Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tails of the North - [ fiction ][ humour ][radio/stage play ]






Authors notes on Tails of the North.

This is really a two part  radio play (or two separate plays), which I wrote for a group that I belong to. I wrote the first one in a couple of weeks and we revised it for six more weeks. The second one was written nearly two years later and was performed as written.

While the first one was originally written as a stage play with a lot of emphasis on sight gags, it was rewritten as a radio play while the second episode was only written as a radio play. The sight gags for the first one are included.

Science Fiction? Not a chance. But it is fiction, and you should be able to judge by the cover that there is a modicum of comedy involved; well, actually quite a bit. The main character is the famous mountie, Sargeant Pressley, and in the first  episode, he is tasked with finding the bank robbers, all the while being plagued by Nellie, who seems to be in constant distress, and the lack of a tent.

The second episode adds a whole new set of characters, with some cameos of characters from the first episode. In this episode our hero runs into all sorts of people from his past while trying to find a single missing person. Things quickly spiral out of control and the usual calm and collected Sargeant Pressley is assaulted from every angle by meddling and political wrangling. In the end he finds out that his new assistant is none other than... But that would be giving it away, wouldn't it?

So, I guess you will just have to read it to find out, won't you.

Well? "WHAT DO YOU THINK?"