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Writing for Radio - Manchester
with award winning Director / Producer Polly Thomas
Saturday 8th October 2016 10.00am - 4.00pm
A one day workshop to explore what makes writing for audio drama different.
What radio can do that theatre can't?
How is radio so like film?
And why is silence one of the most effective tools for the radio writer?
The day will involve listening, practical exercises, information on the BBC commissioning process and on the spot writing.
Polly is a multi award winning producer / director. She consistently produces high class drama. Polly won the 2013 Sony bronze with My Boy by Laura Lomas; in 2010 with Divided We Fall by Mike Harris; in 2001 with Coming Down the Mountain by Mark Haddon. She was awarded Best Radio Drama Producer 2010 at the Radio Academy. The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum won Best Series BBC Audio Drama Awards in 2013. Polly has recently won the Writers Guild Directors Award 2015.
Recent radio work includes Don’t Start by Frank Skinner series 1, 2 and forthcoming 3 for BBC Radio 4; Napoleon Rising for BBC Radio 3, The Forbidden for BBC Radio 4 and Negative Signs of Progress, the new Dan Rebellato trilogy for BBC Radio 4.
Polly worked as an in-house BBC Radio Drama Producer for ten years. During that time she produced several significant projects, such as co-creating with writer Vanessa Rosenthal Writing the Century, the ongoing Woman’s Hour drama series that charts the 20th century through real letters and diaries; co-produced the simultaneous live Radio 3 broadcast and performance of five new plays from the Royal Court Theatre London in 2007, during its 50th anniversary celebrations; devised and co-produced the groundbreaking Radio 4 dramatisation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Alex Bulmer and Jack Thorne, developed with Graeae, the disability led theatre company, and starring David Bower, a leading Deaf actor from Sign Dance Collective; devised and produced the pan European Radio 4 drama The Unexpected European, involving six European public broadcasters working together, transmitted on BBC Radio 4, YLE (Finland) and the European Parliament intranet; and executive produced both of celebrated film maker Terence Davies’ radio plays for BBC Radio.
Polly is a co-founder and co-director of Thomas Carter Projects, an international media and performance company. Our work has included commissions for Queer Up North (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Fierce (Birmingham Rep) and Chelsea Centre London.
Testimonials - Polly Thomas - Writing For Radio Workshop 2015
Polly produces, she pitches to the commissioner so she is the person that writer's go to to get their work commissioned, it doesn't get any better than that.
The course comes from the experience of real practitioners, practical information that was presented in an interesting informal way.
The course was useful with good industry insights. Polly was great, down to earth, full of practical advice.
Polly Thomas is an excellent tutor. Her long experience in radio added to her lively, approachable and encouraging style, made the whole session very enjoyable and useful.
A lot of useful information and varied. This kept it interesting and energetic and it's essential as a writer to trust the tutor, with the experience Polly has you can certainly learn so much. It's been a very useful workshop to show the unique aspects of radio. Great presenter. It was inspirational and full of practical do's and don'ts. Great 'insider knowledge'.
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