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Reviews of radio and audio programmes around the world

Lenny Henry’s radio play, Bullitt audio-noir and an ASBO for Rumpole: Radio and Audio Review 6th June 2011

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Culture in Jamaica. Image: Jamaica Tourism

The dramaturg Lenny Henry has had a terrific scriptwriting debut with the production and broadcast of his first radio play, Corrinne Come Back and Gone, the afternoon play (Monday 30th May 2011) and the Radio Play Download of the week (Friday 3rd June 2011). Read the rest of this entry »


Fact and Fiction in BBC Radio Drama- Radio and Audio Review 30th May 2011

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The newly refurbished Broadcasting House in Portland Place, London in 2006. Photo: Tim Crook

In the riches offered up in BBC audio drama over the last week there are powerful and poignant dramatisations of factual history and reality.

They include Mike Walker’s Sunk, David Baddiel’s Superinjunctions and Julia Hollander’s The Kingsnorth Six. Read the rest of this entry »

RSC at Fifty: Radio and Audio Review 23rd April 2011

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Early Radio Drama Performance

The Royal Shakespeare Company has gutted its main theatre at Stratford Upon Avon and replaced the Odeon style cinema interior opened by the Prince of Wales in 1932 with a new ‘thrust stage.’

Opera glasses will no longer be needed. Apparently it is the same scale as Shakespeare’s original Rose theatre. Read the rest of this entry »

Radio Play Download of the Week: Radio and Audio Review 12th April 2011

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Cover of Marinetti’s manifesto on sound

Libertarian Spirit has been focusing on an innovation by BBC Radio to establish and promote a weekly radio drama download of the week. The advantage of this development is that the dedicated audio drama listener can have more power and freedom to listen to dramatic output.

And it is easier to listen again and again to plays that pierced the heart, tickled the funny bone or changed thought, attitude and opinion. As with great poetry or prose, something new can be discovered in listening again.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Carhullan Army: Radio and Audio Review 4th April 2011

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Listening to the radio in 1924. Illustration copyright the estate of Constance Winifred Honey

BBC Radio Four schedulers have foolishly abandoned the ninety minute feature length film frame for radio drama, but the form is maintained with force and elegance by BBC Radio Three. The contemporary novelist Sarah Hall, ‘one of the most original and exciting voices in contemporary British fiction’ according to the BBC publicity machine, sustains this hype with a magnificent dramatisation of her third 2007 novel The Carhullan Army. Read the rest of this entry »