Bruce trained as a Dramatherapist (1992) and Counsellor (2010) working in the NHS, education and private practice. Latterly he was the college counsellor for Tower Hamlets College in London for 8 years and currently supervises Dramatherapy students on the MA Dramatherapy training at University of Roehampton. He now divides his time between radio and therapy.
In 2014 he began to develop The Novel Game as a comedy panel show format with the late Nicholas Parsons. In 2018 he started a monthly magazine show, Mental Health Matters, for Brighton's Radio Reverb which includes a developing format, The Dedication Game.
Technical skills · Proficient in Adobe Audition, Adobe Premiere Rush, Headliner, & Weebly · Working knowledge of Myriad playout & Cleanfeed · Live, As Live studio recording and home studio pre-records · Podcast hosting & distribution to planned social media schedule · Post-production & mastering for broadcast · Proficient in remote working with un-techsavvy people using Zoom & tape sync
Production skills · Radio drama direction and recording on location & studio with professional, amateur and child actors. · 6 years production of comedy panel show including location recording · Pitching documentary, podcast, formats to national & local radio · Research, development, scripting, talent booking, contracts, budgeting · Segment production: interviewing artists, professionals & activists
People skills · Project management using Trello, Google drive and social media co-working · Artist mentoring and facilitating groups in voluntary sector · 27 years’ clinical experience as Dramatherapist & Counsellor in NHS, education and social care settings
Broadcast & Commissioned work
Broadcast & Commissioned Rulebreakers (BBC World Service, August 2020) Assistant producer on 28-minute profile of Lauri Love, the computer hacker who successfully fought extradition to the US on the grounds of its unsafe treatment of people with disabilities.
I Say A Little Prayer (in development) 5-minute reflections on guiding mottos, quotations and prayers. We meet ordinary people and hear their daily meditations.
Croydon Handbag(Museum of Croydon, Summer 2020) 'We're off to see a man about a handbag' 4 queer nuns meet an 84-year-old LGBT activist
The Map of Keynsham (BBC Radio 4 Extra, Summer 2020) 2020 Charles Parker Prize Runner-up What really happened to a much-loved illuminated town map and my childhood sense of place? The Novel Game podcast (7 eps, April 2020) Comedy panel format with Robin Ince, Fenella Fudge, Marian Pashley & Stuart Flynn.
Avonside Television was founded in 1982 by two 15 year olds, Bruce Guthrie & Giles Booth in the small west country village of Saltford - or Puddington-Upon-Sponge as it's known.
Like many teenagers, they wanted their own ITV franchise (watch out HTV West) and started to experiment with VHS recording, amateur radio, computer graphics as well as our very small range pirate radio station, Radio Delta. Projects included an animated cartoon strip, Dr Dilemma, as well as recording the productions of Saltford Amateur Dramatic Society.
In the following 37 years Giles worked as a BBC studio manager for the World Service and now manages the educational content commissioning and website publishing for Micro:bit Educational Foundation. Whilst not directly involved in Avonside now, he has kindly designed the Avonside logos and has given his blessing to Bruce's radio doings...
Giles and I made these continuity announcements in the summer of 1983
Sounds like a jolly morning what with Margaret Rutherford in Murder She Said followed by that day's episode of Doctor Dilemma