Stories first performed for Story Fridays Underground at Burdall’s Yard, 25th January 2013

undergroundHeld on a freezing cold night in January, and inspired by the stone vaults of the old brewery which was our new venue, Burdall’s Yard, we gave our writers the theme of Underground.  We had stories about miners in New Zealand, child soldiers in Africa, preppers in Somerset, partygoers on the Underground, young architects and a vision of a future earth that would be chilling if it hadn’t been so hot.  Many of the stories were full of dread and menace and the hairs on the back of my head stood up more than once…

UNDERGROUND featured writers:  Elaine Miles, Pauline Masurel, Alison Lock, Sarah Hilary, Clare Reddaway and Susan Barrett, with an intriguing poem by Mark Rutterford.  Susan’s story was read by Caroline Garland and Alison’s by Olly Langdon.

We had music from Gabi Maas and Jamie Huddlestone, on the violin and melodian.

Olly reads Alison Lock’s story in which she envisages an extreme future for the Earth: Erthenta, written by Alison Lock, read by Oliver Langdon


Sarah Hilary reads her moving and vivid story of a young girl in an African city: My Father’s Daughter, written and read by Sarah Hilary


Caroline reads Susie Barrett’s story about her dream house: Up the Garden Path, written by Susan Barrett, read by Caroline Garland


Clare Reddaway explores a darker side of the London Underground: Invitation, written and read by Clare Reddaway


Elaine Miles gets under the skin of a survivalist: Survival of the Fittest, written and read by Elaine Miles


Pauline Masurel visits an old mining town in New Zealand: Gold Rush, written and read by Pauline Masurel


Olly reads Mark Rutterford’s poem about badgers, which we played in the tunnels of Burdall’s Yard as the audience arrived for Underground. We are proud that Secret World Wildlife Rescue will be using this recordings to teach visiting children about badgers. Click here to find out more about Secret World, or click below to listen to the poem: Badger Dreams, written by Mark Rutterford, read by Olly Langdon



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