Drama — principles

The radio medium has a long and distinguished history of turning thoughts, words and actions into satisfying pictures within the listener's mind by using the techniques of drama. But there is no need for the producer to think only in terms of the Shakespeare play – the principles of radio drama apply to the well-made commercial, a programme trail, dramatized reading, five-minute serial or two-minute teaching point in a programme for schools. The size and scope of the pictures created are limited only by the minds that devise and interpret them – for example, the piece for young children on the CD, Ch 19-1. Since the medium in its relationship to drama is unique, any radio service is the poorer for not attempting to work ...

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