Types of radio plays - fictional genres

 Realism - slice-of-life? raw realism? more stylised?


A radio play that takes a novel, play, or film other text as its source. It uses story events, characters, settings, and other elements, and then translates them to the medium of sound.

 Soap or radio serial drama

 cops and robbers or crims or Brit-crim or gangster


 'Dear Diary' play and Audio Diary including change-of-life woman protagonist

 Monologue or Linked Monologues

 rom-com (romantic comedy)

 Drama-documentary - mixing audio recorded from the Lifeworld (real world), such as interviews, and fictional scenes.

 Segment (radio drama)



 Feature - including fiction (radio drama) elements

 Improvised and 'scratch' radio drama




 Experimental - as, for example, wordless radio piece

 Spy thriller

 Slasher and horror

 comedy - carry-on



 'Film noir'


 children's interest



 domestic comedy or mixed comedy-serious (often woman partner protagonist)

 'screwball comedy'

 musical biography

 fairy tale

 'survival story' (war, safari, and disaster)

 'fantastic genres', including fantasy, horror and science fiction

 Allegory - an extended metaphor, working on two levels - the plot events AND meanings external to the play

 Allegory with animal characters

Genre - groups of plays such as a 'thriller', a 'horror'

NOW - make a Storyboard - layout of scenes and details - how to make it work for you

 Chandler's site at http://www.aber.ac.uk/media/Documents/intgenre/intgenre6.html
 Genre theory links at http://www.aber.ac.uk/media/Sections/textan03.html

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