Arbery: Drama and Fiction, Old and New
Ten Million Years

Ten Million Years

September 25, 2020

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"I have known and loved you for years, for centuries, for millenia. I have known and loved you since before knowledge and love, since before sight, before sound, before touch, before memory. I have known and loved you with every cell that has ever birthed and died in my body. I have known and loved you since you were me and we were one."

Love comes in many forms and may last for aeons . . . 

Story first published in First and Fiftieth and other stories, available from arberybooks.co.uk/

The Necklace

The Necklace

September 18, 2020

The Necklace

"Suddenly she discovered, in a black satin box, a superb diamond necklace, and her heart began to beat with uncontrolled desire. Her hands trembled as she took it. She fastened it around her neck, over her high-necked dress, and stood lost in ecstasy as she looked at herself."

Guy de Maupassant's classic story read by Scottish actor / voiceover artist Wendy Lap. 

Music: Johann Strauss's Auf Ferienreisen, Polka Schnell, Op. 133 performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker.

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The Outsider

The Outsider

August 28, 2020

The Outsider

"It was the ghoulish shade of decay, antiquity, and desolation; the putrid, dripping eidolon of unwholesome revelation; the awful baring of that which the merciful earth should always hide."

Who or what - and where - is the Outsider? This classic intense story from the pen of H P Lovecraft demands to be heard several times to allow the full horror of the situation to unfold.

Lovecraft (1890-1937) is one of the best-known, most prolific and talented writers of horror and gothic fiction. Lovecraft on Wikipedia.

Sarah Schlesinger is a multilingual US actor and voiceover artist. sarahschlesingervoiceovers.com 

Image: adapted from wall.alphacoders.com

SFX: adapted from classiccat.net / fesliyanstudios.com / sound-image.com

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Homophobia, Darling

Homophobia, Darling

August 21, 2020

Homophobia in the office

An out, proud gay man condemns homophobia in his workplace.  WARNING: A sexually explicit story using very strong language and with subject matter that some listeners may find offensive.

Martin Foreman's fiction ranges from real to fantastic, deeply serious to slyly comic, sensitive to offensive. See more of his work on martinforeman.com

Andrew Fettes is a multifaceted, actor and voice artist, comedy performer, writer and director, he lives in London with too many books and ukuleles.

 

Smoke

Smoke

August 14, 2020

Smoke by Martin Foreman

"This one has the scent of Araby, the sparkle of champagne, the mist of distant moors."

At a time when people could still smoke in bars, a group of office workers meet for a drink. On a table sits an abandoned pack of cigarettes; there's no harm in lighting one, is there?

A disturbing, haunting tale about the dangers of tobacco. 

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Martin Foreman's fiction ranges from real to fantastic, deeply serious to slyly comic, sensitive to offensive. See more of his work on martinforeman.com. Rosie Kernohan is a recent graduate from the Oxford School of Drama.

Image: adapted from wallpapersden.com

Sound: adapted from fesliyanstudios.com; freesfx.co.uk; zapsplat.com 

The Lumber Room & The Mouse

The Lumber Room & The Mouse

August 7, 2020

The Lumber Room & The Mouse

Is the Devil really speaking to young Nicholas from inside a rainwater barrel? And what would you do if a mouse were crawling around inside your clothes as you sat opposite an attractive stranger? Two humorous stories from H H Munro ('Saki' 1870-1916) read by Michael Robert-Brown.

Also from Michael Robert-Brown on Arbery Podcasts: A Terribly Strange Bed - a story of skullduggery in Victorian Paris - and The Slanderer & A Work of Art - two comic tales from Anton Chekhov. michaelrobertbrown.com

A Terribly Strange Bed

A Terribly Strange Bed

July 31, 2020

A Terribly Strange Bed

A young man wins a fortune in a disreputable gambling-house in Paris, gets drunk with an old soldier and then fears for his life. 

A short story from William Wilkie Collins, the author of The Woman in White and The Moonstone, originally published in 1852 in Household Words, a magazine edited by Charles Dickens. 

Read by Michael Robert-Brown.  michaelrobertbrown.com 

Also Michael Robert-Brown from Arbery Podcasts: two comic stories from Anton Chekhov: The Slanderer & A Work of Art

Title image: Konstantin Korovin 

Music: music4video

Death on the Lido

Death on the Lido

July 24, 2020

Death on the Lido

A 14-year-old boy is troubled - or is he fascinated? - by an old man who never stops watching him.

In Thomas Mann's 1912 novella Death in Venice (filmed in 1971 by Luchino Visconti) the ageing Gustav von Aschenbach becomes obsessed with the beauty of young Tadzio. Although the two never speak, a silent relationship grows between them, a relationship which persists as the old man's health fails and the city is beset by cholera.

Decades later Tadzio remembers that fateful summer. What went through the boy's mind when he realised what was happening? What impact did it have on his adult life? Finally, the silent youth speaks. 
Originally the title story in Martin Foreman's collection A Sense of Loss,  Death on the Lido was later adapted for the stage as Tadzio Speaks with Christopher Peacock ("deeply poetic" Views from the Gods). This audio version with John Vernon brings to life one of fiction's most memorable and least understood characters. 

A Sense of Loss and Tadzio Speaks can be ordered from Arbery Books

Martin Foreman's work appears in several Arbery podcasts on Podbean and elsewhere. martinforeman.com

Title painting: detail from Sir John Lavery: Bathing Hour, Lido, Venice

SFX: zapsplat.com and freesfx.co.uk

The Slanderer & A Work of Art

The Slanderer & A Work of Art

July 17, 2020

Anton Chekhov: The Slanderer & A Work of Art

The Slanderer: who has been telling tales about Sergey Kapitonlch Akhineyev's activities in the kitchen?

A Work of Art: what would you do with the gift of an erotic statuette?

Two short stories revealing Russian writer Anton Chekhov's comic side. Read by Michael Robert-Brown.  

michaelrobertbrown.com

Music: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6 "Patethique" from classiccat.net

Can it wait till morning?

Can it wait till morning?

July 10, 2020

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 In the 1950s Peter Paterson-Brown became a general practitioner in a small town in the Scottish Borders. These three episodes are dramatised, by Oliver Cookson and Marilyn Imrie, from his diary of his experiences over the years.  

With Oliver Cookson as the doctor and Barbara Dickson as Nellie, Lady Hamilton and Hazel. 

Barbara Dickson has been a popular and best-selling singer-songwriter and actress since the 1970s, with many single and album hits. She is married to Oliver Cookson, a BBC director and occasional actor. Her website is barbaradickson.net

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