Yes, we were probably mad to decide to do our own radio soap opera, given our combined radio script writing experience amounted to zero but Somewhere Else Writers are nothing if not brave, and the process of writing The Inn on the Green has made us laugh – and learn a lot. The idea was to invent a collection of characters who congregate each episode at a mythical Cotswold pub, and then to each write dialogue for a single character, who we would also play.
The fact that only two members had done any acting did not deter us – nor the fact that none of us had written a radio play before. Selwyn Morgan, whose brainchild it was, came up with a rough outline for episode one and off we went. If you tune in to Corinium Radio on Sundays 4.30 to 5pm or catch-up on this website you will meet landlords Jonathan and Alicia, kitchen staff Lydia and Rosemary, countryman Joe, academic Gerry and the village bigwigs Bernard and Barbara plus many other characters yet to be invented. There’s intrigue and scandal – and some unintentionally weird radio moments.
It’s been enormous fun working together to create the world of Crompton Boswick and though we have made mistakes ( we’re not expecting the BBC to knock on our door any day soon) we are learning the complexities of writing radio scripts in the best way possible – by doing it. So do join us on our learning curve and discover what passions lie beneath the surface of country life.
Episode Two of The Inn on the Green will be broadcast on Sunday April 23rd and Episode Three on Sunday 28th May 4.30pm to 5pm.