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 exemplary 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 content of all the companion web-pages for this project is in the process of development, and completion is expected 31st December 2023 following the publication of the printed book 31st March 2023. Many thanks for your patience and consideration.
The significance of Richard Durham as a radio playwright
Richard Durham researched and scripted 91 of the Destination Freedom programmes. This resource has managed to locate the archive of 62 of them.
Why is the creative and cultural success of this project so important? Nothing like it has ever been produced in US broadcasting history, or indeed in the history of UK broadcasting.
It is not enough to say that Richard Durham is considered the most significant African-American dramatist in broadcasting history. It would be right to say he is one of the most significant radio dramatists in English-speaking radio history throughout the world.