The award-winning Bunbury Banter Theatre Company creates imaginative, immersive and engaging theatre of all kinds, specialising in new writing and pieces driven by a strong use of audio.
Their radio plays air worldwide and have received much industry acclaim, including winning the Best Short Drama in the British Public Radio Awards 2013 and previous nominations for both a Channel4 Talent Award and in the Radio Academy Awards 2012. They have also produced several theatrical projects and past work includes commissions from The City of London and Keats House, The Dark Outside plus an amphibious underwater play for WetSounds.
The main aim as a company is to continually produce easily accessible, high quality work with an emphasis on the strong use of audio while still maintaining rooted to our creative ethos; that the act of storytelling is central to every theatrical experience and that collaboration is essential if projects are to be driven by their narrative.
Working with a group of young people from Dumfries, using storytelling and physical theatre, together, we created this emotional, stylistic and razor-sharp story.
We devised this ‘Beckett’ styled piece of verbatim theatre for the National Theatre of Scotland’s festival. The finished piece was performance live, and screened online alongside the rest of the festival line up.
The Dark Outside
The site-specific transmission was composed of uniquely composed work, forgotten recordings and alternate versions of existing work, none of which have been heard in public before.
The plays peak behind the curtains of a shared townhouse in a modern day Britain and shine a light on each inhabitant’s existence; revealing the inter-connectivity shared between all of us in out everyday lives and questioning the things which push us together and those which tear us apart.
Handmaidens of Death
A group of female munitions workers facing tensions over the shortage of men are confronted with the ultimate outcome of their work. Throwing a theatrical sidelight on contemporary attitudes towards these women – the women that fill the shells that load the guns that… Heroes? Victims? Or witless handmaidens?
Knowing them only by their faces, there characters discuss the bond between them in their past, present and future while struggling to understand the desire and sex which draws them together.
A dark ‘Pinteresque’ play, questioning the concept of relationships and challenging the idea of love.
Two young morgue workers, Godsell and Daniel, working the ‘graveyard’ shift at a mortuary in West London, must take charge of the body of a famous actress.
We are always honoured to be recognised for our work. Over the years we have also been nominated and won several industry awards.
British Public Radio
In 2013 we won a British Public Radio Award in the ‘Best Shortform Drama’ category.
Category judge Dirk Maggs:
“Dystopian visions of he future can fall into a trap of being too depressing to actually enjoy, but this play led off with a sound montage of immense believably and wit, with a lead character whose confessional tone engages with the listener and draws them in. The overall piece quickly create a world in which the unspeakable and the mundane are believable mixed.”
Radio Production Awards
In 2012 we ere nominated for a Radio Academy Award in the ‘Best Drama Producer’ category.
We lost out to a very large and fantastic production company but were incredibly pleased with the nomination and to have been recognised in the same category as such large organisations.
The awards evening was great fun and many of the Bunbanter team were in attendance.
In 2008 we were nominated for a Channel4 talent Award for our audio work.
“Extremely well produced, performed an mixed. Obviously passionate about the medium and exhibited very high production values. We absolutely applaud the sentiment with which they have set up Bunbury Banter Theatre Co”
Sam Steele – head of programmes (E4 Radio) and Jo Meek – Senior Radio Producer (All Out Productions)