SKYBLUE, winner of the Best Dramatic Production in the 2013 New Zealand Radio Awards, returns to the airwaves this Sunday 16 June at 3:04pm.
Set in a forensic psychiatric unit, the one-hour drama spends a day at the sharp edge of New Zealand’s mental health system.
The cast includes
Tess Jamieson, Jamie McCaskill, Nigel Collins and Mick Rose. SKYBLUE is produced by Jason Te Kare, engineered by Phil Benge, and brought to you by Radio New Zealand National.
Radio New Zealand will be broadcasting a little something I adapted for radio last year, and which was recorded earlier this year.
So if you’ve an hour to spare this
Sunday 5 April, between 3pm and 4pm, try out some Kiwi-made drama.
Thanks again to producer
Jason Te Kare who was very patient with all my ummm‘s and ahhh‘s to his questions, engineer Phil Benge who put up with my exclamations of I keep expecting someone to run in there between takes and polish the mike!, voice actors Jerome Leota, Sopa Enari, Shadon Meredith, Natano Keni, Rob Lloyd and Eteuati Ete who made the recording day a hoot to watch hear, and big ups to the House of Ash and Fi who very kindly put me up for a couple of nights whilst I was in Wellington.
I lie in the arms of THE GODDESS.
I haven’t done ANYTHING this year.
What were you busy doing at the beginning of the year then?
... The short film.
And what have you been doing with those playwrights, hm? And that stuff for the guild?
I open my mouth, then close it.
And then there’s your radio play. Well?
You can’t just let me feel sorry for myself, can you?
She kisses my forehead --
No, I cannot.
have I achieved this year then?
I’m tempted to skew my stats a la the police leadership in
The Wire but, for me, a project isn’t finished unless it’s finished, knowwha’Imean?
To’ona’i crawls towards completion;
I’m co-writing a play, to premiere in 2012;
I have my
own play to push – and thanks to the joys of misery likes company peer pressure, the first act is due by mid-January 2009;
diversionary feature spec has copious thematic and strucutural notes… but an actual story has yet to emerge;
enamoured with the short radio play’s ‘success’, I’m writing an hour-long radio play: I’ve got the opening and closing acts while the middle is currently all
rough notes – forty pages to go!
and the long awaited spec feature of 2007 has been
roughed out and is approaching a proper first draft.
[Takes a few steps back and squints]
Okay. I suppose it’s just about perspective.
Maybe this is my dash. Maybe this is IT. Maybe –
Maybe you needed a year to consolidate.
I thought last year was a consolidating year.
It’s a bit hard to consolidate when you’re juggling paying work, don’t you think?
I mumble something.
... I suppose.
She nods, knowing, as always, that She’s right.
I managed to get the number of Unread posts down to less than 200 when I add a few new feeds – and
as the Unread posts leap gaily to 315. phwappp Fine. I can keep up with my essential daily reading out of the way. If I don’t sleep.