Mission Statement:

Audio drama is one of the most intimate and expressive dramatic mediums, rivaling theater and film in poetic, visual, and narrative qualities. Many people are unaware of this - a stigma lingers that "radio drama" is a scratchy, cartoonish thing of the past, as if people thought that cinema ended with silent movies, unaware of all the great films made since that time. In reality, audio and radio drama is the great frontier of modern theater - with subtle, intimate performances and powerful, gripping stories.

My aim is to promote a discussion of the art, sociology, theory, and future of this remarkable artistic form. The current state of audio drama is precarious, but through careful consideration of how content is presented, distributed, and interacted with, I believe that the radio and audio drama community can grow and prosper and reach an even wider audience.

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Radio Plays of Samuel Beckett

Beckett wrote a half-dozen or so plays for radio. They are challenging, non-narrative, and I don't particularly care for them at all. But they are essential to a critical discussion of the medium. Elissa Guralnick devotes a chapter to them in her book Sight Unseen, in the context of radio's affinity to music. The versions below are not the original broadcast versions. I'm not sure if the originals exist. The plays are as follows: All That Fall, Cascando, Embers, Rough for Radio I, Rough for Radio II, and Words and Music.

Download Beckett Radio Plays part 1

Download Beckett Radio Plays part 2

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