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The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens - Episode Five - Confusion and a Literary Breakfast

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens - Episode Five - Confusion and a Literary Breakfast

February 28, 2021

In London Mr. Pickwick comes across Sam Weller, a boot cleaner and general handyman whom he takes on as a valet. When Mr. Pickwick tells his widowed landlady, Mrs. Bardell, that he has taken on a servant, she assumes from the ambiguous way he puts it that he intends to marry her. Mrs. Bardell faints in his arms just as Tupman, Snodgrass, and Winkle enter — a compromising circumstance. Mr. Pickwick and his friends go to Eatanswill and are invited to a costume party given by the local literary lioness, Mrs. Leo Hunter, where several varieties of silliness are exhibited. At this party Mr. Pickwick sees Alfred Jingle, whom he pursues to a neighbouring town. Jingle's servant tells Mr. Pickwick that Jingle has designs on a young lady at a boarding school, and Mr. Pickwick decides to prevent the elopement.

 

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens - Episode Four - An Amorous Adventure

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens - Episode Four - An Amorous Adventure

February 15, 2021

After some mishaps in the cricket match and Mr. Tupman falling in love with Rachael; and Mr. Snodgrass with Emily, Tupman is outsmarted by the vivacious, unscrupulous Jingle, who elopes with Rachael. Mr. Pickwick and Mr. Wardle pursue Jingle and Rachael to London, where, with the help of a lawyer, Mr. Perker, they buy off Jingle and save Rachael Wardle from an unhappy marriage. They continue on by coach to London and there Mr. Pickwick comes across Sam Weller, a boot cleaner and general handyman whom he promised to take on as a valet, subject to approval from his widowed landlady, Mrs Bardell.

 

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens - Episode Three - Onwards to Dingley Dell Farm

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens - Episode Three - Onwards to Dingley Dell Farm

January 31, 2021

After the Pickwickians meet to begin their first journey they meet Mr. William Wardle, a country squire who invites them to his estate at Dingley Dell. After some mishaps, Mr. Pickwick and his friends arrive at Mr. Wardle's Manor Farm, where they enjoy card games, flirting, storytelling, hunting, and a cricket match. Mr. Tupman falls in love with Mr. Wardle's spinster sister, Rachael; and Mr. Snodgrass falls in love with his daughter, Emily.

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens - Episode Two - The Duel

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens - Episode Two - The Duel

January 15, 2021

The Pickwickians have met Mr Jingle who turns out to be a supposed actor and con man. At their first stop, Mr. Jingle insults a local doctor, and the doctor proposes a duel. Because of a mistaken identity, however, Mr. Winkle receives the challenge, not Mr. Jingle. Will the angry doctor realise his mistake, or will the duel be pursued?

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens - Episode One - Into The Unknown

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens - Episode One - Into The Unknown

December 26, 2020

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (also known as The Pickwick Papers) was Charles Dickens's first novel. Because of his success with Sketches by Boz published in 1836 Dickens was asked by the publisher Chapman & Hall to supply descriptions to explain a series of comic "cockney sporting plates" by illustrator Robert Seymour and to connect them into a novel. The book became Britain's first real publishing phenomenon, with bootleg copies, theatrical performances, Sam Weller joke books, and other merchandise.

Our Kid and Me Productions have presented the audio play in nine episodes, commencing on Boxing Day, 26 December 2020 with the other eight episodes being release from January 2021 in two week intervals.

Twas the Night before Christmas

Twas the Night before Christmas

December 24, 2020

Our Kid and Me Productions is pleased to present “Twas The Night Before Christmas.

On the eve of Christmas day, one hundred and ninety years ago today, wealthy landowner and august Columbia professor Clement Clarke Moore completed a seasonal poem to read to his children. He penned the whimsical little tale — a throwaway, really, in comparison to his great and respected writings in Greek and biblical literature — from a desk at his comfortable, snow-covered mansion which the family called Chelsea.

The poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and often referred to as “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas,” would eventually help define the Santa Claus mythology. It is perhaps the most important source in shaping the physical appearance and ritual behaviour of the North Pole gift-giver and would provide inspiration to New York illustrators like Thomas Nast and, in the 20th century, the Coca-Cola advertising of Haddon Sunblom.  And Clement Clarke Moore is even credited with naming the eight reindeer.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

December 24, 2020

Our Kid and Me Productions in partnership with Springline Radio Players is pleased to present "A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas", commonly known as A Christmas Carol, is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843 and illustrated by John Leech. A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet To Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.

Christmas Letters by Ken Starling

Christmas Letters by Ken Starling

December 3, 2020

Our Kid and Me Productions is pleased to present a new audio drama by Ken Starling entitled "Christmas Letters".

Keeping in touch with relatives you rarely see is sometimes solved by a letter tucked inside a Christmas card. Over time, these fit together rather like a jigsaw puzzle. But is the final picture the one you were expecting?

The Incompatibles by Horrace Holly

The Incompatibles by Horrace Holly

August 27, 2020

The following one-act play is reprinted from Read-aloud Plays. Horace Holley, the author wrote several short, one-act plays with a view for them to be read aloud as well as being performed on stage. Our approach is through the audio media of one of his 1916 plays.

The War of the Worlds by H G Wells

The War of the Worlds by H G Wells

August 20, 2020

"The War of the Worlds", a science fiction novel by H.G. Wells,  first published serially by Pearson’s Magazine in the U.K. and by The Cosmopolitan magazine in the U.S. in 1897. The novel details a catastrophic conflict between humans and extraterrestrial “Martians.” It is considered a landmark work of science fiction, and it has inspired numerous adaptations and imitations. Our audio play is inspired by Orson Wells radio broadcast in October 1938 and featured Trenton, New Jersey, USA as the place that the first Martian invasion commenced. The location has been changed to Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK and although the accents may be different, the plot remains the same.

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