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LISTEN: New Doric audio drama released by North East Arts Touring

By Kyle Ritchie

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North East Arts Touring (NEAT) has released a new Doric audio drama recording.

He's Done Nothing Wrong is a black comedy which was first commissioned as a stage play by Comar and performed at Mull Theatre in 2018 including a well-received tour of the Inner Hebrides.

This audio version has been commissioned by NEAT and funded by Creative Scotland and The Doric Board.

He's Done Nothing Wrong is a Doric black comedy.
He's Done Nothing Wrong is a Doric black comedy.

It tells the story of superannuated bachelor Albert whose lifestyle has collapsed into perfectly disordered chaos, his days defined by slothfulness and a grudging acceptance of his humble fate.

Then modern business practices intrude, and everything changes but should Albert change with it?

His employers encourage him to embrace not only 21st century technology but also positivity and a sunny outlook.

But is there more to this than meets the eye?

Albert is wary. He’s right to be! Change is never easy, but should it be this exciting or dangerous?

The performance was recorded during lockdown with cast and the production team rehearsing and recording remotely from their homes.

The cast includes Alasdair McCrone; Fletcher Mathers; Alec Westwood and the late Mandy Eaglen, who it is dedicated to the memory of.

It is written by George Milne; produced and directed by Alasdair McCrone; the music is by Martin Low and the studio recording by Johnny Brooks.

A NEAT spokesman said: "As an arts charity we have done our best to support as many artists and creative practitioners as possible through alternative digital or online work during this difficult time."

The audio drama can be heard in the video below:

It is free to listen to the recording but anyone who would like to support NEAT can do so at www.justgiving.com/campaign/neat

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