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Aims and Objectives

> To provide affordable quality training in a range of audio skills

> To promote skills sharing across the sector, including radio, podcasting, audiobooks and all forms of audio production

> To encourage new entrants and offer opportunities for networking, collaboration and partnership

> To encourage networking, collaboration and partnership across the sector.

> To promote dIversity in audio production

> To be accessible to all those working in the UK Audio sector

Caroline RaphaelWant to make audio drama?  Considering using drama in your podcast or doctumentary?  Teaching audio drama to creative writing students?  This is the course for you.  It will consider what a drama producer actually does and the creative possibilities of audio drama.   We will look at how we listen and how we talk about audio drama which will help build your confidence when working with actors, writers and sound designers.  It will also be of interest to dramatists and performers who are interested in the process of making audio drama and those working with scripted non-audience audio comedy.   

Are you:
• A producer who wants to make audio drama or scripted comedy (non-audience)
• Thinking of using drama in your documentary
• A dramatist who wants to work in the media and would like to know more about how it is made
• Teaching creative writing or performance or directing to students and want to develop your own knowledge about producing

Then this course will help you build your confidence.  There will be listening and watching homework prior to the day that will inform the discussions.   It is through this shared watching and listening the group will work to build a deeper understanding of the role of the producer at each stage of the production process, both creative and administrative, and find out more about how to work with a writer.  We will  explore the many ways of telling a story in sound and how audio drama evolves as our listening habits and technology change.   We can’t teach you how to direct in a day but we can help you build your confidence in talking about sound and understanding how audio drama works.   

Date: Saturday 9th February 2019

Time: 9.30 am – 5pm

Venue: Spotlight, 7 Leicester Place, London WCH 7RJ (tbc)

No of places: 14

Fee: £125.00 + VAT - booking now open at

Course outline:


So what does a Drama producer actually do.  And when? How to be as prepared as possible pre and post recording.  
Group discussion on audio sent ahead of the day particularly looking at use of sound, transition of scenes, acting styles.


Using two scenes from a piece of television comedy drama sent in advance we’ll consider how they would work on radio. What tools from audio’s box of tricks could you use to turn these into fantastic audio.  What’s really important for the listener to know and what’s not?  How to create soundscapes.  

Training provider:

The course is taught by Caroline Raphael who won the BBC Audio Drama Award 2018 for Best Single Production.  She also produced the first audio drama for BBC Radio 1xtra.  She has worked as a theatre and radio director, was a former Head of Radio Drama and was the Commissioning Editor for Comedy & Drama for BBC Radio 4 for many years.  Now back in production with her own company, Dora Productions, she also freelances with other independents including Pier Productions, consults for podcasters, lectures and is Associate Lecturer on the MA Dramatic Writing at University of Arts London Central St Martin running the Audio Drama module.