Friday, 24 March 2017

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 24th March 2017

Simon was back in the studio yet again, having been relegated to the bench last week. Alex and Chris took over the show last Friday, but tired themselves out so badly because they got so many facts right, correctly named different actors and other things they had been in, and generally presented the Film Guide in a competent manner. They had to sleep it off. Simon on the other hand has no such problems and so is always ready to meander through a series of half-lies and non-sequiturs at the drop of the hat. Really, he just does a stream of consciousness for a whole week and we record 30 minutes of it a week. 

Ok, that was (mostly) a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office, new releases in the cinema, and his pick of films on TV for the coming week.

Friday
Schindler’s List
11.35pm – 2.45am
Channel 5

Saturday
Prometheus
9.00pm – 11.30pm
E4

Sunday
Dr No
2.05pm – 4.15pm
ITV

Monday
The Wolf of Wall Street
9.00pm – 12.30am
Film4

Tuesday
Fight Club
11.00pm – 1.50am
5STAR

Wednesday
Gladiator
9.00pm – 12.00am
More4

Thursday
Sightseers
11.00pm – 12.40am
Film4

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Amber & Freya from @blackboxcompany

Today on West Herts Drivetime, we had Amber & Freya from Black Box Theatre company come in to talk about their upcoming production Rabbit.

While chatting to Danny, they talked about the formation of the company, and their previous production, Suddenly Last Summer, which they performed at Trestle Arts Base.

Black Box was founded in 2016 by Emily Carhart, Freya Mitchell and Amber Williams with a view to creating theatre that challenged both traditional casting and traditional use of performance space. Working with everything from Shakespeare to new writing to devising, our productions are authentic, atmospheric and exceptionally engaging.

Rabbit will be performed at The Barn at The Horn, marking the first time a play will ever be performed at the historic music venue. This coincides with the companies desire to challenge conventional thinking regarding how theatre shows are staged, as well as tackling typecasting & gender stereotypes. Without giving too much away, the play will be staged so it looks like you're watching a conversation between friends at the pub.

Written by Nina Raine, Rabbit is a black comedy where friends and former lovers gather to celebrate a 25th birthday. They all have different points of view and flaws, which come to a head as the night progresses.

When & Where:
13th-14th April
7pm & 9:30pm
The Barn at The Horn, St. Albans
Tickets £10, £7 for under 25s
www.ticketsource.co.uk/blackboxproductions

The company are also always on the look out for members for future productions, and if you would like to get involved you can contact them by e-mailing blackbox.theatre@outlook.com, or by going to their website www.black-box-theatre.co.uk.

Alex's Film Club: This is Spinal Tap

Alex concludes this weeks 'SNL Cast' themed Film Club with 'This Is Spinal Tap'.

The film is a 1984 American rock music mockumentary comedy, portraying the fictional 'British' heavy metal band. Directed by Rob Reiner, the movie satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard rock and heavy metal bands.

Written by and starring Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer,
Billy Crystal also cameos.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Alex's Film Club: Mean Girls

Today on the Film Club, Alex continues the theme of 'SNL Stars' with teen comedy classic 'Mean Girls'.

Lindsay Lohan stars as Cady Heron, a hit with 'The Plastics', the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

Tina Fey wrote the screenplay for the film, as well as featuring, and Amy Poehler also stars.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Alex's Film Club: Wayne's World

Yesterday Alex set this week's theme of Film's featuring 'SNL Cast Members', and today we continue with 1992 comedy 'Wayne's World'.

A big screen spin-off of the Saturday Night Live skit, Rob Lowe plays a producer that wants to take the public access "Wayne's World" to the world of commercial television. Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) battle to save their show and Wayne's girlfriend from Lowe.