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.
The Radio Plays of Anthony Mingella
Anthony Minghella’s esteem as a radio playwright largely rests with two plays he wrote which were produced by BBC Radio Drama in 1987 and 1988
Hang Up is a sound version of a stage/dance script which after production for BBC Radio 3 won the Prix Italia’s Best Radio Fiction prize in 1988.
Cigarettes and Chocolate starring Bill Nighy and Juliet Stevenson was awarded a Giles Cooper Radio Drama prize after broadcast on BBC R4 and was published in the volume of award-winning plays for that year by Mehuen.