So You Want to be An Audio Drama Producer?

This course is for anyone who wants to make audio drama, non audience scripted comedy or use elements of drama in factual programmes, or for would be dramatists who are interested in the whole process of making audio drama.

There will be listening (a 45’ radio play) and watching homework prior to the day that will inform the discussions. It is through this shared watching and listening the group will work to build a deeper understanding of the role of the producer at each stage of the production process, both creative and administrative; find out more about how to work with a writer and explore the many ways of telling a story in sound.

At the end of the day there will be an opportunity to meet a sound engineer and to discuss what they want from a producer.

Course outline


So what does a Drama producer actually do. And when? How to be as prepared as possible pre and post recording.

Group discussion on audio drama sent ahead of the day particularly looking at use of sound, transition of scenes, acting styles.


Using a scene from a piece of television comedy drama sent in advance we’ll consider how it would work on radio. What’s really important for the listener to know and what’s not? How to create soundscapes.

Q&A with Sound Engineer

The course is taught by Caroline Raphael who has worked as both a theatre and a radio director, was a former Head of Radio Drama and commissioned drama for BBC Radio 4 for many years.

Now back in production with her own company Dora Productions, she also works with Pier Productions. Caroline lectures on radio drama at various universities with BA and MA students and is Associate Lecturer on the MA Dramatic Writing course at Central St Martins. She has also run an intensive Radio Drama course over 13 sessions for Creative Skillset/Grand Scheme Media. Her production of The Red by Marcus Brigstocke with Pier Productions won the BBC Audio Drama Best Single Production 2018.

To find out about available dates or just have a chat, call us on 01273 691 401 or email us on tolly@pierproductionsltd.co.uk

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