5th International Radio Drama Festival
18-22 Mar 2019, Canterbury

Notes for the longer plays are below, in alphabetical order of country, Australia is theoretically be at the top, America is listed as USA. England is listed as UK. The table of entries is further down the page.

These are my summaries of the notes supplied; let me know if I have misunderstood any of the translations - Ed.


By Jeanne Debarsy and Maël Lagadec, based on an anonymous piece. 48m. "The first time I went crowdzy....., the tale of an attempted escape. The original French contains the pun "to go crazy" (fou) and "to become a crowd" (foule). Truth can only appear when the walls of thought break down and the world finally becomes a reflection of ourselves. Spoken by: Michčle Nguyen, Yvan Tjolle, Pietro Pizzuti, Denyse Schab, Emilie Praneuf, Jean Fürst & Jean Pierre Bruno. Directed, recorded and edited by: Jeanne Debarsy and Maël Lagadec. Original music: Joăo Lobo. Assistant recordist: Axel Antoine in studio 3J20 of RTBF. Mix: Christophe Rault. A Babelfish production, with support from the Gulliver Fund, ACSR, and Wallonia-Brussels Federation's fund for supporting radio creation. First broadcast: 8 May 2017 - Radio Campus Bruxelles. Language: French.

By Fabrice Osinski. At the end of 2012, a production company offers me a job as a sound engineer on a shoot for a documentary on hurricanes. It entails long trips to the other side of the world. The sound of a hurricane is reputedly impossible to record. Do I go or not? Whilst I hesitate, Louise, the young woman I love, leaves me, and so begins an oscillation between other-worldly storms and tropical torpor. A voyage into an impossible sound, the hurricane. 52m. CineSilex ABSL. Editing: Laurent Gerard. Mixing: Remo Gerard. Production: Fabrice Osinski. First broadcast 27 Feb 2017, Radio Campus Bruxelles. Language: French.

By Sebastian Dicenaire. 52m. What if other worlds were a possibility? What if the cities of Ancient Greece had colonised continents and become true modern civilizations? And what if there really had been superheroes? And if a 'journalist-priest' with unusual powers had been sent into thid world to conduct an investigation? The drama is freely adapted from The Children of Heracles by Euripedes and is a political and social satire. First broadcast: 15 Oct 2018, Radio Campus Bruxelles. Language: French.


Or - How My Brother Lost His Hearing in One Ear During a Concert of "The WHO". A radio fable by David Zane Mairowitz. It’s true. It happened during the song"Baba O’Reilly". My brother still goes to rock concerts, although he’s over 75, a septuagenarian teenager. During the day, he sells spare parts for lifts. He’s been doing the same work for fifty years, without more than a few weeks holiday, and without the merest promotion. Everyone wonders why he doesn’t retire. But he’s still strong, still mobile, why should he stop? ANd he's got a special place in his heart for 60s legends. This fateful night he buys himself an orchestra seat for another of those famous "farewell" concerts. He sits near the front, right under the powerful amps... Technical Realisation: Benno Müller vom Hofe, Christian Baader, Günther Kaspar and Steffen Jahn. Assistant Director: Jasmin Schäffler. The characters: Mono (75), the Fabulist, his brother (72), the boss-lady (35-40), a mediator, and the speaker. Roger Daltry also appears, in person. First broadcast: 15 Dec 2018, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cologne. Language: German and some English. 53m.

By Kristel le Pollotec, Anouscha Trocker and Marie Chartron. 51m. On 13 Nov 2015 at 11pm, in a Parisian apartment, a woman with a young baby learns from her companion that the city has been subject to several terrorist attacks. The play is that woman's audio diary; she makes recordings over the grieving city for a year, marking the transformations which gradually take place. We learn how the events have affected her, her relatives, and the city. In French and German. Director: Anouscha Trocker, assistant director: Maya Marckwordt, Sound and technical production: Bernd Bechtold and Venke Decker. First broadcast: 3 Mar 2017, RBB/SR, Germany.


By Nugzar Shataidze; adapted and directed by Zurab Kandelaki. 36m. A play about the refugees from Abkhazia, who had to leave their homes, described by a 12-year-old boy who is trying to find his father. There is a short episode within the play in Abkhazian. First broadcast 26 May 2018, Georgian Radio Drama. Language: Georgian.


By Stéphane Querrec. A radio drama in the form of a road movie through the vast, predominantly rural spaces of French Flanders. It's the story of a neglected teenager who runs away; the play interweaves her thoughts with those of her mother. The setting is a small isolated village; there is little or no work; the mother is overwhelmed with worry and no money. 37m. Nathanaelle: Louise Pronier, the mother: Marianne Petit. Production: CCFI Flandre Interieure / DRAC Hauts-de-France. Mix: Niko de Paula Lefort. Language: French. First broadcast: June-dec 2018 throughout 15 public libraries on "La Serpentine" network, and on La Serpentine's website, 30 Oct 2018, FM 88.4

By Ulrike Muller. 54m. Nicolas Bergguen, son of a famous art collector (see Wikipedia) is a well-known financier. One day 4 tenants in one of his properties receive a letter from him saying their tenancies are under threat; they may have to move out. They play an imaginary game of Monopoly. Whoever manages to continue living in the Gartenstrasse by the end of the game will be the winner... Cast: Gerd Wameling, Alexandre Schroder, Franziska Kleinert, Martina Hesse, Andreas Klumpf. Sound: Kaspar Wollheim, Producer: Ulrike Muller, editor: Regine Ahrem. Technical editing: Martin Scholz, production assistant Silvia Vormelker. Language: German. First broadcast: Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, 27 Jan 2017.

By Werner Cee. A monologue based on the original production "Gesange des Charon", Deutschlandfunk Kultur and HR2 Kultur 2018. 41m. The piece was inspired by the novel "I fatti della fera" by Siciliian writer Stefano d'Arrigo, whihch describes the last 8 days in the life of 'Ndrija Cambria, a sailor who returns from the war in 1943 and tries to reach his home village on Sicily. His travels and fantasies are shaped by ancient mythology and contemporary political events. We hear scenes and fragments of myths and folklore, war trauma and dreams, all described while sailing on a smuggler’s boat on the Mediterranean. Language: Italian / Sicilian. Production details: First broadcast 21 Jan 2018. The voice: Gaspare Balsamo, Editor: Ulrike Brinkmann. Producer: Werner Cee, producer's assistant: Esther Schelander, SMs Martin Eichberg and Sonja Rebel; Translator: Bettina Obrecht. Musicians: Norbert Grossman (church organ), Giovanni Apprendi: tamburello; additional music by Giacomo Cuticchio and his ensemble.


By Mahdi Azari. A story about a young woman dealing with addictioon, going on an inward journey to find herself. The drama uses 'noir' style, which is well-known for narration in cinema, but rarely used in radio. 22m.First broadcast: 4 May 2018; Radio Guilan. Language: Farsi.


By David Zane Mairowitz. The radio drama kicks off from a rather simple, but startling anecdote. Two young English art students, vacationing in a remote area of Kerry in the late 1960s, pass an old Irish farmer in a country lane. Hearing them speaking English, he calls to them and asks where they’re from. When they reply they are from London, he declares ‘I killed an Englishman once". The man explains that the event occurred at the time of the Troubles, when Sinn Fein exhorted the villagers to kill an Englishman. The men and boys over 14 draw straws and the task falls to the person who is now, years later, the old man telling the story. The narrator, listens, but starts to put his own interpretation on what he hears...Production details: Language - English. First broadcast on RTE Radio 1, 28 Oct 2018. Also on the RTE download site. Producer: David Zane Mairowitz. Story Poacher: Stephen Rea, James was played by James Rook (himself), Tom McQueen played James as a young man, and P. McGarratt played the old farmer. Richard Smallwood was the lighthouse keeper and Roisin Derby (sp?) his daughter.

By Jason Gill. 50m. The play is an exploration of today’s ever more complex media 'realities' and their effects on us. Although it has some features of dystopian science fiction, it is a play about now. It is set in the near future, where the TV show has reached new heights of addictiion and engagement. It is a constant presence in people's lives. Mark is a coder and office worker for a big corporation running the TV network which broadcasts 'The Tarn': the interactive TV show which consumes most of the time when he's not working. Then a woman enters his life. The story is loosely inspired by elements of Irish mythology. Language: English. First broadcast 27 Dec 2018 on Midlands 103. Background details: Produced by Alan Meaney, with whom Jason has worked before. Previous plays by the partnership include 'Love Was', a two-part mystery 'Fairies only wear wings', the black comedy 'The Prime of Johnny Broody', and 8-part murder mystery and 'A Pilot's Honour', which won a bronze award in the 2018 International Radio Drama Festival.


By Stefano Giannotti. 59m. An unmade screenplay, adapted for radio; Italian entry but in German. The initial idea was inspired by a train journey from Wroclaw to Walbrzych in December 2015. The first city is lively and rich in culture; the second is a former mining city that was in total ruin. The project for a film was about a group of people who leave their beautiful city to reach a sort of ghost town, destroy it, return home in the evening and realise they have destroyed their home city. In the play, the two cities are not placed in any particular tkime or location. There are three narrators: a keeper who has always lived there who knows everyone, a female voice who interprets the thoughts of the characters, and and unpleasant ticket inspector who ferries the characters from one city to the other. Produced by Stefano Giannotti for SWR 2 between 2014 and 2017. Story, text, direction and music: Stefano Giannotti, Executive producer: Frank Halbig, Assistant Producer: Lukas Fütterer, German translation: Olivia Toffolini, English translator: Bonnie Eldred, SMs: Manfred Seiler, John Krol, Casting: Sylvia Böttcher. Cast: Keeper: Henrik von Holtum, Narrator: Caroline Junghanns., Ticket Inspector: Jurg Low, Teacher: Stefan Roschy, Photographer: Nadine Kettler, Lawyer: Klaus Cofalka-Adami, Priest: Horst Hildebrand, Guldo: Robert Besta, violinist: Oliver Jacobs, eldertly lady: Doris Wolters, girl: Anne Leissmeister, single mum / woman: Constanze Weinig, man: Sebastian Mirow, twenty-year-old boy: Stephan Klauke, with Benedict Walsh, Lukas Futterer and Stefano Giannotti.


By Rasa Kregzdaite. 40m. Radio series about young people facing everyday questions: where can they live; can they live together; what work will they do? Why has the hot water gone and why is Minika still not calling? It is about things that hurt; real life; about why it sucks and how people learn to move forward. That is the way you have to go. Language: Lithuanian. First broadcast: Ep. 1 18 Sep 2018, Ep. 2 25 Sep 2018, StartFM. Production team: Sound track: Golden Parazyth, Producer: Rasa Kregždaite. The music playing in the series is by Linas from the website minimal.lt. Cast: Šarunas Zenkevicius, Laurynas Jurgelis, Severina Špakovska, Jurgis Marcenas, Milda Noreikaite, Martynas Vaidotas, Deividas Breive, Andrius Alešiunas.


By Mihnea Chelariu. 45m. iHamlet is a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece redesigned to fit into the universe of present day young people, as suggested by the title. We’re diving into the daily teen world. The play is set in a world the young will understand, respect for moral values and rejection of compromise.Ophelia is the picture of young love; her parents separated by divorce. Gertrude is a sensible woman, Claudius is mum's new lover, and in Hamlet's eyes, their affair is the reason for father walking out on the family. First broadcast: June 2018, Radio Romania and www.eteatru.ro.

A personal sound archaeology by Alexander MacLennan. Language: Romanian. 54m. Can be heard entire or as an 18-episode podcast. It fictionalises actual photos taken on the Romanian battle front during WW1 and describes the life of the average soldier and his loved ones left at home. The production has the credibility of a documentary; the photos on the website in the podcast section (www.eteatru.ro) are from the National Military Museum collection in Bucharest. Radio adaptation and artistic direction by Mihnea Chelariu. Composer George Marcu. The Cast: Ionut Visan, Ion Haiduc, Vlad Bîrzanu, Mihnea Chelariu, Alin Potop, Stefan Velniciuc, Cezar Antal, Mihai Smaramdache, Dorin Andone, Constantin Florescu, Sorin Cocis, Cristi Dionise, Marius Rizea, Ionut Oprea, Virginia Rogin, Gabriel Rauta, Julieana Draghici, Daniela Ionita si copiii: Luca Haloiu, Ana Cristina Ionel, Ioana Gornea, Albert Chelariu, Bianca Chelariu, Luca Voinea Budusel and author’s voice (Razvan Ursuleanu). SMs: Studio direction : Janina Dicu, sound engineer : Codrin Lazar, coordinating editor: Oana Cristea Grigorescu. First broadcast: Teatrul National Radiofonic, Dec 2018.


By Yaroslava Pulinovich, a story based on actual events, adapted for radio by Dmitri Nikolaev. The play is in one act and is translated by John Freedman. An orphan girl wants some love and happiness for herself, but the path to achieving it is fraught with difficulty. The play ( a monologue) was recorded in one take as a part of the “Microphone Acting” Gitis Theatre Art Institut course. 44m. First broadcast to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 Mar 18 by Gitis Radio and Kniga network. Language: Russian. Natasha is played by Karina Strelkova.


By George Plananian (text and music). Radio adaptation by Ana Niculina Ursulescu. Adam Neamtu's legend lives to this day. Adam was a teacher, born in the Romanian Banat. He become an outlaw, and with a band of friends he decided to rob the rich and to use the money to help the poor. George Plananian chose this story for his dissertation at the Bucharest musical academy, and thus was created Adam Neamtu, the musical. The script is inspired by Damian Izverniceanu's book (1921, repr. 2000). This is the first radio drama musical made in Romanian by Radio Novi Sad, which has been producing radio drama since 1985. Production: adapted from Damian Izverniceanu’s book “Haiducul Adam Neamtu – La Pestera Rolului”. Master of Sound: Doru Barbulov and Aleksandar Markovic, Editor: Ana Niculina Ursulescu, Producer: Iulian Ursulescu. Cast: Adam Neamtu: Margarit Ecovoiu, Lazarica: Ionica Cugia Ileana: Lucia Todoran, Adam’s mother: Ana Niculina Ursulescu, Nobleman Jivcovici: Ionel Stoit, Sinesie, the haiduc: Ionel Stoit, A haiduc: Vicentiu Turcoane, Constable 1: Remus Berlovan, Constable 2: Laurian Duluj, A peasant: Mircea Conrad, An old woman: Ana Niculina Ursulescu, Priest: Mircea Conrad, The town crier: Vincentiu Turcoane, A voice: Lucia Todoran. 43m. First broadcast: 23 Mar 2018, Public Media Service, Radio-Televisioin of Vojvodina /Radio Novi Sad 3.

By Dejan Aleksic, dram. Kristina Djukovic. 27m. In this play, an Empty Story seeks a cure for its emptiness from a doctor, who asks where the story wants to go, in the manner of a doctor talking to a patient. Soon we 'sail' into Paris, into the dream of a boy who is dreaming in French... Language: Serbian. First broadcast 21 May 2017, Radio Belgrade, First Program, RTV Serbia. Producer: Andjelka Nikolic, Programme Editor: Melina Pota Koljevic, Music editor: Dragan Mitric, Sound Designer: Milan Filipovic, proof reader: Nataša Šuljagic. Translation: Natasha Vujnovic. Cast: Doctor - Uros Jakovljevic, Prazna Prica ('Empty Story'): Milica Janketic, with Milan Mihailovic, Dejan Dedic and Teodora Zivanovic.


By Lisa Sniderman; a radio drama musical, based on the audiobook "Do You Believe in Magic"? Wonderhaven is a kingdom filled with magic. Rumour has it that the magic comes from hidden springs. The Guardians watch over them. But there are those who wish to build a new Dark Haven in its place. They put a curse on the Kingdom, and the magic begins to fade. Aoede, the muse of song, searches for the enchanter and the source of the trouble. 45m. First broadcast 28 May 2018, Atlanta Fringe Festival-Audio. Language: English. Lisa wrote the book, music and lyrics.

Play from Texas, by Sean Patrick Bridges. A suspense thriller about a regular guy who gets in over his head trying to beat the odds. When a husband and wife take a trip to Las Vegas to rekindle their marriage, his wife disappears and he is forced to play the ultimate game of chance. Each episode of the plot driven series spirals the listener further into the hole with the husband, keeping you on the edge of your seat. Audible Productions, Texas. 2m trailer and two 26m episodes. First broadcast: available on Audible Parade website, Dec 2018.

Good news to start your week; we are now accepting submissions for our 5th Festival for the whole week!

14 Jan 2019

Name Organization Country Title Length Lang
Darrick Wood School See left UK Free Fall 3m English
Darrick Wood School See left UK One of our Exercise Books is Missing 6m English
Lisa Schneiderman Aoede US Of Myth & Magic 45m English
Mahdi Azari Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Iran Metamorphosis 22m Farsi
Chuse Fernandez Escuela de Radio TEA FM Radio School Spain Randolphe Carter's Statement 20m Spanish
Dmitri Nikolaev - Russia Natasha's Dream 44m Russian
Silvain Gire ARTE Radio France My Prince Will Come 14m French
Zurab Kandelaki Georgia Public Broadcasting Georgia Travelling in Africa 36m Georgian
Kristel Le Pollotec - France My City, after Paris 51m French
Mihnea Chelariu Radio Romania Romania iHamlet 45m Romanian
Ursuleanu Razvan Radio Romania Romania Heruvim 3m Romanian
Eugen Vrabie Radio Romania Romania Only Sound We Had 2m English
Jeanne Debarsy & Mabel Lagadec Babelfish ASBL Belgium The first time I became ... 48m French
David Zane Mairowitz - France Mono: How my brother became deaf in one ear at a concert by "The Who" 53m German / English
Julia Hartnett - UK Set In Stone 7m English
Stephane Querrec - Germany The Journey Backwards 37m French
Peter Beeston Cornucopia Radio UK Accelerator 6m English
Stefano Giannotti - Italy Round Trip 59m German
Charo Calvo - Belgium UM 26m German / Russian 
Sean Patrick Bridges Audible Parade Productions Texas, USA Triple Six 55m English 
Series Trailer 2m English 
Episode 01 26m English 
Episode 02 26m English 
Karolis Burzinskas - Lithuania Koma 12m Lithuanian 
OANA CRISTEA GRIGORESCU RADIO ROMANIA Romania Letters and Photos from the Great War (A personal sound archeology) 53m Romanian 
Sonja Savic Vezmar Public Media Service, Radio-Television of Vojvodina/ Radio Novi Sad 3 Serbia Adam Neamtu, the Haiduc 43m Romanian 
Clémentine Delahaut CinéSilex ASBL Belgium La Tourmente  52m French 
 Clémentine Delahaut (for Zoe Suliko) - Belgium Rascasse, le vieux marin 22m French 
 Zorica Radunovic Pribic RTS/Radio Belgrade Serbia  MUZIKA TRAŽI UŠI 27m Serbian 
- Serbia Veliki Kamen 21m Serbian 
- Serbia Od ljuljaške mucnina 6m Serbian 
 Kevin Brew RTÉ Drama On One Ireland James’s Story 40m English 
 Christian Eiming Soundplay Denmark Symfoni af genkendelse 5m Danish 
 Alan Meaney - Ireland The Time Before The Tarn 50m English 
Mira Burt - Wintonick - Canada Romeo and Juliet 20m English 
Snežana Ristic "ArtworksAudi, Belgrade, Serbia_x000D_ " Serbia Lili Marlene 16m Serbian, English, French, German 
Regine Ahrem Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg Germany Lieber Nicolas Berggruen 54m German 
Werner Cee - Germany Torrent of Dreams and Nightmares. A Monologue (Special Version Director's Cut) 41m Italian/Sicilian 
Kevin Patterson Stationary Hobo Productions North Carolina, USA Detective Samwel Sift’s Loved One Discovery or Recovery Services 29m English 
Episode 1 12m English 
Episode 2 17m English 
Rasa Kregždaite BILIETU NERA Lithuania  ŠIAURES MIESTELIS / North Town 40m Lithuanian 
Mija Špiler Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television University of Ljubljana Slovenia  ZRTVE RADIA BUM BUM 20m Slovene 
Sebastian Dicenaire - Belgium  Version 133 51m French 

14 Jan 19

Note that this year there is a change: the listening events for the festival will be taking place in Canterbury.

Venues are being sorted out.

14 Jan 2019

Name Organization Country Title Length Lang
Darrick Wood School See left UK Free Fall 3m English
Darrick Wood School See left UK One of our Exercise Books is Missing 6m English
Mahdi Azari Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Iran Metamorphosis 22m Farsi
Chuse Fernandez Escuela de Radio TEA FM Radio School Spain Randolphe Carter's Statement 20m Spanish
Dmitri Nikolaev - Russia Natasha's Dream 44m Russian
Silvain Gire ARTE Radio France My Prince Will Come 14m French
Zurab Kandelaki Georgia Public Broadcasting Georgia Travelling in Africa 36m Georgian
Kristel Le Pollotec - France My City, after Paris 51m French
Mihnea Chelariu Radio Romania Romania iHamlet 45m Romanian
Ursuleanu Razvan Radio Romania Romania Heruvim 3m Romanian
Eugen Vrabie Radio Romania Romania Only Sound We Had 2m English
Jeanne Debarsy & Mabel Lagadec Babelfish ASBL Belgium The first time I became ... 48m French
David Zane Mairowitz - France How my brother became deaf in one ear at a concert by "The Who" (mono) 53m German / English
Julia Hartnett - UK Set In Stone 7m English
Stephane Querrec - Germany The Journey Backwards 37m French

28 Dec 18

The festival will have a special theme this year: “simply the best”.

Both full length and short form dramas are welcome. There will be awards for the best in each category as well as an audience award.

Entries are open from 1 November 2018 – 15 January 2019

Go to Festival 2019 for regulations and entry forms.

15 Nov 18

The theme of this year's festival is

"Your Best Radio Drama this year".

The regulations and entry form will be ready soon. They will be slightly different from last year's.

ND, 16 Oct 18


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