The scene is a wedding. Tying the knot is theatre director Ben Occhipinti. His friend and colleague Elizabeth Newman has volunteered to lead the congregation in song. She has chosen one of her favourites: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers. She gets the guests to sing the de-de-de-da lines as a call-and-response at the reception to see who can be the most joyful. She calls it a “joy-off”.
Not long after, Newman finds herself in a BBC Radio 4 studio where her fellow guests on Front Row are none other than Craig and Charlie Reid. She is there to talk about her outdoor staging of Gulliver’s Travels (co-directed with Occhipinti). They are promoting the new Proclaimers album, Angry Cyclist. [READ MORE]