The catalyst of my Tribute was a bookmark. I wanted my tribute to focus on the emotions that death/bereavement brings up. Death is so unfathomable our brain pulls in many different ways to understand it. The emotion of my piece comes from a few of the comedic memories within it being personal to me. Stories that make me smile when I think of them now, and were a joy to write, and more importantly get right in this Tribute. Alongside this is a twist that changes the whole genre of the piece. This allowed me to explore questions about the finality of death, and if we had a way to overcome it how we would use it.
Finally, and most importantly, this becomes as much about the person giving the tribute, and shows the effect that people can have in the lives of others. What bigger Tribute could there be than shaping someone else’s thoughts and life?
THE WRITER – ROBIN BELL
Robin Bell is the creator and lead writer for Twisted Showcase, which was listed as the top 25 web TV show by The Guardian, the only British Independent listed alongside names such as Joss Whedon, Seth Macfarlane and David Lynch. Episodes have played at the Ozu Film Festival and Roma Fiction Fest amongst others. Series 4 is currently in production.
His work has been published in Splice, Gorezone, Vworp Vworp, The Celestial Toyroom and Murky Depths, as well as one liners appearing on the BBC radio programme Newsjack. In 2010 his TV drama script, The Dole, made the shortlist of the prestigious Red Planet Prize. He has had his work optioned by North Bank Entertainment and Dark Arts Films, and in 2014 was shortlisted for BBC Writersroom. He is currently being mentored by BAFTA winning writer Debbie Moon.
THE ACTOR – JOE SIMS
Joe is a proud Bristolian actor who trained both in the UK and the US. Best known for playing plumber Nige Carter in ITV’s Broadchurch. In 2012 he won an Offie (People’s favourite male performance) for his role as alleged Texan killer Lee Fenton in As We Forgive Them at the Arcola Theatre in London. As well as TV, Theatre and film, Joe has also over 100 radio credits to his name including a run on BBC radio drama The Archers. He has recently been nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 BBC Audio Drama Awards for his role as a suicidal boxer in Radio 4’s Lifelines.