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Stephen Thorne had one of radio's most easily distinguishable voices. Including repeats he appeared on Radio 3 and Radio 4 on one thousand, two hundred and thirty-two occasions. He also appeared many times in BBC7 and R4X repeats. I wonder if newspaper obituaries will make any mention of any of them.
He first appeared in a Saturday Night Theatre production in August 1963, as Stubbs in 'No Highway' by Neville Shute. His first Radio 3 part was as Secretary in 'Thought to be Writ by Shakespeare', an anonymous work adapted by Raymond Raikes.
Throughout his career on radio he worked with a vast range of stage, radio and television actors, his powerful, fruity, sonorous voice adding weight to every production he appeared in.
His final appearances seem to have been as Don Fernando in Pierre de Corneille's play 'El Cid' for Radio 3 on 21 May 2017 and, on Radio 4, as Inspector Lestrade in 'The Eyes of Horus', in one of the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in 2009.
Stephen Thorne will be remembered by radio listeners as an actor of standing and integrity; an actor of great ability in the art of radio acting and as an actor who made a huge contribution to the now almost-lost pleasures of British broadcasting.
He was born in 1935.
28 May 2019
I hope this event at Goldsmiths will appear regularly on the calendar.
Many thanks to Ian for compiling his report.
3 May 2019
Amongst the members of the panel are four who represent women, young people, ethnic communities and LGBT. The group minitors the BBC's output and its purpose is to ensure it is suitable for all sections of society.
Geoff's appointment follows a period when BBC comedy output has been criticised by many people as being too left-wing. Geoff shares this view, remarking in 2017 about the comedy world's commentary on Brexit. Comedians appearing on the BBC were almost completely opposed to it. He pointed out that a 50-50 vote in the country had not been represented as such on the small screen (or on the radio - Ed.).
He worked as a teacher before becoming a stand-up comedian. He is Britain's first openly Conservative comedian; a Leave voter who jokes about his views in his routine. He is on Youtube; his material is a refreshing change from the BBC's normal comedy output.
3 May 2019
You are invited to the Goldsmiths Audio Drama Festival 2019, sponsored by Audible.
This is a two-day celebration of audio drama in the UK with two well known guests of honour- playwright Roy Williams and BBC producer Jeremy Howe.
The festival will feature talks, panel discussions, live performances, and examples of audio from the BBC, indies and podcasters. By bringing together people from all areas of the industry: listeners,programme makers, writers and educators, we hope that the festival will be of interest to all who hear or make or write radio drama.
Saturday 11 May & Sunday 12th May, 9.30am-5.30pm, LG02 Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, SE14 6NW.
If you click on this Eventbrite link you can see the full schedule of events and also RSVP. registration link
The event is free to attend but spaces will fill up so please register if you'd like to come.
Rosie Lumley/Goldsmiths Audio Drama Festival Team
Note from ND: Festivals like this are a lot of fun. If anyone reading this is within range and likes radio plays, GO! You'll meet writers, producers etc and have a great time.
3 May 2019
My rough notes about the drama, written immediately after hearing it, read as follows: "A child refugee play; the child hitches a lift in lots of ways; good pace; sensitive use of piano music and sound effects. A good 'feel' to the story. Excellent piece of work."
3 May 2019
A note from the director:
I want to say a lot of thanks to you - It is very important for the future of Georgian Radio drama “TRAVELLING IN AFRICA” success of our play. For our team this is very good motivation for new inspiration and new radio plays. This year on the radio festival there were a big number of really interesting radio plays. This fact shows, and I’m very glad to realize it, that the genre of radio drama is still actual and alive. So nice that the storyline of our radio drama,very sensitive and painful theme for us, (as you know the part of my country - Georgia is occupied), was so familiar for audience of different nationalities.
Many thanks to the people who organized this festival – so important for radio drama genre.
With kind regards, from all my team
Travelling in Africa by Georgian Public Broadcasting won the 2019 Audience Award.
21 May 2019
28 Mar 2019
How on earth can you follow what’s going on when you can’t possibly know what anyone is saying? Remarkably well: each play has an English translation which you can read word-for-word as the drama unfolds. (.........more...)
28 Mar 2019
N.D. 24 Mar 2019
The café is a 10 minute walk from both Canterbury West and East railway stations, close to the beautiful Cathedral. Everyone welcome, admission free.
6 Mar 2019
This year, our festival is breaking new ground and going paperless. With the generous support of festival entrants, we are providing participants with e-readers, pre-loaded with the scripts.
The e-readers will remain the property of the festival to protect authors’ rights and to ensure quick and easy access to the translations.
3 Mar 2019
26 Feb 2019
The fifth UK International Radio Drama Festival takes place in Canterbury from 18 – 22 March 2019. The festival presents five days of live listening to radio/audio plays drawn from 19 different countries and presented in 15 different languages.
This year’s theme – celebrating our fifth anniversary – takes as its theme “your best ever work” and has attracted over 60 entries ranging in length from a couple of minutes to a full hour. Entries come from national broadcasters and from independent producers and span a wide range of genres.
About the festival
The festival programme is selected from the 60+ entries. This year entries have been received from: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Romania, Russia, Spain, Slovenia, Serbia, UK, USA .
The programme will be announced next week.
The festival will take place this year in Canterbury after four years in Herne Bay. It will run Monday to Friday 10 am to about 5pm apart from Wednesday afternoon. We will be announcing the chair of the jury shortly.
13 Feb 2019
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1 Feb 19
You made us all smile. You made us all think.
Rest in peace, Jeremy.
1 Feb 19
25 Jan 19
For the Imison the plays shortlisted are:
Ian Billings' play about Spike Milligan was repeated on Wednesday and is now online on listen-again. I am expecting more of the above to be repeated soon; last year they broadcast the shortlisted plays shortly after the awards were announced.
25 Jan 19
The podcast website for this play reads: We’ve teamed up with the Stop Loan Sharks Campaign to produce an innovative, five-part micro-drama called DOUBLE BUBBLE. It’s written by, and also stars, Carl Cattermole, who himself spent time behind bars.
Double Bubble is English prison slang which means lending at a hundred percent interest. The play is based on the true story of Mark, who borrowed some money in prison to help his family out. The interest he owed was ‘double bubble’, plus any costs incurred for collection. By the end of the third month, Mark’s wife couldn’t afford the repayments and the children were suffering. When she refused to pay, things got really bad for her on the outside. And behind bars, there was nothing Mark could do to help.
The 5 podcasts are on the NPR website .
Written and voiced by Carl Cattermole, produced by Katie Bilboa, mastering by Steve Wyatt, artwork by Imogen Shaw.
18 Jan 19
14 Jan 19
3 Jan 19
These new awards are in two categories; £1K to the winners.
Aberystwyth University Prize for a Dystopian Novella (a dystopian novella with any theme or setting)
Rheidol Prize for Writing (a novella set in Wales or with a Welsh theme or setting)
Details on the newwelshwritingawards.com website.
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