Module Identifier TF31110  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Mr James Medhurst  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite TF10410 or DR10210 or DR10220  
Course delivery Lecture   15 Hours  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours    
  Essay   2 x 1,200 word analysis of selected extracts    

The aim of this course is to introduce the student to a range of Radio Drama productions, studying each not only for its own merits and style but also as a means of examining the fundamental strands of Drama on the Radio.

Learning Outcomes:

Typically, upon completion of this module a student will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental strands of Drama on the Radio and how they are used to engage and
manipulate the imagination of the listener.
- demonstrate an understanding of the Language and Dialogue used in Radio Drama.
- demonstrate an understanding of key components of a Radio Drama (e.g. Structure and Holding Form; Characterisation
and Landscape; Soundscapes).
- demonstrate an understanding of the Grammar of Radio.
- conduct a grounded analysis of a chosen example from one of the Radio Dramas studied, and to consider why the results of
that analysis might be significant.


The key strands that will be pursued in the course are:
1. The Dark Tower by Louis MacNiece and Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas: as examples of fairly early Radio drama. The
structure and holding form of the plays will be examined as well as the use of a `poetic? language.
2. Samuel Becket: with reference to All that Fall; comparisons and contrasts between the naturalistic and non-naturalistic
approaches to language/dialogue and characterisation/landscape.
3. Howard Barker?s Scenes from an Execution and David Rudkin?s Hitchcock: holding form and content in more detail.
4. A Slight Ache by Harold Pinter: the rhythms of dialogue and how the dramatist can establish a linguistic style to suit the drama.
5. Head by Lucy Gough: the further frontiers of Radio Drama and the imaginative use of sound in creating landscape.
6. Anthony Minghella?s Cigarettes and Chocolate.
There may also be a number of guest practitioners.

Reading Lists
** Essential Reading
Barnard, Stephen. (2000) Studying Radio. Arnold
Crisell, Andrew. (1997) An Introductory history of Briish Broadcasting. Routledge
Crisell, Andrew. (1994) Understanding Radio. Routledge
Shingler, Martin & Wieringa Cindy. (1998) On Air: Methods and meanings of radio. Arnold
Drakakis, John. (1981) British Radio Drama. CUP
Cooper, Giles. Listen/read: Under the Loofah Tree.
MacNiece, Louis. Listen/read: The Dark Tower.
Thomas, Dylan. Listen/read: Under Milk Wood.
Beckett, Samuel. Listen/read: All that Fall.
Rudkin, David. Listen/read: Hitchcock.
Minghella, Anthony. Listen/read: Cigarettes and Chocolate.
Barker, Howard. Listen/read: Scenes from an Execution.
Pinter, Harold. Listen/read: A Slight Ache.
Gough, Lucy. Listen/read: Head.