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Radio Drama brings together the practical skills needed for radio drams, such as directing, writing and sound design, with media history and communication theory.
Challenging the belief that sound drama is a 'blind medium', Radio Drama shows how experimentation in radio narrative has blurred the dividing line between fiction and reality in modern media. Using extracts from scripts and analysing radio broadcasts from America, Britain, Canada and Australia, the book explores the practicalities of producing drama for radio. Tim Crook illustrates how far radio drama has developed since the first 'audiophonic production' and evaluates the future of radio drama in the age of live phone-ins and immedate access to programmes on the Internet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415216036
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Crook has written, directed and produced a number of international award wining radio plays, series and documentaries. He is the Head of Radio at Goldmsiths College, University of London, and the author of International Radio Journalism.

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Table of Contents

List of plates
Pt. I Practice Meets Theory
1 A New Media History Perspective through Audio Drama 3
2 Radio Drama as Modernity 12
3 The Electrophone or Theatrophone: broadcasting audio drama before the radio 15
4 The Six Ages of Audio Drama and the Internet Epoch 21
5 From Sound Houses to the Phonograph Sound Play 30
6 A Technological Time-line 37
7 A Culturalist Approach to Internet Audio Drama 41
Pt. II Sound Theory and Practice
8 Radio Drama is Not a Blind Medium 53
9 Sound Design Vocabulary 70
10 The Cinematic and Musical Inspiration 90
Pt. III The New Radio Drama Form: Skits and Live Improvisations
11 Blurring Fiction with Reality 105
12 Radio Drama Panics: a cross-cultural phenomenon 115
13 Moving from Burlesque to Propaganda and News 121
14 The War of the Worlds Effect: Spoonface Steinberg? 136
15 Spoonface Steinberg: constructing the Holocaust as a means of Identification 144
Pt. IV The Theory and Practice of Writing Audio Drama
16 The Writing Agenda for Audio Drama 151
17 Creating the Character and Effective Use of Characterisation 183
18 Writing Dialogue 188
Pt. V Constructing the Radio Drama/Documentary Feature
19 The Phantom Distinction 201
20 Making the Documentary Feature 213
Pt. VI The Practice and Theory of Directing and Performance
21 Directorial Responsibility 235
22 Managing the Production 240
23 Experimental Direction and Performance 246
Notes 251
Audio drama bibliography 269
Index 288
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