Join the Eleventh Doctor on journeys in time and space in the stories 'The Runaway Train' by Oli Smith, 'The Ring of Steel' by Stephen Cole, 'The Jade Pyramid' by Martin Day, 'The Hounds of Artemis' by James Goss, 'The Gemini Contagion' by Jason Arnopp, 'Eye of the Jungle' by Darren Jones, 'Blackout' by Oli Smith, 'The Art of Death' by James Goss, 'Darkstar Academy' by Mark Morris, 'Day of the Cockroach' by Steve Lyons and many more.
In the rigid theocracy of Salem, Massachusetts, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town. In the ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor, The Crucible mirrors the anti-Communist hysteria in the 1950s.
"Getting through American Literature"
Caedmon is proud to release this archival full-cast recording of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire. Blanche DuBois arrives at her sister Stella's New Orleans apartment seeking refuge from a troubled past but her ethereal spirit irks Stella's husband, the loutish Stanley Kowalski. Crudely, relentlessly, he unmasks the lies and delusions that sustain Blanche, until her frail hold on reality is shockingly severed.
Over the course of a steamy and tense afternoon, 12 jurors deliberate the fate of a 19-year-old boy alleged to have murdered his own father. A seemingly open and shut case turns complicated, igniting passions and hidden prejudices.
"Excellent court room drama"
Read by Juliet Stevenson and Simon Callow, A Literary Christmas is a seasonal anthology that collects together poems, short stories, and prose extracts by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language. Like Charles Dickens’ ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, they are representative of times old and new - from John Donne’s Elizabethan hymn over the baby Jesus to Rudyard Kipling’s "Christmas in India", from Thomas Tusser counting the cost of a Tudor feast to Laurie Lee’s "Cider with Rosie".
"Marvelous, with one very avoidable flaw"
Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.
"Who would have thought I'd like this?"
Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia merges science with human concerns and ideals, examining the universe’s influence in our everyday lives and ultimate fates through relationship between past and present, order and disorder and the certainty of knowledge. Set in an English country house in the year 1809-1812 and 1989, the play examines the lives of two modern scholars and the house's current residents with the lives of those who lived there 180 years earlier.
There is now no doubt that not only is Waiting for Godot the outstanding play of the 20th century, but it is also Samuel Beckett's masterpiece. Yet it is both a popular text to be studied at school and an enigma. The scene is a country road. There is a solitary tree. It is evening. Two tramp-like figures, Vladimir and Estragon, exchange words. Pull off boots. Munch a root vegetable. Two other curious characters enter. And a boy. Time passes. It is all strange yet familiar.
"Godot is here"
Experience Hamlet as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. The unabridged drama is also presented without commentary.
"What a great way to "read" Shakespeare"
Based on the epic novel by Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck. Set during the Great Depression, tells the powerful story of the Joad family’s trek from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the promise of a new life in California. But what they find threatens to rip apart their lives, and sever the ties that bind them together.
"Dramatization killed it for me"
The Miracle Worker demonstrates the true miracle of love, compassion, and determination. Helen Keller, a young woman struck blind and deaf as a young child, finds the way out of her prison walls of silence and darkness through the love and determination of Anne Sullivan.
John Lithgow and B.D. Wong here recreate their original roles from the Tony Award-winning production. Inspired by an actual espionage scandal, a French diplomat discovers the startling truth about his Chinese mistress.
"Really quick and enjoyable"
A group of low-ranking real-estate salesmen are trying to survive in a cut-throat office culture. But when two of them devise a plot to redress the company's wrongs, the resulting turmoil increases the pressure to unbearable levels. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance.
"Top notch, dramatic acting in a great story."
"Sparkling and combustible" (Bloomberg Businessweek). "Disgraced rubs all kinds of unexpected raw spots with intelligence and humor." (Newsday). "In dialogue that bristles with wit and intelligence, Akhtar puts contemporary attitudes toward religion under a microscope, revealing how tenuous self-image can be for people born into one way of being who have embraced another…. Everyone has been told that politics and religion are two subjects that should be off-limits at social gatherings. But watching these characters rip into these forbidden topics, there's no arguing that they make for ear-tickling good theater." (New York Times).
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation features a star cast including Leo McKern, Simon Russell Beale, Emily Mortimer, and Nicola Pagett, and over two hours of specially composed music.
"Enjoyed this story and this presentation"
A unique collection of 12 full-cast BBC Radio productions of plays by Alan Bennett. The titles are: 40 Years On, A Visit from Miss Prothero, Say Something Happened, Kafka's Dick, Two in Torquay, The Madness of George III, The History Boys, An Englishman Abroad, A Question of Attribution, The Lady in the Van, Cocktail Sticks and The Last of the Sun.
Experience Macbeth as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world.
"I Love the Commentary"
The adventures of Captain Taylor, his son Adam, Mohawk scout Dagadawidah, and Captain Campbell of the 42nd Highlanders continue at Fort Ticonderoga during the French and Indian War in this full cast action adventure audio drama by the award-winning Colonial Radio Theatre.
Experience Julius Caesar as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world.
"Excellent young scholar's intro to Shakespeare"
The Marlowe Society performs an unabridged version of Shakespeare's tragedy featuring Romeo and Juliet, whose untimely deaths unite their feuding families.
Dreaming of days of yore, Tim Porter organizes the return of Cosmo Draper, the town's favorite mayor. Only trouble is, Cosmo's been dead for years, right?
In this classic tale of good and evil, Snow White is pursued by a revengeful Queen who is jealous of her natural beauty and goodness. When the Queen learns of Snow White's hiding place with the Dwarfs in the woods, she prepares a plan to poison her with an apple. Join Snow White as she journeys into the world of the Evil Queen, Udo the Huntsman, the Magic Mirror, the Prince, Deidre the Dove, Albrecht the Owl, and the Deep Dark Woods.
Lecia, a young impoverished girl from the village, volunteers to set out on the dangerous quest into the Dark Forest of No Return and earn the reward money for her mother. Along the way she meets Frederik, a handsome young boy who plays a wooden flute. As they continue their journey together, they encounter bonkberries, a treacherous ravine, and come face to face with a tritch - a tricky witch. A growing fondness develops between the two, but will it be enough for them to survive the ordeal and collect the reward?
As Christmas approaches, John, a modern-day working father, seems a little more stressed out than usual. With his lovely wife, Eve, and adoring teenage children, Chris, Brooke, and little Anna-Magdalena at his side, what could possibly go wrong? Well, just about everything - including an unexpected visit from his in-laws, the never-ending seasonal to-do list, the annoying neighborhood kids, and that man-eating Christmas tree. Join John and his family as they take you on a madcap dash through the festive season.
All Alex Dassan needs to do is win second place in the debate team finals. The second place prize is a trip to the Nottingshire Retreat in London, where she'll have a chance to take a class with her writing idol, Mary Noelle Simmons. Alex knows that once she meets Mary, then her life will fall into place and her dreams of becoming a writer will be possible (and less scary). Nothing is going to stand in Alex's way - especially not a dad who's never home and a mom who left to go "find herself" in India.
"Viciously smart and laugh-out loud funny!"
For most people an afternoon trip to the dentist is the very definition of hell. When Deb's routine dentist appointment turns out to be a meeting with Lucifer himself, she bargains her way back to living with a promise to secure a certain number of souls. Naturally she begins her scavenger hunt in the corporate sector - the Disney Corporation, to be exact! Sharp and refreshing, Keith Reddin's Synergy is an uproarious and wry look at life on the corporate ladder.
Keith Reddin's examination of the early career of Richard Nixon. Set in a suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a paranoid Dick Nixon is an idealistic young congressman who is ambivalent about resorting to a monumentally underhanded "dirty trick". This was orchestrated by Nixon's conniving campaign official Roy Day against his Democratic opponent, Congresswoman Helen Gahagan Douglas - the so-called 'Pink Lady'. Nixon's victory launches his career as a politician.
The year is 1208, a time when most heiresses do their duty. But not Elsbeth of Camley, for she would rather join a holy order than be bartered off and expected to breed well and often. Elsbeth flees to Lambeth Abbey with her dower coin and unwittingly sets off a chain of events that threatens the balance of power in England. Because of his bold rescue of the lady and her dower, Sir Roger of Angelsey earns a barony and substantial amounts of land. But he must lose no time in making his betrothed his wife in order to keep his title. It's not an easy task.
One thing is to win, to win. To win. To win. To win. To dominate. To crush them!
Althea Witlin has a 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzle among her large collection that she's never worked on. She has less than a day to finish it because poor health has forced her to move in with her sister, without her puzzles. Van Choc Straw is a bittersweet comedy about tenuous family ties and the often stronger bonds of friendship that lattice the final years of our lives.
PIGmalion tells the story of one Eliza Doolittle, who sells homemade pork rinds at the Tri-Counties Fair and Livestock Show. The daughter of a hardscrabble Mississippi pig farmer, Eliza dreams of someday working as a waitress at "one of those nice downtown barbecue restaurants where all the tourists go".
After many years living abroad with her longtime lover, Lady Catherine Champion-Cheney visits her former marital home, now occupied by her son, Arnold, and his wife, Elizabeth. Also present is her estranged husband, Clive, who lives in a cottage on the estate. Elizabeth has become dissatisfied with the life she leads with her wealthy husband, who is very occupied with his political career, and she encourages the advances of a dashing but impecunious suitor, Teddy Luton.
Deep in the Heart, adapted from the award-winning comedy-drama The Deer and the Antelope Play, tells the story of an East Texas family - a mother, daughter, and grandmother - who face tragedy and assorted misfortunes head-on with the help of the strange young woman, believed to be a former prostitute, who comes to live with them.
Playwright Mark Dunn presents four audio plays about Southern women: Dix Tableaux, Van Choc Straw, PIGmalion, and Deep in the Heart.
Played out over the course of 10 years, Dix Tableaux is a story of friendship between two women in their 60s. Each year represents another reunion for Beverly and Addie, two participants in a series of annual tableaux sponsored by a museum in Dix, a small city in the South.
On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 on the evening of April 3 is the subject of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop. Hours after King's final speech, punctuated by his immortal line "I've been to the mountaintop", the celebrated reverend forms an unlikely friendship with a motel maid as they talk into the early hours of what will be his final day.
This guide, How to Teach Drama to Kids, will take someone unsure of the main principles of teaching theatre arts to various ages, through the basic categories and components principally considered to be the heart of the study of drama.
On Christmas Eve, after Jimmy breaks one of his father's ornaments, a strange force shrinks both he and his sister down to ornament size. On the lowest branch, they meet an Old St. Nicholas ornament who explains that the Star Angel, residing at the very top of the Christmas tree, alone has the power to return them to normal size and must do so before sunrise, when the magic that brings the ornaments to life will fade away, turning Jimmy and Samantha into ornaments as well.
"Great Christmas story for all ages to enjoy."
At the end of his life, St. Francis reflects on all that took place during his life. Historically correct, a play that takes St. Francis out of the birdbath. A drama in two acts.
"Close your eyes and see!"
"Do you have any notes for me?" Actors always ask for notes on their performance, and they will take them from just about anyone. Ron Marasco's Notes to an Actor grew out of the actor's profession. In his years as an actor, scholar, and teacher of acting, Mr. Marasco found that most acting books were either outdated classics that were rarely read, or quasi-textbooks that actors only "skimmed." So he developed Notes to an Actor, a compact, user-friendly audiobook geared specifically to the way actors work.
Actors! Engage your mind and your body in order to develop your characters fully. The Lucid Body technique breaks up stagnant movement patterns and expands your emotional and physical range. Through energy analysis, this program shows how to use physical training to create characters from all walks of life - however cruel, desolate, or neurotic those characters may be.
"A Wonderful Conceptual Framework for the Actor"
Doing Time: For the prison writers whose work is included in this anthology, it means more than "serving a sentence"; it means staying alive and sane, preserving dignity, reinventing oneself, and somehow retaining one's humanity. For the last quarter century the prestigious writers' organization PEN has sponsored a contest for writers behind bars to help prisoners face these challenges. The contest honors the best short stories, plays, essays, and poems among hundreds submitted annually by men and women nationwide.
In the most important theatrical audiobook of this or any other decade, twitter sensation @tips4actors gives you all the advice you need to take your acting to the next level. How to upstage your fellow cast members, what to wear on the first day of rehearsals, where to go for a poo in London's glamorous West End - it's all covered in here!
"Needed more Fergus Craig"