FAMOUS FOR RETREATING

Links between the Twentieth Century and the era of the Dungeon have been dormant for several years, but the civil war between ‘The Powers-That-Be’ and ‘The Opposition’ continues. Caught between the two forces in the conflict are the Grey Sisterhood, now resident in the new colony of Ambrohame.

Desperate to renew her people’s dwindling powers, the Witch Queen Greystagg sends an emissary, Heggatty, to seek out new sources of witch amber. During her mission, Heggatty is attacked by the Opposition, and needs Treguard and Stiletta to come to her aid.

Caught in a situation where combat is impossible, Treguard and his mortal enemy, Lord Fear, must each battle with words to induce terror in the other to decide the fate of the Grey Sisters… with the balance of the entire war resting on the outcome.

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| Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five |

‘The Missing Scene’

About

Some two-and-a-half years in the making, Famous For Retreating is the first-ever audio play based in the universe of the Greater Game of Luck and Glory. Set approximately three years after the conclusion of the TV series, the play adds substantial development to one character who only got to appear in a few episodes, and also explores one of the central characters, giving him a new origin, while explaining the transitions that led to his emergence. Using themes and characters devised by award-winning TV Producer Tim Child, Famous For Retreating is a close study of some of the prominent personalities from the series he created, attempting to flesh out their histories and to offer a new perspective on their motivations.

And…

One of the scenes that was cut from an early draft of the script has been produced as a one-off sketch, released for Xmas/New Year 2015 – fitting, as it is the tenth anniversary year of recording the original play. The scene was removed because it was felt to be slowing the story down to little positive effect, but it has now been fully redrafted, extended, recorded and mixed as a separate audio file.

Whether the scene is considered ‘canon’ is entirely up to the listeners to decide for themselves; it is still the opinion of the writers that it was probably correct to remove it for the sake of keeping the play from getting bogged down. Whatever the ultimate view of that however, it is set in Part 3 of the play, immediately after the scene in which Merlin teaches Aedric the ‘THUNDARA’ spell.

The scene gives Dunshelm Players debuts to the characters of Olaf the Viking, Cedric the Mad Monk, and Golgarach the Wall Monster. Note that Mellisandre, who was in another scene in FFR, is also in the Missing Scene. Here she is performed by Amy Davies, whereas in the play itself she was played by Vivienne Traill.

Production

Treguard ……………………………………………………. Ruzl Odoni
Stiletta/Salvania …………………………… Eleanor Booth-Davey
Lord Fear/Honesty Bartram ………………………. Martin Odoni
Majida/Heggatty …………………………………….. Sue McPherson
Skarkill/Merlin ……………………………………………… Alec Downs
Elita/Greystagg ………………………………………… Clare Speedie
Lady Brinkatore/Mellisandre ……………………… Vivienne Traill

Olaf (missing scene only) …………………………….. Ricky Temple
Mellisandre (missing scene only) ……………………. Amy Davies
Motley (missing scene only) ………………………. Ross Thompson
Cedric (missing scene only) …………………………. Martin Harder
Golgarach (missing scene only) ………………………. Jake Collins

Scriptwriters…..….…...….…...…………..Martin Odoni & Ricky Temple
Scriptwriters for ‘missing scene’………..Ricky Temple & Roz Pearson
Script editors for ‘missing scene’……Andy Marshall & Martin Odoni
Production Supervisor……………………………………………Neal Sawyer
Director & Post-Production Editor (CD release)………Andrew Kenny
Post-Production Editor (MP3 release)……………………..Martin Odoni

Title music (Hidden)………………………………………….. Matthew Oates
Incidental & credit music (Celestial Embrace) …………Soundrangers
Other incidental music ……..Royaltyfreemusic/Productiontrax.com

Title Artwork (Bealwit Moonscape)……….Rob Lo & Tracey Lineker.
Running time approximately 75 minutes. (‘Missing scene’ approximately 11 minutes.)
Published 4/11/2006 – ‘missing scene’ published 1/1/2015

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ORIGINAL TEXT OF THE ‘MISSING’ SCENE FROM THE SCRIPT.

Click here to read the Blooper Catalogue for the play.

Click here to read an interview with one of the scriptwriters, originally published in issue 52 of The Eyeshield fanzine.

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2 Responses to “FAMOUS FOR RETREATING”

  1. […] the writing of Famous For Retreating, we had to learn the editor’s art of ruthlessness, by cutting material out of the script. One […]

  2. Haven’t listened to this in ages! I find it so cute at the end when Aedric runs screaming for Merlin XD

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