#1523 ‘Limits’ – EWF Special

What happens when you send seven writers and seven producers to Docklands and force them to make a radio for a whole day? Well, it’s interesting.
All the Best teamed up with the Emerging Writers Festival to develop new stories on the theme ‘limits’ and this is what they created. We were at the city limits, on a time limit – it seemed fitting.
This episode features stories created on that day – a poem about the unluckiest man in history, a sci-fi tale set at the Docklands which may or may not be fiction, and the story of family pushed to their limits.
Two By Two
Written and produced by Georgia Symons and Michael Brydon
George Danton
Written and performed by Peter Salvatore Matthews
Produced by Zacha Rosen
Family Limits
Written and performed by Romy Durrant
Produced by Carly-Anne Kenneally
The Tropics
Written by Loni Jeffs
Produced by Emma Jensen
Coordinated by Izzy Roberts Orr and Jess O’Callaghan

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Jes / Flickr

Music Credits: ‘Radio Gaga’ by Queen, ‘Docklands’ by Stevie Nicks

#1439 West Writers Group

West Writers Group is a collective of writers from diverse backgrounds who currently live, work or have other established links to Melbourne’s West. It is a collective that will amplify the stories and voices of Melbourne’s West.

For the past few months All the Best producers have teamed up with some of the West Writers Group to bring you the stories in this week’s episode.

Emotions bubble to the surface, for better and for worse. Two characters swap anonymous notes, and another dwells on some terrible news. And there’s a toaster, but it’ll only communicate with Simon.

 

Control Your Emotions

People always say ‘you must control your emotions’. Why?

Written and performed by Latifa Elmrini
Produced by Harriet Conron
Music Credits: ‘Urban Tropic (Pt. ii)’ by Cosmic Analog Ensemble

 

Against Progress

The invention of the smartphone fundamentally changed the dynamics of Western society. The summer of 2000 can be easily seen as the last time we were truly alone. The last decade has made us open up like a shell, we suffer from emotional spillage, fast-food intelligence -we’re glued to the device that’s fundamentally changing our fabric of life.

Inspired by an encounter with a guy who missed his train at Parliament Station one night because he was on his phone, this poem voices the concerns we all have with this age but can’t seem the shake off because this is the future we have made for ourselves.

We love it but hate it because of the changes its creating in our lives too.

To add to the hypocrisy, the entire piece is written on an iPHONE too. So it’s completely mobile written – an on-the-go poem.

Written and performed by Ennis Cehic
Produced by Leona Hameed
Music Credits: Seekae – Void

 

Ninian, an excerpt from The Whitlow

This is an excerpt from Bob Carey-Grieve’s novel in progress called The Whitlow. The novel’s conceit is that the characters are all drawn loosely on Catholic Saints. Bob takes details from the recorded history of their lives, their nationality, patronage etcetera, and reimagines them in the contemporary setting of a Gippsland lawn bowling community. When a prized meat tray is stolen, the community has to come to terms with some of it’s darker secrets. The excerpt presented here introduces the central character of Ninian, and how his journey begins.

Written and performed by Bob Carey-Grieve
Produced by Philippe Perez
Music Credits:

 

Hidden Drawer

14 years ago, Imbi Neeme was having coffee in a London cafe when she found a hidden drawer in the table she sitting at that was filled with anonymous notes. She wrote her own note and put it inside – and has wondered ever since if anyone read it and what they thought.

From this experience, an idea for a story grew. Imbi is currently writing a novel in which two complete strangers each discover a hidden drawer in a West Footscray cafe and slowly get to know each other – and themselves – through the notes they leave for each other. This soundscape contains some of the notes they exchange.

Written and performed by Imbi Neeme
Production and Sound Design by Derek McCormack
Performed by Jane Rawson and Tim Stitz

 

The Toaster

Where do you find meaning? Everyone has to find it somewhere.

In this sharehouse, meaning is found in the messages that comes from the Toaster. The lives of the housemates and dynamics of the household revolve around what can be divined from white bread.

James say’s that people have thought this story is about everything from technology to cults but the only thing we’re certain of is that it’s not about toast. Or is it?
Written and performed by James Robertson Hirst
Produced by Michael Brydon

 

Presenter: Michael Brydon & Pip Rasmussen

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

 

Image Credit: Nour Abouzeid

#1433 I’ve Seen You Around

The guy on the corner wearing a pirate hat. The man who says everything twice. The small, tanned smiling man who walks everywhere. The dancing man. The woman with long grey hair who plays piano. The eleven year old who busks as a statue. The shoe shiner. The barber who sings.

Every town and city has local characters who populate it. People who everyone knows or at least knows of. We might not know much about them, or who their friends and family are, but we know what they do every day and how they go about their lives.

This episode is all about the mystery of the local character. Some of them are real, and some of them are fictional.

The sausage who joined Michael in the studio, though, she was real.

 

Graham Graham

What makes someone a local character? Could we be local characters ourselves? Made Stuchbery explores this through a fictional story about a man named Graham who says everything twice.

Produced by Made Stuchbery

 

Flag Man

Everyone on Steve’s street knows who he is – they decode the flags that fly from the mas in his front yard.

Produced by Harriet Conron

 

Garage Sale

If you’ve ever had a garage sale in the Sydney region, you might have had an early morning knock on your door from VICKI WILLIAMS. Vicki is a garage sale enthusiast and nothing pleases her more than getting up at the crack of dawn to scour the possessions of strangers.

Produced by Karla Arnall

 

Michael was joined in the  studio by Brunswick local character Snags from the band The Burnt Sausages.

 

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Harriet Conron