The Long Count

A Holy Mountain production for BBC Radio 4 broadcast as The Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4, 21 December 2012, 2.15pm

There is suggestion that a Mayan prophecy predicted 21st December 2012 as the end of a 'Long Count' and the beginning of a cataclysm that will engulf us all. A journalist goes to Silbury Hill in Wiltshire to join a group who believe that the world will come to an end on the day of winter solstice - and that they are among those destined to be saved.

Written by Glen Neath

Sound by Alisdair McGregor and Howard Jacques

Directed by Boz Temple-Morris

Avis ... Anthony Shuster

Hayley ... Alice O’Connell

Rob ... Iain Robertson

Daniel ... Claude Starling

Hester ... Laura Elphinstone

Bertrice ... Niall Ashdown

Other parts played by members of the company


A Holy Mountain production for BBC Radio 4 broadcast as The Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4, 17 February 2012

Originally conceived as a drama about a young woman whose passion found expression in the protest movement, when the creators of the play were arrested whilst recording sound at a peaceful protest everything changed

The production team decided to explore how and why some members of the middle class are becoming radicalised and wanted to make recordings during actual protests. On 26 March 2011, they entered an upmarket grocer to make recordings where members of UK Uncut were staging a sit-in. By the end of the evening they were in a police cell

Life and art become properly intertwined in this drama as real recordings are mixed with drama recordings – and real characters are mixed with actors

Written by Glen Neath & John Jordan

Sound & music by Alisdair McGregor & Howard Jacques

Directed by Boz Temple-Morris

James ... James Lance

Simon ... Simon Kane

Iain ... Iain Robertson

Emma ... Louise Ford

George ... Niall Ashdown

Theo ... Dominic Hawksley

Gemma ... Gemma Brockis

Other parts played by Katie Bentley, Ben Dudgeon & members of the company

Hello for Dummies / The Bench

Concept by Ant Hampton

Text by Glen Neath

Hello for Dummies (2011) is a further development of a project by Ant Hampton and Glen Neath called The Bench (2010). 

The audience is split up into pairs of strangers and sent out to sit on a bench together. This journey, and the conversation they find themselves having on the bench (their lines fed to them via headphones), all happens without them ever seeing each other’s face. 

What happens when we don't have recourse to the face in our communications? If it's mostly useful as a kind of glue between what we read from someone's voice and body, the face is also sometimes hard to control... and can just as often get us into a sticky mess. In Hello for Dummies, our identities roam free from the tyranny of facial expression: happily unstuck, slightly unhinged                               

Versions of The Bench in English, Dutch (translated as Het Bankje by Carol van Gelder) and Spanish (translated as El Banco by Alan Pauls)

Performances of Hello for Dummies: 

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, UK, 21-29 October 2011

ST PAUL St Gallery, 49 St Paul Street, Mail Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, 18-21 April 2012

Summerworks Performance Festival, Toronto, Canada, 8-18 August 2013

Performances of The Bench:

Norfolk and Norwich Festival Norwich, UK, 15,16 May 2010

Buda Kortrijk, Belgium, 10,11 July 2010 (Dutch language premiere)

Forest Fringe Edinburgh, UK, 9-21 August 2010

Noorderzon Festival, Groningen, Netherlands, 19-29 August 2010 (in Dutch)

Derby Feste, Derby, UK, 24-26 September 2010

Publics and Counterpublics, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain, 28 October 2010 to 6 March 2011 (Spanish language premiere)

Vooruit - The Game Is Up Festival, Ghent, Belgium, 14 February to 26 March 2011 (in Dutch)

Fusebox Festival, Austin, Texas, USA, 20 April to 1 May 2011  

Inna Space, The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton, UK, 1 May to 30 July 2011 

‘It was that good! So, would I do it again? In an instant! Do I recommend it to you? I certainly do!’ - Lexie Matheson (Auckland)

'Hello for Dummies is … exciting and harrowing. The many tensions in the piece — the conversation is scripted but also unpredictable; the interaction is intimate but also impersonal; the performance is public but also private — create a conflicted experience of vigilance and surrender. Entering the cloistered space of shared headphones with a stranger, the actual environment is illuminated like a stage, full of mythic action…'  - Mark Mann, Blouin Art Info (Toronto)

'The writing is full of a sense of adventure that illuminates the possibilities presented by every new meeting' - 8/10 - Carly Maga, The Grid TO (Toronto)

'It's a fascinating experiment in human communication' 4**** --- Jon Kaplan, NOW Toronto (Toronto)

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Made with support from

Norfolk & Norwich Festival (UK)

Derby Feste (UK)  

Fusebox Festival (USA)

Free Show (bring money)

The first presentation by glen & hannah, an ongoing partnership between Hannah Ringham and Glen Neath

Written by Glen Neath

Performed by Hannah Ringham

Directed by John Hardwick

Sound design by Ben & Max Ringham

Produced by Sarah Ellis & BAC

Photo by Tyrone

Meet a woman whose life has gone wrong

Widowed and with child, widowed again, divorced, desperate

How much should you pay to hear her story?

At the heart of this show lies the question of it's worth

Scratch performances at BAC, London, 13,14 January 2011 and 5,6 May 2011

Edinburgh Festival previews, BAC, London, 28,29 July 2011

BAC at Summerhall, Edinburgh, 22-27 August 2011 as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

BAC, London, 15,16 September 2011

Soho Theatre, London, 6-8 October 2011

PAC, Cheltenham, 21 June 2012

Plymouth Barbican, 2 December 2011

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, 23,24 May 2012

New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich, 26 May 2012 as part of the Pulse Festival

'Hannah Ringham... the love-child of Tommy Cooper, Sarah Silverman, Karl Marx and an imbecile.' - Tim Crouch

'Intelligently anarchic and curiously touching.' - Simon Stephens 

'A brilliant parody of the Free Fringe and all the awkwardness that comes from deciding how much to pay.' - Sally Stott, The Scotsman ★★★★ (Fringe Top 10)

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Six Impossible Things

A Holy Mountain production for BBC Radio 4 broadcast as The Afternoon Play on 3 June 2010. Re-broadcast on 22 November 2011

Peter Hardy doesn't fit the psychological profile of your average double murderer. There's something vulnerable about him, or so thinks police psychologist Dr Kennedy as he makes his assessment after a particularly violent bank robbery. Could it be that Hardy is a victim of 'mind control' and was acting under a hypnotic trance? Dr Kennedy has a tough job to convince police colleagues. Can a man really rob a bank and kill two people under hypnosis? As the evidence mounts to support this bizarre theory it becomes impossible to ignore

Inspired by true events that took place in Denmark in the 1950s

Written by Glen Neath

Original research by Dominic Streatfield

Sound & music by Alisdair McGregor and Howard Jacques

Directed by Boz Temple-Morris

Peter Hardy ... Simon Kane

Dr Kennedy ... James Lailey

Bjorn Newbold ... Phil Wright

DI Grimes ... Madeleine Bowyer

DS Mulholland ... Bill Nash

Auntie Elsie / Barbara Hardy ... Esther Coles

Other parts played by Rhona Foulis and Dominic Hawksley

body considering its pains

Installation with recorded text, 3'24" loop

Conceived, written and directed by Glen Neath

Voice by Simon Kane, recorded by Ben Ringham

Original design by Glen Neath, Lizzie Clachan and George Tomlinson

Exhibited at Shunt Vaults, 16,17,23,24 April 2010. Realised by George Tomlinson (main image)

An adapted version presented as part of Live Weekend: Shunt at the ICA, 23-27 February 2011. Realised by George Tomlinson

Re-staged as part of First Fortnight Festival exhibition, DE:TOX, Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland, 4-12 January 2013

Listen Up

A Holy Mountain production for BBC Radio 4 broadcast as The Afternoon Play 29 May, 2009

The true story of Italian radio enthusiasts, Achille and Gian Judica-Cordiglia, who intercepted transmissions from early Russian space missions and listened in as the earliest men and women in space called in vain for help

It is 1964 and the Americans are losing the space race. The Soviets are way ahead and the Americans have failed utterly in gaining any intelligence on their rivals' space programme. So it seems fairly outrageous when two young Italian brothers turn up at NASA claiming to have successfully recorded almost every Russian space mission over the previous seven years. NASA has to take notice when they realise that the brothers have also intercepted American missions and have tapes of classified transmissions by John Glenn, the first American in space

As it happens they have been sending these recordings to NASA since the outset, but no one has believed them. No one except Carla Pettigrew, an audio analyst who is now trying to persuade Major Will Spencer, NASA's technical director, that he should believe what they have to say

Featuring some of the actual recordings made by the Judica-Cordiglia brothers, including the sound of a woman dying in space as her craft burns up on re-entry

Written by Glen Neath

Sound by Alisdair McGregor and Howard Jacques

Directed by Boz Temple-Morris

Achille ... Giacomo Valdameri

Gian ... Simeon Perlin

Maria Teresa ... Silvia Mercuriali

Will ... Nathan Osgood

Eugene ... Dominic Hawksley

Carla ... Serena Bobowski

Mike ... Francesco Calabretta

Other parts played by members of the company

We have fun

Sketch performed at The Shunt Lounge, London, 6-9 May 2009. John Hardwick directed Eric MacLennan and Jane Nash