The Changing of the Guard

It’s a new year, and a new era for the Audio Drama Production Podcast.

Matthew and Robert will be stepping aside, and handing the presenter hats to Fiona Thraille and Sarah Golding. The ADPP will be a fortnightly show in 2017 and we’re excited to see the podcast continue to grow alongside this great medium.

Also mentioned on this episode – Nova Dark, A Scottish Podcast, and

As well as that, an email from Gerry Paton with links to some international radio stations outside of the BBC that are still producing Audio Drama.

I appreciate that you mainly focus on independent productions, but perhaps listeners are unaware of the handful of English-speaking radio stations around the world that still produce audio drama (apart from the BBC).  RTE Radio 1, for example.  It’s Ireland’s state media-outlet and all of its radio dramas are accessible via itunes (search for ‘RTE Drama’) or go to the RTE website:

From the website you can search by genre (click on ‘Plays – Genres’ tab).  The range of plays is eclectic and, surprisingly, the language is quite adult (not a problem for me, but listeners should be warned).  What I really like are the short supporting audio casts for many of the plays.  Writers and performers talk about how they approached the work and there are good performance tips etc here and there.  Click on the ‘special features’ tab for those.  I can recommend Death and the Beatles Fan, which starts off nerdy but becomes quite dark and humorous.  Also recommended are Paulo in the Underworld  and Redemption Beating.
In a similar vein, Radio New Zealand produce audio drama:
I’ve only listened to a few short dramas so far.  All were excellently produced and well written.  Again, an eclectic mix.
Perhaps of less interest are long-running soaps in far-flung corners of the globe, intended as public information dramas (along the lines of the Archers).  Still noteworthy though.  The award-winning Belizean radio soap, Punta Fuego on Love FM:
Guyana has ‘merundoi’:
St Lucia has ‘Callaloo’:
Trinidad and Tobago has ‘Calabash Alley’

Finally, we’re getting together for a pint in Edinburgh on Saturday 4th Feb 2017. If you’re interested in coming along, drop us a line at

Music in the outro montage was Amazing Grace and Egmont Overture by Incompetech

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