, we have been developing Lockdown Tales.
This project is a series of home-recorded stories and poems from actors and authors, combined with fun and imaginative activities for isolated children and their families during these difficult times. Children’s stories, folk and fairy tales, contemporary and a bit of Shakespeare are all in the melting pot, brought to life by voices new and familiar, from young Suffolk talents to seasoned stage, TV and film actors, as well as children’s books read by their authors. We launch next week, hoping you enjoy them and that they provide a little communal escapism for families separated from those they love.
We’re absolutely thrilled to be launching our shiny new website today. You can browse archives of our work, seek inspiration, and keep up with everything the Beast is doing here on our new blog page, ‘Whispers’.
In celebration of the event, and thinking a little outside the box about how we can reach you all in these strange isolating times, we’re simultaneously launching our first ever podcast, ‘From the Archives’, which is currently available from Spotify (iTunes to follow).
We’ll be releasing new ‘episodes’ in the form of some of our favourite and best archive recordings, with a star-studded cast. In honour of the Beast’s dear friends Roger Lloyd Pack and Adrian Mitchell, both of whom greatly helped to get the company off the ground back in the mists of time, our very first podcast is a one-man performance from Roger of Adrian Mitchell’s ‘The Plays What I Wrote’:
New episodes will be released on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we hope that they delight you as much as they do us. As ever with the Beast, there’ll be something for everyone and all ages, so please do share far and wide.
Alys Kihl, Founder and Artistic Director of Wonderful Beast.