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Expect ghosts AND vampires in Perilous Tales

Expect ghosts AND vampires in Perilous Tales – and a spot of dancing

Shortly – well, as soon as I figure out the technicalities involved – I’m going to publish my series of ‘completely mad cautionary tales’ on Kindle. Perilous Tales (as they are collectively known) will be coming to your kindle soon, illustrated by a really good, as yet secret, illustrator and tugging relentlessly away at your sleeve wanting to be performed (they do like to be performed). They are being performed in Canada this month and I was delighted when the director phoned me (having carefully checked that it wasn’t the middle of the night here) to say that he’d been looking for something a little ‘different’ (not sure that was the word he used … moving on) and was so glad he’d come across the Offbeat plays. I was so pleased! If anyone ever phones and says ‘I’m glad I found your plays they’re so middle of the road‘ I shall stop immediately and get help. Or just stop. Maybe have a small drink.

I’m quite excited about this. I just need to get through the ‘getting your book ready to be published on Kindle section’ and after I’ve spent days on that bit it will only take 5 minutes to do (or so it says in the ‘How to publish your book on Kindle’ section). So … let me tell you about the perils in Perilous Tales …. Continue Reading…

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My favourite dream - flying! So beautiful to recreate on stage

My favourite dream – flying! So beautiful to recreate on stage

You know when you wake up and you’ve just had the most amazing dream. You’ll never forget it! Until, of course, a few minutes later when it’s completely slipped away and no matter how hard you try you can’t get it back. So you try to keep a dream diary, but half the time you don’t write your dream down (the pen doesn’t work/isn’t there at the right time and/or a cup of tea/coffee/more sleep beckons….) When you do write your dream down you’re really not sure where to go with it next? One of those generic online/in-book interpretations maybe? Then what? Analyse it, understand the message (there’s a message?), use it as material for your next piece of creative writing (ummm, maybe). Dreams are strange and slippery things, maybe we should wake up and bask in them before they leave us, just absorb some of the dreamy fabric of the night and not try to hold on too tightly. And maybe, whilst basking, you could use this strange dreamworld to inspire a stage production? I did, it was fantastic fun – let me share a bit of the journey. Continue Reading…

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Darkness in the Night …

Barbara —  April 12, 2013 — 2 Comments
There is a story behind this wonderful expression of Liam's, but you really don't want to know ..

There is a story behind this wonderful expression of Liam’s, but you really don’t want to know .. Sam Collins as Dave and Liam Stobart as Bob. Photo by Tom Flathers

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…. Continue Reading…

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I’ve mentioned this particular sketch before (see Watch Out For Sneaky Ghosts..) It’s definitely a favourite! But now you can read the whole thing and see for yourselves.
I love these flipping books!
If you go to the main website you can read lots of stuff….. Continue Reading…

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This is my new toy! This is one of my free sketches and you can read it here before you whizz over to the Offbeat site and download the script HERE for use with your group. All free. Happy Easter ….
PS. If you click it will open in full screen – but don’t worry, at least you’ll be able to read it – AND download it!


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This is the final part of Bugsy Malone – the bit where they kids get really messy! We put this show on in 2009 and afterwards we ended up with a whole heap of costumes and splurge guns. So .. we decided to hire them out to a local school to use in their production soon after ours. Now, a few years on, we have 3 sets of costumes and 3 sets of guns and we hire them out to schools and groups all over the UK & Europe. We do get enquiries from as faraway as the US & Australia, but sadly the time and cost of transporting everything makes it a tad expensive!

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Speed is FREE!

Barbara —  March 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

paro_Al_sliding_on_a_banana_skinAt Offbeat we like the idea that you can try a few things out without having to splash out on a script to get a feel for what we produce here – and this particular sketch is free. That means you can pop along to the main site, find your way to the ‘free stuff’ page and download it for free. Or just click here FREE SKETCHES!

The snippet below gives you a taste of how it’s constructed (yes, it’s in rhyme …) and you’ll need at least 4 people to act it out. It requires a lot of imagination to make it look funny and you can do all kinds of exciting things with a banana skin one the one hand and people being rooted to the ground on the other. Anyway, it’s free so you have nothing to lose!

Friend 1:
We will tell you a tale
Of haste, speed and flying
Of banana skins
That result in one dying

Friend 2:
It is a sad tale
But please take heart
It may save your life
And that sets it apart

Friend 3:
From stories of evil
Or horror without goal
And the whole thing starts
With us out for a stroll Continue Reading…

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Crikey, this is adventurous stuff. Not sure I’m ready for it. Maybe I’ll try a different story. One where I’m the romantic hero and I rescue a reasonably attractive girl from her airing cupboard.

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Henry gets cold feet in ‘May Contain Nuts’

And beyond that door, that obsidian portal into dusk, lies our fate, bound in unbreakable ebon bonds of black, carved in shadow and veiled in the charcoal depths of the Stygian, fathomless night.

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A cupboard door of significance in ‘Darkness in the Night’

Someone let the hell hound off his chain
I don’t think that I will find him
I should have sent someone to mind him
And I’ll never find another one to train

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Based on a well known song from 1968 and from the Offbeat Rock Musical ‘The Legend of Deadrock Manor’