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The Pointed Hand
A strange new world... Ambassador Durian of Sezuan (Paul McGann) is dispatched to the primitive island nation of Tanto. However, his offers of friendship to the belligerent King (Mark Lewis) fall on deaf ears, and things take a turn for the very, very sinister.
The Broken World WARNING! EXPLICIT LANGUAGE
Kitty (Lauren Crace) is a barmaid at the Traveller’s Rest in the occupied city of Tantillion. Her normal activities (abusing customers, starting fights) are interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger. Science is now outlawed, so when the stranger openly asks after a known scientist, Kitty’s curiosity is piqued. Before she knows it, she is dodging fireballs and befriending unfriendly troglodites...
The Forest Shakes
Kitty awakens in darkness, disorientated and alone... or maybe not. There are things moving in the dark, and perhaps not all of them human...
The Minister and Kitty arrive in the strange and murderous marshes of Paludin Fields in search of the Sage of The Waves. Meanwhile, in Sezuan, Durian’s devious plans come to fruition. In the forests of Tanto, Professor Cantha sees the full extent of the Sezians’ assault on Science.
The Horseman finally catches up with The Minister and an injured Kitty on the Plain of Tombs in Paludin Fields. Meanwhile in Tanto, Professor Cantha and Sunflower spread the ancient knowledge of Science amongst the people of Tanto. In Sezuan, Durian’s ambitions are realized with the help of the vicious Lord Rathen.
In a Bark on the River Hex
Following Lord Rathen's calamitious attack, the shell-shocked Kitty and The Minister attempt to salvage what they can. The Minister is driven to form risky and desperate allegiances, voyaging along the mythical River Hex to get help. Meanwhile, Cantha and Sunflower prepare for a suicide mission to end the war in the electrifying conclusion to the story.
What do you particularly enjoy about working on Minister of Chance? The team. Great actors and a diverse and talented crew. Recording days are always filled with laughter. And cakes.
How is working on “The Minister of Chance” different from other audio projects on which you’ve worked? The Minister of Chance is another world/worlds and we have nothing, not a single prop to try and bring those other worlds to life. It's like doing green screen on film but for radio. Your imagination really has to come alive. You have to give it everything. Of course that's no different to radio drama but with BBC radio you at least have your props.. a bed, knives, forks, papers etc if you need them to help bring the world you are creating to life.
Were you familiar with the crowd-funding model before working on Minister of Chance? No, never! And honestly I never thought it would work. But the MoC fans have proved me wrong.
Favourite lines from the episodes? I always enjoy kitty's made up swear words.
Memories from recording? It was the end of a long day back in 2010, recording episodes 1 and 2 when Julian and I had completely lost the plot. I remember us in fits of laughter, crying. Unable to get through a take without bursting into hysterics. I can't remember what it was we were laughing about exactly but I love working with Julian whether we are running across a frost bridge dodging arrows or lost and laughing out of sheer "sci-fi confusion"!
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