Episode 10: The Consensual Adultery

The Consensual Adultery is a comedy that looks at the nature of what’s acceptable in modern relationships.

Tom is trying to come to terms with being the lover in an open marriage by confronting Mike, the husband who selfishly wants to continue their current arrangement.    

Writer/Director/Producer/Editor – Nick Bacash

Cast:

Tom – Peter Ashmore

Mike – Nick Bacash  

 

Pete trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Theatre includes: A Christmas Carol (Watermill Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Theatre by the Lake); Venice Preserved, The Provoked Wife (RSC); The Lovely Bones, Treasure Island (Birmingham Rep & tour); Macbeth (National Theatre); Vernon God Little, The Ruffian on the Stair, The Queen of Spades, The Lady Aoi, La Musica, Venice Preserved, Nothing (the Citizens Theatre & E59E59 Off Broadway); Mansfield Park (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds & tour)  Arms and the Man, Knight – The Canterbury Tales (Watford Palace Theatre); Private Lives, A View from the Bridge, Treasure Island, The Wind in the Willows, James and the Giant Peach, The Winter’s Tale, Under Milk Wood, David Copperfield, Beauty and the Beast (Mercury Theatre); Hamlet (AFTLS US tour); The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Arabian Nights (Sherman Cymru); The Emperor’s New Clothes, House and Garden (Harrogate Theatre); The Itinerant Music Hall (Lyric Hammersmith); The Dog Beneath the Skin (Jermyn Street Theatre); Manchester Sound: The Massacre, Grimm Tales (Library Theatre); The Jungle Book (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); Public Property (Hampstead Theatre); Tom’s Midnight Garden, Jemima Puddle-Duck (Unicorn Theatre); Cutlery Wars (Soho Theatre); One Snowy Night (Chichester Minerva Theatre).

Television: Silent Witness, Holby City, The Bill

Film: Sanditon (Aura Films); Powdered (Team Works)

Audio: Cutlery Wars (Soho Theatre); Sandton (Range Productions); Tamming Tigers (Tamming Tigers)

Co-creator of ‘Babble and Froth’, Nick trained at the Melbourne Actors Studio, then left for London to pursue his passion for performing. After two years, several shows – one that was awarding winning ‘Sweet As’ – and an expiring visa, Nick returned to Melbourne where he continued his career, expanding to Television where he appeared in Neighbours and various commercials. 

A natural progression for Nick was in developing content, where he co-created theatre project ‘Stolen Moments’ – a monthly showcase of short scenes, that was performed in a theatre Nick and Rebecca built atop of a pub; now inspiring the format for ‘Babble and Froth’.

Moving back to London Nick continued pursuing his passion for developing content, where he produced and directed various projects with Huawei, Olympics, HSBC, Dove, Harper Collins, and worked with talented actors like Helena Christensen and David Walliams.

Never stopping his writing and passion for acting, Nick is excited to launch Babble and Froth, a scripted comedy/drama audio series set within a bustling local cafe, where audiences are invited to be a fly on the wall and experience the diversity of individual conversations with each episode.

Full Episode Breakdown:

After a nervous start of being guided by the café waiter in the various coffee options available, Tom finds himself ordering a Cortado, a more exotic choice that hopefully provides a strong enough taste without the frustration of having to battle through too much froth.

After taking a seat, Mike immediately enters and notices that Tom ordered without waiting. A discussion about the appropriate waiting time if someone is late to a prearrange catch-up reveals conflicting expectations. Tom believes in time etiquette; if your late you forfeit your right to order together. Mike believes in beverage etiquette; you always order together, no matter the circumstances. The conversation seems to set up their opposing views in life and almost perfectly leads into why Tom asked to catch-up with Mike. 

Tom wants to be in-love and despite being the “manstress” in Mike and wife Kerry’s open marriage, he’s fallen in love with Kerry and wants Mike to divorce her so they can be together in a more traditional manner. Mike always enjoys these yearly surges of gumption from Tom, who tries to disrupt a perfectly comfortable arrangement. This time however, Mike comes prepared, offering a solution that he believes everyone will benefit from. Always the showman, Mike stands on the café table to announce his brilliant plan to Tom and the surrounding patrons. In a symphony of conversation, Mike, Tom and the café patrons delve into a discussion about the trouble with monogamy, sexual exploration within relationships, and the sheer horniness of the older generation. With much convincing Mike manages to help Tom see the benefits of joining their marriage, and with a final understanding of his decision, Tom agrees to marry Mike and Kerry; and they all live happily ever after… we hope.