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AUDIO DRAMA ON COMMUNITY RADIO Stephen Shaw has compiled another interesting article on radio drama - this time, about radio plays produced by Community Radio. The link for this is on the main Radio page.
23 Mar 2020
UK INTERNATIONAL DRAMA FESTIVAL The gestival is postponed until the autumn, but some of the entries are being made available online. If you investigate the IRDF website (see main radio plays page for links) you will be able to hear these. We intend that the festival will run later in the year when this virus affair has gone away.
22 Mar 2020
SHOESTRING RADIO THEATRE Neville Teller has contacted me and writes.... "Could I just note that San Francisco-based Shoestring Radio Theatre airs a new production every Thursday - and mention modestly that next week it's my turn with Part 1 of my radio dramatization of "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe. I warn sticklers for accuracy in classical adaptations that this version is a very loose one. I give my imagination free rein."
22 Mar 2020
HOST PLANET EARTH This early serial from the sixties will be repeated in March on Radio 4 Extra. This is one of our recordings, cleaned up by the crew at R4X.
8 Feb 2020
AUDIO DRAMA AWARDS The Audio Drama Awards (ADAs) are now out. See main Radio Plays page for the link. A number of the winning entries are now being repeated on radio 4 in the afternoons.
4 Feb 2020
TWO MORE ARTICLES Two recent articles on our Articles Index page. The first is by Alistair Wyper and it describes radio versions of Booker Prizewinners from 1969 to 1996. This is a work in progress and part 2 is being compiled.
The second is by Stephen Shaw and lists the radio drama output of University Radio, York.
RADIO 3 DRAMA, 1959 More early radio drama has been listed by Alistair Wyper. See the page at R3-listing-1959 . Not many of these plays survive as recordings, but Giles Cooper's 'Under The Loofah Tree' is in the BBC archive, along with the Hilda Tablet play " Musique Discrete", by Henry Reed and Donald Swann.
17 Jan 2020
DAVID BLOUNT More work has been done on the David Blount page.
17 Jan 2020
DAVID MORLEY A new page has been written for the writer and producer David Morley.
14 Jan 2020
SOMEONE DANGEROUS This excellent two-part thriller by Andy Mulligan, produced by Emma Hearn, is now on listen-again. Do not miss.
12 Jan 2020
RADIO 3 DRAMA, 1979 Ian Johns has completed the 1979 listing; it is very detailed and gives a nice insight into what the more serious drama listeners were hearing forty years ago, along with drama-related documentaries and short stories. See the page at R3-listing-1979 .
'The Clerks' by Rhys Adrian is one of the few recordings in the list to have survived. Barry Pike describes it like this:
"A two-hander, with a brief contribution at the end by a third, unwelcome presence. Freddie Jones and Hugh Burden are in cracking form as a pair of buoyant drop-outs, down but not out, sleeping rough, stealing from supermarkets and eking out their wine with cleaning fluid. They are former Foreign Office personnel, perhaps even M.I.5, haunted by memories and paranoid suspicion. Both highly articulate, they reminisce with relish, reconstructing for the listener a mad, unnerving world of spies and informers, of checks and data and dossiers. At the end they home in gleefully on the interloper, played by Gerald Cross, reducing him to gibbering in no time."
The play was repeated in Feb 2010 along with five other Rhys Adrian plays, on BBC Radio 7 (now known as Radio 4 Extra). Details of these are on the Rhys Adrian page.
11 Jan 2020
6th UK INTERNATIONAL RADIO DRAMA FESTIVAL This takes place in Canterbury again in 2020; five days, M-F, 23-27 March 2020. Venue is the Eastbridge Hospital. Keep the dates free in your diary! There is a website - a google search will find it. Look for radiodramafestival.org.uk
The festival brings diverse work from across the world, introducing a UK audience to the European tradition of radio drama often anchored in soundscape whilst celebrating our own more text based tradition. The festival provides a UK audience with the rare pleasure of listening to radio drama in other languages, supported by English language translations of the script. It also brings together work from national broadcasters with that of emerging independent producers.
It is organized by International Arts Partnership, a theatre producing company.