This is a news broadcast from Martha Weedy: ‘Are squirrels taking over the world’ is the first report in this weird and wonderful broadcast. (I hope so. I’m a huge squirrel fan and have just returned from three days on Brownsea Island – a red squirrel sanctuary off the coast of Dorset).

A riot caused by a wool shortage has led to a street brawl between a knitting club and a crochet club. That would have been a sight to see.

Then comes Bob Rising with an unusual tale to tell. Working in his garden one night (Bob doesn’t like the sunshine) attending to his aubergines, he was attacked and kidnapped. But not by aliens, but by magical garden gnomes who wanted to carry out experiments on him.

Dennis Rington – the author of Things That Go Bump in the Night – is fascinated by gnomes and wants to meet them.

Bob says they look at him funny now. He is worried they might destroy his cabbages.

Hilarious and definitely surreal, this is one of my favourites.

Written and Directed by Emmeline Braefield

Pippa Meekings as Martha Weedy
Rob Keeves as Bob Rising
Ashley Shiers as Dennis Rington

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.

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