Types of radio plays - fictional genres
Realism - slice-of-life? raw realism? more stylised? Adaptation 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 Non-realism '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) Experimental vampires Feature - including fiction (radio drama) elements Improvised and 'scratch' radio drama Comedy ghosts Soundscape Experimental - as, for example, wordless radio piece Spy thriller Slasher and horror comedy - carry-on Religious Western 'Film noir' musical children's interest sports war 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
FOR ACADEMIC STUDY OF GENRE 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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