It’s Grim Up North

From the Chronicle:

A NEW comedy called It’s Grim Up North follows the exploits of dodgy Roman auxiliary soldiers building Hadrian’s Wall in AD126, and listeners wanting a good laugh can tune in via the internet to hear the world premiere of the radio sitcom pilot.

It’s Grim Up North has been penned by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, the Tyneside-based writers whose comedy stage play hits include Dirty Dusting, The Revengers, Waiting For Gateaux, Son of Samurai and Maggie’s End.

The duo, who also scooped the Best Comedy Screenplay award at last year’s New York-based Gotham Screenplay Festival, have set the action when the Roman soldiers were constructing the famous Northumberland wall that is today a World Heritage Site.

There are a variety of characters based around Drizzlewort, a milecastle on the wall: Britons from south of the wall, rebellious Picts and auxiliaries from sunnier parts of the vast Roman Empire, who dislike the constant rain in the wilds of Northumberland’s picturesque but cold and wet moors.

Cast member and director Jackie Fielding said: “We all had a great time recording the show. It’s very funny and the characters are fantastic.”

Trevor added: “We‘ve put the full episode on our website and made it available for download on iTunes. We’d like people to listen to it and give us feedback via our website.

“The Customs House theatre in South Shields and Sunderland University have worked with us on this project and their support has been invaluable.”

You can listen to the pilot (and read some more background) at Ed Waugh/Trevor Wood’s site (there’s a button near the bottom to listen/download) … I didn’t listen to the whole thing, but it seems to have potential.

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