Hello Audio Drama Loving folks!

     Hopefully this…is a VERY exciting opportunity.

And we hope you have a go….!

You may be aware that Sarah has been trying to sort some live performances of Original Audio Drama for 2018. And this is where the fun starts!
Quick! Write!

           We are looking for original scripts of 10, 15 and 30  minutes duration, of all genres.

(No fan fiction though pls…)

It MUST include a small part of 3 lines or so for an audience member to play….

…AND some relevant foley to be created live with household objects and so on by the cast and audience members. We wholeheartedly want to encourage audience immersion and participation…

We have ADPP Faves Beth Eyre, Fiona Thraille, Sarah Golding, Robert Cudmore and Karim Kronfli…. plus more surprises to be announced… lined up to voice act.

Andy Goddard Of The AMAZING Wooden Overcoats will tech for us with support from the AMAZING Max and Definitely Human team.

You know these folks and what they can do – multi rolling is fine… challenge them! Make them do horrible, funny, amazing fantastical things!! Keep the atmos achievable in a live situation (we can use recorded effects) but please by all means let your imaginations run wild….And …enjoy the write!

In association with Aural Stage Studios

and The Audio Drama Network,

from January 8-21 2018 we will have an open window for scripts to be placed in our Script Repository

You are able to enter this wonderful competition by simply uploading your script to the Audio Drama Network site with the details outlined below, and then progress to the ADPP @yapaudio Razoo site to pay the submission fee of $6 for up to 5 scripts!

The link to the script submissions site and Razoo will be published on our FB Page on the first day of submissions – January 8th.

The script choosing panel is made up of Sarah Golding, Maxamillian John of Definitely Human and Steve Cardinal Of Aural Traditions plus more In the wings if we get lots of scripts!

Scripts will be blind judged with no names seen, as once processed as IN the competition, Names will be removed.

On the front page of your script, please put allll of the following
You must put the date you submitted the script to the Aural Stages site, and the first and last name of the person submitting it, the genre, number of scripts being submitted, and which time slot it sits in.

(10,15 or 30 min script).


Sorry it looks complicated but it enables us to quickly Sort and organise ourselves.

This is your unique code and must then also be copied into your fee submission details through Razoo so we can corroborate submissions of scripts with fees. If you don’t do this, you cannot be entered.

So please remember to do it!

Please just put your name on this code on the first page of the script and nowhere else as it will be a name-blind judging….we’ll also need contact details on the front too so we can tell you first if you’ve won! Email/Phone etc.

So…..when you submit your script on the Audio Drama Network Site, you also then need to go to the RAZOO site to pay the one-off submission fee of $6. This enables you to submit up to 5 scripts. If you submit 7 or 11 scripts you pay $12 and so on. If you do not pay the submission fee you cannot be considered for the competition….

(sorry but we’ve got to raise funds somehow!).

So for the price of a round of drinks you too can have the chance to
Have your script performed LIVE at The Vault Festival in London on March 7th…The Crescent. 18:10 -19:10 and come and see it!  VAULT FEST 2018 WEBSITE
And at The Edinburgh Podfest in August…and come and see it! (Awaiting finer detail of event dates!)
Performed By ADPP Faves such as Beth Eyre, Fiona Thraille, Sarah Golding, Robert Cudmore and Karim Kronfli…plus more to be announced and guest stars!
If not selected for the live shows, worry ye not! There are at least 20 producers of audio dramas who will then happily sift through the amazing array of scripts and choose at least one to produce themselves – yes! Exciting! These folks include Audioblivious, Pulp Pourri Theatre, In your shell like, Rick Coste, Definitely Human, and Chris Jarvis Of Radio Theatre Workshop, James Oliva, Boyd Barrett, Robert Chauncey,Sarah Rhea Werner, MJ Cogburn, Zachary Fortas-Gomme, Pacific Obidiah, Alexander Danner and more! (And if you’d like to produce one, please contact Sarah ASAP!) These will then be aired in association with Aural Stages on their feed. Thank you to Matthew and Monique Boudreau of Aural Stages for this amazing and exciting support, and opportunity for these scripts to be created and heard across the world….
E) Maybe….Just Maybe…we could also then pursue publication of the ADPP Original Shorts as an anthology….huh! Huh? Exciting times…..
The Razoo fee goes towards the live show costs – marketing, tech, script sorting, admin, actor fees, tech fees and upkeep of the Audio Podcast to keep up with hosting and some recompense to the makers. If, and it’s a big if but IF we raise enough, we could also perhaps add a financial reward or at least certificates and trophies for the winning scripts! HuzZahs!

The work remains entirely yours and by entering you are giving permission for us and the indie producer teams to perform it live and / or record it and play it on our Aural Stages linked feed.

So! Below is a checklist of things to do.

Please get writing and we SO look forward to reading the stories you create!

The live shows will have at least 3 scripts performed at each, with a 10-15 minute Q&A afterwards with the creatives and audience. Exciting times.

We do Hope to get to read your script! Get cracking! And thank you – let’s get some more amazing storytelling out into this crazy world!

Do pass this on to local and known writers groups and educational establishments with courses relevant to AD and writing. We do want to create a realm for showcasing a diverse range of voices.

Share and share and share!
Sarah and the ADPP Team

ADPP Script Writing Comp Check List
1) Write Script – make sure it has a few lines an audience member can do and has some room for live foley..! Format it how you like – check BBC Writers Room Site for formatting help if you need it (plus it’s a great site for a browse Anyway)…/writers-lab/medium-and-format
2) Between Jan 8-21 Submit script to The Audio Drama Network Submissions Page including front page code –
Date submitted/Yourfullname/Genre/ScriptNo/Timing
I.e 15/1/17SarahGolding/Thriller/2of3/15
(Link to submissions site will be placed on FB Forum on 8 Jan)
3) Go to our Razoo site to submit your $6submission. Link on ADPP Pages from 8/1.
Make sure the unique code from your script is detailed on your Razoo contribution so we can keep track of payments and script corroboration. If you forget this your script won’t be included…..
4) Relax. Listen to podcasts. Live.
5) Script Winners for the live London performances will be announced on our FB Forums on
6) Producers will then decide on their scripts to be produced by their production houses by
to be produced by a date (tbc) in summer and aired as stated on Aural Stages Audio Drama Network feed.
7) Come to see the performances at The Vault Festival on Weds March 7th from 1810-1910. Join in! Ask questions! Have fun!
😎 Look out for Edinburgh performance dates to join us!
9) Know somewhere else we can perform these? Let us know!
10) want to help tech/promote/market/organise? Sarah would be ever so grateful…do contact her ASAP!
IF you are a voice actor and want to participate contact Sarah ASAP!
IF you are a producer and want to take part in producing a 10,15 or 30 min original script from this competition, contact Sarah ASAP!
Thank you and
Sarah Golding and the ADPP TEAM

Download Numbers. The Potential of Audio Drama

Download numbers are discussed, and sometimes obsessed over by podcasters. However, it’s better to focus your attention on those who are listening, rather than stressing over those who aren’t. Keep creating great Audio Drama and you will grow your audience.

With that said, let’s take a look at some hard numbers that can provide useful milestones for your show as it grows. These are compiled by Libsyn and were presented originally on their podcast The Feed.

Based on the number of downloads received for a SINGLE EPISODE in the 30 day period following its release.

More than 169 downloads puts your podcast in the top 50%

More than 1300 downloads puts your podcast in the top 20%

More than 3800 downloads puts your podcast in the top 10%

More than 5000 downloads puts your podcast in the top 8%

More than 9600 downloads puts your podcast in the top 5%

More than 27,000 downloads puts your podcast in the top 2%

More than 52,000 downloads puts your podcast in the top 1%

Also mentioned on the show, The Once & Future Nerd’s new USB cassette, Mirth Defect, Bootlegger, We’re Alive, Fire on the Mound, Pen & Paper, Ars Paradoxica, Return Home, Nova Dark, Paragon Podcast Network.

UK International Radio Drama Festival & Competition 2016

The Winter’s Tales UK International Radio Drama Festival is taking place from the 22nd to the 27th February 2016 In Herne Bay, on the South East of England. winters-tales

Joining us on this episode is one of the event’s organisers Sue Austen to give details on how the festival will look, and what will be going on throughout the week. This will range from public broadcasts of Radio Dramas, to workshops on writing, production, and acting.

On top of that there’s a competition with a first prize of £2000

You can enter from anywhere in the world by submitting an Audio Drama which follows some specific criteria.

As the festival celebrates work which links the two worlds of live theatre and Radio Drama, they are calling for pieces which make this connection in some way.

That might be:

Radio drama which adapts a work originally intended for the stage

A drama about the live stage in some sense

A work recorded live in front of an audience

A work inspired by a stage play

A work which shares a common heritage with a stage play

A work written by an author more commonly associated with the stage

All entries must have been broadcast before the festival takes place and the date of the first broadcast (on air or online) must have been no more than twenty-four months prior to the Festival dates.

The completed registration form should be sent by 29 January 2016.

Visit for the full terms and conditions, and to download an entry form. Full festival programme details will be available in the New Year.

Finally, if you’re planning on heading to the festival, or even holding a workshop there, let us know –

Audio Drama on Audible. Locke & Key

The adaptation of Locke & Key – originally a best-selling graphic novel series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez – into a thirteen and a half hour Audio Drama is one of the most significant developments in the history of our medium.

Fred Greenhalgh
Fred Greenhalgh – FinalRune Productions

One of the main players in this project is Mr Fred Greenhalgh of FinalRune ProductionsThe Cleansed, and Radio Drama Revival fame. On this episode Fred joins us to talk about how it all came about, who was involved, and what it’s like to record all that audio in the field with only a two week window.

Locke & Key is FREE until November 4, 2015

Elsewhere, October 31st is Audio Drama Day, and there’s a dedicated ADD website over at – on there you can find out what everyone else is up to as well as share details of your own plans or Halloween Audio Drama releases.

And last but not least, we want to thank our Patreon patrons – the Knights of the Pledge – for your continued support. The show wouldn’t exist without you and we really do appreciate every single dollar donated to us!

Enjoy the episode, and please get in touch with us at, we always love to hear from you.

Audio Drama identity & discoverability. Doing live shows

On this episode, Sound Stages Radio’s Sibby Wieland joins us for a chat. Sibby has carried out a lot of great work in the Audio Drama community over the years, and most recently organised a panel to discuss the medium at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Sound Stages Radio were also instrumental in bringing about Audio Drama Day on the 30th October, we talked about it’s impact and reception both inside and outside of the community, and how it might evolve and grow in the future.

We covered the discoverability of Audio Drama, how do people search for and find content? And will they find your own show?

We also talk identity, what is Audio Drama, and how do we explain the medium succinctly to others?

And do we have enough presence at conventions? How can we go about improving on this so we can make more of an impact?

Sibby also has loads of experience putting on live shows. We asked her what’s involved, and what benefits can a producer, director or troupe gain from going down this route.

You can follow Sibby on Twitter @Noirdame, you can also find us there @Yapaudio

Get us on the old email too at, or join us in the Audio Drama Production Podcast Facebook Group.

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Writing dialogue, episode lengths, & a UK Audio Drama event

Writing dialogue is one of the most important things you’ll do when creating audio drama. Without it your story wouldn’t even exist. So what makes for ‘good’ dialogue, and how do you go about writing it? Eli McIlveen, creator of Alba Salix, Royal Physician gives his thoughts and opinions.

We also answer a question on episode lengths. How long should your average episode be? Is there a generally accepted standard?

And there’s more on the proposed 2016 UK Audio Drama Event, we’d really like to hear your opinions so please take a couple of minutes to fill out this short survey.

Also mentioned, an article by Christian Madera of The Once & Future Nerd titled 5 Podcasts for Fantasy Fans, some audio drama in SpanishStories of Mahabharata on the Sonic Society, and an interesting sounding app called Clammr discussed on the latest episode of The School of Podcasting.

As always, we invite you to get in touch at, talk to us on Twitter, or join the Facebook group.

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