01 - Productions reimagined -
Upon My Words
After dinner, for your delight and delectation a visit to the Comic and Dramatic Monologue (with perhaps some clips from the original show). The new shows to be recorded in the identical setting for another 'celebrity dinner party'. The monologues are mostly in the public domain.
The golden age of Max Miller, based on the stage show 'Here's a Funny Thing' starring the late John Bardon adapted for TV. The show re-imagined takes another look at the life of Max Miller, the most highly paid performer of his time. Clips from the Bardon show to be used, and the stage play rescripted.
My Shining Hour
Celebrating the magical world of operetta and musical comedy by harnessing the winning formula that made the 80s hit series of the same name so successful. Ideally, recorded again at the same stately home with live sound, and using an ensemble cast of the four voices plus a star guest artist.
We have over 250 monologues in our repertoire dating from the 1890s. The original mini-series was never used for its intend purpose and therefore is unlikely to have been seen by most people. Whilst there are some extraordinary performances from exceptional actors, the show is not dependent on them. The remake can be therefore produced in a number of ways and with or without original clips. It will be inexpensive to produce relative to the amount of screentime it commands. The location for the original series is available and remains unchanged, this is a listed building in central London with opulant eighteenth-century interiors.
From enquiries received, we know there is an interest in a re-make of a Max Miller show. Sadly, John Bardon is no longer with us and we are aware how keen his followers are to see 'Here's a Funny Thing' remastered in HD. That said, the source material is also still available from which the TV adaptation of the stage play was made. We understand there are also established contemporary actors (household names) who would welcome the opportunity to play this unique role.
The repertoire is extensive with 100s of operettas to select from each week and countless composers. The genre is regarded as 'popular' and 'light classical', therefore tunes are memorable and the repertoire dates from about 1850 (Paris) and lasted for around 100 years. With a cast of classically trained singers the programme structure would accommodate re-editing for a variety of markets and secondary exploitation. Most likely, to be recorded live again at the same location as, to our understanding it is still equipped for the recording and realisation of a show of this technical complexity.