It’s a takeover! This week the amazing Ashley Shiers is performing two incredibly different pieces:

A Crown of Sonnets About My Death
Written by Nancy Fons – instagram: @a_daily_sonnet
and
The Tale of Ol’ Sandy Jack
Written by Ashley Shiers

I’m actually speechless. A Crown of Sonnets… was so beautiful, emotive and lyrical and the Scottish accent enhanced the listening experience.

For those who don’t know, a sonnet is a poem of fourteen lines of fixed structure (there are variations in the rhyming patterns but we won’t get that complicated). A ‘corona’ of sonnets is where the last line of one sonnet becomes the first line of the next. It reminds me of the Creative Writing part of my OU degree where we had to write poems in various structures – a sonnet, a villanelle (my personal favourite), a pantoum etc.

The following is the very last sonnet and I love it.

Whoever comes to take my soul from me,
Whether they be Jesus Christ, fae, or fate,
I’ll tell them, all filled with smiles and glee
“I’m sorry my friend, you are far too late,
For I’ve already hidden it away,
And made my own heaven here on this earth,
In a place I hope forever to stay.
Take my apologies, for what they’re worth.
You cannot take it through force, fear, or threat,
My soul is bound here, and forever safe,
So no more will it panic, fear, or fret,
Never will it leave my favourite place;
It’s peaceful, content, and safe from all harms;
Lying sweetly here in my lovers arms.

Music:
Lifting Dreams by Aakash Gandhi
Pachabelly by Huma-Huma

The Tale of Ol’ Sandy Jack 

When our intrepid hero tells the drinkers in a local pub that he’s going to camp that night, there is an audible gasp. Have you not heard the tale of ol’ Sandy Jack they ask? When the moon comes up you can hear him singing Sexy Boy – both parts. He moves like the wind and taps you on the shoulder. Don’t look him in the eye – he’ll offer you a digestive biscuit with NO chocolate, the monster, and he lulls you into a false sense of security with the theme from Jurassic Park.

‘And he steals your toes.’

This was hilarious. Absolutely brilliant.

Music:
Sexy Boy by JJ Maguire, Jimmy Hart & Shawn Michaels

Produced by Cat on a Piano Productions

The Theatrephonic Theme tune was composed by Jackson Pentland
Performed by
Jackson Pentland
Mollie Fyfe Taylor
Emmeline Braefield

Cat on a Piano Productions produce and edit feature films, sketches and radio plays.

Their latest project is called @Theatrephonic, a podcast of standalone radio plays and short stories performed by professional actors. You can catch Theatrephonic on Spotify and other platforms.

For more information about the Theatrephonic Podcast, go to catonapiano.uk/theatrephonic, Tweet or Instagram @theatrephonic, or visit their Facebook page.

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