As well as radio drama collaborations, Sally writes drama in verse and song.
Boots, Fresh Air and Ginger Beer
A walking performance: 13th and 14th June 2015
We meet in Totley in 1877 – a place of utopian dreams and squabbling would-be farmers and bootmakers. Meet loud-mouthed communist Mrs Maloy, sing to the sexy sage of Holmesfield Edward Carpenter, walk with King of the Ramblers Bert Ward, meet fruit growing farmer George Pearson – and link hands with Ethel Haythornthwaite who dreamed the Peak District National Park.
This piece was commissioned by Ruskin’s Guild of St George as part of a year of events, Ruskin-in-Sheffield. It involved local people and local actors. A short film of edited highlights:
Big Sky: Stories from the Edge
Skye Edge in Sheffield – a place with a panoramic vision of green hills and glittering terraces, a big sky, filled with homing pigeons circling above high-rise flats, a backdrop of dark and distant moors. Commissioned by Freedom Studios, a script in verse and songs – all performed with local people.
“An extraordinary fusion of local people, music, singers, not-quite actors. Beautiful, flowing script by Sally. The melody of the Sheffield accent swept through the story. Totally professional production in a tiny community centre which, barring this show, is “in’t middle a nowhere.”
For the Crucible Theatre’s Twenty Tiny Plays About Sheffield. Sally’s play, 97, told the nearly true story of a 1 hour journey on the 97 bus on 29th November 2012. In 5 minutes. In verse. In just 97 lines.
Now distant hills, twist up and up, stop/start
through Parson Cross, the bus easing
over Tongue Gutter – the estate’s heart,
the green of old ways still teasing
through acres of pre war brick and mortar –
’ere, feel me ’ands, they’re freezing!