Offbeat News

Yet more Darkness

The winner of the talking sandwich prize for the most performed play from the Offbeat vaults has to be Rob Hockley’s Darkness in the Night, which is no surprise really. This moody and dark shot (shades of ‘Queen’), is from the students of Hereford 6th Form College, performing on Friday Read more…

By Barbara, ago
Plays

May Contain Nuts!

The very very silly ‘May Contain Nuts!’ gets another outing on Saturday 30th April (see poster) This is what it says about Nuts on our Offbeat Plays site Involves: An awful lot of silliness, dressing up as pirates, mysterious old ladies, a few characters from Romeo & Juliet, sword fighting, Read more…

By Barbara, ago
Offbeat News

Award for SPYS with ‘Darkness!’

Last night SPYS (Sodbury Players Youth Section) won the Best Youth award for their production of Rob Hockley’s “Darkness in the night” at the Bristol One-act drama festival!!!! Congratulations from all at OffbeatTheatre – especially a delighted playwright. We’re proud and delighted to have been a part of what must Read more…

By Barbara, ago
Plays

Spy School is Here!

Spy School is a new one act BIG musical show for 9 – 12 year olds that has been penned by myself with music composed by Greg Swinford. I’ve just started rehearsing it with a group of Year 6 children for their Leavers Gala in July. We’re having fun …. Read more…

By Barbara, ago
Films

Darkness in the Night – The Trailer

Sometime last year we decided to film a couple of scenes from Rob Hockley’s play Darkness in the Night as a marketing resource. Then (after we had finished filming of course) we thought .. why not make a movie style trailer instead. So .. after a script, a narrator, a Read more…

By Edgar, ago
Plays

Darkness in the Night …

This week we had loads of fun filming a few scenes from Rob Hockley's play 'Darkness in the Night'. I'll be spending most of the weekend editing the various takes before placing the finished product in a prominent position on the site (and doubtless, on the blog) next week. We might well have a blooper reel as well - I'll see that gets the attention it deserves! For those of you who have no idea what the play is about (and I'm guessing that would be most of you) I shall briefly try and describe just how ludicrous it is.... (more…)

By Barbara, ago
Plays

Watch out for sneaky ghosts …

Gorgeous Gerald and the Ghost is short sketch (around 15 minutes) in rhyme and is one of my favourites. It can be dramatised with all the characters taking lines, it can be dramatised with one or more readers and characters acting out the tale, it can be read as a poem, told as a story, you could sing it if you wanted to. It's part of the collection known as 'Perilous Tales' due the astonishing amount of peril it contains. Gorgeous Gerald is gorgeous (as you might expect) and he knows it...

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By Barbara, ago
Ideas & Inspiration

What Inspiration?

I just sat down at my computer, I looked at the blog wondering what I might write tonight and casually clicked on the category 'inspiration' (next to 'soapbox'). It seemed like the right thing to do. The page I landed on announced 'page or resource not found', which amused me a great deal (I considered leaving it like that forever). So true ..... (more…)

By Barbara, ago