Cary On – New Audio Drama Explores Identity and LSD with Cary Grant!

We’re really excited to be partnering with AUK Studios who have produced a new audio drama, Cary On, which focuses on Cary Grant’s experimentation with LSD, which is being released as a special edition audio CD (digital release to follow). Read on to find out about the chance for you to win one of these exclusive CDs!

Written by Kenton Hall, starring Barnaby Easton-Jones and Wink Taylor as Cary Grant, the project explores a lesser-known period of Cary Grant’s life as he struggles with fame and his own identity.

“Cary On was a joy to perform… Ever since I can remember I have always loved Cary Grant,” says Taylor. “When I found out that the super smooth Cary Grant was, in reality, an anxious man from Bristol called Archibald Leach I became even more fascinated.”

Cary On is a journey into the heart and mind of a cinematic icon. And, more importantly, of the man who brought him to life. About Cary On It’s 1958 and Cary Grant is at the height of his fame and his powers. He is adored by cinematic audiences around the world but there’s something missing. On screen, he is the sophisticated romantic. In the real world, he’s staring down the barrel of yet another divorce. On screen, he’s light-hearted and level-headed. In the real world, he hides from (and is troubled by) the dark secrets of his past. If he’s honest, the biggest problem is that he doesn’t have the slightest clue who he really is. He just knows he’s not Hollywood’s Cary Grant. But he also knows he’s not Archie Leach either, his birth name in Bristol, England. What can he do about that? Well, he does what any self-respecting Hollywood movie star would do, under the circumstances. He decides to try LSD.

“Cary Grant has always struck me as a wounded soul, in search of something. For me, that’s what Cary On is really about. The universal search for meaning and for self. Just in a finely tailored suit and with a twinkle in its eye,” says Cary On writer Kenton Hall. “I was exceedingly fortunate to be asked to write it.”

The concept of Cary On came from producer/director Barnaby Eaton-Jones, who adapted Kenton’s theatre script for audio. Nearly 20 years ago, Eaton-Jones had written a televised documentary about Cary Grant. Fascinated by the actor’s experimentation with LSD and how it freed him from his anxieties, worries and insecurities, Cary On was born. From there, Kenton Hall (‘London After Midnight’, ‘Getting Better: The Fight for the NHS’, ‘Bisection’) wrote the script and Wink Taylor (Winston Churchill in ‘Getting Better: The Fight for the NHS’) was cast in the lead role.

For a chance to win a copy of this exclusive audio drama, then put your glad rags on – the production team have offered us a special edition CD as a prize for our best dressed at our screening of An Affair to Remember at the Curzon on 25 November 2023. Click here for tickets and more information.

BOOK LAUNCH: Screen Tourism and Affective Landscapes

Our festival director Professor Charlotte Crofts presented on her chapter about the Looking For Archie Walking Tour at the Book Launch of Screen Tourism and Affective Landscapes, and spoke about her collaboration with Show of Strength Theatre Company to develop a new, actor-led theatre walk of Cary Grant/Archie’s Bristol – Raising Cary Grant – the SOLD OUT pilot is happening on 18 & 19 November this year, but we’re hatching plans to run the walk regularly to keep Cary alive in Bristol between festivals so do subscribe to our mailing list for updates. You can watch just Charlotte’s bit here, or you can watch the whole event here.

If you are interested in purchasing the book, then the publishers Routledge have very kindly offer our audience a 20% Discount Code: EFL04. More information on this flyer.

Keep it Vocal

Before our screening of Night and Day on Saturday 21 October at St Mary Redcliffe Church, you will be serenaded by show songs from the era by Keep It Vocal choirs, lead by Anya Szreter, a highly experienced and enthusiastic choral director now based in Bristol:

“I’m delighted to be collaborating with Charlotte Crofts for Cary Comes Home Festival’s screening of Night and Day. I run three choirs in Bristol: Nightingale Valley Choir, The Redcliffe Singers and Arnos Vocale. It has been a fun and rewarding challenge involving all three of them. I’m so proud of how they’ve risen to the occasion and hope there will be opportunities to work together again. After the thrill of being involved in the first Singing City choirs day in 2022, at St George’s, Brandon Hill, we have relished the excitement of performing in these iconic Bristol locations and feeling we are part of the wider musical life of the city. I’m looking forward to posting some clips of the event on my website,” (Anya Szreter)

A huge thank you to Anya and all her choristers for singing Cole Porter classics and other show tunes before the screening! If you are interested in joining one of Anya’s choirs, please see more information below:


Nightingale Valley Choir

As soon as Anya Szreter moved to Bristol in 2018, she started up a local choir for the Brislington community. 

Arnos Vocale

Her second choir, Arnos Vocale, started a year later with just 6 advanced singers and has since doubled.

The Redcliffe Singers

​Word got around and in 2019, Anya was asked to start a choir for volunteers on the SS Great Britain, re-named, The Redcliffe Singers after jumping ship in 2022!



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Cary on the Airwaves

Our festival director, Professor Charlotte Crofts was featured on Andy Bennet’s afternoon show on BBC Radio Bristol (at timecode: 02:42:00) and she was also inteviewed by BCFM’s Billy Quain in the lead up to our screening of Night and Day, discussing the production history of the film and the exciting wrap around content, including working with local choir director Anya Szreter to provide musical entertainment before the film:

If you want to learn more about the production history of the film, then tune in to the recording of our recent online event, “You’re The Tops: The Making of Night and Day” with Cary Grant experts Mark Glancy and Kathrina Giltre here – warning there are plot spoilers so you might want to watch this after the screening! You can also watch a piano concert of Cole Porter music with Cate Bryan here.