Pier Productions Radio Drama Workshop

An opportunity for teams to try their hand at performing radio drama in the studios and with the directors who have created some of the UK's most prestigious radio drama including War and Peace which was dramatised by Timberlake Wertenbaker and starred the late John Hurt and Simon Russell Beale.

Who are we?

Pier Productions Ltd is a radio and TV production company that has been running for almost twenty-five years. You have probably heard our programmes if you are a regular listener to BBC Radio. Recent dramas include productions of Long Day’s Journey into Night and Nick Dear’s The Dark Earth and the Light Sky. As well as drama we are responsible for the long running Radio 4 strands Making History and the Human Zoo and contribute to Book of the Week and A Book at Bedtime. We are currently in production with a new recording of Sue Townsend’s Classic The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 11 and three quarters.

Who have we worked with?

Over the years, Pier Productions has worked with a whole host of wonderful actors and actresses. Our strong reputation has made our studios a desirable and trust worthy setting to create brilliant radio productions, where we never compromise on quality, and embrace creativity. The producers we have worked with include Celia De Wolff, Martin Jenkins, David Blount, Caroline Raphael, Kate McAll and Marina Caldarone.

From left to right: John Hurt, Charles Dance, David Jason, Alun Armstrong, Will Young, Paterson Joseph, Celia Imrie, James D'Arcy, Lesley Manville, Natasha Little, Toby Jones, Roger Allam, Toby Stevens.

Our Building

Pier Productions is based in the heart of Brighton, opposite St Peter’s Church. The building is a stylishly restored regency townhouse, with two studios and two editing suites. We’re a stone’s throw away for the North Laines, close to Brighton’s famous shops and eateries. We also have free parking.

What can we offer?

We have in the past had up to twenty actors in our studios! But we recommend groups of ten at the maximum. What text you decide to use is up to you. It could be something that the team has written themselves, a play of your own choosing or we can provide suggestions. Our studios come with a sound technician and director and we can arrange lunch on request.

A Sample Day

Morning: Pre-production.

9.45 a.m: Meet at Pier Productions. Office and studio tour conducted by the studio engineer.

10 a.m: Introduction to radio drama. Whether it’s “The Archers”, “Drama on Three” or “The Afternoon Play”, there are very particular skills and tricks of the trade used in radio drama. Led by one of our regular drama producers we’ll introduce the delegates to the tricks of the trade as well as playing some favourite scenes and breaking down how they were created.

11.00 a.m: Studio techniques. Our producer and sound engineer will introduce the class to the studio and the equipment we use. The class will also be introduced to recording techniques and ‘The Art of Foley’ – making sound effects!

11.45 a.m: Auditions. Our in-house producer will be in the studio but it’s up to the team to choose their roles for the day. Once we have the script the team decides who will act, direct, and do the sound effects.

12.15 p.m: First read through. In the Green Room, a fifteen minute drama script is handed to the cast, director and studio effects manager. The cast read through the script for the first time.

1.00 p.m: Lunch.

Afternoon: Showtime.

2.30 – 4.30: Recording. Two hours in the studio, with a brief opportunity for a break. By 4.30 the drama will have been recorded. The director and our sound engineer edit the drama and the school will receive their drama within three days.

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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