Springheel’d Jack Returns, by Robert Valentine
It’s been a long time coming but the wait is very nearly over. After what has seemed an eternity, post-production on the next two series of the Springheel Saga is in full swing, and starting this Autumn, the intrepid Jonah Smith will return in The Legend of Springheel’d Jack.
Set in 1845, the story will find our dogged hero still hunting ‘the Terror of London’ but after seven years and no luck, he’s ready to give up the ghost. Spring-Heeled Jack is now more likely to be found on the stage of a Penny Gaff or in the pages of a Penny Dreadful than jumping over rooftops, but when thirteen-year-old pickpocket, Maria Davis, is killed by a cackling, spring-booted maniac, Smith finds himself once again hot on the trail. With a supporting cast that includes radio legend Nicholas Parsons, The Legend of Springheel’d Jack will also find Smith framed for murder, on the run from the police and pitched against a new nemesis in a mad dash through London’s theatre-world to capture the ‘Leaping Shadow’.
Throughout the long – and occasionally lonely – process of bringing this project to an mp3 player near you, we’ve all been greatly touched and encouraged by the many emails from fans of the first series. A production of this scope takes time – sometimes more time than anyone expects – and we’d like to thank you all for sticking with us as we continue to work on Series Two. Jonah Smith’s life-long quest to apprehend Spring-Heeled Jack is soon to plunge him into new adventures which we can’t wait to share with you.
We’re also pleased to announce that in the meantime we’ve been putting together a podcast series, The Springheel Files, to follow each new episode and give you a glimpse behind the scenes with cast and crew interviews – as well as other goodies – presented by Cameron K. McEwan (Blogtor Who, Den of Geek). The Springheel Files will kick off with a Series One retrospective before Cameron’s investigation into the dark secrets of the Springheel Saga leads him from Folly Ditch in 1845 to Aldershot Barracks in 1877 – and beyond!
Thank you all once again for your patience while we’ve been struggling with this monster of a production. Like us, Smith has waited a long time since the first series to encounter Spring-Heeled Jack again, and even though it’s felt like the trail has gone cold and the long-awaited reunion would never happen – suddenly, there’s a knock at the door…
The Legend of Springheel’d Jack, the second series of The Springheel Saga, comes to the Wireless Theatre Company this Autumn.
Series One, The Strange Case of Springheel’d Jack, can be found here: http://www.wirelesstheatrecompany.co.uk/index.php/component/jotloader?Itemid=15&cid=24&id=118
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