Listen here to new lockdown audio thriller from Sussex actors

A small group of actors in Worthing has come together to produce a short audio thriller called The Intercom.

Friday, 22nd May 2020, 5:00 pm
Jamie Crow

Touching on our times, it explores the life of a young man and his friends who have been living for more than six months in a global lockdown.

Writer, producer and actor Jamie Crow promises several twists plus some dark moments in 36 minutes which he hopes will entertain. But mainly he is offering the piece “to raise funds for the local NHS who continue to work tirelessly to save our lives during this difficult period.”

Five of them are involved in the project, four of them members of Lancing Repertory Players.

“I have been working from home for the last eight weeks,” Jamie says, “just trying to keep going and keep a routine and waiting for the lockdown to end. I worked for the Herald for a while, but I work for a local radio station now, based in the Worthing area. And because I work in local radio, I had the equipment I needed set up in my flat. I have been wanting to do something for quite a while, an original production, and what has happened with the lockdown is that all the productions in the area have been cancelled or postponed. A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with friends from Lancing Rep and I put forward to them the idea for this play.

“I have always quite enjoyed listening to audio plays, and I came up with an idea for a thriller. There were a number of different factors, but really it is the fact that I live alone and I was trying to think what life would be like in a lockdown three or four months further down the line. There is a darker thought to all this! But at the same time, I also wanted to do something that was quite entertaining.

“It is about this guy Danny who is living on his own and it is six or seven months now into lockdown, and he can only communicate via an intercom system. He can only communicate with the people living in the other two flats, Kathy and Ant and there is the landlady Rose. The way the system works is that Rose puts his food outside his door every day, and they can only communicate via intercom. I was wanting to explore what that life would be like. The story is that one day they see a woman out of the window in a back alley, and it is the first woman they have seen in six months. It is about whether they go outside to talk to her. They can’t go outside. They don’t know if the virus is still out there, and you are not quite sure whether she is friend or foe, and Danny is grappling with himself as to whether to go out or not…”

The cast is Danny – Jamie Crow; Rose – Carol Clark; Ant – Luke Charles; Kathy – Kate Bavin; and The Woman – Doe Constable. The cast rehearsed on FaceTime. The actors then recorded their parts one at a time, delivering their lines maybe four or five times to give Jamie a choice of tones and intonations when he came to put the whole thing together. He had considered recording it effectively live, with the actors actually responding to each other’s lines – but sound quality proved the obstacle, and Jamie felt it was best for the actors to record individually.

The play is free to listen to, but if you enjoyed it, consider donating to the Hospital Heroes COVID-19 Appeal.

Jamie has set a fundraising target of £500 target https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/theintercom

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