Manifesto

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.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cries from Casement as His Bones are Brought to Dublin

First of all – I'm back. My summer job has ended and now I have some time to work on the Audio Drama Wiki, brew some wild apple cider, and delve deeper into the intriguing world of audio drama.

Cries from Casement as His Bones Are Brought to Dublin is one of the landmarks of British radio drama. An experimental, biographical play by David Rudkin, it tells the story of the controversial British diplomat and irish nationalist Sir Roger Casement. The play is a mixture of voices, taking the tones and guises of nonfiction and documentary, while at the same time dramatizing Casement's voice directly. It is a work of collage and amalgamation, of power and complexity.

I do not have a copy of this broadcast. It has never been released by the BBC, and I do not know if they even retain it in their archives. I know there are people out there who have copies of it. It is one of the most sought-after plays for a variety of reasons. I care about it because Elissa Guralnick devotes an entire chapter in Sight Unseen to the play, which makes the lack of availability more frustrating. Fortunately, I have two rudimentary ways to help.

First:

the Cries from Casement script, in pdf format

and second:

an mp3 of Rudkin's other masterpiece, The Lovesong of Alfred J. Hitchcock.

Like Cries from Casement, The Lovesong of Alfred J. Hitchcock explores similar formal territory, applying Rudkin's unique, sound collage approach to the complex psychology of the famous film director. While it is not Cries from Casement, I think that reading the Casement script and then listening to Lovesong will give you a good idea of what Rudkin is trying to do. And it will probably make the related chapter of Sight Unseen much more accessible.

2 comments:

  1. Good to see you back.

    Hope the apple crops good over there. We;ve had the biggest in living memory round here.

    Do you make Perry over there. If you ever come over here I'll get you some Weston County Draft Perry - to my mind the best drink in the world.

    John Fletcher

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  2. It's been a great year for apples, although the rain has caused some problems with fungus and rot. Perry does not exist here at all, unfortunately. We're only starting to replant authentic cider apple trees - I've even got a Somerset Redstreak ordered for next spring - but perry pears aren't available at all.

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