The Sonic Society

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Sonic Society #682-Audio Peel

This week David and Jack present The Showman, the Diver, and the Padre from Benjamin Peel and Breakwater Theatre Company.
The Showman, the Diver and the Padre was part of a series of Yesteryear Plays written by Benjamin Peel and produced for the 2020 SOfa Fest by Breakwater Theatre. They explored various historical events that took place in the seaside resort of Skegness, Lincolnshire in the UK. They can all be heard here:
“I hope that the Skegness crowds will be rather more receptive to me than the somewhat vulgar Blackpool ones.”
It is March 1936 and Billy Butlin is frantically trying to get his first-holiday camp in Skegness ready and open on time. For reasons of their own, both Leslie Gadsby, a dare-devil high diver and Harold Davidson, the defrocked ex-Vicar of Stiffkey have turned up hoping to be taken on as acts. This audio drama imagines a fictional encounter between the three men.
Billy Butlin – Stacey Gough
Harold Davidson – Edward Peel
Lesley Gadsby – Dan Blacow
Little Jimmy/Bunco Kid – John Hewer
Writer – Benjamin Peel
Produced by Sara Beasley and Jack Pudsey
Sound Producer – Jack Pudsey
Director – Sara Beasley.
Butlin’s Chalet Image
Photograph By Mr M Evison, CC BY-SA 2.0,

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 He's thrilled to co-host the Sonic Society with his wonderful, talented, friend David Ault!


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