Cow Children
Interlude 1

Interlude 1

August 4, 2020

To tide the world over until episode 16 (Skunkboy and Lothario) here is a Cow Children interlude, including short story 'The Boat', and a run-down of the 15 episodes to date.

15: All the Days of the West

15: All the Days of the West

July 21, 2020

Emma Gygenhallendorf has a magical hat, containing all the days of the West. But she never wanted magical powers; she wanted the skill of a stage magician, not a world-conquering sorceress. And now she wants a friend.

 

With Ava Liversidge, Harlan Bryant, Dylan Reid Miller and Stuart Bryant

14: Bandagongo!

14: Bandagongo!

July 7, 2020

Bandagongo means disaster! Disaster for the whole planet! In the short term it could destroy all life on Earth. In the long term it could interrupt the love of two semi-retired cricket-commentators.

 

Cow Children: Bandagongo, by Ben Swithen. Starring Tom Hagley as Trevor and Ben Swithen as Scott. A story of plagiarism, apocalypse, and the romance of the increasingly elderly.

13: Person Sandchester Goes to Wachenfeld Kierkegaard

13: Person Sandchester Goes to Wachenfeld Kierkegaard

June 23, 2020

A railroad prospector named Person Sandchester finds a desolate station that harbours ancient horrors. A tale of railways, friendship, emptiness and evil demon spirits. 

A stand-alone audio adventure, starring Christ Mowat as Person, Rum Samuel as Olly, Moya O'Rourke as Synium and Dan Dudley as John Macklemurray.

 

cw: death by explosion, the spirit world, betrayal, loneliness, one f-bomb

12: The Forest of Sex

12: The Forest of Sex

June 9, 2020

What begins as merry old sex swiftly turns into a life of terrible adventure! Will Janet ever paint again, or will the combined forces of death, debt and despair end her art forever?

Cow Children: The Forest of Sex, by somebody. Starring Nicky Hindmarch as Janet and MJ Sargeson as Johnny.

 

cw: death, funeral, pregnancy, crying baby, debt, financial tragedy, sex (in vague terms)

11: I Am Robot

11: I Am Robot

May 26, 2020

Hector Brovnik wants to become a robot, because he cannot bear to live as himself. Can he escape the world of mortality before August the 24th? No.

 

A stand-alone audio drama by Ben Swithen.

 

cw: death, despair, execution, robots, family drama

10: They Being Dead Yet Speaketh (or, ‘Guns’)

10: They Being Dead Yet Speaketh (or, ‘Guns’)

May 12, 2020

In the aftermath of a tragedy, Wendy Gwennan wants to put the famous gunfight on stage. However, the mastermind behind the crime has the town in his hand, and looms large over the theatre.

 

A play by Ben Swithen, starring Natalie Ashton as Wendy, Rose Garratt as Rex Jameson and Tom Hagley as Petras.

 

9: ASMRPG: You are the Chariot, I am the Horses

9: ASMRPG: You are the Chariot, I am the Horses

April 28, 2020

Dear listener, you're awake at last. Please relax and enjoy this haircut while I propel you across the desert and fight off the violent men who hound us, and vice versa.

 

Please do not start the fishing game, or you could doom us both!

 

With Ben Swithen as the Fishing Tutorial and you, dear listener, as yourself.

 

cw: blood mention, gunfights, body horror (mild, affirming), menstruation mention

8: Baseball Boy! The Musical

8: Baseball Boy! The Musical

April 14, 2020

Baseball Boy is coming. A promise, or a threat? When Baseball Boy brings sport and excitement to town, some are concerned it will lead to sin, death and hell, and they're entirely correct.

Through catchy songs and invisible dances, the tale of cursèd Baseball Boy seeks to deliver you the authentic summer childhood experience. It also attempts to answer that age old question: if (and it's a big if) there are boys' sports and girls' sports, which are the non-binary sports?

A baseball musical by Ben Swithen, with additional material by Sam Nicoresti. Starring Sam Nicoresti as Baseball Boy, Hannah Goudie-Hunter as Bessie Hickman, and Dylan Reid Miller as the mountain man, and thus as Holly Jolly Hugelarge.

cw: death, sport, infanticide, guns, hell, fart, mascot, crying, inability to cry

7: Band of Boys

7: Band of Boys

March 31, 2020

Izzy McManus travels the wilds of the West, seeking to reunite her favourite boyband. But in an age without mass communication, how many remain, and how many have changed beyond recognition. 'Band of Boys' features Charlotte Perry, Stan Skinny, MJ Sargeson and Sean Morley.

This is a stand-alone instalment of Cow Children - a broader category than cowboys!

 

Content warnings: abrupt gunshots (none are canonically fatal), death, mourning, gender, skeleton, paranoia

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