The Giant Pacific Octopus Maritime School Out Now

We just received word from 45North that the release of The Great Pacific Octopus Maritime School is slightly delayed and will now happen on Monday, 12 April 2021.

The radio play is the “first family friendly piece (and trans-Atlantic collaboration)” and penultimate audio play of the eight part series Written in the Waves. Andrew Gower plays a character named Guy, with the rest of the cast including Adjoa Andoh (Emma), Sam Crerar (Ilya), Amita Suman (Priya) and Manjinder Virk (Seema).

Andrew Gower and Manjinder Virk have previously worked together on Andrew’s acting debut Monroe and short film Out of Darkness, which was written and directed by Manjinder Virk.

The Giant Pacific Octopus Maritime School is available on the 45North website for free on Monday, 12 April 2021. If you liked the programme, please consider making a donation to this small, independent company.

Andrew Gower and Manjinder Virk to Attend The Giant Pacific Octopus Maritime School

According to Broadway World, Andrew Gower will be united with his former co-star Manjinder Virk (Monroe, Out Of Darkness) in a new audio play called The Giant Pacific Octopus Maritime School. It is part of the Written On The Waves series, which was developed by the women-led production company 45North in cooperation with Ellie Keel Productions after the Covid-19 pandemic brought many creative possibilities to a halt in March 2020.

Written On The Waves is described as “a celebration of storytelling, which shares stories to spark listeners’ imaginative worlds, and enables us to connect with each other while we are apart.” The Giant Pacific Octopus Maritime School will be the “first family friendly piece (and trans-Atlantic collaboration)” and penultimate audio play of the eight-part series, written by Jaclyn Backhaus and directed by 45 North CEO and Creative Director Jessica Rose McVay.

Andrew Gower will play a character named Guy, with the rest of the cast including Adjoa Andoh (Emma), Sam Crerar (Ilya), Amita Suman (Priya) and Manjinder Virk (Seema).

The Giant Pacific Octopus Maritime School will be available on the 45North website for free on 8 April 2021. If you liked the programme, please consider making a donation to this small, independent company.

Further websites also report about the casting:

Speak: Andrew Gower on BBC Radio 4

In case you missed it the first time around, here’s another chance to listen to Philip Palmer’s audio drama Speak starring Andrew Gower and Pippa Haywood.

Lucian [Andrew Gower] has a vocabulary that is limited to a core 1500 words, but Clara [Pippa Haywood] wants to teach him those that are forbidden. A dystopian love story about the power of words, set in a near future where the language spoken is Globish – a reduced version of English. […] A gripping two-hander about the power of words; how words – and even more, the absence of words – can control, confine, leach emotion and trap minds.

(Source: BBC Radio 4)

The programme will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday, 17 October 2020 at 9:00pm and will be available online afterwards for 30 days.

Follow this link to listen to Speak.