Wireless Theatre Company
|Mariele Runacre Temple, Artistic Director
David Beck, Director
Jack Bowman, Director/Producer
Cherry Cookson, Director/Producer
Tshari King, Sound Engineer/Sound Designer
Gareth Brown, Lighting Designer
Robert Valentine, Director/Producer
The company produces radio drama, audio comedy and short stories for digital download in MP3 format, creating a modern forum for radio productions and specialises in new writing from international authors, originally beginning as a not-for-profit company. In February 2008, Nicholas Parsons became patron of the company, recorded an interview and appeared at the company's official launch party in July 2008, along with Richard O'Brien.
It has showcased as of the end of 2013, 177 actors (a mix of established names - see below - and new performers to audio), as well as 43 new writers and 35 crew members and had won several radio awards and nominations for its output, all "designed to nurture and encourage fresh new writers, up and coming acting talent and bring audio theatre to the 'iPod generation'". Its recent output was named as one of the Best Twenty Radio Productions of 2012, while Mariele Runacre Temple was placed on the top 200 Sound Women List. It is a member of the Radio Independents Group and in 2011 won a place on the BBC Radio Preferred Supplier's List.
Notable developments (2008-2016)
In May 2008, Prunella Scales starred in its production of the Youth of Old Age with Knight Mantell and directed The Ceremony, which featured Jenny Runacre. Wireless Theatre Company has also worked with Julian Glover, David Benson, Timothy West, Christopher Timothy and Josephine Tewson. Glover worked on the company's first audio series, The Strange Case of Springheel'd Jack – the first series of The Springheel Saga – based around the legend of Springheeled Jack.
Since early 2015 Wireless Theatre have been producing full length multi-cast dramas for Audible UK, including Passenger 23 starring Max Beesley and Rebecca Hall and the double Audie Award winning Jungle Book, The Mowgli Stories starring Bill Bailey, Richard E Grant and Martin Shaw.
The Wireless Theatre Company has attracted several notable contributors; in 2012 Stephen Fry recorded a guest appearance, playing a fictional version of himself, in the company's production of "We Are The BBC".
|Contributor||Production or Role||Year|
|Nicholas Parsons||Company Patron; performing in "We Are The BBC", "The Springheel Saga, Series Two: The Legend Of Springheel'd Jack"||2008, 2012, 2013-2014|
|Richard O'Brien||Writer of "Pig In Boots", London Horror Festival Judge||2008, 2012|
|Kim Newman||London Horror Festival Judge||2013|
|Prunella Scales||Performing in "The Youth of Old Age", "On Three, Seasons"; Director of "The Ceremony"||2009|
|Timothy West||"On Three", "Seasons"||2009|
|Jenny Runacre||"The Ceremony", "Shared", "The Springheel Saga, Series Three: The Secret Of Springheel'd Jack"||2014|
|Josephine Tewson||"Leaves In The Wind"||2009|
|Julian Glover||"The Springheel Saga, Series One: The Strange Case Of Springheel'd Jack"||2011-2012|
|David Benson||"Spook Squad", "The Springheel Saga, Series One, Two & Three"||2008, 2010, 2013, 2014|
|Abi Titmuss||"Stage Fright"||2010|
|Lionel Blair||"Gino Ginelli Is Still Dead"||2011|
|Gordon Kennedy||"The Maiden Without Hands"||2011|
|Christopher Timothy||"We Are Not The BBC"||2011|
|John Antrobus||Director/Co-writer of "Not Tonight Caligula"||2010|
|Ray Galton||Co-writer of "Not Tonight Caligula"||2010|
|Stephen Fry||"We Are The BBC"||2012|
|Linda Robson||"Gino Ginelli Lives!"||2012|
|Shane Rimmer||"The Mighty Carlins"||2013|
|Brian Blessed||Narrator of "Life At Death's Door", performer in "Dead London"||2013|
|Matthew Kelly||"The Springheel Saga, Series Three: The Secret Of Springheel'd Jack"||2015-2016|
|Jo Brand||Narrator of "Life At Death's Door II"||2015|
|Dominic West||"Les Liaisons Dangereuses", Wireless Theatre for Audible UK||2015|
|Bill Bailey||"The Jungle Book, The Mowgli Stories", Wireless Theatre for Audible UK||2016|
|Derek Jacobi||Narrator in "A Christmas Carol", Wireless Theatre for Audible UK||2016|
|Nigel Planer||"The Chief"||2016|
|Ben Miles||"Just One Damned Thing After Another" for Audible UK||In production|
|Gemma Whelan||"Just One Damned Thing After Another" for Audible UK||In production|
Wireless Theatre Live
The company launched its LIVE recordings in 2008, the first being the Wireless Theatre Company pantomime, Pig in Boots written by Richard O'Brien in December 2008. Live productions include The Grimm of Stottesden Hall, loosely based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, and 2010: Space Commander!, both written by Stuart Price. The company produced a live radio recording of Frankie Howerd's play Not Tonight Caligula by Ray Galton and John Antrobus at Leicester Square Theatre, London, and a second Halloween special entitled Phonophobia, co-written by Robert Valentine and Gareth Parker. In 2011, it undertook a season of live recordings of Grimm's Fairytales at the Roundhouse Theatre, while since 2012 it has launched the London Horror Festival. 2013 saw live shows produced by Wireless Theatre in London (including a "Sci-Fi Showcase" and a "36 Hour Theatre Challenge" at the LOST Theatre) and at the Buxton Festival.
Wireless Theatre Kids
In November 2010 the company launched Wireless Theatre Kids to produce original radio drama and stories for children.
Awards and nominations
Since 2009 The Wireless Theatre Company has received several award nominations and awards, most notably in 2011 when it won Best Entertainment Producer and Best Online Multi-Platform Creator at The Radio Academy Radio Production Awards and in 2016 when it won two Audie awards for The Jungle Book, The Mowgli Stories produced for Audible UK.
|Best Radio Drama Producer||Fringe Report Awards, 2009||Mariele Runacre Temple||Won|
|Best Entertainment Producer||Radio Production Awards, 2011||Mariele Runacre Temple||Won|
|Best Online Platform||Radio Production Awards, 2011||Mariele Runacre Temple||Won|
|Best Drama Producer||Radio Production Awards, 2011||Mariele Runacre Termple, Robert Valentine, Jack Bowman||Nomination|
|Best Creative||Radio Production Awards, 2011||Jack Bowman||Nomination|
|Silver Award - Best Fantasy Audio Production||Mark Time Ogles, 2011||The Springheel Saga: The Strange Case Of Springheel'd Jack||Won|
|Best Drama Production||British Public Radio Awards, 2013||The Springheel Saga: The Strange Case Of Springheel'd Jack||Nomination|
|Best Entertainment Production||British Public Radio Awards, 2013||Radio Hoo-Haa||Nomination |
|Best Documentary (Long-form)||British Public Radio Awards, 2013||Life At Death's Door||Won|
|Best Production||War Of The Worlds 75, 2013||Dead London||Won|
|Gold Award - Best Fantasy Audio Production||Mark Time Ogles, 2013||The Springheel Saga: The Legend Of Springheel'd Jack||Won|
|Best SF/Fantasy Award||Outpost Skaro, 2014||The Springheel Saga||Won|
|Best Drama Producer||Audio Production Awards, 2015||Cherry Cookson||Nominated|
|Best Drama||Audie Awards, 2016||The Jungle Book, The Mowgli Stories||Won|
|Excellence In Production||Audie Awards, 2016||The Jungle Book, The Mowgli Stories||Won|
|Silver - Best Drama Special||New York Festival Awards, 2016||The Murder of Roger Ackroyd||Won|
|Silver - Best Fantasy Audio Production||Mark Time Ogles, 2016||The Springheel Saga: Series Three||Won|
|Best Audio Drama Production Company, UK||TMT Media Awards 2016||Wireless Theatre Company||Won|
|Most Outstanding Radio Drama Production Co.||AI Global Excellence Awards, 2016||Wireless Theatre Company||Won|
|Best Multi-Voiced Performance||Audie Awards, 2017||Les Liaisons Dangereuses||Nominated|
2013 - Current (Documentaries, BBC Radio 4, Audible, New Model and Relaunch)
October saw its first production broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as part of the Wednesday Afternoon Play, written by Marty Ross, a dramatic adaptation of "The Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk", directed by Cherry Cookson.
In the summer of 2013, it was announced that The Wireless Theatre Company would change its business model, relaunching as Wireless Theatre Ltd. This decision was made to help increase production and support the actors, writers and crew involved in the company, and as such, was seeking investment as a result, a move supported by Parsons as Company Patron in an online video. As such, in December 2013, Wireless Theatre ceased to be a not-for-profit company and became a subscription-based audio platform.
At the end of 2013, it finished the year with releasing "Cross Party" co-written by Tom Harris (British politician) with his wife, Carolyn and the second series of The Springheel Saga, The Legend Of Springheel'd Jack, featuring Nicholas Parsons. From 2015 to present day it combines in-house productions for the website subscribers with large-scale productions for Audible UK. The company has also partnered with AudioBoom to offer free drama and behind the scenes extras.
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