“Funny Cow” Update

Update 21st March:

Go behind the scenes to see exclusive new photos from the filming of “Funny Cow“:

More via @MaxinePeakeNews & @FunnyCowFilm.

Audio Update: Maxine Peake interview by BBC Radio 4 ‘Loose Ends’ – 13 February

Maxine was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 last Saturday. If you missed the broadcast you can listen to it again here.

I’ll have a link up on our site shortly as well.

Clive’s guests are Maxine Peake who stars in ‘How To Hold Your Breath’ written by Zinnie Harris and directed by Vicky Featherstone at London’s Royal Court; Christopher Biggins – host of a special performance of ‘Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music’ at Hackney Empire, London in aid of Comic Relief and Helen Lederer, one of Britain’s best-loved comediennes – who has written ‘Losing It’ a laugh-out-loud debut novel. Nikki Bedi talks to Tara Prem, producer and script editor of film and TV drama about the BFI Southbank season of Forgotten Dramas – British Television’s Neglected Plays. With Music from Eduardo Niebla and Southern Tenant Folk Union.

Producer: Debbie Kilbride.

Here’s a photo which was taken during the production of the broadcast:

Maxine Peake and Christopher Biggins

A sneak peek from ‘Behind the Scenes’ and the recording:

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Behind the Scenes: Queens of the Coal Age by Maxine Peake on BBC Radio 4 tomorrow at 2.15pm

This is the latest drama from Actor Writer Maxine Peake and Director Producer Justine Potter with Sound Editor and Designer Eloise Whitmore: the team behind the Sony Nominated Beryl: A Love Story on Two Wheels. In Queens of the Coal Age, Maxine Peake, who wrote the drama and stars as Anne Scargill, tells the story of 4 women from Women Against Pit Closures through the prism of the Easter occupation of Parkside mine in the 1990′s, in a bid to draw attention to the threatened closure of the remaining 31 pits.

A great story, was enhanced by a great cast:

Maxine Peake as Anne Scargill
Julie Hesmondlalgh as Dot Kelly
Lorraine Cheshire as Elaine Evans
Rachel Austin ans Lesley Lomas
Gerard Kearns as Michael and Peter Slater as various Miner Characters.

As part of the production process, we were delighted that Kellingley Colliery (Parkside is now a Morrisons car park) allowed us down a real working mine. The first time Maxine and Justine Potter went to experience and understand what it was like to be inside a mine, prior to writing the drama. We had planned to take Anne Scargill and Betty Cook from the original WAPC, but the management wouldn’t allow them down – maybe they were afraid together we’d decide to stay again!

The second visit we took the cast and some of the original 4 occupying women. BBC News and journalist Dan Johnson came with us and we were all allowed down!

Cast, Crew and occupying women of Queens of the Coal Age go underground

The sound effects were gathered from the mine and used throughout.

Savvy prides itself on creating location based audio dramas rather than in studio.Lots of biscuits goes a long way when you’re asking actors to get down and dirty for a drama.

We recorded the drama in a cellar to create the nearest possible sound world and give the cast something of the experience of being underground.

We recorded the drama in a cellar to create the nearest possible sound world and give the cast something of the experience of being underground.See here Maxine Peake and Julie Hesmondhalgh in a night time scene underground. We needed large multi roomed space so the women could ‘Run Amok in this Pit’ and also occupy the managers office where they slept each night.

The drama is laced with music, chiefly around the protest song by Mal Finch ‘We Are Women, We are Strong. Pictured here you can see the cast rehearsing with the original women who occupied the mine, Musical Director Alan E Williams and Sound Engineer Eloise Whitmore also pictured. As well as recording them singing, Singer Keeley Forsyth and Alan created hauntingly beautiful strains of the songs in voice, harpsichord and guitar to lace the drama. As we reach the climax of the production we brought in the big guns. Saddleworth Male voice choir stepped in as singing miners for what we hope is a celebration of their achievement.

In the end though, this is a story of ordinary women taking extraordinary steps to try and saves their families, livelihoods and communities. The structure of four women down a mine allows us to shape a story of the time and perhaps shed some light on this important part of our heritage. Maxine wanted to bring to light a little known story of a time and a period in history not to be forgotten and we hope you find the drama memorable in achieving that aim.

It broadcasts on Monday 4th November at 2.15pm on BBC Radio 4

Here’s the first few seconds of script:

Scene 2 INT Anne’s living room 1993 Barnsley

FX The sound of a hoover going intensely over a carpet.

FX The Radio plays under this news of the 1993 day Mine closures.

FX The phone rings.

FX The hoover is switched off.

Anne: Hello, Annie speaking.

Dot: It’s me.

Anne: Dot?

Dot: Good news. We’re on.

Anne turns the radio down

Anne: You’ve fixed it?!

Dot: 11.30am tomorrow. Meet at Lesley’s. Plenty of layers, it’s going to be cold.

Anne: Right. Crikey….. Right!

Dot: And Anne, not a word to anyone.

Anne: As if I-

The phone goes down

FX The phone being dialed.

Elaine: Hello?

Anne: Elaine, it’s Annie, Parkside, we’re only flaming on!

Source: savvyproductions.net