This morning some of the broadcast students re-enacted a scene from the Archers utilising the props and scripts kindly provided by the BBC as part of the Archers’ Roadshow.
Under the guidance of radio presenter Phil Upton, students were taught to use both traditional and pre-programmed computer foley effects, ranging from farmyard animal sounds to boots on gravel and corks popping, to produce a BOA version of this long-standing radio drama.
We also welcomed Joanna Toye to BOA, who came to talk to students about how radio drama is developed and produced, sharing her experiences as a writer on the Archers, and the history of this national institution. Joanna also helped students to understand how a writing team work together to produce storylines over a period of time. Her advice on how to develop a career in the radio broadcast industry was invaluable and she was kind enough to listen to an episode from a serial radio drama, penned by Emma O’Brien, as part of their coursework