I wanted to know first about the special difficulties which the radio writer has to contend with.
DH: The main constraint is that it is really not possible to suggest physical action in radio; people running up and down steps, banging doors and jumping into cars.
No sense, really, can be made of that on radio, but it has this great virtue whicha boy once said, when he was asked... that he preferred radio to television becasue the backgrounds were better.
It's possible to do things on many, many different sets; things constantly in motion from location to location; not people moving physically; there's a problem with that; but simply changing the location with words.
People then see the location in their own imagination, which is far more satisfactory. The listener really does half the work; it's a cooperative act of the writer, the producer, the actors, then of the listener; and each listener makes the play again in his own image.
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