Scriptwriting for Radio PLays and Podcasts

Twenty-two writers embarked in January 2021 on a five-month journey to produce radio drama scripts that could potentially be broadcast on community radio and packaged as podcasts.

 

The doyen of West Australian theatre and radio drama veteran, Jenny Davis, from Perth, instructed the writers in scriptwriting for radio. Jenny returned to Esperance in March and offered individual feedback on each script. Kym ‘Bid’ Bidstrup a supported the playwrights through the process with advice from his acting experience and his technical skills, helping record and edit the scripts for broadcast along with Meredith Waters at community radio HopeFM. Bid also introduced the scriptwriters to podcasting as a platform for radio drama scripts.

The radio plays that were produced reflect a range of experiences related to ‘Living on the Edge’. Listen to these dramas by clicking on the links below.

The playwrights are grateful for the opportunity to develop their writing skills in new directions.

Duty and Beyond by Lois Saunders

Shrinking Violet  by Kym ‘Bid’ Bidstrup

The Tchooger Bird Lady by Jen Morecombe

Adventures and Misadventures of Internet Dating for a Senior by Gillian White

Don’t Look Back  by Dale Johnson

 

The Tree  by Dale Johnson

 

"Remember when...?" by Fiona Johnston

 

Brown Feathers in a Glass by Elizabeth Aberline

 

A Covid Conspiracy by Ronnie Young

Paper Planes  by Thuriyya Ibrahim

Terminal by Elizabeth Aberline.

This project was presented by Esperance Community Arts with funding support from Horizon Power, Shire of Esperance , Lotterywest, Mt Burdett Foundation and Culture and the Arts WA and with creative and technical support from Jenny Davis (Theatre 180), Kym 'Bid’ Bidstrup (4th Mesa Productions), Meredith Waters (Hope FM) and Lois Saunders (project coordinator and initiator).

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L-R: Jenny Davis, Lois Saunders,  Kym 'Bid' Bidstrup &  Meredith Waters

  • Book Launch : 'Our Art, Our Culture, Our Way: Kepa Kurl Community Arts Programs 2016-2021'
    29 May, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm AWST
    Esperance, The Esplanade, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Join Esperance Seawater Families, Escare and Esperance Community Arts for the launch of our self-published book documenting and celebrating 6 years of Indigenous arts partnerships and programming in Esperance.
  • Grand Finale - Readers and Writers Esperance 2021
    29 May, 9:00 am – 30 May, 5:00 pm
    The Bijou Theatre , 115 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Two days of presentations, workshops, panels and readings with visiting and local writers. Click RSVP for more information.
  • Book Launch: Nicole Chalmer, 'Ecoagriculture for a Sustainable Food Future'
    28 May, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    The Bijou Theatre, Esperance, 115 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Join us for the official launch of Dr Nicole Chalmer’s book, 'Ecoagriculture for a Sustainable Food Future'. The book will be launched by Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor.
  • Meet and Greet: Readers and Writers Esperance 2021
    28 May, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    The Bijou Theatre, Esperance, 115 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Meet and Greet Opening Event
  • On The Edge Of .. An exhibition of artworks created from recycled books , 22nd May - 6 June
    22 May, 2:00 pm – 06 Jun, 4:00 pm
    Esperance Community Arts , 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    These artworks have been created from old books and other recycled materials and provide inspiring examples of upcycling and storytelling through art-making.
  • Writing on the Edge ...
    08 May, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Facilitator Megan Warren will explore the Readers and Writers Esperance 2021 theme of 'Living on the Edge’.
  • Book Art Studio Days
    30 Apr, 1:00 pm AWST – 11 May, 4:00 pm AWST
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Create your own artworks from recycled books. Drop into our open studio for an hour or two or three to work on your own book art creations for our Readers & Writers Esperance 2021 Exhibition. Please note that registration is not mandatory, drop in on the selected dates & time when you're free!
  • Feedback On Your Fiction
    17 Apr, 10:00 am – 18 Apr, 3:00 pm
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Calling all fiction writers! Would you like some friendly and constructive feedback on something you’ve written? This two day workshop runs 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th April. Read more details below.
  • From Passion To Podcast
    10 Apr, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Writer & actor “Bid” Bidstrup invites you to learn the basics of the global phenomenon that is podcasting. Whether it's for fun, profit or just to join the global conversation on your favourite subject, podcasting is now within the reach of virtually anyone with a computer and a good idea.
  • Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness -Visual Journaling
    10 Apr, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Esperance Community Arts, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Workshop facilitated by Megan Warren. Workshop Three - Art Journaling A different perspective on journaling, an introduction to art journaling and the options that it offers. Create a journal page from magazine or book images, add words or keep it as a visual entry. Click RSVP for more information.
  • Putting Pen to Paper: Your Stories
    07 Apr, 11:00 am – 13 May, 1:00 pm
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    work with you to help you tell your story, or the stories of others. Participants are encouraged to bring work with them, or start new work. This is an opportunity to share ideas and thoughts during the workshops in a safe and non-threatening space.
  • Songwriting Workshop with Sam Carmody
    27 Mar, 10:30 am – 28 Mar, 3:30 pm
    Esperance Community Arts, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Music lyric writing is a complex, mysterious art. In this workshop, novelist and award-winning songwriter Sam Carmody will examine the process of turning sounds into poetry and discuss the importance that imagery plays in writing effective, memorable lyrics. Click on 'Register'for more information.
  • Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness - Book Binding
    20 Mar, 10:30 am – 21 Mar, 3:30 pm
    Esperance Community Arts, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Presented by Kerrie Argent Create your own journal from old books . Have you ever thought of up-cycling your old encyclopaedias to create journals that you can use for new work or to give away as gifts? This is a fun workshop over two days that allows you to give new life to old paper.
  • Act-Belong-Commit Resilience for Youth Through Arts  - Make Your Own Journal
    16 Mar, 3:30 pm – 18 Mar, 5:00 pm
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Art-making is good for health and well being and can be lots of fun. These free community workshops are facilitated by visiting artist, Carol Thompson. Participants will create visual journals from old books whilst also exploring the idea of personal resilience.
  • Scriptwriting for Radio Plays & Podcasts
    13 Mar, 10:30 am – 14 Mar, 2:30 pm
    Esperance Community Arts, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    13th & 14th March Creative Development sessions with Jenny Davis.
  • Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness -Written journals
    06 Mar, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Esperance Community Arts, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    One workshop facilitated by Megan Warren. Workshop Two - Found Word Journaling Create a journal page using found words from old magazines or books, or use the words to jump start a journal entry. Participants will need a pen. Bring your own notebook / journal. Click on RSVP for more information.
  • Writing Nature
    27 Feb, 10:30 am AWST – 28 Feb, 3:30 pm AWST
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Two workshops facilitated by Yann Toussaint over 27th & 28th February, 10.30-3.30 each day. Explore how environmental poetry, creative non-fiction, and ‘the new nature writing’ can help us give voice to the stories of this country and the more-than-human world we share.
  • Act-Belong-Commit Art for Mindfulness - Printmaking (Cyanotypes)
    20 Feb, 11:30 am – 21 Feb, 3:30 pm
    Esperance, 67 Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450, Australia
    Presented by Perdita Phillips 11.30am - 3.30pm 20th Feb & 10am - 2.30pm 21st Feb: Create prints using sunlight, pages of old books and digital images at this two day workshop. Come along to day 1 to for an introduction to the cyanotype process or come along to both days to extend your skills.