Thoroughly enjoying day 2 of a @MRaconteur radio scriptwriting workshop run by Polly Thomas. Invaluable advice and excellent info, superbly delivered.
Polly Thomas Radio Producer - Writing for Radio - 2 days - Manchester - 11th & 18th May
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2 consecutive Saturdays - Saturday 11th May & Saturday 18th May - 10am-4pm
Over the 2 Saturdays these workshops will explore what makes writing for audio drama different.
What radio can do that theatre can't? How is radio so like film? And why is silence one of the mose effective tools for the radio writer? The workshops will involve listening, practical exercises, information of the BBC commissioning process and on the spot writing.
For writers who have had some work published or produced in any way or have done a long term script writing course eg doesn't have to be fully professional.
Day 1: The group will listen to radio drama, and discuss radio drama technique and commissioning etc. Writers will then do some writing with sound, taking that idea away and developing it in to a scene over the next week. This should then be sent in to Polly to be read before the next workshop on the 18th.
Day 2: Script editing exercises. Polly will talk about what the group have written, picking up on ideas and techniques that people are exploring. She would like to offer each writer a 10 minute one to one session at the end to look at how they take their work forward.
Polly is a multi award winning producer / director, consistenly producing high class drama.
Awards include producing A Tale of Two Cities by Ayesha Menon Best Adaptation and Of Lifetime by Lulu Razcka, Imison Award winner 2019; Bronze in Best Drama Producer at Audio Production Awards 2017; Best Feature shortlist, for Sounds Like She, ARIAS 2017: 2015 new writing supporter award from Writers Guild of Great Britain; 2013 Best Series BBC Audio Drama Awards, The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum; 2013 Sony Bronze, My Boy by Laura Lomas; and 2010 Best Radio Drama Producer, RPA
Recent work includes producing Claudia Roden – A Book of Middle Eastern Food by Anjum Malik and Amy Dorrit by April de Angelis and Nicola Werenowska with Graeae Theatre, all for Radio 4; a new version of Lorenzaccio by Dan Rebellato for BBC Radio 3.
In 2017, she directed Samson Young’s live audio drama for MIF; comedian Richard Herring’s Radio 4 show, Relativity; and Oedipus the King by Anthony Burgess for BBC Radio 3, starring Christopher Ecclestone.
In 2016, she produced Stella, by Neil Bartlett, for LIFT, Brighton and Holland Festivals; Emile Zola: Blood Sex and Money for BBC Radio 4; and Adam’s Apple/Hush….? a new music work about voice and gender identity, with Alex Bulmer and Errollyn Wallen.
Polly worked as an in-house BBC Radio Drama Producer for ten years. During that time she produced several significant projects, such as co-creating with writer Vanessa Rosenthal Writing the Century, the ongoing Woman’s Hour drama series that charts the 20th century through real letters and diaries; co-produced the simultaneous live Radio 3 broadcast and performance of five new plays from the Royal Court Theatre London in 2007, during its 50th anniversary celebrations; devised and co-produced the groundbreaking Radio 4 dramatisation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Alex Bulmer and Jack Thorne, developed with Graeae, the disability led theatre company, and starring David Bower, a leading Deaf actor from Sign Dance Collective; devised and produced the pan European Radio 4 drama The Unexpected European, involving six European public broadcasters working together, transmitted on BBC Radio 4, YLE (Finland) and the European Parliament intranet; and executive produced both of celebrated film maker Terence Davies’ radio plays for BBC Radio. Polly is a co-founder and co-director of Thomas Carter Projects, an international media and performance company. We are currently producing 24 Hours of Peace by Neil Bartlett, a 24 hour non stop performance live on Resonance FM digital radio and Royal Exchange Theatre stage, November 2019.
Testimonials - Polly Thomas - Writing for Radio Workshops
Polly produces, she pitches to the commissioner so she is the person that writer's go to to get their work commissioned, it doesn't get any better than that.
The course comes from the experience of real practitioners, practical information that was presented in an interesting informal way.
The course was useful with good industry insights. Polly was great, down to earth, full of practical advice.
Polly Thomas is an excellent tutor. Her long experience in radio added to her lively, approachable and encouraging style, made the whole session very enjoyable and useful.
A lot of useful information and varied. This kept it interesting and energetic and it's essential as a writer to trust the tutor, with the experience Polly has you can certainly learn so much.
It's been a very useful workshop to show the unique aspects of radio. Great presenter. It was inspirational and full of practical do's and don'ts.
Writing a Radio Play - a 10 week workshop SOLD OUT
Saturday mornings 10am until 12
Starting January 14 for 10 weeks
It is envisaged that at the end of the 10 weeks that everyone will have at least a first draft of a radio play. A similar course three years ago with ten writers. Three of those scripts opened doors to meetings with BBC radio producers and one writer has a script in development.
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Top class course. Amazing, very practical, very good on story, generous, supportive, warm-hearted, knowledgeable. It's lovely to be having fun while learning about writing. Daragh
Once again Karen has delivered a cracker. Informative, insightful, incisive and full of brilliant advice. Her ability to analyse work is second-to-none.
More of the same please, it's been excellent.
Excellent - unbelievable value for money.
Writing For Radio - Workshop
An excellent day with plenty of insight, very well presented. As a one day workshop it had good structure and plenty of content.
Radio Commissioning - Workshop
Inspired. Completed an outline in my lunchtime. Cannot wait to plant bum on seat to write, rewrite rewrite and more. Other ideas knockin on the skull bones. Very helpful. Thank you.