The Rhyming Detective: The Stuffed of Nightmares
The Rhyming Detective is an audio podcast about Dick Dick Digger; a (not very good) Detective who speaks in rhyme (to find out why, you’ll have to listen to episode 1). It’s intended as a family-friendly comedy and is recorded in a church in front of a live audience in Leamington Spa (England). Some adventures are set in the present, where he always speaks in rhyme, and others in his past, so for these only the narration is in rhyme. His style of speech is along the lines of many a Philip Chandler adaptation. If that doesn’t mean much to you, it might be a good idea to listen to one of the existing episodes before reading this one. Four episodes have been recorded (episodes 1, 3, 4 and a mini Christmas special episode) and are available to listen to as a podcast or can be played directly from the Rhyming Detective web site.
The author is me, Simon Paul Miller. I’ve previously written a short Doctor Who story made into an audio by Big Finish and have written many one-liners used on two topical BBC radio shows (Newsjack & Breaking The News).
The script I’d like you to review will be episode 2. It is the most ‘rhyme heavy’ episode yet and only requires two actors. This is to offset the complexity of the other episode we will be recording on the same night which features the largest cast we will have attempted yet. My biggest worries are…
- There’s a fair bit of setting up for this story. Does it take too long to get going?
- Is there too much rhyming?
- Does the story work?
- And most importantly, did it make you laugh? (And which bits if it did).