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28 minutes | Dec 26, 2020
ORIGINAL DRAMA - 'Missing You' starring June Brown MBE and Sam Barnard
Distinct Drama presents...MISSING YOU by Richard VergetteStarring June Brown MBE and Sam BarnardProduced by Ashley Byrne, Iain Mackness and James BrownAn MIM Production for Distinct Nostalgia - More than a Podcast!This 30 minute drama kicks off ‘Generation Games’, a new series of occasional monologues and duologues exploring relationships, friendships and connections across the generational divide. June plays Margey, who against advice, refused to give her son up for adoption when she was told he had Down's syndrome. She has protected William fiercely throughout his life, even when William has preferred not to be protected. Despite the tensions that arose when William demanded his independence, both mother and son remain devoted to each other. Now they can’t see each-other due to the pandemic and the enforced separation causes each of them to reflect on their shared past. Missing You is written by Richard Vergette who says: ‘Being the parent of a young man with Down’s Syndrome I’m aware that the compassionate response we received by medical staff at our son’s birth, wasn’t always the experience of parents from previous generations. Parents like Margey had to fight just for the right to bring up their own child. William is equally formidable and needs to lead his own life – away from his Mother. Richard continues: ‘I’m fortunate enough to have worked with the excellent actor, Sam Barnard, so was delighted when he agreed to play the role of William. When writing the role of Margey I had the voice of June Brown in my head and so asked the producer, Ashley Byrne, “Can we find a June Brown type of actress?”. “How about June Brown?” he replied! I still can’t quite believe that a living legend is playing in a piece I’ve written. They are both brilliant in their respective roles and bring home the frustrations as well as the joys of their characters’ relationship.’Actor Sam Barnard commenting on his part says: "June is such a legend and a hero of mine since I was little. When I was asked to play this role I said "OOH I SAY" and did a little dance of joy!"MIM and Distinct Nostalgia Creative Director Ashley Byrne adds: ‘This is a very touching and thoughtful portrayal and is a tremendous story to kick off our series exploring relationships across the generations. We’ll be bringing more established names together with not so well known talent in a bid to tackle ageism in our society. In broadcasting the trend is to increasingly shove people in age silos and never the twain shall meet but we feel the portrayal of relationships with people across the generations is crucial for social cohesion.’Distinct Nostalgia began in January 2020 and regularly charts. Its main content includes interviews and reunions with famous tv and movie stars and regularly celebrates the soaps, comedy and British film. Distinct Nostalgia also includes new drama and comedy.
25 minutes | Jul 11, 2020
Original Drama - The Story behind As We Forgive Them
MIM's Ashley Byrne is joined by writer and creator Richard Vergette and award-winning actor Joe Sims to discuss the making of As We Forgive Them.America, November 2008: the new President is elected amidst an ‘audacity of hope’. For newly elected Democrat Congressman, John Daniels, this should be a time of celebration. Instead he must decide the fate of his daughter’s murderer: should he exact revenge or grant redemption... or both?As We Forgive Them is a thriller with a twist. Written by celebrated playwright Richard Vergette, it stars award-winning actor Joe Sims as Lee Fenton and Richard Vergette as John Daniels. Andy Pearson is the newsreader. You can listen to As We Forgive Them right here on Distinct Drama.Directed by Andy Pearson and Mike Heath.Produced by Ashley Byrne and Iain MacknessAs We Forgive Them is a Made in Manchester/Dark Smile Co-Production in association with Ensemble 52 and was originally produced for The Independent Online in 2010.The programme is a Distinct Drama Presentation.This interview is an MIM Production for Distinct Drama. For further information, contact the team via the contact us page on www.DistinctNostalgia.com or by email email@example.com
39 minutes | Jun 24, 2020
Original Drama - As We Forgive Them
WARNING: AS WE FORGIVE THEM CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND ADULT THEMESAmerica, November 2008: the new President is elected amidst an ‘audacity of hope’. For newly elected Democrat Congressman, John Daniels, this should be a time of celebration. Instead he must decide the fate of his daughter’s murderer: should he exact revenge or grant redemption... or both?As We Forgive Them is a thriller with a twist. Written by celebrated playwright Richard Vergette, it stars award-winning actor Joe Sims as Lee Fenton and Richard Vergette as John Daniels. Andy Pearson is the newsreader. Directed by Andy Pearson and Mike Heath.Produced by Ashley Byrne and Iain Mackness/As We Forgive Them is a Made in Manchester/Dark Smile Co-Production in association with Ensemble 52 and was originally produced for The Independent Online in 2010.The programme is a Distinct Drama Presentation.For further information, contact the team via the contact us page on www.DistinctNostalgia.com
44 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
Original Drama - Sylvia
Sylvia sheds light on the little explored divide in the family at the heart of the suffragette movement in Britain in the early part of the 20th Century. It charts Sylvia Pankhurst’s split with her own family over the issue of class involvement in the struggle for women to get the vote - her belief that the suffrage movement should include working women was put into practice when she founded a toy factory in the East End of London. Here, she employed only women but paid them a man’s wage. Written by Lesley Strachan and directed by Colin Guthrie, Sylvia is a powerful exploration of the relationship between Sylvia, Emmeline and Christabel. Distinct Drama by MIM presents a Lesley Strachan ProductionSylviaDirected by Colin GuthrieWritten by Lesley StrachanCastSylvia Pankhurst - Helen CorbettEmmeline Pankhurst -Jill BattyNorah Smyth - Simona HughesJulia Scurr - Sheila BurbidgeDaisy Parsons - Jessica HammettRegina Hercbegova - Alina BaczynskaJessie Payne - Lesley StrachanChristabel Pankhurst -Louisa PeadAdela Pankhurst - Jessica HammettHerbert Asquith - Ian RecordonMr Selfridge - Richard BrentGeorge Lansbury - Martin SouthThe Reporter - Jonathan TilleyStanley Baldwin - Matthew FlexmanProductionRecording and Editing - Colin GuthrieFoley - Ruth SullivanOriginal music composed and performed by Tamara Douglas-MorrisWaltham Forest Brass: Claire Cheeter, Laurence Davison, David Easey, Katie Alam, Charlie Simpson, Bill Stockwell, Katie Defoe.Recorded on location in Islington, London. The Distinct Drama theme was composed by Rebecca Applin and Chris Warner.For more information about Sylvia go to distinctnostalgia.com
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