Leading theater company Tamasha, famous for telling stories of the world’s majority, and acclaimed audio drama production company Holy Mountain today announce THE WAVES – a series of five explosive 25-minute audio dramas. Airing from January 19, THE WAVES explores our era of “culture war” through the prism of the legacy of the British Empire.
The five dramas tell local stories of Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Leamington Spa and Edinburgh. Together they create a national image of contemporary Britain and how it was shaped by its colonial past. From the terraces of a Hibs football match to a beauty pageant in Cardiff Bay, these stories immerse us in modern British life with the authenticity of a lived experience.
Each drama is written by a writer whose family heritage has been affected by British colonialism and who lives where her story takes place. Raising fundamental questions about the way we live today, THE WAVES is a series of the best original audio dramas from a new generation of world majority writers, directors and actors.
Boz Temple-Morris, Founder of Holy Mountain said: Great storytellers make a positive contribution to our national conversations. That’s what it’s about. Together with Tamasha and her former artistic director Fin Kennedy, we have developed five incredible teams to ensure that each project has its roots in the communities in which it takes place. We don’t denigrate anyone for what happened in the past – but we ask how our colonial past influences normal life today. The result is extraordinary – log on!
Valerie Synmoie, CEO of Tamasha, said: We are excited to partner with Holy Mountain on THE WAVES, bringing new stories to life from some of the country’s top writers. THE WAVES explores how our colonial past never leaves us – but resonates and still has an impact on life in the UK today, with stories set in locations ranging from Edinburgh to Leamington Spa. Aired on local radio stations, THE WAVES is a fantastic opportunity for Tamasha and Holy Mountain to reach new audiences, bringing exciting and relevant stories to shows across the country.
The five authors were chosen following a national call. They all live in the areas where the stories take place and are from the communities they represent. Broadcast on a network of community radio stations across the UK (see below), their stories will be rooted in their communities and reflect their hopes, questions and concerns while entertaining them. The series will be released as a podcast later in 2022.
At the helm of the series are Boz Temple-Morris, founder of Holy Mountain, and Fin Kennedy, award-winning playwright and until recently artistic director of Tamasha. Fin and Boz have collaborated regularly on producing audio dramas for Radio 4 and coaching writers for radio as part of Tamasha’s Developing Artist Program.
THE WAVES has exceptional production values; these dramas are mostly recorded on location, in the streets and in homes rather than studios, and with performances, staging, sound editing and original music that transport audiences to the heart of the story.
THE WAVES is made possible with support from The Audio Content Fund; Funded by the UK government to fund independent producers producing high quality public service content for UK commercial and community radio, the Audio Content Fund has so far supported 128 projects distributing over £ 2.6million in the area.