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 8 ‘Sustaining the Sound Story’ in Writing Audio Drama by Tim Crook published by Routledge in 2023.
This chapter reprises the developing techniques, devices and conventions of sustaining listening commitment to sound dramas.
What can be learned from the ‘great’ writing in the visual drama media?
Significant focus is made on ironic transposition- a concept developed by the author as an enduring method of involving the listening audience in the emotional, political, cultural and humanitarian dimension of dramatic understanding, identification and sympathy with plot and characterization.
Does the listening medium require an embedding of climactic resolution, mystery and intensity within a specific linear time unit?
The author suggests a five minute frame and explores how this can be achieved.
How can sound transitions between scenes enhance and advance the exposition of audio drama plotting and storytelling?
The author identifies models from film and theatre, as well as the audio drama genre.