Archive for the ‘Radio’ Category

Writing Radio Drama Talk

17th February 2017 by Maura McHugh

Thanks to Aidan Mathews, Kevin Reynolds (Series Producer), and Kevin Brew (Producer) of the RTÉ Radio’s Drama on One team for their fascinating talk on Writing for Radio Drama at the WGI office last night.

Our members appreciated the insights and tips!

BBC Radio Play Competition 2011

7th December 2010 by Maura McHugh

BBC Radio Play

The BBC is taking entries for its International Radio Playwriting Competition, which is now in its twenty second year.

It is a competition for anyone resident outside Britain, to write a 60-minute radio drama for up to six characters.

There are two categories: one for writers with English as their first language and one for writers with English as their second language.

The two winners will come to London and see their play made into a full radio production, which will then be broadcast on the BBC World Service. They will also each receive a £2,500 prize and there are also prizes for the runners-up.

The play must be in English, unpublished and must not have been previously produced in any medium.

Entries must be received in London by midnight GMT on 31 March 2011.

The full list of terms and conditions are on the website.

Newsjack Writers Wanted

24th June 2010 by Maura McHugh

Series three of topical BBC radio comedy sketch show Newsjack began broadcasting on Thursday 17th June for six weeks (until 22nd July) and they’re once again holding an open call for new material.

Newsjack seeks to comically scrutinise the news, views, and issues of the day. It aims to be irreverent and satirical, a kind of younger brother to the more “grown up” Radio 4 topical shows like The Now Show and The News Quiz.

Newsjack is a showcase for new comedy writing, so anyone can submit material.

The production team read and select material on Monday and Tuesdays. The show is then rehearsed and recorded on Wednesday, edited on Thursday, and will be broadcast on Thursday nights.

Deadline for sketches: Monday, 12:00noon

Deadline for one-liners: Tuesday, 5:00pm

To find out more and send them your work, visit the Newsjack website.

2010 P. J. O’Connor Awards

9th February 2010 by Maura McHugh

RTÉ’s annual P. J. O’Connor Awards for Radio Drama is now open for applications for its 2010 competition.

For the first time RTÉ Radio Drama is inviting candidates to submit radio plays of up to 55 minutes in duration – with a first prize of €3,000 for the winning script, as well as runner up prizes of €2,000 and €1,000 respectively.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday, the 31st of March.

Guidelines and information on the competition are available on the web site.

Writing a Radio Play

11th January 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Writers Centre has announced its Weekend Courses for the Spring.

Our members might be interested in “Writing a Radio Play“, which will be taught by John Maher, and will take place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th March from 10.30am-4.30pm.

This two-day course will look at the format, style and content of the radio play. We will explore how to build a radio play by focusing on background themes, narrative framework and characters. We will listen to examples and undertake analysis of radio scripts. The course will include practical writing tasks, including dialogue drills and exercises.

The objective of the course will be to enable writers to work towards completing their own radio play. Although not essential, participants are free to bring along work in progress.

The course costs €140, and can be paid for online.