I Hear Voices Theatre Co Presents: Bentley Strangetrousers & The Dance of Doom

I Hear Voices Theatre Co Presents: Bentley Strangetrousers & The Dance of Doom

10th May 2016

A live audio podcast recording...

Written and Performed
by Damien Bell and Darren Gooding

Also featuring Mary Bollan, Sara Jane Derrick, David Hughes, Gerry McKee, Richard Potter and Sarah-Ellen Young

Sound recording and Music by Darren Tansley
Foley Sound by Matthew Orchard.

I Hear Voices Theatre Company returns to Colchester Arts Centre with a corduroy-coated, cider-soaked, rustic horror from the top secret files of “The Adventures of Bentley Strangetrousers!”

It is 1950 and the ace-super-special-secret-security-squad agent of MI5 and 7/8ths, finds his world turned upside down when respectable, middle class citizens suddenly begin metamorphosing into Morris dancing, beard-ridden yokels!

Following the hideous siren song of the accordion, Bentley’s investigations take him on a comic odyssey into the hideous Heart of Darkness that is East Anglia!
What nightmare will he find in the sleepy, bucolic village of Tropping Sholley? Who is the Mysterious Lord Redherring? And what does all this have to do with Norfolk Mustard? Enormous thrills, enormous scientists, and spiralling nonsense abound in this terrifying tale of adventure, espionage and creeping corduroy.

Recorded before your very ears and featuring live sound effects courtesy of our overworked and overstressed Foley artist.

Attend the recording, witness the lunacy; revisit the bumpkins!

Once taped “Bentley Strangetrousers & The Dance of Doom” will join his previous adventures on-line, all of which are free to download at http://ihearvoicestheatre.co.uk

Tickets £7
Doors Open 7.30pm. Recordings Commence 8pm.

Damien Bell and Darren Gooding founded I Hear Voices Theatre Co. in 2012 with the intention of recording their plays as podcasts to make the work accessible to a wider audience. As fans of old radio comedies such as “The Goon Show”, it was decided to record the shows live before an audience and to enhance the theatricality of the event further by also creating as many live sound effects as possible, as well as including elements of audience participation; which have proved very popular with the company’s growing following. Recordings began at Colchester Slack Space, (who utilise vacant commercial properties as venues for local arts exhibitions and performances) and the company has built on its experience with each production to improve its technical skills. To date podcasts include the serial “Bentley Strangetrousers and the Dance of Doom”, “The Frogs”, (a new adaptation of Aristophanes’ ancient Greek comedy), “Bentley Strangetrousers and the Twelve Plagues of Christmas” the Victorian Steam-Punk series “Tea with Lady Breakneck”, “Bentley Strangetrousers and A Quantum of Sporran”. “Bentley Strangetrousers and A Ding Dong Merrily on Die!” and “The Greatermass Experiment”.

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