Creature Features by Christina Balmer & Freya Alderson

The Bedford Park Festival is taking place online this year, owing to the Covid-19 emergency. The Chiswick Calendar is pleased to be one of several digital platforms hosting events.

From Tuesday 23 June at 7.00pm you will be able to hear Creature Features, one of two radio plays written specially for the Bedford Park Festival and produced by the XV Theatre Company. It’s free to listen to, but if you enjoy it please make a donation to the Festival charities via DonorBox – where you can also leave a comment for the performers and producers:

Creature Features imagines what would happen if a journalist went to interview the pets and wildlife of West London during lockdown. What are their lives like with the humans all at home? Is their habitat disturbed by the constant ‘exercising’?

A play for all the family to listen to together, let’s find out what Gareth the overweight duck and Lula the over-excited Labradoodle have to say.

Featuring: Lucy Briers, Phyllis Logan, Veronica Quilligan, Eric Carte, Adam Leese, Andrew Maud, Kevin McNally, John Rowe and Jeremy Vine.

Interviewer: Jeremy Vine

Lula, a labradoodle: Veronica Quilligan

Princess Grace, a Blue Persian cat: Lucy Briers

Margery, a fox: Phyllis Logan

Neville, a fox: Kevin McNally

Gareth, an (overweight) duck: Kevin McNally

Robbie, a green parakeet: Adam Leese

Simon, a stag: Eric Carte

Dickie, a stag: Andrew Maud

Archie Doodlebug, a tortoise: John Rowe

Written by Christina Balmer and Freya Alderson

Sound design and editing by Matt Karmios, Apex Production Group

Produced by The XV Theatre Company

The XV Theatre Company has been producing shows for The Bedford Park Festival since 2015: Cast Aside 2015; Shakespeare On Love 2016; Relatively Speaking 2017; Perfect Pitch 2018. In 2019 the company focused on new writing, with the premieres of two plays by Freya Alderson: Baby Mine at The Etcetera Theatre and Thread at The Hope Theatre.

For more information about the company see their website:

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See also: Listen to Dusted with Sugar from 7.00pm on 16 June – midnight on 28 June

See also: Bedford Park Festival 2020