The Devil’s Violin, a magical, murderous and musical fairytale by Lucy Rivers.
Sherman 5, in collaboration with BBC Wales Radio Drama, introduces a new way for audiences to engage with drama at the Sherman Theatre, starting with a suitably spooky tale for Halloween.
As the Paul Hamlyn Foundation supported Sherman 5 project at the Sherman Theatre continues to develop, its latest initiative is a series of Lights Down, Listen Sessions in collaboration with BBC Wales Radio Drama. The first event will be held on 31 October, at the Sherman Theatre at 6.30pm.
Taking place on a regular basis, audiences will be invited to the Sherman to listen, together, to a BBC Wales radio drama by Welsh and Wales-based writers. The audience will listen to the drama in the Sherman Studio and, following the playback, will be invited to meet various people involved with the productions: sometimes it might be the writer, on other occasions it may be an actor who performed in the radio play or the director.
The first event is The Devil’s Violin, a magical, murderous and musical fairytale by Lucy Rivers. Perfect for Halloween.
Life for 16 year old Hannah is pretty miserable. Her mother's a drunk and her baby brother Gethin is an evil little gremlin child. But then one night she meets an alluring violinist who plays the most seductive melodies. He offers Hannah the chance to fulfil her darkest desires. How far will Hannah go to get what she wants?
This is a wickedly playful dark modern fable with an original score composed and performed by Lucy Rivers.
Lucy Rivers is a multi-talented writer, musician and performer. She's achieved great success with her company Gaggle Babble on acclaimed shows such as The Bloody Ballad - uniquely fusing music and theatre, humour and the macabre. The Devil's Violin is her first radio drama.
Guy O’Donnell, Sherman 5 Coordinator, said:
“It is exciting to be working with BBC Wales to introduce radio drama to new audiences in a social setting like the Sherman. We really hope that this becomes an accessible way for new audiences to experience drama, often for the first time, and look forward to welcoming new and existing Sherman 5 audiences into the building to join us.”
Alison Hindell, BBC Head of Audio Drama UK said:
“By joining forces, BBC Wales Radio Drama and the Sherman Theatre will inspire new audiences and drama makers with the magic of radio drama. The BBC is proud to be the biggest commissioner and broadcaster of radio drama in the world, and Wales-made work is a very significant part of that vibrant activity.”
BBC Wales and Sherman Cymru’s Lights Down, Listen Sessions start with The Devil’s Violin at the Sherman Theatre on 31 October, 6.30pm. To book your free place, contact Guy O’Donnell, Sherman 5 Coordinator on 07703 729079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.