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JACK BOWMAN 



Multi Award-Winning Online Audio Drama Director-Producer, Acclaimed Podcast Production Creative, Accidental New York Times Bestselling Writer.

UK-US AUDIO DRAMA | FICTIONAL PODCAST PRODUCTION

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ABOUT

 

“It’s very simple. I learnt the most important lesson at Wireless Theatre. You live or die by the quality of your work.”

- Jack

Jack is an experienced, multi-award-winning Audio Writer, Director and Producer with sixteen years experience across the disciplines of Theatre, Theatre Venue Management and Audio Drama/Podcast Production.

Currently based in Elstree, Herts, Jack works as a Freelance Audio Creative across the UK and develops projects for both the UK and the USA. He has a keen interest in genre-based audio drama and digital podcast story-telling, specifically Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comedy and Horror. 

He has served as the Associate Director of LOST Theatre, directing notable in-house productions such as JERUSALEM and LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2014 - 2016), as a Senior Producer and Kids Producer for The Wireless Theatre Company (2009-2014), before the company’s transformation into Wireless Theatre Ltd. 

There, he served as Senior Producer, primarily as the Co-Creator and Co-Producer of the THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA. He was Acting Head of Production during 2015 and during 2017-2018. During this period, he also produced MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, ARABIAN NIGHTS, THE SOUL-BREAKER and THE DARKWATER BRIDE for AUDIBLE. He left Wireless Theatre Ltd in September 2018 to undertake a new role, working with DAGAZ MEDIA LLC to explore joint US-UK audio drama opportunities.

Their first project together saw Jack co-script and co-create the pilot for a new dystopia series, ULTIMATE SOLUTION, with Fred Greenhalgh, which won him the opportunity to co-script EXPEDITIONARY FORCE: HOMEFRONT. Based on the award-nominated book series, Jack worked with its creator, NY Times Bestselling author CRAIG ALANSON and PODIUM PUBLISHING, to craft HOMEFRONT for released on AUDIBLE June 2019. Additionally, ULTIMATE SOLUTION was recorded and then - ironically - released second, in late July 2019 via Drabblecast.

July 2019 also saw Jack have the good fortune to join BBC Studios, London, as a Producer, to work with the Radio Comedy Department and look at podcast opportunities for the UK’s leading radio production unit. It also fulfilled a life long dream to work with the BBC.

He lives with his partner and two children near Elstree Studios, feeling the spirit of John Steed, Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones and Alfred Hitchcock everyday he walks the streets.

To connect with Jack on Twitter, search for:

@realjackbowman

POSITIONS HELD:

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, LOST Theatre (2014-2016)

PRODUCER, Wireless Theatre Company (2010-2013)

SENIOR PRODUCER, Wireless Theatre Ltd (2013-2016)

PRODUCER, Agent November Ltd (2016-2017)

PRODUCER, Undead Escapes (2016)

STUDIO MANAGER / PRODUCER, Wireless Theatre Ltd/Audible Originals UK (2016-2017)

ACTING HEAD OF PRODUCTION, Wireless Theatre Ltd (2017-2018)

UK PRODUCER, DAGAZ MEDIA LLC (2018-PRESENT)

PRODUCER, BBC STUDIOS (2019-PRESENT)

 
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AUDIO DRAMA | PODCAST DRAMA

AS WRITER...

After writing his debut play, FROZEN, Jack was approached by Mariele Runacre Temple to adapt the piece as an audio production. It became the first production commissioned by the fledgling Wireless Theatre Company, and remained its most popular download for six months. Afterwards, he was commissioned to write SEASONS specifically for Prunella Scales and Timothy West. Around this time, additional commissions began for 3DHorrorFi and the London Festival Fringe. Around 2007, Robert Valentine and Jack began developing a new audio series for Wireless Theatre. The concept was simple - a Victorian Detective hunting a notorious monster through the streets of London, which became the multi-award-winning THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA...  

Since then they have co-authored the complete SPRINGHEEL SAGA series, PHONOPHOBIA and the award-winning HG Well's-inspired DEAD LONDON and co-created the acclaimed RED MOON.

Since then, Jack co-scripted EXPEDITIONARY FORCE: HOMEFRONT, with NY Times Best Seller author CRAIG ALANSON, and the pilot of ULTIMATE SOLUTION, entitled WHOLESALE SOLUTION, for Dagaz Media LLC

AUDIO WRITING CREDITS:

FROZEN (adaptation), The Wireless Theatre Company, 2007.

SEASONS, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2008.

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - Series One: The Strange Case of Springheel’d Jack*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2010-2011.

THE INTRUDER (3D), 3DHorrorFi, 2010.

PHONOPHOBIA*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2010.

AUTOPSY (3D), 3D HorrorFi, 2011.

STAGE FRIGHT (adaptation), Wireless Theatre Company, 2011.

BEAR WITH ME, The London Festival Fringe, 2011. 

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - Series Two: The Legend of Springheel'd Jack*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013.

DEAD LONDON*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013.

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - Series Three: The Secret of Springheel'd Jack*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2015-2016

RED MOON* - (Story, Co-Creator) The Wireless Theatre Company, 2017

EXPEDITIONARY FORCE: HOMEFRONT** - Dagaz Media LLC/Podium Publishing/Odd Origin, 2019

ULTIMATE SOLUTION: WHOLESALE SOLUTION*** - Dagaz Media LLC/Drabblecast, 2019

*Co-Written with Robert Valentine

**Co-Scripted with Craig Alanson

***Co-Written with Fred Greenhalgh 


AS DIRECTOR...

Eighteen months after writing and performing in audio productions for Wireless Theatre, Jack was offered the opportunity to direct his first audio piece, SPOOK SQUAD, which featured DAVID BENSON (Boris: World King, Think No Evil Of Us). After that, he directed several pieces for Wireless Theatre Kids, and was engaged to direct WE ARE NOT THE BBC with CHRISTOPHER TIMOTHY (All Creatures Great and Small, Doctors).  The sequel, WE ARE THE BBC, featured STEPHEN FRY and NICHOLAS PARSONS (Just A Minute).  He also directed BRIAN BLESSED and JO BRAND in two LIFE AT DEATH'S DOOR documentaries, and JULIET STEVENSON in THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD.

In 2017  he directed A CHRISTMAS CAROL for Wireless Theatre Ltd., and 2018 saw him undertake SPID Theatre’s PIG AND WHISTLE: A GRENFELL STORY, written and performed by young people directly affected by the 2017 tragedy.

SELECTED AUDIO DIRECTING CREDITS

SPOOK SQUAD, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2009.

WE ARE NOT THE BBC, The WirelessTheatre Company, 2011.

WE ARE THE BBC, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013.

LIFE AT DEATH'S DOOR, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013.

THE SPRINGHEEL FILES, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013, 2014.

LIFE AT DEATH'S DOOR II, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2014.

SWEATBOX, Wireless Theatre Ltd, 2015.

PLUS ONE, Wireless Theatre Ltd. / Actor's Guild of Great Britain, 2015.

THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD, Wireless Theatre Ltd., 2015.

THE PIG AND WHISTLE: A GRENFELL STORY, SPID Theatre, 2018.


AS PRODUCER...

After the commissioning of the first series of THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA, Jack became a Co-Producer of the property alongside Robert Valentine and Mariele Runacre Temple. At the Wireless Theatre Company, from 2011, he was In-House Producer of Wireless Theatre Kids productions. During the post-production hiatus of Series 1 and 2, Jack served as producer of Moving Theatre's CARMEN, featuring cast members from the West End's SHOWSTOPPERS! Between Series 2 and 3, both Robert and Jack produced DEAD LONDON and its associated transmedia footage, all directed by GEORGE MADDOCKS. When the company transformed into Wireless Theatre Ltd in 2014, he became a Senior Producer. 

In 2017, he joined the Wireless Theatre’s Audible production team, where he assisted with the production of TREASURE ISLAND (starring Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate and Owen Teale) before producing Murder On The Orient Express with Tom Conti, Sophie Okonedo, Art Malik, Jane Asher, Rula Lenska, Paterson Joseph, Ruta Gerdmintas and Eddie Marsan. Both were directed by David Beck.

For Wireless Theatre, he oversaw in-house productions including the 2017 Christmas release I HEART AMY and THE NIGHT OF THE ORCHID and BLUE SKY for Autumn 2018.

For Audible in 2018, he further produced ARABIAN NIGHTS Volume 1, THE SOUL-BREAKER and THE DARKWATER BRIDE.

With DAGAZ MEDIA LLC, he produced WHOLESALE SOLUTION, the pilot of ULTIMATE SOLUTION.

2019 also saw him announce the AUDIOMARVELS brand… more soon.

 AUDIO PRODUCING CREDITS:

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - Series One: The Strange Case of Springheel’d Jack*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2010-2011.

SHARED, Wireless Theatre Company, 2011.

THE DIARY OF A MADMAN, Wireless Theatre Company, 2011.

CARMEN, Moving Theatre / The Wireless Theatre Company, 2012.

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - Series Two: The Legend of Springheel'd Jack*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013.

DEAD LONDON, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013.

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - Series Three: The Secret of Springheel'd Jack*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2015-2016.

MURDER, REVOLUTION AND TRAFFIC WARDENS, Funny Women / Wireless Theatre Company, 2016.

 COMING SOON…

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The way we enjoy our audio is changing rapidly. It’s time to HD audio drama for the 21st Century. It’s time to set a new standard.

- Jack

PREPARE FOR NEW ADVENTURES IN SOUND

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AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

FROZEN: 

Best Writing Nomination, Special Commendation, 2007, LOST One Act Festival

SEASONS:

Nominated for Best Direction, Best Writing, Best Overall Play, 2010, LOST One Act Festival.

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - SERIES ONE:

Nominated for Best Drama Production, Radio Production Awards, 2011;

Nominations for Best Creative and Best Radio Drama Producer, Radio Production Awards, 2011. 

Winner of the Silver Mark Time Ogle for Best Horror/Fantasy Audio In The World, Mark Time Awards, 2011; 

Twenty Best Radio Dramas of 2012, Radio Drama Review; 

Festival Selection for WorldCon, USA, 2015;

Nominated for Best Drama Production, British Public Radio Awards, 2013.

LIFE AT DEATH'S DOOR: 

Winner of Best Documentary (Long-Form), British Public Radio Awards, 2013.

DEAD LONDON: 

Winner of Best Production (Gold Award), War Of The Worlds 75, USA, 2013.

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - SERIES TWO: 

Winner of the Gold Mark Time Ogle for Best Horror/Fantasy Audio In The World, Mark Time Awards, 2013; 

Best Non-Doctor Who Audio Drama, Outpost Skaro, 2014. 

Festival Selections for WorldCon, London, 2014; WorldCon, USA, 2015; Prix Nova, Romania, 2014; HEARNow Festival, USA 2014; long-listed for Geekie Awards 2014, USA.

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - SERIES THREE:

Winner of the Silver Mark Time Ogle Award for Best Fantasy Audio In The World, 2016;

Festival Selections for WorldCon, USA, 2015, Prix Nova, Romania, 2017; HEARNow Festival, USA 2017;

Finalist for Best Podcast Drama, New York Festival Radio Awards, 2017.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd:

Winner of the Silver Award for Best Drama Special, New York Festival Radio Awards, 2016. 

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS:

Winner of the first CAMEO Award for Best Audio Adaptation, 2018.

APA Finalist, 2018.

RED MOON:

Winner, Best Online Drama, BBC Awards, 2019.

DAGAZ MEDIA LLC - A UNIQUE US-UK AUDIO COLLABORATION

CROSSING THE POND:

In mid-2016, Fred Greenhalgh and Jack Bowman had a Skype call to have a chat about the state of the audio scene, and after the completion of The Springheel Saga, whether there would be any opportunity to work together. It wasn’t long before the first opportunity was offered by Starburst Magazine. They were in the planning stages for a Starburst Convention in 2017, and wanted to know what Jack would do if given the opportunity.

The initial idea was to do a Wireless Theatre/Dagaz Media co-production, performed in front of a live audience in Salford, UK. Unfortunately, due to financing issues early in the process, it wasn’t possible to undertake a US-UK co-production as planned, and the project was shelved. However, the idea of working together on an audio production stuck with Fred and Jack, and a few months later talked about the idea of independently creating a spec script for an audio pilot for fun between them.

Creating unique workflow (certainly for independent audio drama) between the US and UK, they developed an outline and then a brief script, which they continued to refine in time. This became their first official collaboration, (although it ended up being released second after Expeditionary Force: Homefront). This story became known as:

WHOLESALE SOLUTION:

As humanity battles to outlive its own extinction, one man sets out on a desperate quest to save the woman he loves, only to find himself caught between wildly different, and deadly, worlds.

SCRIPTING A “STAND-ALONE” SHOWCASE… (THAT WASN’T TO BE A STAND-ALONE SHOWCASE):

This script initially became a stand-alone Sci-Fi/Horror, designed as a transatlantic audio drama showcase. However, after the script was completed, a chance to produce it was offered, as long as it was part of series. So Jack set to work drafting a new concept around the spec script, developing an initial six-part outline, which has since been expanded to ten episodes (including Wholesale Solution).

The script and series option was passed on, but neither wanted to give up at the first rejection and in January 2019, Fred had the opportunity to record the pilot script in South Portland, Maine, US, while Jack began preparing post-production back in London, UK. Engaging Tom Maggs as Sound Designer, Fred provided Jack with the session files, who then crafted the dialogue edit. Post-production was taken in parallel with Expeditionary Force: Homefront, and continued for four weeks after Craig Alanson’s opus was delivered.

ENTER DRABBLECAST:

With the pilot produced, it needed an outlet, and Fred struck an agreement with Drabblecast for them to publish the pilot in July 2019 on their main website feed. Run by Norm Sherman, they are publishing "Strange Stories, By Strange Authors, for Strange Listeners," Drabblecast is a weekly audio fiction podcast featuring short and flash fictions from a variety of authors, writers and sources. Their singular focus is off-beat, funny, eclecticism in science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Wholesale Solution was released on July 21st 2019, both delighting, dizzying and horrifying audiences online alike.

Now the questions remain… will Ultimate Solution go to a full series? What comes next from this unique UK-US partnership? What else will Fred and Jack be cooking up, along with William Dufris?

You’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime… sweet dreams.

DAGAZ MEDIA PRESENTS:
ULTIMATE SOLUTION - WHOLESALE SOLUTION:

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SYNOPSIS:

A crippled starship outside Jupiter. A colony emergency room in chaos. An unknown place of violence and horror.

This is the day that Clay Orts will awake to find himself trapped in three dangerous realities, unsure of the truth of his existence. As humanity battles to outlive its own extinction, one man sets out on a desperate quest to save the woman he loves, only to find himself caught between wildly different, and deadly, worlds. With just his implanted AI for company, no matter what happens, whatever horror he faces... Clay must get to Europa.

Warning. Ex-6. This Is Record 25567.

About Universal Solution: Wholesale Solution...


Wholesale Solution is the pilot episode of Universal Solution, a series where the battle between man and technology, reason and emotion, and the conflicts that drive our souls and very existence are explored, on levels both deeply personal to the global. Set over a hundred years of future shock history, this series is the story of humanity entering its final days in a world as we know it, and the world we will be creating.

Ultimate Solution comes from Fred Greenhalgh and Jack Bowman, the producers who between them brought you The Cleansed, Locke and Key, Dead London, The X Files, The Springheel Saga, and the NY Times Bestseller, Expeditionary Force: Homefront. Ultimate Solution is an exciting new collaboration between both US and UK audio drama talent.

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CO-SCRIPTING…

EXPEDITIONARY FORCE: HOMEFRONT

A spotlight on Jack’s work on Expeditionary Force: Homefront, and audio drama special set in the universe of New Yorks Times Best-Selling author, Craig Alanson.

Read More about Homefront, The Audio Drama here.

“When in doubt, because you have to be highly respectful of someone else’s universe and the characters they created with such love and care - and you should never ignore a doubt on someone else’s property - I would always turn back to the books and the comfort of R. C. Bray’s dulcet tones.. And it wouldn’t be too long before I heard the advice I needed - Skippy The Magnificent, always reminding me to ‘TRUST THE AWESOMENESS!’”

- Jack

Jack was approached by Dagaz Media in late 2018 to develop a new audio drama, based on a treatment from Craig Alanson and Fredrick Greenhalgh, for Podium Publishing. The ambitious plan was to create a stand-alone drama which would work within the existing NY Times Best-Selling book range.

From August to November, Jack worked with Richard Appleby on crafting an initial draft, which was sent to Craig. Craig then performed an author-led rewrite, as no-one knew his world better than him, which was returned to Jack for completion over Christmas. This meant substantial work on restructuring the work around a new storyline, producing nearly 200 pages over one week, all to make the script ready in time for the early January 2019 production schedule in Maine, US.

January 2019, Jack was then flown to Boston and on to Maine to visit the recording sessions, undertaken by director William Dufris and Fredrick Greenhalgh under the Dagaz Media banner.

If ever in doubt, Jack would refer questions to R.C. Bray, who had voiced the entire original book range for audio, and had been retained by the production team here as as Colonel Joe Bishop and, of course, Skippy the Magnificent. “If anyone knew Craig’s material the best outside of Craig, it would be R.C.. I would always ask him if the script I’d moulded felt right, to him. He simply said, “I honestly can’t tell what Craig wrote and what you wrote. Good job.”

Expeditionary Force: Homefront was in the can. A full cast drama now existed.

POST-PRODUCTION DEMANDS:

“I always wanted to work with the late, great Leonard Nimoy. Alas, that will never be, but this was the next best thing. Zachary Quinto is Brock Steele!”

- Jack

Work didn’t stop there, however, as additional sessions took place to record guest stars Kate Mulgrew, Robert Picardo and Zachary Quinto across three separate sessions, along with a LA session with Daniel Logan (Star Wars: Episode II). This saw Jack continue to adapt, polish and rework scripted material back in the UK to tailor it specifically for the guest stars voices, right up until late-March, with a June release date looming.


ABOUT PODIUM PUBLISHING:


“Since launching in 2012, Podium Publishing has become widely recognized as the preeminent source of bestselling award-winning indie content in audio. After exploding onto the publishing scene with the discovery of the massive cult and pop hit, The Martian, Podium’s Publisher, Greg Lawrence, followed that early success with a steady stream of mega-hits.

Not least among these was Craig Alanson’s epic sci-fi series romp, Expeditionary Force. With the first 3 installments of the series releasing in 2016, the epic and irreverent adventures of the everyman, Joe Bishop, and the intolerable arrogance and wit of Skippy the AI, proved to be a classic overnight success.

As with The Martian, Lawrence saw the audio format as the perfect medium for all the awesomeness that Alanson’s ExForce series had to offer. A partnership was struck, and Podium applied the mad stylings of the great R.C. Bray to give voice to these newfound heroes. Overnight success turned into a modern cult classic!

So when the opportunity arose for Podium to expand into the realm of audio drama, ExForce was an easy choice. Over the first half of 2018, Alanson worked with Podium and Dagaz Media to create the story, to write the script, and to plot the supporting casting for Homefront, with production following in the latter half of the year.”


 HOMEFRONT: NEW TIMES BEST-SELLer…

After one week of release, The New York Times reported that Expeditionary Force: Homefront had broken into the Top Ten “Audiobook” Sales Charts. It was the second-highest audio drama in the US charts, only behind Alien III, directed by Dirk Maggs…

Expeditionary Force enters the New York Times Best-Selling Top Ten at number 7, and the second highest Audio Drama, behind only Alien III, by Dirk Maggs.

Expeditionary Force enters the New York Times Best-Selling Top Ten at number 7, and the second highest Audio Drama, behind only Alien III, by Dirk Maggs.


LISTEN TO A SAMPLE FROM EXPEDITIONARY FORCE: HOMEFRONT…

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The Springheel Saga

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Originally beginning life in 2000 as a sketchy Television outline based on an obscure entry found in an encyclopaedia of the Paranormal, THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA was properly developed in 2007, this time for audio. It marked the first collaboration between Robert Valentine and Jack Bowman (writing under his pen-name Gareth Parker). A series pitch was presented to Mariele Runacre Temple at The Wireless Theatre Company, initially as a potential pilot commission. However, all three episodes of Series One were commissioned and recording began in 2010...

SERIES ONE - THE STRANGE CASE OF SPRINGHEEL'D JACK

Clapham, 1837. A terrifying apparition stalks the night! Constable Jonah Smith must avoid a pair of vicious killers in his hunt for the mysterious figure who will come to be known as… Springheel Jack!

Formal development of THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA began in 2008, with scripting and workshops undertaken during 2009. During this period, distinguished voice actor Christopher Finney (Wizards Versus Aliens, In The Flesh) was approached about taking the lead role of Jonah Smith. Securing a vocally versatile performer was an important step - the series lead would potentially pursue Springheel Jack over a forty year period, should the entire saga be produced!

Additional casting was taken from the workshops, including Matthew Jure as Toby Hooks, Jessica Dennis as Charlotte Fitzrandolph and Colin Holt as the Chief. Finally, the casting was completed with the addition of Julian Glover - a legendary actor of many cult gems including Doctor Who, For Your Eyes Only, The Empire Strikes Back and Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade - taking the role of Lord Septimus Wayland. They lead a cast of over 36 actors who contributed to the finished three-part series!

Released between 2010 - 2011, Series One was greeted with critical acclaim, award recognition and instantly found its place within the audio audience community as a 'must-listen to' production. Series Two and Series Three were then commissioned in 2011 for back-to-back production before Series One completed release... 

SERIES TWO - THE LEGEND OF SPRINGHEEL'D JACK

LONDON, 1845. When a fire-breathing maniac kills 13-year-old Maria Davis, Springheel Jack is blamed. Detective Inspector Jonah Smith is hot on the trail but soon finds himself accused of an equally terrible crime…

Series Two and Three were written and (mostly) produced back-to-back during 2010-2012. Due to the ambitious nature of the schedules, THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA used four separate studios across London. Both Christopher Finney and Jessica Dennis returned, joined by newcomers Andrew Shepherd, Josephine Timmins and Neil McCormack, along with guest star appearances from Nicholas Parsons (Just A Minute, Doctor Who), Jeremy Stockwell, Ashley McGuire (Derek, David Brent: Life On The Road). 

Series Two was released in 2013 to coincide with The Wireless Theatre Company's relaunch as Wireless Theatre Ltd, and received unanimous critical praise. THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA was also awarded its second Ogle Award, selected for the Prix Nova Audio Festival in Romania and named Best Non-Doctor Who Audio Drama by the readers of Outpost Skaro. But while most of Series Three had been recorded at the same time, there was still work to do... 

SERIES THREE - THE SECRET OF SPRINGHEEL'D JACK

UNITED KINGDOM, 1877. When Aldershot Barracks is attacked by the flame-wreathed ‘Night Terror’, Jonah Smith is called out of retirement by Her Majesty’s Government and sent on one final, deadly mission – to capture Springheel Jack!

While the majority of regular and support cast recording work had been undertaken in 2012, the team had to wait a little longer for some special guest stars to join Series Three in separete recording sessions. These were Jenny Runacre (Jubilee, The Witches), Louis Tamone (Hollyoaks, NTA Award-Nominee), David Benson (who has appeared in every single series), Shane Rimmer (Thunderbirds, The Spy Who Loved Me, Batman Begins) and Matthew Kelly (Olivier Winner for Best Actor).

However, the wait went on a little longer as the production awaited a royal visit - its very own Queen Victoria in the form of Doctor Who legend Katy Manning! Upon completion of her scene-stealing cameo, post-production began, completing nearly half a decade of work bringing Springheel Jack to life for the 21st Century. Series Three won acclaim once more and completed the hat-trick - a third US Ogle Award.

It remains Wireless Theatre's most critically acclaimed, downloaded and awarded series production to-date.

 

BEYOND THE AUDIO SERIES

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA during Series Two was accompanied by it's only 'making of' podcast series, called THE SPRINGHEEL FILES, narrated by Cameron K. McEwan, while it has been celebrated in special online features, conventions (including two successive WorldCons in 2014 and 2015) and in print. It is heavily featured in John Matthews book, The Mystery of Springheel Jack, where Matthews declares it, "so densely is it woven that it... remains the most fully worked-out story of Jack to date." 

The series has been retooled for potential on-going TV Series or a Feature Film trilogy adaptation by Robert and Jack.

 

 

 

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TESTIMONIALS, REVIEWS AND COMMENTARY

 

FROZEN:

"A hell of a play... excellent,” Adrian Brown, Director and Theatre Critic. 

“A strong piece...”, The Stage.

 

The Shakespeare Conspiracy:

“A stellar cast with faultless comic timing.... a comedy, a tragedy and the greatest love story ever told, doused with humour and nimbly choreographed sword fights... what’s not to like?” Public Reviews (* * * * and 1/⁄2).

“An almost perfect play... The Shakespeare Conspiracy is a triumph. RUN to get a ticket for this show.” ShineSquad.

"Witty and intelligent... Jack Bowman is successful in portraying the story..." One Stop Arts (* * * *).

"A fast-paced, melodramatic and meta-theatrical delight that draws its audience in with a constant blend of glowing pop- culture references and intelligent narrative... fast-paced direction and genius concept." What's Peen Seen (* * * *)

“There is much to enjoy... performances are wonderfully exuberant and the production as a whole is a lot of fun.” Exeunt. 

 

Night of the Hellhound: LIVE!

“A blast from start to finish and something that’s unique and wonderfully enjoyable.... Bowman’s direction is meticulous... inventively original.”, Grumpy Gay Critic (* * * *).

“Worth a spooky night out...”, Off West End (* * * *). 

“Four-star evening of entertainment...”, Croydon Press (* * * *). 

 

Jerusalem:

“LOST Theatre's production of Jerusalem is wonderful”, Deborah Orr, Guardian Critic.

“Director Jack Bowman also tackles the play with fantastic precision... a successful revival of Butterworth’s play", Tessa Hart, Remote Goat (* * * *).

 

The Springheel Saga:

“Wonderful and full of bravura,” Dirk Maggs, BBC Radio Producer/Director.

"I have never heard a finer studio production," Richard Fish, Lodestone Media, USA

"Excellent writing, performances, sound design and music," Chatterblog

"I'm hooked... Fantastic acting, action and great effects..." Geek Syndicate

"A true find for all audio enthusiasts!" Regent Times

"Another good reason to visit The Wireless Theatre Company", Nebula One

"A lip smacking melodrama", Audio Drama Review.

“Writing and production of evident quality," Starburst Magazine.

"The Springheel Saga Series 2 is another triumph," Frost Magazine.

"An all-out success. Not to be missed!" The Morgue of Intrigue.

"Among the best mysteries we’ve heard in recent memory," Radio Drama Revival.

"Compelling writing and strong characters on display in this brilliantly crafted thriller,” Hammer Horror Podcast.

"The Legend of Springheel’d Jack has the fun, richness, grit and grandeur of a high-budget film..." Tim Prasil

“Look up the Wireless Theatre Company, search out The Springheel Saga... Series Three is out and looks to be a great finish to the Saga... if you like classic stories classy told, this will be right up your street.” Starburst Blue Box Podcast

“With a shock cliffhanger ending to this first half hour episode, I’m eager to see how the story will now unfold and to finally discover the Secret of Springheel’d Jack...” Susan Oman, Garbage File.

“In many ways it’s the best and most entertaining instalment of the series so far... if you’re minded to enjoy Victoriana, audio drama and the supernatural, it is well worth seeking out the Wireless website to partake of the story... 9/10” JR Southhall, Starburst Magazine.

“With an explosive opening and several major twists early on, the stage is being set for a grand finale and the end of Jonah Smith’s personal war with the supernatural killer.” Callum Shephard, Starburst Magazine.

“Fun in a truly believably Victorian setting... events have grown and the stakes are higher than ever... It leaves you wanting more – exactly as it should. It’s every bit as polished and well produced as the best” Derek Dunnington, Outpost Skaro.

“I'm very impressed so far... dark and very atmospheric... very suspenseful and atmospheric.. it's very good. Well worth taking a chance on...” The Divergent Universe. 

THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD

“Terrifically entertaining!” Lord Julian Fellowes, Creator of Downtown Abbey, on The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

“This new dramatisation, narrated by Art Malik with Tom Conti and Jane Asher, allows the listener to appreciate to the full the ingenuity of Hercule Poirot’s “little grey cells””. The Times, naming Murder On The Orient Express as their second best audio book of the 2017.

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THEATRE

AS A WRITER...

After graduating with a Degree in Drama, (including Acting and Theatre Administration), Jack started in the Industry as an actor, performing for five years. In 2005, he turned to writing, penning his first theatre piece entitled FROZEN, which premiered at the Etcetera Theatre in 2006. He has penned other theatre productions, (originally under his pen-name of Gareth Parker, which he retired in 2013) for venues such as Leicester Square Theatre, LOST Theatre, The Roundhouse and contributed to the Canal Cafe's NewsRevue as a Director and Writer. 

 

THEATRE WRITING CREDITS:

FROZEN, Etcetera Theatre, 2006.

FROZEN, LOST Theatre, 2007.

SEASONS, LOST Theatre, 2010.

PHONOPHOBIA*, Leicester Square Theatre / The Wireless Theatre Company, 2010.

THE FEARLESS YOUTH, Roundhouse Theatre / The Wireless Theatre Company, 2011.

NIGHT OF THE HELLHOUND: LIVE!*, LOST Theatre, 2014. 

*Co-written by Robert Valentine

AS DIRECTOR...

Jack began directing for theatre in 2010, with a stage adaptation of his audio play, SEASONS. In 2013, he was selected to direct the 10th Anniversary production of ACS Random's The Shakespeare Conspiracy, which was met with critical acclaim. After this, he directed NewsRevue for - the world's longest running satire theatre show - for Canal Cafe. In 2014, he was appointed the Associate Director of LOST Theatre after directing At Porlock Weir for their Five Minute Festival. As their Associate, he directed notable productions such as Jerusalem and Let The Right One In, before leaving in 2016, to pursue freelance production opportunities in Theatre, Film and Audio.

 

THEATRE DIRECTING CREDITS:

SEASONS, LOST Theatre, 2010.

THE SHAKESPEARE CONSPIRACY, ACS Random/Chelsea Theatre, 2012.

NEWSREVUE, Canal Cafe Theatre, 2013.

VALLEY HOUSE, London Horror Festival/Etcetera Theatre/The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013.

AT PORLOCK WEIR, LOST Theatre, 2013.

NIGHT OF THE HELLHOUND: LIVE! LOST Theatre, 2014.

HOSPITAL FOOD, LOST Theatre / National Theatre Connections, 2015.

HOSPITAL FOOD, Tricycle Theatre/National Theatre Connections, 2015.

JERUSALEM, LOST Theatre, 2015.

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, LOST Theatre, October 2015.

ECLIPSE*, LOST Theatre / National Theatre Connections, 2016.

ECLIPSE*, Hammersmith Lyric / National Theatre Connections, 2016.

HAUNTED PEOPLE, Fred's Place, So & So Arts Club, 2016.

*Co-Directed with Marie Rabe

 

AS PRODUCER...

AGENT NOVEMBER, Producer for Agent November, July 2016 - Present.

UNDEAD ESCAPES 2016, Producer for Undead Escapes, October 2016.

HAUNTED PEOPLE by Richard Appleby. Directed and Co-Producer, Rehearsed Reading, So & So Arts Club, November 2016. 


VOICE REEL PACKAGES

“I genuinely believe that whatever achievements I’ve be lucky enough to have experienced mean that the opportunities need to be shared back. I started out knowing nothing about a fledgling industry that has only just begun, and want to be the person I wish I had to confide in as my career developed. This is one way of doing that.”

- JACK

Want a voice reel recorded with an award-winning Director/Producer who currently works in UK and has ties to US independent audio drama production?

With over a decade of experience working in audio production at all levels and different sectors, Jack offers actors and voice performers private Voice Reel services. For any actor looking to work in the various disciplines of audio work, a reel to showcase your abilities is essential, but more so is having the correct type of reel for the right type of casting. Jack has handled voice reel work for private clients, as well as for students at respected drama schools such as LAMDA and RADA. He can help you build a reel for all areas of the audio production world.

Please email him for prices (which have no additional VAT or hidden costs) and to check for availability (reels are currently recorded in London), with remote services coming soon.


REEL TYPES AND COSTS:

BASIC BBC - NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS CURRENT TIME.

BASIC DRAMA - £229 (for multi-voice independent sector drama producers, such as Audible).

BASIC COMMERCIAL - £189 (for radio/audio commercial advertising casting).

BASIC NARRATION - £229 (for audio book producers, such as Audible, RNIB, Harper Collins, Penguin).

BASIC CHARACTER/ACCENT - £249 (for animation, video games, toys, online or specialist accent castings).

BASIC NARRATIVE - £199 (for corporate clients, internal information footage).

(ALL COSTS ABOVE ARE BASED ON STANDARD TURNAROUND RATES AND ARE VAT EXEMPT - THE PRICE IS THE PRICE, NO HIDDEN COSTS!)

Full Details of How It Works, Each Reel Type Below (including what each package offers, what you may wish to consider when choosing a reel, and Special Rates for Students and Recent Graduates):


HOW IT WORKS:

PLEASE NOTE: This requires full reading by any potential client to help make your reel the most effective it can be.

CONSULTATION: You will get a pre-recording meeting or call to discuss the structure of your reel and what is required in terms of material. This is followed up by an email conversation where material is vetted before you step foot in the studio. This way, you are confident that the material is suitable for recording in advance. This means it is ideal for you to book a reel with at least a week’s notice.

RECORDING: Depending on your selected reel, you will work with Jack and a professional studio technician in London and be directed through your material over the course of at least an hour (depending on which reel you are recording). It may be possible to offer this as remote recording experience in the future as well, for those not able to travel to London.

EDITING: After recording, your reel will require post-production work, which may include the addition of spot FX, music or atmosphere. Each type of reel has its own demands in terms of post-production, so the turnaround period noted below will reflect this. NOTE: If you require a faster turnaround, this will involve a slightly higher price for the urgency of post-production. Please discuss this with Jack at the first opportunity to explore your options.

DELIVERY: After post-production, you will receive a near-finished draft for you to hear. Any practical suggestions and thoughts can be offered at this stage, before a final polished edit is delivered to you. You will receive your reels in WAV (high quality) and MP3 (compressed quality) formats. These can then be added to your website(s), your Spotlight, Mandy and Agency profiles, as well as in a format suitable to be sent via email on request to casting directors.

POST-DELIVERY SUPPORT: Once you have received your reel(s), then Jack will offer you additional follow-up advice and guidance when required, including insider-industry tips on how to sell and showcase your reel to.

USAGE: The reels remain your copyright to use as you wish, provided they are not manipulated in any way which affects the quality of them adversely. Also, your reels may be used for promotional purposes on this website. You will also receive a PDF document on what to do with your reel once you receive it.


IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SPOTLIGHT MEMBERSHIP (Information correct as of December 2018):

At the current time, Spotlight allow, under standard terms and conditions, for an actor to have up to 5 minutes of audio files/reels on your Spotlight Page. A BBC reel, which has to be 8 minutes long, is required by the BBC Casting Team to be on your Spotlight CV. To accommodate this difference, Spotlight will insist that an account holder pays an additional £9.99 per year on top of their annual fee, allowing that member an overall total of 15 minutes of audio material on their profile. Please note that you will need to contact them with regards to expanding your online audio allocation directly to accommodate a BBC reel.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MANDY MEMBERSHIP (information correct as of December 2018):

At the current time, Mandy Actors allow free members to have ONE media file under 200Mb on your Mandy profile, which means an MP3 version of any of these reels, barring a BBC reel, should be suitable. If you upgrade Premium Membership on Mandy.com for actors at a monthly or annual rate, then you are allowed up to THIRTY media files, but all must be under 200Mb each. The same is also true of Mandy Voices UK. Please note that the BBC DO NOT accept BBC reels via Mandy Actors or Mandy Voices UK, but you may still wish to upload a BBC reel to your Mandy profile(s) regardless.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT VOICE AGENGY/ACTOR AGENCY USE:

Some agents will request the use of your voice reels on their website(s). If you have any specific requirements or information regarding how your agent would prefer these files, please let Jack know at the booking stage as, inevitably, each requirement for each agent will be bespoke in some way.

DISCLAIMER: Jack does not endorse the use of these third-party resources in any way, and the information above is presented only for full transparency on how and where a reel can be used and in what form. It is not presented for promotional purposes.


SPECIAL RATES:

STUDENTS - for third year undergraduate drama/performance students or final year post-graduate drama/performance students, Jack can offer a 10% discount on proof of student membership.

GRADUATES - for anyone who graduated from Drama School/University within a year of completing their course and needs a reel at the start of their career, Jack will offer a 10% discount on proof of a graduation date.

SO & SO ARTS CLUB MEMBERS - if you are a valid member of The So & So Arts Club, you can receive a 10% on any reel. As simple as that!


VOICE REELS AVAILABLE


BBC REEL

£389

The BBC have specific guidelines on what they expect to see on a voice reel for radio and their new podcast programming.

With this package, Jack will help you create an 8 minute reel suitable for their needs.

Includes: 2 Hour Consultation, 3 Hour Recording, Studio + Technician and Editing. Turnaround period is four weeks.


DRAMA REEL

£229

For a more general scripted drama reel, which showcases your dramatic range, this is a package more suited to non-BBC work such as Audible and the independent audio production sector.

This reel creates a 2-2.5 minute showcase suitable for you to showcase your work for multi-voice audio productions.

Includes: 1 Hour Consultation, 1 Hour Recording, Studio + Technician and Editing. Turnaround period is three weeks.


COMMERCIAL REEL

£189

Drama work is not the only source of potential income for a voice performer, there is also the world of podcast and radio commercials as well. This is a reel that will give you a calling card to the world of advertising.

This reel is a 1.5-2 minute showcase of your abilities to advertise products or organisations.

Includes: 1 Hour Consultation, 1 Hour Recording, Studio + Technician and Editing. Turnaround period is three weeks.

LISTEN TO A COMMERCIAL REEL DIRECTED BY JACK AND EDITED BY TOM MAGGS FOR US/UK ACTOR ERIC SIRAKIAN.


NARRATION REEL

£229

Multi-voice drama work for audio is a very different discipline from audio book narration, which is a rapidly growing market globally.

The reel is 3+ minutes long, and aims to showcase you reading a variety of printed novels, bringing them to life vividly in the listener’s mind and ears.

Includes: 1 Hour Consultation, 2 Hour Recording, Studio + Technician and Editing. Turnaround period is three weeks.


Character / ACCENT REEL

£249

More suited to the incredibly versatile vocal performer, this one is designed to be more of a showcase for those with incredibly strong range. Not for beginners or intermediaries, this reel should be for those with that exceptional ability to change - and recall - a multitude of high energy voices at the click of a finger.

The reel will be 1.5-2 minutes long and suitable for video games, cartoon, toys and animation work.

Includes: 2 Hour Consultation, 2 Hour Recording, Studio + Technician and Editing. Turnaround period is three weeks.

NOTE: You will need to prove your abilities before booking in for this package as it is the toughest type of reel to create; this is for the most hardened of voice performers only!

LISTEN TO A NARRATIVE REEL CREATED BY UK ACTOR TOM ALEXANDER.


‘Narrative’ REEL

£199

Perhaps what is considered the ‘driest’ style of reel, this is designed for corporation voice over work. Not to be confused with the narration reel for audio books, with Narratives think of internal staff videos, safety films and the like. While (definitely) not the most exciting type of voice work, it is part of the industry and brings its own demands.

The reel will be 2 minutes long.

Includes: 1 Hour Consultation, 2 Hour Recording, Studio + Technician and Editing. Turnaround period is two weeks.


COMBINATION Package

If you are looking for a couple, some or all of the above reels, then Jack can offer you a Pick ‘n’ Mix approach to combine any of the above reels into one package and/or one session. Or maybe you want to do them all!

As a slightly more bespoke service, turnaround times and costs will be unique to your demands.

Prices Vary - email for more details and Jack will talk it through with you.


VOUCHER SCHEME

Why not purchase a reel for someone? Drop Jack an email and we can make arrangements for the purchase of a voucher for a session to be arranged at a future date…

Prices Vary - email details of your preferred reel for more information.


Disclaimer:
It is important to note that no one reel is a guarantee that it can generate work. However, at every stage of the process you will have guidance and the support of Jack to ensure that you feel confident in your choices and how to market your reel(s). Jack takes this level of support for the quality of your reels seriously.

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Industry tutor / CONSULTANCY

Industry Experience:

LAMDA, Voicereels Tutor (2012 – 2015).

BVE 'Radio Online' Debate (2012).

RADA, Voicereels Tutor (2013 – 2018).

BVE 'Radio of the Future' Debate (2013).

Prix Marulic Radio Festival, UK Jury Representative (2013).

SPID, Radio Drama Tutor (2014 – PRESENT).

New College Worcester, Audio Tutor (2013, 2015).

SPID, Audio Facilitator (2014 - Present).

So & So Arts Club UK, Mentor (2015 – 2016).

OCR Creative Forum, Audio Drama Consultant (2017 - PRESENT)

Stage Coach Creative Forum, Audio Drama Consultant (2018 - PRESENT)

Coventry University, Audio Drama Production Consultant (2019 - PRESENT)

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CONTACT JACK

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Any professional writing or directing engagement enquiries will be directed to Jack's representation at the current time.

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