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WGGB Radio Drama Roadshows

The Writers’ Guild is coming to a town near you, in an exciting new series of Radio Drama Roadshows.

The Roadshows are open to all and most of them are free. They will feature guest speakers and panellists, including award-winning writers, actors, producers, directors, sound engineers and academics.

They will give an insight into the craft of writing for radio and the technical processes involved, plus there will be plenty of chances for you to ask questions, network and get involved.

You will be able to find out how radio dramas are created, what they require, and the challenges and rewards and current trends in radio playmaking.

There are also plans to include a Chill Out space where attendees can listen to audio drama.

The Roadshows are being run by the WGGB Radio Committee who are co-hosting them with universities around the UK. The events are being supported by the BBC – the UK’s main broadcaster of audio drama – which will be providing production and technical support.

WGGB Radio Co-Chair Nicholas McInerny said:

“We are delighted to be co-hosting the Radio Drama Roadshows this autumn. For too long radio has been seen as the ‘poor cousin’ of other mediums, but with 180 hours of comedy and 600 hours of original and adapted drama commissioned and produced for radio each year, we believe it offers fantastic opportunities for writers new, old and in between. So why not come and join the debate.”

View the WGGB guide Why write radio drama?

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WGGB Radio Drama Roadshows schedule


Saturday 4 November 2017

The event takes place in David Puttnam Media Centre on the St Peter’s Campus of the University of Sunderland between 1-6pm. Tickets are free but you need to register via Eventbrite.

There will be a chance to have a go in the studio, play around with sound effects and mixing and even have a one-to-one script-workshop with a producer/commissioning editor. There will also be an opportunity to listen to the ‘Theatre of the Mind’ in a darkened cinema.

Speakers include:

Award-winning writers Lisa Holdsworth, Steve Chambers and Phil Nodding; former BBC Radio 4 commissioning editor and independent producer Caroline Raphael; radio actor Felicity Finch (Ruth Archer); Andy Cartwright, executive producer, Soundscape Productions; a BBC radio drama producer (TBC) and sound design/studio manager John Scott from SparkLab and Somethin’ Else.

The Chichester roadshow took place on Saturday 21 October at University of Chichester. 

The Aberystwyth roadshow took place on Wednesday 27 September 2017 at Aberystwyth University. It featured the following talks and Q&As: Behind the microphone, Radio as an art form? and An actor’s view.

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