Listen to the plays

Festival 2019

Plays will be made available online during the festival and for the duration of the audience vote.

        Audience Award

Click on the day to hear the plays and read the scripts online.
Please vote for the play you would like to win the Audience award here.
We would very much like to invite you to include brief reasons.
You have time until 30th April.






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6 Replies to “Listen to the plays”

  1. Hi Jonathon!
    It seems that the Form of Things has always tended to remain Unknown, ‘cos I’ve never managed to find my way in!
    It’s most probably the fairly isolated place which my computer must contend with. But it’s possibly equally likely that I’ve just not seen some instruction which is palpably obvious to everybody else!
    I hope the weather is being kind to you. Whatever – I’m sure everybody is enjoying themselves.
    Thinking of you.
    Love Jill xx

    1. Hello – good to ehar from you! Click on “listen to the plays” and then select the day (Monday etc) you are interested in and then a playlist should appear. Or go to our facebook page (UK International Radio Drama Festival) and access them from there – posted each night.


    Exterior. Night. Herne Bay.
    I am walking back to my hotel, typing away on my smartphone, about an audio mockumentary concerninging digital detox. Oh the irony.

    Before I start, I should mention that it is possible that there are some errorrrs in the writing. Because walkking and rwiting is harder than it seesm.s

    In ‘Sunviving Oreland’, Holly and Declan, the wto main cahrachters, retreat to a place hwere smratphones are bannde: the isle of Carnananánachán (which is written without any mistakes, I promise).
    Ocne arrived by baot, the msartphone-dependent couple set forth on a very unconventional traetment to make temh appreciate the simpler thignssss in liife. And as in evvery godo cult, breaking thhese uules has terilbe conseqqquoenities. ‘Surviving Ireland’ is an extremmley funny and well producde radio prodcution, and hihgly recommende.

    By the way: in typing this, I stumbled over a grassy roadside, I walked into one lamppost, and missen one fox running away before I could see it.

    So: thank you, ‘Surviving Ireland’, you took away the only really British experience I had time for in this week of only listening.

    Totally worth it.

  3. Hi Wederik – nice review, including the spelling mistakes. If anything, they made it better! Yes, Surviving Ireland was a very good comedy; thoroughly enjoyed it. Your play ‘Almanak’ was also excellent; heard it last night online.

  4. The distorted voices and the clever transitional sound effects in “Metamorphosis”, the play from Iran, facilitates delving deep inside the mind of the main character, which is traditionally done through the writing and vocal performance. This adds another layer to it unlike most modern radio dramas. I had fun translating this work and I hope it gets the recognition it truly deserves.

  5. Just listening again to David Mairowitz’s ‘Mono’. It’s hilarious. You need to load the script (it’s in German) but after half a page you don’t even notice.

    Here’s a summary of it:

    Or – How My Brother Lost His Hearing in One Ear During a Concert of “The WHO”. A radio fable by David Zane Mairowitz. It’s true. It happened during the song”Baba O’Reilly”. My brother still goes to rock concerts, although he’s over 75, a septuagenarian teenager. During the day, he sells spare parts for lifts. He’s been doing the same work for fifty years, without more than a few weeks holiday, and without the merest promotion. Everyone wonders why he doesn’t retire. But he’s still strong, still mobile, why should he stop? And he’s got a special place in his heart for 60s legends. This fateful night he buys himself an orchestra seat for another of those famous “farewell” concerts. He sits near the front, right under the powerful amps…[i] Technical Realisation: Benno Müller vom Hofe, Christian Baader, Günther Kaspar and Steffen Jahn. Assistant Director: Jasmin Schäffler. The characters: Mono (75), the Fabulist, his brother (72), the boss-lady (35-40), a mediator, and the speaker. Roger Daltry also appears, in person. First broadcast: 15 Dec 2018, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cologne. Language: German and some English. 53m. [/i]

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