One Chord Wonders

Series of plays by British screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce looking at the punk generation three decades on, with each play telling a different, but connected, story.

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One Chord Wonders: Parallel Lines

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Frank Cottrell Boyce's series of plays about the punk generation 30 years on begins with the story of Julie, the singer in an ageing Blondie tribute band.

An invitation to the reunion of the audience at an Adverts gig in 1977 brings some skeletons dancing from the cupboard.

Julie...

Doon Mackichan

Thing...

Sian Reeves

Margaret...

Rosie Cavaliero

Steve Reeves...

Ivan Kaye

Pete...

Paul Viragh

Joe...

Joseph Tremain

Lovely...

Sarah Bedi

Announcer...

John Rowe

Waiter...

Ben Crowe

Director/Producer....Toby Swift

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ONE CHORD WONDERS is a series of 5 plays by top British screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce.

The series looks at the 'punk generation' three decades on, with each play telling a different, but connected, story.

Featured actors include Pauline Quirke, Doon Mackichan, Sian Reeves, Richard Ridings, Danny Webb, Manjinder Virk and Fenella Woolgar.

The plays are as follows: 'Parallel Lines' (2 April), 'Blitzkrieg Bop' (9 April), 'Damned, Damned, Damned' (16 April), 'This is the Modern World' (23 April) and 'Television's Over' (30 April)

Frank Cottrell Boyce is probably best known for films like '24 Hour Party People', 'A Cock and Bull Story', 'Hilary and Jackie', 'Welcome to Sarajevo' and 'Butterfly Kiss'.

He won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 for 'Millions', his first novel, which was subsequently filmed by British director Danny Boyle.

The series is based on the fictional premise that in March 1977 punk band the Adverts performed a gig in Camberley to an audience of 27 people.

Some 30 years later, someone is trying to bring those 27 people back together again for a reunion.

'Parallel Lines' stars Doon Mackichan (Julie), Sian Reeves (Thing) and Rosie Cavaliero (Margaret).

Julie, a singer in an ageing Blondie tribute band, receives her invitation to the reunion.

Husband and partner in the band Pete has also been invited - he was, after all, dubbed 'Zorba the Freak' for his legendary exploits that night.

As she grapples with whether to go or not, she tries to track down 'Thing' (aka Anne Kirby) and Margaret, two of her contemporaries from those formative days.

With so much invested in the past, Julie finds herself facing some uncomfortable truths.

'Blitzkrieg Bop' stars Pauline Quirke as a struggling commercial radio presenter who has also been invited to the reunion.

In fact, as the self-styled Mo Motormouth, she was the co-promoter of the gig.

Encouraged by her ambitious - or should that be desperate - producer Shammi (Manjinder Virk), her career receives a belated boost when she gives her on-air persona an opinionated, in-yer-face punk makeover.

Will her new-found success survive the attention of the 'livelier' element amongst her audience...not least former co-promoter Benny Bondage (Adam Kotz) who seems convinced there's a nasty skeleton rattling in Mo's cupboard?

'Damned, Damned, Damned' stars Richard Ridings as Mick who worked in 'personal security' for rock and pop bands until an unfortunate incident with an over-enthusiastic fan saw him jailed for violence.

As part of his battle to come to terms with what he has become, Mick has been trying to mentor a volatile young prisoner.

The invitation to the reunion arrives, throwing his thoughts back to his young self and deeply unsettling him.

He remembers that night in 1977 as the best night of his life.

Then he receives a letter from someone else who was at the gig (Muttley) which turns his own memories on their head.

Prison is not the place to start to lose control...

'This is the Modern World' stars Danny Webb as Muttley, a man recently widowed and living in an eco-commune in Wales with his teenage daughter, Lineel (Stephanie Leonidas).

When an invitation to the reunion turns up, Lineel is desperate to find out more about her late mother's previous life in Camberley.

Having failed to persuade her to visit Camberley by 'mental motoring' (ie.

in her imagination), Muttley reluctantly agrees to accompany Lineel on a pilgrimage back to his home town...on foot.

There Lineel learns the unlikely truth about her parents' past, as well as getting an abrupt introduction to life in the 'real world' beyond the confines of the commune.

'Television's Over' takes us back to Camberley in 1977 and the day punk rock arrived in the town.

Many of the characters we have met in the previous plays are there in their teenage guise.

At the centre of it all is Adam (Kristopher Milnes), a young lad in desperate need of something to believe in.

Despite the best efforts of his father (a police sergeant), and many of the town's councillors to stop the gig going ahead, a venue is secured at the last minute thanks to a thrusting young Tory councillor (Fenella Woolgar).

Thus Adam and his mates spend a life-changing evening at the Police Social Club watching punk legends the Adverts.

Memories are rekindled when a singer in a Blondie tribute band is invited to a reunion.

Julie is a singer in an ageing Blondie tribute band.

Julie....Doon Mackichan

Thing....Sian Reeves

Margaret....Rosie Cavaliero

Steve Reeves....Ivan Kaye

Pete....Paul Viragh

Joe....Joseph Tremain

Lovely....Sarah Bedi

Announcer....John Rowe

Waiter....Ben Crowe

Directed by Toby Swift

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In 1977, self-styled Mo Motormouth was writing a punk fanzine.

She now presents the travel news for a radio station.

An attempt to relaunch her ailing career brings some unwelcome attention from her livelier listeners.

Mo....Pauline Quirke

Benny....Adam Kotz

Shammi....Manjinder Virk

Steve Reeves....Ivan Kaye

George....Ben Crowe

Arthur....Harry Myers

Jack....Sanjay Shelat

Teacher/Barney....Stephen Critchlow

Benny's Daughter....Amy Enticknap

Directed by Toby Swift

Now she's doing the travel news for a radio station.

An attempt to re-launch her ailing career brings unwelcome attention from some of her 'livelier' listeners.

Mo...

Pauline Quirke

Benny...

Adam Kotz

Shammi...

Manjinder Virk

George...

Ben Crowe

Arthur...

Harry Myers

Jack...

Sanjay Shelat

Teacher/Barney...

Stephen Critchlow

Benny's Daughter...

Amy Enticknap

Producer/Director...

Toby Swift

ONE CHORD WONDERS is a series of 5 plays by top British screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce.

The series looks at the 'punk generation' three decades on, with each play telling a different, but connected, story.

Featured actors include Pauline Quirke, Doon Mackichan, Sian Reeves, Richard Ridings, Danny Webb, Manjinder Virk and Fenella Woolgar.

Frank Cottrell Boyce is probably best known for films like '24 Hour Party People', 'A Cock and Bull Story', 'Hilary and Jackie', 'Welcome to Sarajevo' and 'Butterfly Kiss'.

He won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 for 'Millions', his first novel, which was subsequently filmed by British director Danny Boyle.

The series is based on the fictional premise that in March 1977 punk band the Adverts performed a gig in Camberley to an audience of 27 people.

Over 30 years later, someone is trying to bring those 27 people back together again for a reunion.

In 'Blitzkrieg Bop' a struggling commercial radio presenter has been invited to the reunion.

In fact, as the self-styled Mo Motormouth, she was the co-promoter of the original gig.

Encouraged by her ambitious - or should that be desperate - producer Shammi, her career receives a belated boost when she gives her on-air persona an opinionated, in-yer-face punk makeover.

Will her new-found success survive the attention of a dubious element amongst her audience...not least former co-promoter Benny Bondage who seems convinced there's a nasty skeleton rattling in Mo's cupboard?

The next 2 plays in the series - 'Damned, Damned, Damned' and 'This is the Modern World' - catch up with other, now middle-aged, members of that audience back in 1977.

The final play, 'Television's Over', takes us back 34 years to where it all begin; the day punk heroes the Adverts arrived at the Police Club in Camberley.

An attempt to relaunch Mo Motormouth's ailing career brings some unwelcome attention.

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Hardman Mick's career in the music business imploded after a brush with an over-enthusiastic fan.

Now in prison, can he find salvation in his treasured memories of 'that night' in 1977?

Mick Martindale...

Richard Ridings

Lee...

Lloyd Thomas

Tony...

Chris Pavlo

Wayne...

Richie Campbell

Phil...

Paul Richard Biggin

Announcer...

John Rowe

Guard...

Ben Crowe

Director/Producer...

Toby Swift

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'Damned, Damned, Damned' features Mick who worked in 'personal security' for rock and pop bands until an unfortunate incident with an over-enthusiastic fan saw him jailed for violence.

As part of his battle to come to terms with what he has become, Mick has been trying to mentor a volatile young prisoner.

The invitation to the reunion arrives, throwing his thoughts back to his young self and deeply unsettling him.

He remembers that night in 1977 as the best night of his life.

Then he receives a letter from Muttley who was also there that night.

Now in prison, can Mick find salvation in his treasured memories of a night in 1977?

Now in prison, can he find salvation in his treasured memories of a night in 1977?

Mick Martindale....Richard Ridings

Lee....Lloyd Thomas

Tony....Chris Pavlo

Wayne....Richie Campbell

Phil....Paul Richard Biggin

Announcer....John Rowe

Guard....Ben Crowe

Directed by Toby Swift

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Frank Cottrell Boyce's series of plays about the punk generation 30 years on continues with the story of an unlikely pilgrimage to Camberley.

Eco-toilet pioneer and ex-'anarcho-punk' Muttley is about to be forcibly reunited with his former self.

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In 'This is the Modern World', Muttley is to be found living in an eco-commune in Wales with his teenage daughter, Lineel.

When an invitation to the reunion turns up, Lineel is desperate to find out more about her late mother's previous life in Camberley.

Muttley reluctantly agrees to accompany her on a pilgrimage back to his home town...on foot.

There Lineel learns the unlikely truth about her parents' past, as well as getting an abrupt introduction to life in the 'real world' beyond the confines of the commune.

Ex-'anarcho-punk' Muttley is about to be forcibly reunited with his former self.

Earth toilet pioneer and former 'anarcho-punk' Muttley is about to be forcibly reunited with his former self on an unlikely pilgrimage to Camberley.

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March, 1977.

Punk rock is rumoured to be arriving in suburban Surrey.

Is anarchy about to overwhelm civilized society or is this salvation for the bored teenagers of Camberley? By Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Adam...

Kristopher Milnes

Pete...

Freddy White

Sergeant Henshaw...

Gerard Horan

Councillor Myatt...

Fenella Woolgar

Mo...

Leanne Rowe

Benny...

James Daley

Pete's dad...

Ben Crowe

Muttley/Steve...

John Hasler

Margaret/Sharon...

Amy Enticknap

D.I.

Voke...

John Rowe

Charlie Damage...

Dan Starkey

Town Clerk...

Nyasha Hatendi

Julie...

Sarah Bedi

Mo's mum...

Joan Walker

Mick...

Tim James

Director/Producer...

Toby Swift

*****************************

ONE CHORD WONDERS is a series of 5 plays by top British screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce.

The series looks at the 'punk generation' three decades on, with each play telling a different, but connected, story.

Featured actors include Pauline Quirke, Doon Mackichan, Sian Reeves, Richard Ridings, Danny Webb, Manjinder Virk and Fenella Woolgar.

Frank Cottrell Boyce is probably best known for films like '24 Hour Party People', 'A Cock and Bull Story', 'Hilary and Jackie', 'Welcome to Sarajevo' and 'Butterfly Kiss'.

He won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 for 'Millions', his first novel, which was subsequently filmed by British director Danny Boyle.

The series is based on the fictional premise that in March 1977 punk band the Adverts performed a gig in Camberley to an audience of 27 people.

Over 30 years later, someone is trying to bring those 27 people back together again for a reunion.

The final play, 'Television's Over', takes us back 34 years to where it all begin; the day punk heroes the Adverts arrived at the Police Club in Camberley.

Many of the characters we have met in earlier plays are there in their teenage guise.

At the centre of it all is Adam, a young lad in desperate need of something to believe in.

By Frank Cottrell Boyce.

1977: The bored teenagers of Camberley are about to get punk.

In the spring of 1977, punk rock is rumoured to be arriving in suburban Surrey.

Is anarchy about to overwhelm civilized society or is this salvation for the bored teenagers of Camberley?

Adam....Kristopher Milnes

Pete....Freddy White

Sergeant Henshaw....Gerard Horan

Councillor Myatt....Fenella Woolgar

Mo....Leanne Rowe

Benny....James Daley

Pete's dad....Ben Crowe

Muttley/Steve....John Hasler

Margaret/Sharon....Amy Enticknap

DI Voke....John Rowe

Charlie Damage....Dan Starkey

Town Clerk....Nyasha Hatendi

Julie....Sarah Bedi

Mo's mum....Joan Walker

Mick....Tim James

Directed by Toby Swift