CHARACTERISATION in radio drama

ALAN BECK'S FORMULA FOR THE MAIN CHARACTERS (in a fixed-end soap)

 BACK STORY
 TRANSFORMATION - the main character goes through a significant change - then resumes core qualities
 INCITING INCIDENT - The Point of Attack - gets the plot into action
 
 

 Creating a character who exists in time and space, who acts, and who has ideas and emotions.
 Character conception - from stereotype to psychological complexity
 Plot function - how the characters serve the plot
 Formal function - characters or aspects of them specific to plot and events: narrators, confidantes, foils, etc.
 (ABOVE ENDEBTED TO - Wallis, Mick, and Shepherd, Simon, Studying Plays, 1998, London: Arnold)
 
 Character in terms of dynamic relationship
 Character revealed by the INCITING INCIDENT and the TRANSFORMATION
 
  Individualising the type
  Social context of character
 Secondary characters

 Dramatic conflict - various types of conflict - subversive conflict of humour

 Surprise and deception
 What do appearance, gestures, facial expressions, voice signify - in the Lifeworld?

 How do creative radio actors embody these gestures, looks and glances in their radio acting?

 How do radio characters interact with each other - beyond the words? Note the 'umms'.
 Grouping of characters in the scene - what is the radio blocking in studio production?
 How do characters create suspense, ambiguity, wrong clues, complexity, and certainties?

 See - William Ash, The Way to Write Radio Drama, 1985, London: Elm Tree Books.

Back Story

 Information that helps flesh out the skeleton story of the radio play. For example, an accident in a character's past that informs the person's actions in the present.
 
 

 

 TRANSFORMATION - the main character goes through a significant change - then resumes core qualities
 Gives energy and plot events to the narrative arc
 Protagonist-dominated
 
 
 

 INCITING INCIDENT - The Point of Attack - gets the plot into action
  INCITING INCIDENT: an action or situation that causes conflict for main character. This conflict must be resolved by taking action. See http://writingforstagescreen.suite101.com/article.cfm/what_is_an_inciting_incident_in_a_screenplay
  After the SET UP (where the listeners first get to know the main character) , the INCITING INCIDENT gets the plot into action.
  In film scripting, the INCITING INCIDENT is also called The Point of Attack.
 Example of the INCITING INCIDENT - 'SPACE DETECTIVES' - Episodes 1, Scene 5

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