Writing Audio Drama offers a comprehensive and intelligent guide to writing sound drama for broadcasting and online. This book uses original research on the history of writing radio plays in the UK and USA to explore how this has informed and developed the art form for more than 100 years.
Audio drama in the context of podcasting is now experiencing a global and exponential expansion. Through analysis of examples of past and present writing, the author explains how to create drama which can explore deeply psychological and intimate themes and achieve emotional, truthful, entertaining and thought-provoking impact. Practical analysis of the key factors required to write successful audio drama is covered in chapters focusing on audio play beginnings and openings, sound story dialogue, sustaining the sound story, plotting for sound drama, and the best ways of ending audio plays. Chapters are supported by online resources which expand visually on subjects discussed and point to exemplar sound dramas referenced in the chapters.
This textbook will be an important resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses such as Podcasting, Radio, Audio Drama, Scriptwriting, and Media Writing.
Updates and additions for Chapter 7 ‘Dialogue and the Sound Story’ in Writing Audio Drama by Tim Crook published by Routledge in 2023.
Dialogue is the mainstay of sound story narrative and drama. It is the conduit for conflict, characterization and plot development.
This chapter debates whether the imperative of a sound story is better achieved by dialogic imaginative exposition or the interception and interplay of first singular narrative?
The chapter references Timothy West’s training script This Gun That I Have in My Right Hand is Loaded, as an example of how not to write audio drama dialogue, distinguishing successful dialogue based on situation and character in the Dad’s Army British sitcom of the 1970s, model dialogue in Anthony Minghella’s Cigarettes and Chocolate, verse drama dialogue in Norman Corwin’s The Undecided Molecule, Giles Cooper’s Without The Grail, and Morten Wishengrad’s The Battle of the Warsaw Ghetto.