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One By One

One of our fan favourite shows has a new listener. Laurence Raw reviews One by One in his Radio Drama Review site.

Darker Musings Anthology, 30 October 2012
This disturbing tale, with more than a distinct echo of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds, concerned Dan Cummings (John Bell), the self-styled ‘Old-Tmey Man’ of a local Canadian radio station, who is about to retire after having spent a long career in broadcasting, and built up a loyal following. 
 
One Hallowe’en night be begins his nightly programme as usual by exchanging platitudes with a caller, even though it becomes slightly embarrassing when that caller refers to his wife.  However the entertainment is abruptly interrupted by a newsflash: an accidental crash in the locality of Halifax, Nova Scotia has caused widespread panic.  Cummings tries his best to make light of the news, and introduces an archive broadcast of a 1980s radio classic of horror, especially for the occasion. 
 
Despite his valiant attempts to create a nostalgic – and perhaps comforting ambience – painful reality keeps intruding.  The broadcast keeps being interrupted by worse and worse news; eventually leading to panic and violent death.
 
One by One is a consciously intertextual piece, designed to remind listeners that horror stories are not just for pleasure; they can intrude in our lives.  We have to be vigilant and guard against complacency so as to protect ourselves.  John Bell gave a chilling performance as the elderly host, whose smooth-as-molasses voice gradually became more and more panicky as he discovered the reality of what was happening around him.  The director/ writer was Jack J. Ward.  

 


About The Author

Born to Teachers and Amateur Audio Enthusiasts in the small rural community of Belwood, Jack's first love was stories- writing, reading, telling, and singing. He developed his acting skills through High School, University, and through film and community theatre. Jack writes the lion's share of Electric Vicuna's Audio Drama scripts and has his own writing site at www.jackjward.com He's thrilled to co-host the Sonic Society with his wonderful, talented, friend David Ault!

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