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Toby Hadoke – October Updates

LATEST UPDATES (October 2018)

I am still performing regularly at The Comedy Store (every second and last Sunday of the month), XS Malarkey (Tuesdays) and the 99 Club  Leicester square (Wednesdays – but I have opted to do the gig fortnightly from now on). I can’t fit many other gigs in because…

My play Going, Going Goon – part of the the I Told You I Was Ill umbrella, marking the centenary of the birth of Spike Milligan – was performed in front of a live audience in Hull on Saturday 29th September. It will be broadcast on Radio 3 on October 7th at 7.30pm.  It stars Mark Heap (Green Wing, Spaced), Pippa Haywood (Green Wing, Bodyguard, The Brittas Empire), Jonathan Keeble (amazing radio actor with hundreds of credits), Stephen Wight (Olivier nominee for Dealer’s Choice, also starred in McQueen on stage) and, um, me (he knows the writer). The two other plays in the strand were written by Lee Mattinson and Jessica Hynes (who stars in her own piece). The audience loved the show, which is hosted by John Hegley, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I hope you give it a listen (as it clashes with Doctor Who perhaps I should point out that it’ll be on iPlayer for a month!).

With Jonathan Keeble, John Hegley and Mark Heap after a successful evening of Spike Milligan plays.

My adaptation of Nigel Kneale’s lost television play The Road will be broadcast on Radio 4 on October 27th. It was recorded at Maida Vale studios and stars Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough who play, respectively,  a philosopher and an inventor who are investigating reports of a haunting in a wood in the late 18th century. It’s a spooky piece with a sting in the tale (don’t read up on it – avoid spoilers) and I know it is eagerly awaited in some quarters (many have tried and failed to get a remake off the ground in the past). We used some sound effects from the original production (which were themselves recorded ay Maida Vale) and the stellar cast is completed by Hattie Morahan (whose father directed the original), Colin McFarlane, Susan Wokoma, Francis Magee, and Ralph Ineson. I will be hosting a listening event at Home in Manchester which will play the broadcast as it goes out (start time, 2.30pm) and will take part in a Q and A afterwards. Tickets are free (but you need to have come to another event at home in their Film Fear season): details here.

Adrian Scarborough and Mark Gatiss star in The Road on Radio 4. They’re not alone in the woods…

 

I am going to be one of the guests on Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (except this edition is being recorded at the Manchester Dancehouse) on October 5th. The podcast has an illustrious roster of past guests s I’m extremely flattered to have been asked. The recording is sold out, but it will, of course, be available online afterwards if you go here.

Quatermass and the Pit comes to Blu-Ray soon, and I have been working on the release, donating a large amount of photographic and audio material, as well as presenting the commentaries on all six episodes. Not many cast and crew survive, but if they do, we got them, and they have been spliced in with some recordings of my chats with those who are no longer with us. The film sequences have been remastered and they look extraordinary. It’s going to be a terrific release considering the age of the source material and is well worth a look.

I filmed a role in the Eddie Izzard/Judi Dench/Jim Broadbent film 6 Minutes to Midnight at the end of last month: it’s directed by The Next Doctor‘s Andy Goddard. Most details are still under wraps but you can read a little bit about what I got up to on it here. 

The Quatermass book grows by the day. It’s pretty much my sole focus between now and Christmas. These past few months have found my securing contributions form David Tennant, John Carpenter, Barbara Kellermann, Indira Varma and Toyah Willcox. So it’s going to be pretty detailed! More info soon…

 XS Malarkey is now 21. What a run, and it continues this month with appearances from Chris Lynam and Danny McLoughlin amongst others.  More details are available at  the XS Malarkey Website.

I have had the sad duty of writing two obituaries this month. Both have been published by The Guardian and are for Jacqueline Pearce and Zienia Merton.

I have also made another documentary for the Doctor Who Blu-Ray range. More news soon…

Performing on stage in Hull with Pippa Haywood, Mark Heap, Jonathan Keeble and Stephen Wight.
With fellow writer Jessica Hynes

 

 

LATEST UPDATES (July 2018)

Hello – here are the Hadoke headlines for July 2018, which is going to be a rather hectic month for me. I hope you’re enjoying the sun and whichever sport floats your boat. 

I am still gigging regularly at The Comedy Store and XS Malarkey  until around mid July (I’m not back at the 99 Club until August) but I can’t fit any other gigs in because…

I will be spending the summer playing Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet for Feelgood Theatre – after last year’s five star A Midsummer Night’s Dream this is going to be a spellbinding night because it has the same creative team and most of the same lovely actors. There’s lots of fighting and music and the captivating atmosphere of the open air will beguile you, so please do come. Details and tickets here

Romeo and Juliet come to Heaton Park this summer. So does Friar Laurence.

I’m going to be filming a fun little cameo in a feature film later this month. I won’t jinx it until my bit is in the can but it boasts one heck of a cast and a splendid director. I will be playing a comedian (versatility, you see, that’s my strength). 

I have been commissioned to write a mini-play about Spike Milligan for Radio 3 which will be performed in front of a live audience and broadcast at end of September.

I’m back presenting The 7th Dimension on Radio 4 extra for a three weekend stint until the middle of July. 

I’ve tracked down a couple more folk involved in the original serials, as well as some fascinating documents, which should all help to make my forthcoming Quatermass book as close to definitive as possible. It will probably now be two volumes. The first volume is due by the end of the year. More info soon…

Felicity Ward is coming to XS and I couldn’t be more excited. one of my favourites!

This month at XS Malarkey there are more of our Edinburgh previews – they include Felicity Ward, Brennan Reece, Rob Rouse, Laura Davis, Ahir Shah and many more. What a line up! More details are available now at  the XS Malarkey Website.

The Doctor Who Season 12 Blu-Ray box set is out this month and I pop up on one of the documentaries. It looks like a fabulous package (the box set – I’m only filmed from the neck up so quiet at the back). Grab yourself a copy because it’d be nice if it sold well and led to further releases.

Ongoing news but good news …

My dramatisation of Nigel Kneale’s famous lost television play, The Road, for Radio 4 was recorded in Maida Vale at the beginning of February. The cast is phenomenal : Mark Gatiss, Adrian Scarborough, Hattie Morahan, Colin McFarlane, Susan Wokoma, Francis Magee and Ralph Ineson.  It will be the Halloween Fright Night production for BBC Radio 4 on October 27th.  It is one of my proudest achievements.      STOP PRESS: There will be a tie in event on the night (I’ll say it again – October 27th) in Manchester – so don’t go making any plans! More details to follow… STOP STOP PRESS – the play, intended for a late night broadcast, has been promoted – it will now go out in the busier afternoon slot because it has got the thumbs up from on high. Not sure how this affects the Home … more news when I have it.

Adrian Scarborough and Mark Gatiss investigate spooky happenings in my adaptation of Nigel Kneale’s The Road on Radio 4 this Halloween.