Simon Corble This is the Man
Creator of Dramatic Works

SWARD! & The Signalman

 below:  my photo of meadow grass, bluebells and stitchwort in the dove valley, staffordshire, in the peak district, near my home

 from woodland to meadow

 Sward!

The Story of a Meadow

 Tour finished.  My latest project, which has been a commission to write a play on the restoration of traditional hay meadows in the Northern Pennines, (great for butterflies too, so I am made up, of course).  It is a magical and amusing journey through the vast sweep of human history that created our stunning rural landscape; it includes songs and at least on nice frock.   Keep your eyes open for a possible future tour.  In the meantime I a reworking the script for radio.

"An enthusiastic audience at Bowes Village Hall hosted the world premiere of this play, written with a fine sense of rural humour by Simon Corble."  Helen Brown, The Northern Echo

 

   The Play was produced by Blaize and is toured to:-

 April 2011
Saturday 30th   BOWES & GILMONBY Parish Hall, DL12 9HU tel 01833 628373

May 2011
Sunday 1st   WATSON INSTITUTE, Castle Carrock, CA8 9PB  tel 01228 670054 
Monday 3rd   IVEGILL Village Hall, CA4 0PA  tel 016974
73707
Wednesday 4th   DRIFFIELD SCHOOL, YO25 5HR tel 01377 253631 ext 272
Thursday 5th   SPOTLIGHT THEATRE, Bridlington,  YO15 3DZ tel 01262 601006
Friday 6th   SHIRE HALL, Howden, DN14 7BJ  tel 01430 431535
Saturday 7th   TICKTON Village Hall, HU17 9SD tel 01964 543594 
Thursday 12th   DUNSHOP BRIDGE Village Hall, BB7 3BG tel 01254 660360
Friday 13th   RAINHALL Centre, Barnoldswick, BB18 5DR  tel 01282 818250
Saturday 14th   MELLING Village Hall, LA6 2RB  tel 015242 21233 

Sunday 15th   SLAIDBURN Village Hall  BB7 3ES  tel 01200 446555 
Thursday 19th   BICKERTON Village Hall,  SY14 8AU  tel 01829 782392
Friday 20th   TARVIN Community Centre,  CH3 8LY  tel 01829 740109
Saturday 21st   GOODWILL HALL, Faddiley,  CW5 8HY  tel 01270 524441
Sunday 22nd   The BARBOUR INSTITUTE, Tattenhall,  CH3 9PX  tel 01829 771442

Tuesday 24th   APPLEBY Public Hall,  CA16 6YA  tel 017683 52210
Wednesday 25th   MICKLETON Village Hall, DL12 0JR  tel 07794

Thursday 26th  BAMBURGH Pavilion, NE69 7BJ  tel 01665 721061
Friday 27th   CORNHILL on TWEED Village Hall,  TD12 4UA  tel 01890 882268
Saturday 28th   St THOMAS Church Hall, Stanhope,  DL13 2UE  tel 01388 528673  Sunday 29th   MUNGRISDALE Village Hall,  CA11 0XR  tel 017687 79397

June 2011
Tuesday 2nd   GOSFORTH Public Hall,  CA20 1AS  tel 019467 25700 
Friday 3rd   BEAMISH MUSEUM, Stanley  DH9 0RG tel 0191 370 4000
Saturday 4th  WABERTHWAITE, CA18 1RW  tel 01229 717218
Tuesday 7th   DENT Village Hall. LA10 5QL 
Wednesday 8th  DALES COUNTRYSIDE MUSEUM, Hawes,  DL8 3NT
tel 01524 251004 
Thursday 9th   DARLEY Memorial Hall, Harrogate,  HG3 2RP tel 01423 780258
Friday 10th   REETH Memorial Hall,  DL10 4QL  tel 01748 880019
Saturday 11th  MELMERBY Village Hall.  CA10 1HE tel 01768 881291
Tuesday 14th   AMERDALE HALL, Arncliffe,  BD23 5QP  tel 01756 770235
Wednesday 15th   WEST BURTON Village Hall, DL8 4JY  tel 01969 663753
Thursday 16th   SETTLE VICTORIA Hall,  BD24 9DX  tel 01729 825718 
Friday 17th   LOFTHOUSE Memorial Hall,  HG3 5SA  tel 01423 755275 
Saturday 18th   BURNSALL Village Hall,  BD23 6BP

For more info, visit:-

 www.blaize.uk.net/pages/forthcoming

 or visit:-

HIGHLIGHTSNORTH.co.uk

for tour details etc

Before Sward!, The Signalman, was my most recent project; for this, see also:- www.foundtheatre.org.uk

 The Signalman

 from the ghost story by Charles Dickens

Found Theatre toured the play to small scale venues October - November 2009 and January 2010, with a re-run during October and November 2010

  “Sinister, atmospheric and with a spine chilling twist in its tail”
City Life (Manchester)


 

My own good self as ghost hunter Montagu Furzan,

and below, Paul Sullivan as "the unfortunate driver"

  Paul Sullivan

 The Signalman is a short play, lasting about 45 Minutes: in 2010, found Theatre presented it alongside two monologues - The Black Cat  and The Rose Garden.

But I plan to combine it with two shorter supernatural tales by Dickens, to create a complete Dickensian Ghost Package.  The Signalman script is available on request, and has indeed already been produced by an amateur company in Kent.

Someone killed on the line

 Here is the review from Now Then magazine, Sheffield:-

"It was a wet and windy night, but that was a perfect backdrop to a performance of ghost stories at the Lantern Theatre. 

The adaptations were written by Simon Corble who, along with Paul Sullivan, also performed them. In first half the pair took turns to monologue, each commanding the stage for half an hour alone and creating a palpable atmosphere of tension.

The slowly escalating unease of The Rose Garden sent shivers down the spine and the descent into murderous madness of the condemned man in The Black Cat had us all on the edges of our seats.

The second half belonged to The Signalman, with Sullivan taking the titular role. His portrayal of the lonely signalman haunted by portents of danger and the spectre of his own death was beautifully restrained. Restless anxiety and mental anguish flowed from his hunched shoulders and furrowed brow.

The Victorian splendour of the Lantern Theatre was most fitting and Found Theatre’s production was very much at home in it. These were not Hollywood yarns of shocks and gore, just classically told tales of creeping and titillating dread."

Sara Hill

 

 

 

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