The Music Teacher

Shut away in a tiny windowless practice room in a regional arts centre, Nigel endures his usual succession of bizarre pupils whilst wrestling with the latest curveball thrown at him by panicked Arts Centre manager, Belinda.

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20140506 (BBC7)

An aural feast of a musical comedy written by and starring 2009 Writers' Guild Award winner Richie Webb as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny. With Vicki Pepperdine as Arts Centre Manager Belinda.

Shut away in a windowless practice room in a regional arts centre, music teacher Nigel Penny endures a succession of pupils: the middle-aged bachelor with his homemade Moog; the six year old trombonist who's arms aren't quite long enough; and the female student who's forever in a state of tearful crisis and never gets her oboe out - all these and more enter Nigel's airless little room.

Nigel also has to contend with the panicked manager of Letchington Arts Centre, Belinda, who's continued struggle to keep the Arts Centre a going concern impacts bizarrely on Nigel's world.

Nigel suffers from crippling stage fright. He hasn't performed in public for years and frankly, he's not looking to rectify this. Belinda, however, is. And not because she appreciates his rare talent, but mainly because she always seems to have some act that's cancelled and needs Nigel to fill in.

We are privy to Nigel's thoughts: conversations and musical performances are littered with the 'real' Nigel's asides, which flit from commenting on what is happening to wandering off on a tangent to becoming consumed with the prospect of performing again.

Musically, though, the show sounds like no other: Accordians; singing dogs; death metal guitar - we hear them all. And the entire show takes place in Nigel's tiny, windowless room. The claustrophobia is audible.

Episode 1 sees Nigel having to contend with an atonal Barbershop Quartet and a depressed orchestral timpanist - whilst Belinda is desperate to fill the slot vacated by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Cast:

Nigel Penny....Richie Webb

Belinda....Vicki Pepperdine

Other roles by Dave Lamb, Jim North and Jess Robinson.

Written by Richie Webb

Producer: Richie Webb

Director: Nick Walker

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4.

Nigel has to contend with an atonal Barbershop Quartet and a depressed orchestral timpanist, whilst Belinda is desperate to fill the slot vacated by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

An aural feast of a musical comedy written by and starring 2009 Writers' Guild Award winner Richie Webb as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

With Vicki Pepperdine as Arts Centre Manager Belinda.

Nigel suffers from crippling stage fright.

He hasn't performed in public for years and frankly, he's not looking to rectify this.

Belinda, however, is.

And not because she appreciates his rare talent, but mainly because she always seems to have some act that's cancelled and needs Nigel to fill in.

Musically, though, the show sounds like no other: Accordians; singing dogs; death metal guitar - we hear them all.

And the entire show takes place in Nigel's tiny, windowless room.

The claustrophobia is audible.

Musical comedy written by and starring Richie Webb as music teacher Nigel Penny.

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20140513 (BBC7)

An aural feast of a musical comedy written by and starring 2009 Writers' Guild Award winner Richie Webb as long suffering multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny. Featuring Vicki Pepperdine as Arts Centre Manager Belinda.

Shut away in a tiny windowless practice room in a regional arts centre, music teacher Nigel Penny endures his usual succession of bizarre pupils whilst wrestling with the latest curveball thrown at him by panicked Arts Centre manager, Belinda.

Episode 2 sees Nigel faced with having to up the rate he charges his students; but he finds his negotiating skills somewhat thwarted by a guitarist with no strings, a Cameo tribute act and possibly the world's most confusing busker.

Belinda meanwhile is struggling to cope with the Arts Centre's new emergency procedures - and therefore so is everyone else.

Cast:

Nigel Penny - Richie Webb

Belinda - Vicki Pepperdine

Other roles by Dave Lamb, Jim North and Jess Robinson.

Written by Richie Webb.

Producer: Richie Webb

Director: Nick Walker

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4.

Nigel is faced with having to up the rate he charges his students.

However, he finds his negotiating skills somewhat thwarted by a guitarist with no strings, a Cameo tribute act and possibly the world's most confusing busker.

An aural feast of a musical comedy written by and starring 2009 Writers' Guild Award winner Richie Webb as long suffering multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Featuring Vicki Pepperdine as Arts Centre Manager Belinda.

Nigel tries to up the rate he charges his students.

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20140520 (BBC7)

Another week shut away in a tiny windowless practice room for music teacher Nigel Penny in this aural feast of a musical comedy written by and starring 2009 Writers' Guild Award winner Richie Webb. Featuring Vicki Pepperdine as Arts Centre Manager Belinda.

Episode 3 sees Nigel suffering his usual succession of bizarre pupils - an asthmatic flautist and a thrash metal guitarist proving particularly trying. And though Belinda is demanding to use his tiny room to hide booze from the Peruvian Pan Pipe band booked into the Arts Centre that evening, it's having to share his tiny room with an unwanted boorish guest that threatens to take the gloss off Nigel's already rubbish day.

Cast:

Nigel Penny....Richie Webb

Belinda....Vicki Pepperdine

Other roles by Dave Lamb, Jim North and Jess Robinson

Written by Richie Webb

Produced by Richie Webb

Directed by Nick Walker

A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4.

Nigel has to suffer his usual succession of bizarre pupils - an asthmatic flautist and a thrash metal guitarist prove particularly trying.

And though Belinda is demanding to use his tiny room to hide booze from the Peruvian Pan Pipe band booked into the Arts Centre that evening, it's having to share his tiny room with an unwanted boorish guest that threatens to take the gloss off Nigel's already rubbish day.

Another week shut away in a tiny windowless practice room for music teacher Nigel Penny in this aural feast of a musical comedy written by and starring 2009 Writers' Guild Award winner Richie Webb.

Featuring Vicki Pepperdine as Arts Centre Manager Belinda.

Episode 3 sees Nigel suffering his usual succession of bizarre pupils - an asthmatic flautist and a thrash metal guitarist proving particularly trying.

Nigel has to share his room with an unwanted guest.

01042010052720111012
20140527 (BBC7)

Written by Richie Webb.

Another tough week shut away in a tiny windowless practice room enduring challenging pupils for music teacher Nigel Penny, in this new musical comedy written by and starring 2009 Writers' Guild Award winner Richie Webb. Featuring Vicki Pepperdine as Arts Centre Manager Belinda.

Episode 4 sees Nigel faced with the usual bizarre array of pupils: the midlands answer to Bob Dylan, a homemade keyboard hobbyist and a singing dog prove to be fairly hard going. But it is Arts Centre manager Belinda - so usually the cause of much of his misery - who offers Nigel the chance of a lifetime: to write a jingle advertising the Arts Centre to feature on local radio. This is the chance Nigel has been looking for. This is his way out. This is his ticket to the fame and fortune that he so nearly tasted as a Young Musician of the Year Finalist in 1975. If only he could get The Beatles 'Eight Days A Week' out of his head he'd be fine. But he can't. And the deadline is approaching fast.

Cast:

Nigel Penny....Richie Webb

Belinda....Vicki Pepperdine

Other roles by Dave Lamb, Jim North and Jess Robinson.

Produced by Richie Webb

Directed by Nick Walker

A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4.

Nigel is faced with the usual bizarre array of pupils: the Midlands' answer to Bob Dylan, a homemade keyboard hobbyist and a singing dog prove to be fairly hard going.

But it is Arts Centre manager Belinda - so often the cause of much of his misery - who offers Nigel the chance of a lifetime: to write a jingle advertising the Arts Centre to feature on local radio.

This is the chance Nigel has been looking for.

This is his way out.

This is his ticket to the fame and fortune that he so nearly tasted as a Young Musician of the Year Finalist in 1975.

If only he could get The Beatles' Eight Days A Week out of his head, he'd be fine.

But he can't.

And the deadline is approaching fast.

Another tough week shut away in a tiny windowless practice room enduring challenging pupils for music teacher Nigel Penny, in this new musical comedy written by and starring 2009 Writers' Guild Award winner Richie Webb.

Featuring Vicki Pepperdine as Arts Centre Manager Belinda.

Episode 4 sees Nigel faced with the usual bizarre array of pupils: the midlands answer to Bob Dylan, a homemade keyboard hobbyist and a singing dog prove to be fairly hard going.

But it is Arts Centre manager Belinda - so usually the cause of much of his misery - who offers Nigel the chance of a lifetime: to write a jingle advertising the Arts Centre to feature on local radio.

Belinda offers Nigel the chance to write a jingle advertising the arts centre.

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20140603 (BBC7)

Written by Richie Webb.

Another week; another barrage of useless pupils for music teacher Nigel Penny in this new musical comedy written by and starring 2009 Writers' Guild Award winner Richie Webb. Featuring Vicki Pepperdine as Arts Centre Manager Belinda.

Episode 5: Shut away in his tiny windowless practice room Nigel endures his usual steady stream of talentless pupils: a vocalist claiming a sub-bass range and a wannabe Avant-Garde composer stretching his already taut patience. But hidden amongst the dross is a little ray of light in the shape of Martha - a local folk singer/songwriter who reignites not only his passion for performing, but his passion for - well, passion.

Will Nigel be able to make this opportunity count both on and off stage? Not if Belinda has anything to do with it: she's forgotten to get Nigel's CRB clearance sorted, and the local Beavers and Brownies gang show is in town.

Cast:

Nigel Penny - Richie Webb

Belinda....Vicki Pepperdine

Other roles by Dave Lamb, Jim North and Jess Robinson.

Produced by Richie Webb

Directed by Nick Walker

A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4.

Nigel endures his usual steady stream of talentless pupils: a vocalist claiming a sub-bass range and a wannabe Avant-Garde composer stretching his already taut patience.

But hidden amongst the dross is a little ray of light in the shape of Martha - a local folk singer/songwriter who reignites not only his passion for performing, but his passion for passion.

Another week; another barrage of useless pupils for music teacher Nigel Penny in this new musical comedy written by and starring 2009 Writers' Guild Award winner Richie Webb.

Featuring Vicki Pepperdine as Arts Centre Manager Belinda.

Episode 5: Shut away in his tiny windowless practice room Nigel endures his usual steady stream of talentless pupils: a vocalist claiming a sub-bass range and a wannabe Avant-Garde composer stretching his already taut patience.

But hidden amongst the dross is a little ray of light in the shape of Martha - a local folk singer/songwriter who reignites not only his passion for performing, but his passion for - well, passion.

Problems with Nigel's CRB check threaten to thwart his shot at romance.

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20140610 (BBC7)

Written by Richie Webb.

Shut away in a tiny practice room in the bowels of Letchington Arts Centre Nigel endures a steady stream of challenging pupils: a tone deaf Priest struggling to sing mass, a highly-strung harpist with a over-strung harp and the world's most flatulent tuba player rank among the most trying.

Particularly as Nigel is in the middle of an OFSTED inspection - the impending results of which prey heavily on his mind. Almost as heavily as the prospect of the closure of Arts Centre, which Belinda is convinced is on the cards. So much so that she has started a 'Save Letchington Arts Centre' campaign - and she wants Nigel to front a protest song live on the local TV news.

Cast:

Nigel Penny - Richie Webb

Belinda....Vicki Pepperdine

Other roles by Dave Lamb, Jim North and Jess Robinson.

Directed by Nick Walker

Produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4.

Nigel endures a steady stream of challenging pupils: a tone deaf Priest struggling to sing mass, a highly-strung harpist with a over-strung harp and the world's most flatulent tuba player rank among the most trying.

It doesn't help that Nigel is in the middle of an OFSTED inspection - the impending results of which weigh heavily on his mind.

Almost as heavily as the prospect of the closure of the Arts Centre, which Belinda is convinced is on the cards.

So much so that she has started a "Save Letchington Arts Centre" campaign - and she wants Nigel to front a protest song live on the local TV news.

Particularly as Nigel is in the middle of an OFSTED inspection - the impending results of which prey heavily on his mind.

Almost as heavily as the prospect of the closure of Arts Centre, which Belinda is convinced is on the cards.

Belinda wants Nigel to front a protest song live on the local TV news.

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20151027 (BBC7)

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

A famous ex-pupil of Nigel's pitches up at the Arts Centre to make a 'where-it-all-began-for-me' documentary, and is keen to interview Nigel.

Whilst Nigel's preparations for the reunion are hampered by the usual array of frustrating pupils, Belinda attempts to use this tenuous connection to a celebrity to generate some much needed revenue for the Arts Centre.

Audio production by Matt Katz

Directed by Nick Walker

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4.

02022012041120141001
20151103 (BBC7)

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Nigel is charged with creating relaxing music for a pregnant ladies music group.

But whilst Arts Centre director Belinda happily sells tickets for his 'live inspirational womb music' sessions, Nigel is hampered in his preparations by the usual array of challenging pupils and a rather early arrival.

Directed by Nick Walker

Audio production by Matt Katz

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4.

02032012041820151110 (BBC7)
20141008 (R4)

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Nigel is offered a reconciliation meeting with local youths after they have run riot in the Arts Centre. And asked to teach them three part harmony into the bargain.

Directed by Nick Walker

Audio production by Matt Katz

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4.

Cast:

Nigel Penny....Richie Webb

Belinda....Vicki Pepperdine

Steve....Nick Walker

Edwina....Felicity Montagu

Peter....Dave Lamb

Alan/T'Shawn....Jim North

Mary....Jess Robinson

Nigel is tasked with running a choir containing recently convicted youths.

02042012042520151117 (BBC7)
20141015 (R4)

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Nigel's attempts to field calls from a dating agency whilst teaching don't go quite as planned. Meanwhile Belinda is attempting to track down the elusive Arts Centre Cleaner, who has taken refuge in Nigel's room.

Directed by Nick Walker

Audio production by Matt Katz

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4.

Cast:

Nigel Penny....Richie Webb

Belinda....Vicki Pepperdine

Cedric/Keith....Dave Lamb

Mark/Jasveer....Jim North

Varinka....Jess Robinson

Nigel's attempts to field calls from a dating agency do not go quite as planned.

02052012050220151124 (BBC7)
20141022 (R4)

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Nigel finds himself agreeing to join an unusual Simon and Garfunkel tribute act. Meanwhile Belinda is attempting to keep a coachload of pensioners captive in the Arts Centre Gift Shop.

Directed by Nick Walker

Audio production by Matt Katz

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4.

Cast:

Nigel Penny....Richie Webb

Belinda....Vicki Pepperdine

Alf/Jonathan....Dave Lamb

Eric/Steve....Jim North

Jemima....Jess Robinson

Nigel finds himself agreeing to join an unusual Simon and Garfunkel tribute act.

02062012050920151201 (BBC7)

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Nigel finds himself losing pupils as a new music teacher who is able to get outstanding exam results starts working at the Arts Centre.

Meanwhile Belinda is keen to put the new income stream to good use.

Audio production by Matt Katz

Directed by Nick Walker

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4.

0206 LAST2012050920141029 (R4)

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Nigel finds himself losing pupils as a new music teacher who is able to get outstanding exam results starts working at the Arts Centre.

Meanwhile Belinda is keen to put the new income stream to good use.

Audio production by Matt Katz

Directed by Nick Walker

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4.

(06/06)

Cast:

Nigel Penny....Richie Webb

Belinda....Vicki Pepperdine

Chloe....Isobel Webb

Mrs Taylor....Felicity Montagu

Aleesha/Rachel....Jess Robinson

Maurice....Dave Lamb

Guy....Jim North

Bobby....Joseph Webb

A rival music teacher starts work at the arts centre.

03012013090420150401 (R4)

Richie Webb returns for a third series as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Nigel inherits a life changing sum of money from a distant relative leading to him considering jacking it all in and starting again. A consideration consistently reinforced by the constant stream of useless pupils.

Meanwhile Belinda is keen to keep Nigel on at the Arts Centre to run free taster sessions. At any cost.

Directed by Nick Walker

Audio production by Matt Katz

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4.

03022013091120150408 (R4)

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Belinda's decision to allow the Arts Centre to be a wedding venue means Nigel is charged with providing the music. But his efforts to soundtrack the happiest day of Ebony's life are somewhat hampered by a tone deaf bridesmaid, a pupil with a phobia of sharps and flats and the need to have his piano re-tuned every five minutes.

Directed by Nick Walker

Audio production by Matt Katz

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4.

03032013091820150415 (R4)

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Belinda offers Nigel's services as a songwriter to the local football team to celebrate their possible cup run. Nigel, however, is slightly more concerned with a money-spinning sideline selling cheap and nasty music satchels whilst coping with his usual array of challenging pupils.

Directed by Nick Walker

Audio production by Matt Katz

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4.

03042013092520150429 (R4)

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Nigel is somewhat distracted from his teaching duties by his temporary homelessness, his illegally parked rented transit van and Arts Centre Manager Belinda's increased security measures.

Directed by Nick Walker

Audio production by Matt Katz

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4.

03052013100220150506 (R4)

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Nigel tries to get his online music lessons up and running but finds himself hampered by an inability to speak Portuguese. Meanwhile, with the Arts Centre having been commandeered as a refuge for local flood victims, Belinda is attempting to keep four hundred wet members of the public from dripping on the carpet.

Directed by Nick Walker

Audio production by Matt Katz

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4.

0306 LAST2013100920150513 (R4)

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

As the local church's bicentennial concert bears down on all at the Arts Centre, Nigel finds himself with an interesting offer from Belinda and a room gradually filling with instruments to boot.

Audio production by Matt Katz

Directed by Nick Walker

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4.