Radio Drama

Paddling Theater on the Minnesota River

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Theater in canoes as part of the Minnesota River History Weekend &Minnesota State Water Trails 50th Anniversary

On May 18, 2013, PlaceBase Productions and performers from the Upper Minnesota River Valley area (in the USA) will stage a Paddling Theater Production on the Minnesota River as part ofMinnesota River History Weekend and Minnesota State Water Trails 50th Anniversary. From their canoes, the audience will engage with stories, songs and characters from local river lore, presented both as live theatre and live-action radio drama in the original production: With the Future on the Line: Paddling Theater from Granite Falls to Yellow Medicine. Characters from throughout history will emerge on the river’s banks, to lead the audience on an interactive journey into the past, bringing the stories of the Minnesota River Valley.

The production is based on historical research and interviews with local residents, historians, and naturalists and written, produced and directed by Ashley Hanson & Andrew Gaylord of PlaceBase Productions. Guided 10-person voyageur canoes and a plethora of private canoes and kayaks will paddle from Kinney’s Landing, just South of Granite Falls, to the confluence of the Minnesota and Yellow Medicine Rivers. Along the way paddlers will meet with a host of explorers, scientists, river reprobates and prairie politicians, and learn about the ecology, stories, and history of the stretch of river between Granite Falls and the Upper Sioux Agency State Park. Hanson states, “the performance is a starting point for deeper discussion and connection with each other and with the place… by watching our history and stories unfold before us through interaction with lively characters and playful scenes, we learn about who we are and where we came from; then we can begin to envision our future together in a way that is creative and joyful.”

Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have partnered with PlaceBase Productions (PBP) and Wilderness Inquiry (WI) to produce the Paddling Theater Production, as part of a larger weekend festival, Minnesota River History Weekend and Minnesota State Water Trails 50th Anniversary. The full event runs from May 17-19. For more festival information and schedule of events, visit

Event Details:

Starting Location: K.K. Berge Building (807 Prentice Street, Granite Falls)

Starting Time: Event Welcome 10:00am; Final scene at Memorial Park, Granite Falls at 7:30pm

Cost: $10 for a spot on Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoes in advance and $15 on-site

Ages: ALL ages and abilities welcome to participate; Shuttle service provided.

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Northern Students Scriptwriters’ Conference

Universities of Bolton and Huddersfield

11 – 12 March

The Universities of Bolton and Huddersfield are collaborating to host the first Northern Student Scriptwriters’ Conference at both locations.

The conference inlcudes materclasses and workshops, and is an opportunity for undergraduates, postgraduates and new and emerging writers to learn about the mechanics of the scriptwriting industry and gain advice from established writers. The first day of the conference at the University of Bolton deals specifically with Film and Television writing, whilst the second day at the University of Huddersfield concentrates on Theatre and Radio writing.

In Bolton, speakers and workshop leaders include Willy Russell, Debbie Horsfield (Cutting it, True Dare Kiss), Emily Feller (Red Productions), Marc Boothe (B3 Media), Katherine Beacon (BBC Writers Room), Amy Buscombe (freelance script consultant), Angela Clarke (Eyes Down, Window shopping) Sarah Hooper (Shameless).

In Huddersfield, speakers include Willy Russell, Sue Roberts and Gary Brown (BBC Radio Drama), Sue Teddern (Radio writer and TV writer of My Family, Birds of a Feather), Colin Teevan (Playwright, How Many Miles to Basra?, Don Quixote), Alex Chisholm (Associate Director, Literary, West Yorkshire Playhouse), and Rod Dixon, Artistic Director of Red Ladder Theatre Company.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance.


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