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Happy Hour live sketch show gets an outing later this month!

Wed 21 June 2017

We may have been a bit quiet of late, but that’s because we’ve been beavering away on our upcoming September production of Wise Men Say / Cornered – which followers of Cranked Anvil will already know is a double-bill of one-act plays based around Sunderland AFC.

The posters and flyers have been printed and delivered, and soon you’ll see them going up around Sunderland, Washington, Durham, and South London.

We’re also planning to confirm some casting news in the very near future, which we’re very pleased about, as well as an exciting event which we’re putting together as an added extra to some of the performances.  Stay tuned to this website – and keep an eye on local press – for details as they emerge.

But if all this wasn’t enough to keep us busy over the next three months, we’re also taking part in a Scratch Night next Thursday 29th June, at The Exchange in North Shields.

A recent Scratch Night at The Exchange

It’s organised by Christopher Strain, a great actor who has worked with us on projects in the past, and will feature a line up of short plays and extracts from longer plays, as well as a good dose of music.  Cranked Anvil will be supplying the comedy!  We’ll be performing a few sketches from our Happy Hour show, and we’re very excited to try them out in a live performance format.

As soon as there are details and information on how to get tickets, we will post them on our productions page. Hope to see you there!

A recent performance

Other performances on the bill that night:

“For Voices” by Louise Taylor
A short play exploring relationships and the stories we tell ourselves.
Louise has previously had work performed at Live Theatre and ARC. She is a member of the ARCADE writers development group.

“Rainbow” by Elisabeth Thompson
An extract from Elisabeth’s new film script about a man who deliberately estranged himself from his

drug-addicted son ten years ago. Due to a Restorative Justice meeting, he has a chance to reconcile with him, but will guilt, grief and mistrust prevent this?

“Deadline Day” by John Hickman
When taxi driver Trevor has to drive Newcastle United’s new superstar striker and his hard headed agent down to London for transfer talks with another club dreams of the beautiful game collide with the big spending reality of the modern football. John has previously won the BAFTA Rocliffe competition and been commissioned by BBC Drama.

Finally – a new Happy Hour!

Thursday 24 March 2016

It’s been a bit of a while, as it’s been so busy at Cranked Anvil recently, but we’ve finally managed to put a new episode of Paul & Nessa’s Happy Hour on line.

It’s show number 28, which was first broadcast live last month on 17 Feb.  There’ll be more to come soon, as we catch up with our output, but for now you can listen to us talking about ostrich brains, bad job interview tips, and farting – yes, farting – on our Happy Hour page.

Enjoy!

New Radio Show Coming Soon!

Spark logoMonday 20th July 2015

We’re delighted to confirm that, alongside Jay Sykes Media as our producer, from next week Cranked Anvil will be putting together a weekly radio show and podcast.

The first show airs on local radio station Spark Sunderland, at 3pm on Tuesday 28th July 2015.  If you don’t live in Sunderland then don’t worry, you can listen to it live across the internet at sparksunderland.com.

Presented by Paul Dunn and Vanessa Karon, it’s going by the title ‘Paul and Nessa’s Happy Hour’ and, as well as featuring some great music, it will be mainly comedy based, with lively chat and banter, songs, and sketches.

And we’re looking for comedy writers to contribute to the program.  We’ve already had some brilliant sketches submitted by writers from across the country, including Tim Gambrell And Matt Watson, which you will be able to hear in the show and podcast over the coming weeks.  But we’re keen to receive more!

If you’re a comedy writer and you’d like to hear your sketches performed on radio and around the world online, then have a look at the details here, and send us some of your stuff.

In the meantime, tune in next Tuesday, and help us to launch the first ever Happy Hour!

If you fail to plan, plan to fail…

12 JAN 2013.  Well, we certainly can’t be accused of failing to plan.

Already, the REP has a list of plans for 2013, as we aim to really stamp our presence in the city of Sunderland and beyond.  Our opening production for this year – the first in a series of rehearsed readings – is already well underway, and will take place on 31st January.  Go here for more details.

Then in February we are planning a fantastic event for Valentine’s Night, which will take place in a popular restaurant in the heart of the city.  We’re currently finalising the details for that, so keep an eye on this site for more details as they emerge.

Comedy is high on the list of priorities for us here at the REP.  As well as continuing to write and produce our unique style of radio comedies, we will be putting on a comedy sketch night (heavily influenced by Python, no doubt!) some time towards the end of February/early March. We are hoping to work closely with a local charity, and all the profits from the night will be donated to them.

Continuing with the comedy theme, our good friends at Mackem Laugh have worked like trojans over the past year to build up an incredibly successful comedy club here in the city.  In July this year they will be hosting Sunderland’s first ever Comedy Fringe Festival, and Sunderland REP plan to be a part of that fantastic event.  We will certainly be mounting a production to put on as part of the festival (probably a ramshackle bunch of half-written sketches and badly composed songs with rude lyrics!), as well as helping where we can on the organising side of things.

Emily Davison
Emily Davison
Victoria Hall Memorial, Mowbray Park
Victoria Hall Memorial, Mowbray Park

We also plan to stage some serious plays this year.  In June, we’ll be presenting a new piece about Emily Davison, the suffragette who was killed after stepping out in front of King George’s horse as it ran the Derby, and November will see us mount a new work surrounding the subject of the JFK assassination.  We’ve also had the recent privilege of reading a fantastic script by local writer and director Kayleigh Oliver about the 1883 Victoria Hall disaster, and we’re hoping to work with her this year to produce it somewhere in the city.

So plenty of plans already – and that’s only the ones we’ve started working on…

We’re very excited to have had a meeting yesterday with Chris Alexander, the head of events at Sunderland City Council.  Chris is a highly driven man, a real advocate for Sunderland and passionate about its potential.  2013 sees Sunderland celebrating 21 years as a city, and there will be a whole host of exciting, innovative and truly inspirational events happening citywide throughout the year.  Take a look at the Sunderland Live listings page – and keep checking it because it will no doubt be added to.

It was an interesting meeting, where much was discussed and agreed upon. We here at the REP liked the sound of a lot of what Chris told us (you may already have seen on his twitter feed that there’s a possibility of a screening of the ’73 FA Cup – and that’s just for starters!) and we’re looking forward to being involved in what we think will prove to be a special year of celebrations!

2012 may have been Britain’s year of celebration.  2013 should most certainly be Sunderland’s Year – and the REP plan to be right there in the midst of the celebrations.