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Radio production company launches ‘audio drama equivalent of the fringe’

Radio reviews. Photo: Shutterstock Each adaptation will be broadcast on Resonance FM later this year. Photo: Shutterstock
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A radio production company is launching the “audio drama equivalent of the fringe”, in a bid to widen the market beyond the BBC’s output.

Art and Adventure, working with London radio station Resonance FM, is looking for writers and performers with stage productions for a single voice – known as a monodrama – which can be adapted for radio. The company is keen to hear from new writers, writing on themes that reflect “the way we live today”.

Each adaptation will be broadcast on the station later this year, which Art and Adventure creative director Roger James Elsgood said would challenge the idea that the BBC is the only platform for audio drama.

“The idea is posited on the notion that broadcast audio drama had become, more or less, the sole province of the BBC and there is no audio drama equivalent of the fringe. It is becoming increasingly difficult for new writers to have work produced and broadcast,” he said.

He added that Resonance has a “large global online audience” which would give the writers exposure. Each writer will be given an adapter for the project, a producer, as well as facilities to produce the programme.

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