Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Meeting Report: 15 August 2011

On 15th August, we were delighted and privileged to welcome Adrian Butcher, BBC radio news journalist, editor and producer, who had kindly spent a good deal of time reading, critiquing and judging the entries in our radio play competition. Adrian began by outlining his work at the BBC and how he was responsible for distilling the raw material of the news into scripts to be passed to the newsreaders.

He then gave general pointers for what makes a good radio play, including a gripping start, a riveting, coherent story, engaging characters, realistic dialogue and a strong ending before announcing the winners. Roz Balp came first with ‘The Blue Painting’ which was praised for its sound plotting, well-painted characters and crisp dialogue. ‘The Abomination’ by Mark Towner was second; the judge was won over by its ingenious story and setting, humour and pace although not a lover of sci-fi. In third place was Amanda Giles’ ‘Moondance’, which engaged the judge from the start with its story-telling, convincing characterisation and dialogue. John Vallender’s ‘When the Cat’s Away’, with its irresistible humour, believable dialogue and storyline, came fourth.

We would like to thank Adrian, who took time out of a very busy schedule to give such painstaking and thorough analysis of each entry. He was generous with his praise and encouragement while being constructive with his suggestions for improvement.

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