I spent Thursday and Friday at the BBC’s new studios in Manchester as my radio play, “Sorry, Boys,You Failed The Audition”, was recorded. Based on my rather long short story of the same title (and available Amazon) it asks the question – what would have happened to the Beatles if they’d failed their audition at EMI in 1962. I suppose it’s really a case of the path not taken for them, a “sliding doors” situation. But although the play is about the Beatles, it’s much more about Freda, their fan club secretary, and what happens to her after the Beatles break up in 1963, as they may well have done.
And luckily we have a terrific young actress called Sara Bahadori playing Freda. She made me laugh and she made me cry. The play will be broadcast on November 14 on BBC Radio 4.
That the play should have been recorded at this very moment is a huge coincidence, because a documentary made about the real Freda Kelly, the person who really was the Beatles fan club secretary, is due to be shown at the London Film Festival next Saturday (October 19). It will be available later on a DVD. Freda (the real one) is a terrific person and has been nothing less than helpful to me in writing my play – which is, of course, total fiction, albeit about some living people.
Enjoy the autumn.