Archive for April 24th, 2007

Why Experiment?

24th April 2007 by Maura McHugh

Charles McNulty at the LA Times considers the trends in awards for American drama, and the Pultizer Prize in particular, and wonders if cutting-edge playwriting has a chance to succeed if it is not rewarded by critical attention, or honoured for its achievements.

Audio Drama Popular Again

24th April 2007 by Maura McHugh

Toby Lichtig at the Guardian blog has an interesting article, chock-full of links, about how the rise in popularity of podcasting might revitalise the art of audio drama.

Frederick Greenhalgh of Radio Drama Revival! thinks so. His blog, which began at the end of last year, includes a range of new radio dramas. He is based in the US, where audio theatre, he admits, is still an especially “small world” desperately in need of promotion; but he is convinced that things are changing. Greenhalgh runs Final Rune Productions and is dedicated to making this happen. He reminds us that that Orson Welles started in radio, and laments the current paucity of commercial radio drama in the US:

The popularity of programmes such as Sonic Theater on XM Radio and sites such as Dramapod also indicate a resurgence, though a quick look at the latter’s main categories – Superhero, Dr Who, Star Trek – points to Greenhalgh’s fears. He is enthusiastic about the more illustrious recent history of radio drama in the UK: “They actually think it’s valuable to have written stories recorded and played on the radio for people. What’s crazier, is that they PAY people to do it!”

Radio broadcasters in Ireland would do well to consider how they could use this revived interest in audio theatre to bring new drama to the Irish public.

Sundance Director at Guth Gafa

24th April 2007 by Maura McHugh

IFTN reports that the Guth Gafa Documentary Film Festival (10 – 13 May 2007) in Donegal has announced that Geoff Gilmore, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, will be a special guest.

Gilmore, who has been director of Sundance for 10 years, has helped establish the Sundance Film Festival as the most important event in the US independent filmmakers calendar. At Guth Gafa 2007 Gilmore will host an industry seminar focusing on Creative Theatrical Documentaries on Saturday 12th May. This event is supported by the Irish Film Board.