How do I convey thought in audio drama?

Former guest (see episode Audio Drama in Education) and friend of the show Steve Schneider got in touch with a great wee audio clip in response to another previous episode (Narration) posing the question, how can we convey thought in audio drama? Steve also expands on the subject of narration and ways that it can be executed to great effect (you’ll hear a clip from The Leviathan Chronicles) before we give our own thoughts on how we might approach narration with a view to conveying character thought.

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1 thought on “How do I convey thought in audio drama?”

  1. Great show as usual! I really, really enjoy the spam readings. They make me laugh every time, especially your comments on them.
    I wanted to weigh in a bit on narration. I’m actually a big proponent of narration, even though I know many people disagree. I love the interplay between dialogue, sound and storytelling. To me, a narrator brings clarity to what might otherwise be confusing. In addition, I personally feel that the use of a narrator’s voice adds to the intimacy and the specific magic of the medium, but that may be because of the way I was first introduced to audio originally. It’s also a bit genre-specific. For fairy tales, noir detective stories and certain other genres, it’s a wonderful fit. This may not always be the case. As you may remember, in Witch Hunter we used the framing device of the protagonist being dead and telling his life’s story to the allegorical figure of Death in the afterlife. In Will of the Woods, we went for a straightforward narrator, sort of like in the Leviathan Chronicles, albeit through a simpler, more storybook-like approach. In future audio dramas, we will definitely be using narrators again in various ways. One thing I would like to experiment with is writing narration in the first person and in the present tense, so that what you hear conveys the protagonist’s immediate thoughts, feelings and reactions to what is happening in the story. It might have an interesting effect on the whole ‘the narrator survives’ problem. Anyway, thanks again for a great podcast!

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