“The Tale Eaters”

is a half hour audio ghost story written for radio and originally serialised on BBC Radio Kent over two weeks during February 2021. It was performed by the actors Michael Chance, Keith Drinkel, Carolyn Seymour and was written & directed by Dean M. Drinkel.
“The Tale Eaters”: the story of three people simultaneously existing in a large house by the river. Why they are there, how long they’ve been there, why they can’t seem to travel any further than a nearby bridge is ruminated and pondered upon. Whilst they don’t know each other it does appear their paths have crossed at some point in their lives, an idea which certainly isn’t lost on at least one of them. As they discover dark secrets about each another their current realities begin to unravel leading to a shocking denouement which may (or not!) be the end…

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The Players:

Michael Chance

Michael trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech & Drama. Credits include Ian Fleming in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN PEN directed by Louise Jameson; Toni Mancini in BRIGHTON QUEEN OF SLAUGHTERING PLACES directed by Kat Rogers; LETTICE & LOVAGE directed by Trevor Nunn; THE KNOWLEDGE, directed by Maureen Lipman;

Carolyn Seymour

Michael trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech & Drama. Credits include Ian Fleming in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN PEN directed by Louise Jameson; Toni Mancini in BRIGHTON QUEEN OF SLAUGHTERING PLACES directed by Kat Rogers; LETTICE & LOVAGE directed by Trevor Nunn; THE KNOWLEDGE, directed by Maureen Lipman;

Keith Drinkel

Michael trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech & Drama. Credits include Ian Fleming in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN PEN directed by Louise Jameson; Toni Mancini in BRIGHTON QUEEN OF SLAUGHTERING PLACES directed by Kat Rogers; LETTICE & LOVAGE directed by Trevor Nunn; THE KNOWLEDGE, directed by Maureen Lipman;

Dean M Drinkel

Writer/Director

Dean M Drinkel is a published author, editor, award winning script-writer and film director. In 2018 he established the horror press DEMAIN PUBLISHING. He has been invited/selected to attend The Script Factory’s SCENE INSIDERS programme (2005), two BFI project labs (2019 – writing & producing), two Storyfutures (immersive technology) labs as well as in December 2020, a Sundance Institute programme in TV writing. Also in 2020, one of Dean’s spec TV scripts reached the top 4% of submissions for the BBC Writer’s Academy as well as becoming an active member of both the WGGB’s Film & TV committees. His story WEIRD was broadcast as a Cyro Pod Tape (Episode 5) in May.

Dean has many credits to his name in the field of genre writing (including short stories, collections, novellas, anthologies); has written and directed fifteen theatrical plays in London and the South East of England and during the years 2002 – 2008, he wrote and directed several short experimental films. Dean moved to Cannes, France in 2016 to write a feature film script with Romain Collier – THE TRAGEDY OF THE DUKE OF REICHSTADT (about the son of Napoleon) which won two screenplay awards at the Monaco International Film Festival and is now in active development with producers from Austria and France.

In 2017 Dean returned to directing with the short film “15” (screened at the Solaris Festival in Nice, the Med. Film Festival and the Malta International Film Festival amongst others) which in November 2018 was awarded Best European Film at Malta. In 2019 Dean was 1st AD on the horror/comedy DRACULA ON HOLIDAY. In 2021 he directed the feature film THE GOOD WIFE for Fourstreete Productions (currently in post). He is also line producer on the upcoming feature film THE ISLAND OF WONDER AND DESPAIR (2022 – HOTS Productions).

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