THE GLAD GAME
The Glad Game was written and performed by Phoebe Frances Brown and directed by Tessa Walker. I designed the sound with lighting design by Robbie Butler.
Phoebe is an actor. From her childhood impressions of Dolly Parton to grown up roles at the National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse and New York Theatre Workshop, acting has defined who and what she is. In November 2018 Phoebe was diagnosed with an incurable tumour in the area of her brain that controls speech, language and memory. The Glad Game is Phoebe’s Story: of finding herself in the bleakest of times, of discovering gladness in the saddest of moments and about how who and what you love can pull you through.
The sound design includes voice notes exchanged between Phoebe and her family and friends and voice overs from a cast of characters alongside music, contextual soundscsapes and sound design elements.
Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic we produced a filmed version of the work to provide access to those unable to attend the live performances. The film was available on demand for a limited period around the live performances. The film was produced by TEA films and I recorded the location sound, produced the sound design and composed original theme music. Adam Hipkin and Tessa Walker directed, cinematography by Dan Hipkin and Oliver Bury, edited by Adam Hipkin.
The Glad Game was Co-Produced by Nottingham Playhouse and Pippa Frith, supported by Arts Council England, Television Workshop, The Bush and Leicester Curve. Charity partners are Brain Tumour Research.
The Glad Game premiered at Nottingham Playhouse on 24-25th September 2021 and played London’s Hampstead Theatre in 2022. Further touring was not possible as Phoebe sadly died on 13 April 2022.
Production images by Graeme Braidwood. Other images are film stills by TEA films.