Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,500 word essay on the nature of radio drama For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at   Essay:  25%
Semester Assessment 1 x half hour radio play  Radio Play:  75%

Learning Outcomes

Typically, upon completion of this module a student will be able:

To discuss critically the extent and depth of a radio Playscript.
To understand the way in which the interaction between the audience and play is achieved through such things as Pace and Rhythm.
To organize and realize a practical demonstration of the stylistic, methodological and representational requirements of writing for this medium.
To use personal experience to create and embellish dramatic form.
To create a radio Playscript with more than one layer of meaning and awareness.


A series of workshops and tutorials each focusing on a particular writing technique, e.g. pace, obstacles, structure, characters.


The aim of this module is to introduce students to the techniques employed by writers writing for radio. It also aims to promote an understanding of what is involved in writing radio drama. In the course of the module, students will develop their own half hour piece of Radio Drama.

Reading List

Essential Reading
Hortsman, Rosemary Writing for Radio A & C Black Primo search
Recommended Text
Adams, Douglas (1985) The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy; the original radio scripts Pan Books Primo search Ash, William (1985) The Way to Write Radio Drama Elm Tree Primo search Beck, Alan (1997) Radio Acting A & C Black Primo search Crook, Tim (1999) Radio Drama: Theory and Practice Routledge Primo search Drakakis, John (ed.) (1981) British Radio Drama Cambridge University Press Primo search Gough, Lucy (2000) Crossing the Bar/Head/Our Lady of Shadows Seren Primo search Lewis, P. (ed.) (1981) Radio Drama Francis Gray 'The Nature of Radio Drama pp. 48-77 Longman Primo search MacLoughlin, Shaun (2001) Writing for Radio How to Books Primo search McInerney, Vincent (2001) Writing for Radio Manchester University Press Primo search McLeish, Robert (1994) Radio Production (3rd ed.) Focal Press Primo search McWhinnie, Donald (1959) The Art of Radio Faber and Faber Primo search Pinter, Harold (1991) A Slight Ache and Other Plays Faber and Faber Primo search Shingler, Martin and Cindy Wieringa (1998) On Air Arnold Primo search Thomas, Dylan (1995) Under Milk Wood J M Dent & Sons Ltd Primo search Walford-Davies, Hazel (ed.) (2000) One Woman. One Voice: Plays by Sharon Morgan, Lucy Gough, Lucinda Coxon and Gwenno Dafydd Parthian Primo search Beck, Alan Sound Journal Point-of-Listening in Radio Drama Beck, Alan World Forum fpr Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) Is radio blind or invisible? A call for a wider debate on listening-in


This module is at CQFW Level 6