Thursday, 30 June 2016

The Winter’s Tale by Breakaway Theatre Company @BreakawayAmDram

Today on the Drivetime show we were joined by some of the cast and crew members from the Breakaway Theatre Company!

Jill Davis, the Director for 'The Winter's Tale' production, Simon Ellis one of the lead actors of the production king of Scicillia, Leontes and Margie Skinner who plays the Shepard for the production. The Shakespeare play will be performed in the open airs at 'Inn On The Park' within the luscious greenery of Verulamium Park.

Famous for its stage direction: "Exit Pursued by a Bear...", The Winter's Tale is also a compelling story of love, jealousy, loss, atonement, and moving on.

You can listen to what Jill, Simon and Margie had to say on the show here and check out more information about the Shakespearan production here.

Annie Lawrence- BAFTA Young Game Designers Awards @annielawrencee

Today Danny talked to Radio Verulam's very own Annie Lawrence, who aside from being a studio assistant here at Radio Verulam, has also entered the BAFTA Young Game Designer's Awards.  Annie is studying Computer Science at A-Level and entered the Game Concept Award.  She is currently a semi-finalist, and if selected will be one of 50 finalists who will visit the BAFTA HQ and attend the award ceremony.  If she is one of the 4 winners, she will visit Google HQ and many other places within the gaming industry.  She has been selected to be a semi-finalist out of entrants throughout the country.  
While talking to Danny, Annie stressed the need for more females to become involves in STEM fields, where there is a severe lack of women.  Annie said that one of the reasons she entered the award was to encourage more young women to get involved in computer technology.   If she wins, she will be only the second female ever to win the award in her age category.  

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Drivetime Sessions with Sarah Munro

The incredibly talented Sarah Munro returned to the Drivetime Sessions this week with two beautiful original compositions titled 'Make It Your Own' and 'Fool Forever' as well as an inspiring cover of 'Autumn Leaves' made famous by Johnny Mercer.

You can see her live performance of 'Fool Forever' at Cheltenham Festival here:

Sarah is also performing on the 3rd September at the Allianz Park in London, for tickets visit

For more information on Sarah you can visit her Facebook page or by visiting her website

If you missed her performance or would like to listen again you can go to and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30pm.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Colours of The Year - Interior Design with Gwendoline Alderton @GA_Interiors

For this months Interior Design feature with Gwendoline Alderton, we revisited the theme of colours, particularly having a look at the colour wheel.

Gwendoline spoke about how colours used for a room can alter the overall feeling that the room creates. How do you want the room to feel? Warm/snuggly, spacious, exciting? Using cool colours such as blue, yellow and green create a spacious and open feel to room. Gwendoline continued to explain the contrast in colours such as red, oranges, pinks makes the room feel warm and exciting!

For more design tips and tricks, you can visit Gwendoline's website at

Monday, 27 June 2016

Drivetime Sessions with Tom Craven @tomcraven

Local singer songwriter Tom Craven joined us tonight for a live session where he performed the following tracks;

Jimmy Struck Gold
Walking In Memphis (Marc Cohn cover)

Find out more about Tom at his Facebook page

 And if you missed his performance today you can listen again by visiting and navigating to Monday at 5.30pm

Friday, 24 June 2016

Amanda Yorwerth- Cycling for Bikes For Africa @AmandaEY

Amanda Yorwerth was our guest in the studio this afternoon, here to discuss her upcoming charity cycle. 

Amanda and her husband Mike will be travelling coast to coast from Seascale on the west coast to Whitby in the east. a total of 150 miles!

This will all be in effort to raise money for the charity 'Bikes for Africa', which collects unwanted bikes from the UK and takes them to Africa where they are in great demand to help in ways such as enabling kids to get to school, adults to get to work, and so much more.

If you'd like to donate and support you can visit Amanda's donation page

You can visit the official Bikes for Africa website for information on the charity here.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Chris' Film Club: The Help

Finally, Chris concludes the week of adaptations with 'The Help'.

Based on a Kathryn Stockett novel, the film is about the lives of African-American housekeepers in the American South. A young writer (Emma Stone) wants to expose the racism they face on a daily basis, and gets two maids to tell their story.

Stars Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Allison Janney

Interview with Lindsey and Lillian from St. Albans Chamber Choir @SACChoir

On the show this evening we were joined by Lindsey and Lillian from St. Albans Chamber Choir.

The St. Albans Chamber Choir will be performing the best of Polish choral music at an upcoming event at St. Saviour’s Church Saturday the 2nd of July at  at 7.30pm,

A vast selection of music will be played, including early music by Anerio and Zielenski, along with “Poland’s Handel”- Gorczycki.  Poland’s leading contemporary composers, Marian Borkowski and Roxanna Panufnik will also feature in this colourful programme of choral gems.

The Choir hope to make people aware of the great Polish music they might normally miss out on.

The concert will be conducted by John Gibbons, with violin and organ accompaniment.

Tickets are £14 and £5 for children and full-time students,
You can book them by calling: 07570 454744
Or by visiting


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Chris Bramwell from @CompanyOfTen discusses directing "Under Milk Wood" by Dylan Thomas

On today's show we were joined by Chris Bramwell, the director of  The Company of Ten's latest production; Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

Under Milk Wood is a play about a Welsh seaside village in 1930's. Its a praise to the characters who lived in the village and tracks there lives through the course of a single day.

It is on from 1st - 9th July at the Abbey Theatre, St Albans.  There is a special charity performance on Thursday 30th June in aid of Oxfam and will involve a raffle where some great prizes can be won.

For the charity performance, tickets can be bought by emailing or by phoning 01727 837229 or 01727 847486.

For all other performances, tickets can be bought by visiting or call the box office at 01727 857861.

The interview can be heard for the next seven days at by navigating to Wednesday from 5.30pm.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Chris' Film Club: The Wolf of Wall Street

Tuesday's Film Club looks at Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wallstreet'.

Based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, it tells the story of how Belfort made a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess.

Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal and Rob Reiner

Back It Easy With Lucy Clark - Banana Bread @heavensacupcake

We were joined once again by the fabulous Lucy Clark for this months Bake It Easy feature to share another delicious recipe!

Lucy spoke about a lovely Banana Bread recipe, which she gave advice on the most efficient way to make. You can find out how to make the quick bread here.

You can visit Lucy's website and check out @heavensacupcake Twitter page for baking news and more recipes.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Chris' Film Club: Where the Wild Things Are

This week Chris has selected 'Book Adaptations' as the Film Club theme, starting with 'Where the Wild Things Are', based on a children's book of the same name by Maurice Sendak.

Feeling misunderstood at home and at school, mischievous Max (Max Records) escapes to the land of the Wild Things,They allow Max to become their leader, and he promises to create a kingdom where everyone will be happy. However, Max soon finds that being king is not easy and that, even being with the Wild Things, there is something missing.


Kim Leunberger - Holiday Photos @kimleuen

Joining us in the studio today was Instagram Influence and Drivetime Photography Correspondent Kim Leunberger.

Today Kim brought plenty of advice for people looking to take snaps while on their holiday.

For updates and info from Kim you can visit her Instagram or Website.

And if you missed Kim's segment or wanted to listen to it again you can visit and navigate to Monday's Drivetime show at 5:30pm

Friday, 17 June 2016

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 17th June 2016

The mood in the studio was bleak this evening, as Simon was dealing with his own mortality. Simon's birthday is coming up, and he's starting to feel his age. He isn't moving as well as he once did and he's forgetting even more film facts than usual (an example from tonight's film guide: "the film at number 1 in the box office is that one with the bloke with the face, and the woman with the ears, and is about the two of them as they do things that progress the plot").

We were trying to gee Simon up, and tell him that it isn't that bad, and that he should be proud that he's lived as long as he has, and that we're honoured to know the oldest person who has ever lived (Simon is turning 124). This didn't seem to make Simon any happier, but after the show we bought him a warm milk and a new beige jumper and this cheered him up immeasurably. 

Ok, that was 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. 

The Wicker Man
11.30pm – 1.20am

Independence Day
8.00pm – 10.50pm
Channel 4

The English Patient
10.35pm – 1.45pm

Taken 2
9.00pm – 10.50pm

Dirty Dancing
8.00pm – 10.05pm

Harry Brown
10.00pm – 12.05m

Patriot Games
11.20pm – 1.35am

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Max's Film Club: Pain & Gain

We round off this week of Action Films with Michael Bay's comedy 'Pain & Gain'.

Based on a true story, Danny Lupo (Mark Wahlberg), manager of the Sun Gym in 1990s Miami, decides that there is only one way to achieve his version of the American dream: extortion. To achieve his goal, he recruits musclemen Paul (Dwayne Johnson) and Adrian (Anthony Mackie) as accomplices. After several failed attempts, they abduct rich businessman Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub) and convince him to sign over all his assets to them. 

Sharon & Victoria - Mandeville School's Family Fun Day & Dog Show @mandeville_AL1

Today our guests in the studio were Sharon and Victoria, organisers of the upcoming 'Family Fun Day & Dog Show' at Mandeville School.

This Saturday, the 18th of June, from 12pm until 3pm the school with multiple stalls and games for the family to enjoy, ranging from tombola to crafts, ice cream,face painting and more.

On top of that there will be a bouncy cas, classes you can enter any dogs you bring with you into, and and a performance by Northwick Park Agility Club.

The event is to raise money for the Mandeville PTA, and entry is £1 for adults but free for all children and dogs.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Max's Film Club: Snowpiercer

Next on this week of Action Films is 'Snowpiercer', the 2013 post-apocalyptic film.

Following an ice age that forces humanity's last survivors aboard a globe-spanning supertrain, one man (Chris Evans) will risk everything to lead a revolt for control of the engine and the future of the world.

Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris also star.


Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Max's Film Club: Sicario

Next on the week of action films is last year's 'Sicario'.

After rising through the ranks of her male-dominated profession, idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) receives a top assignment. Recruited by mysterious government official Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), Kate joins a task force for the escalating war against drugs. Led by the intense and shadowy Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), the team travels back-and-forth across the U.S.-Mexican border, using one cartel boss (Bernardo Saracino) to flush out a bigger one (Julio Cesar Cedillo).

Denis Villeneuve directed, and the film was nominated for 3 academy awards.


Health Matters with Alan Bellinger

Three Issues in Tonight’s DriveTime

1. Medicines

Tablets for Long Term Conditions; e.g. high blood pressure, arthritis etc.
·         50% of patients don’t take their medicines
·         Ten days after starting a new medicine, 30% of patients are already not taking them as recommended

Patients starting a new medicine;
·         Half report a problem within the first ten days;
·         After 4 weeks, just 16% are taking medicine as prescribed and have no problems

So, DriveTimers – what do you think?
·         Do you have a mental blockage on taking medicine?
·         Are you taking them as prescribed?
·         Need Help – Doctor, Surgery Nurse, or Pharmacist!!!

2. Are You A Carer? – You may well be, even if you don’t think of yourself as a Carer

There are over 1,000 people doing a carer role in the St Albans District who could get additional support!

2.1 You are a carer if you look after someone who
·         Is ill – either an adult or a child
·         Is elderly
·         Is disabled
·         Has mental health problems
·         Misuses drugs or alcohol
·         Or if you are a young person looking after a family member
Just let your Surgery know – they’ll help you

2.2 The Benefits:-
From your Surgery you get
·         Support from the Carers’ Champion
·         Flexible Appointments
·         Seasonal Flu Vaccination
·         An Annual Health-check

In addition, Carers in Hertfordshire provide you with further support and a Carer’s Passport that gives you extensive discounts from local retailers.

3. Summary Care Record (“SCR”)

We all have an SCR; unless we exercised an opt out; around since 2010. Details of Medications. Concept – a Healthcare Professional could access the record from anywhere, with patient consent, to help them treat the individual.

New version – SCR-AI – just released. Includes
·         Long term conditions
·         Diagnoses (blood tests, blood pressure)
·         Preferences
Will benefit people with complex health problems – but OPT IN, not opt out!!!

Monday, 13 June 2016

Max's Film Club: Crank: High Voltage

Chris is away again, and so the Film Club is left in Max's hands for the week.

The theme for the week is 'Fast-Paced action films', starting with 'Crank: High Voltage', the sequel to 2006's 'Crank'.

Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is abducted by Chinese mobsters after the events of the first film, and  finds that his nearly indestructible heart has been replaced with a battery-operated device that requires regular jolts of electricity or it will fail. Chev escapes from his captors, reunites with his lover, Eve (Amy Smart), and sets out on a frantic chase through Los Angeles to get his real heart back.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Chris' Film Club: Edge of Tomorrow

Our final Time Travel film is Tom Cruise action flick 'Edge of Tomorrow'.

A massive alien force has invaded and taken over continental Europe. Tom Cruise plays an Army officer who is demoted intentionally and put onto the frontlines in France. He dies during the assault, but then wakes up 24 hours earlier to relive the day over again, and only military star Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) seems to have any idea what is happening to him.

Stars Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, and Brendan Gleeson.

Yvonne Harding & Mel Wall - Jumpers For Goalposts by CoT @CompanyofTen

This afternoon Danny was joined in the studio by the lovely Yvonne and Mel from local drama group 'The Company of Ten'.

They talked about their upcoming production at the St. Albans Abbey Theatre, opening this Friday night, of Tom Well's 'Jumpers for Goalposts!'. The play is set in a football team's changing rooms and looks at the problems faced by the individuals.

Yvonne has directed the play down to the casting of characters, and Mel stars as 'Viv', the football teams's bossy manager.

'Jumpers for Goalposts!' opens this Friday and continues with daily performances (Excluding Monday the 13th) through to Saturday the 18th of June.

You can buy tickets online at

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Chris' Film Club: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Bryan Singer returns to the X-Men franchise with 'Days of Future Past', a film that links the original Patrick Stewart cast, with the younger James McAvoy cast.
Mutants everywhere are being wiped out by Sentinels, large and unstoppable robots. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time to stop the Sentinels from ever being invented.

The rest of the cast is star studded, featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage and Nicholas Hoult.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Local Literary Feature with Marie Kemplay and Kathryn Hitchins @KathrynHitchins

It's the first Tuesday of the month and so Marie Kemplay was here in the studio with the Local Lit Feature, and joined by Local Author Kathryn Hitchins.

Kathryn lives in the Park Street area, and believes that Local Community is always important, as evidenced in her recently released 'Girl at the End of the Road', which follows High Flying Businessman Vincent as his life collapses and he has no choice but to move back to his home village to clear himself up.

Early 2017 will see the release of Kathryn's next book 'The Key of All Unknown', and we heard an exclusive reading of the blurb on the show. More updates from Kathryn are available on her website http:

Marie also kept us updated on all the local events coming up for the Literary Festival between the 4th and 10th of July, you can read them all at the official website:

And to know what events are upcoming at the local St Albans Waterstones you can visit their Facebook Page

Chris' Film Club: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Cult classic 'Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure' is today's Film Club pick.

Theodore ‘Ted’ Logan (Keanu Reeves) and Bill S. Preston,Esq. (Alex Winter) are two high school students who are destined for great things, but must first pass their history class. To do this, they get help from Rufus, a traveler from the future, and an array of historical figures.

Released in 1989, it stars Reeves, Winter and George Carlin.

Simon Marshall and Ray Saunders w/Community First Responders @bedshertscfrs

Our first guests on today's Drivetime show were Simon Marshall and Ray Saunders from Community First Responders, Volunteers with the local ambulance service who attend life threatening 999 calls to help out.

Simon recruits and trains new Responders, while supporting those currently out there, and Ray is a retired volunteer and has been helping out the Responders for 5 Years this coming august.

The Responders are hoping to attract new volunteers for the upcoming National Volunteers Week, using the '#cfrtakeoverweek' hashtag.

Anyone aged 18 and up with a car can help out with no medical experience required, and a drop in open evening will be held tomorrow night from 6pm to 8pm at Luton Ambulance Station.

You can visit for more details on how to Voulnteer, or contact the First Responders via email:

Ray is also available for talks on the CFR work in the St Alban's area, you can contact him for more details: Ray Saunders, 07702749121

Monday, 6 June 2016

Chris' Film Club: Looper

This week on the Film Club Chris focuses on Time Travel, starting with 'Looper'.

In the future, time travel is used by criminal gangs to send people back in time to be assassinated in the past. One assassin (Joseph Gordon Levitt) is shocked to find himself face-to-face with his future self (Bruce Willis), who he is meant to kill.

Directed by Rian Johnson, it stars Levitt, Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano and Jeff Daniels.

On the 15th of June former Mayor of St Albans Councillor Salih Gaygusuz & Crescent Trustee Denise Parsons are to perform a parachute jump in order to raise funds for the Crescent Support Group.

The Crescent is an HIV support charity based in St Albans for almost 30 years which for the last six years has been without any statutory funding. We are entirely reliant on donations to support over 300 members’ family and friends currently registered with us. We also provide support and education for the wider community.

Collection pots are also located in the following locations;
Dylan The Kings Arms
Empire Records
The Boot
Zefino Wines
Courtyard Cafe
Hare & Hounds
Nude Tin Gallery
Smokehouse Deli
Horshoe Business Park
St Albans Council Offices

Friday, 3 June 2016

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 3rd June 2016

This week Chris has started a new job at a fancy and upmarket book and coffee shop, and has now started to smell faintly of coffee beans and literacy. Sadly, it turns out that Simon is Literate Intolerant, and as a consequence he started to have an allergic reaction to Chris' smell. While Simon's airway closed up it suddenly dawned on the Drive Time team that this aversion to the written word might be why all of Simon's Film Guide notes are crude doodles of kittens and Sandra Bullock.

Simon is going to be fine. We got to his EpiPen in time, jabbed it in his eye (we're pretty sure that's what you do) and he started to cough, splutter and grunt, which is his usual Film Guide presenting style.

Ok, that was 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. 

Something for Joey
9.00pm – 11.00pm
True Entertainment

Twelve Years a Slave
9.00pm – 11.45pm
Channel 4

About Time
9.00pm – 11.25pm
Channel 4

Iron Man
9.00pm – 11.25pm

9.00pm – 11.05pm

9.00pm – 11.25pm

9.00pm – 12.25am

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Max's Film Club: Back to the Future Part II

And to conclude our week of mistaken identity on the Film Club, today we look at 'Back to the Future Part II'.

The time-traveling duo of  Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) return, this time having to save Marty's future son from disaster, and having to deal with a changed timeline when they return to a nightmarish version of Hill Valley, in which Marty's father has been murdered and Biff Tannen, Marty's nemesis, has profited.

Claire Stephenson from Mosaic Chamber Choir at St Albans Cathedral @StAlbansAbbey @StAShakespeare

Joining us in the studio for an interview today was Claire Stephenson of the 'Mosaic Chamber Choir', a local group who are also participating in the 3 month celebration of Shakespeare's works following the 400th anniversary of his death.

This Saturday at 7:30 in the evening the Mosaic Chamber Choir will be performing at the Alban Cathedral. Their performance with OVO theatre company will combine speeches and choir singing as well as featuring an accompanying Orchestra.

Tickets are still available and more details on buying them can be found at  and or they can be bought in person via the Cathedral gift shop, or at the door Saturday.

And to learn more about the Mosaic Chamber Choir you can visit their website

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Max's Film Club: Dave

Our next film about mistaken identity is 'Dave'. the 1993 comedy/drama.

White House chief of staff Bob Alexander (Frank Langella) hatches a scheme to use a double for the president (Kevin Kline) at a public photo opportunity. Small business owner Dave Kovic (also played by Kline) fits the bill, but after the president suffers a debilitating stroke, opportunist Alexander arranges for Dave to step in full time without even informing the First Lady (Sigourney Weaver). It doesn't take long before people realize something is different.


The Drivetime Sessions with Starseedz @Starseedzmusic

Today's Drivetime Sessions featured the wonderful Catrine and Jon, also known by their stage name 'Starseedz'.

Starseedz started off their performance today with their original songs 'Miss You' and 'Follow Me', but also did a cover of Walk Off The Earth's 'Summer Vibe'.

We're thankful to the Duo for coming in and giving such a fantastic performance and hope to hear from them again!

For more from Starseedz you can visit their website or their Facebook Page for updates and gig details, and their Youtube to hear more.

And if you missed their performance today you can listen again by visiting and navigating to this afternoons Drivetime show at 530.