Ep. 25: The Comeback of the Audio Drama with Tamara Kissane

Ep. 25: The Comeback of the Audio Drama with Tamara Kissane

 
 
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The 1930s and 1940s were the Golden Age of Radio. Today’s watch parties were yesterday’s listening parties, as families would gather round the radio to hear their favorite serial, variety show, or drama. In fact, at the time BBC was producing twice as many plays for the radio as London’s West End, and the notable radio playwrights of the time included Caryl Churchill, Tom Stoppard, and Harold Pinter. But with the advent of television, shows like these lost their audience. That is until now. Streaming media presents new opportunities for artists to share their stories. And that is what my guest Tamara Kissane and I are talking about today. Tamara is a theater-maker and host of the Artist Soapbox podcast. She is working on her first audio drama, Master Builder, which will premiere at the Women’s Theater Festival next month. Hear what she has to say about challenging the way traditional theater is made and the comeback of the audio play.

About the Guest

Tamara Kissane is a theatre-maker, creative coach, and podcaster for Artist Soapbox. Locally, she’s worked with Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Manbites Dog Theater, The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, Duke Theatre Studies, Transactors Improv, Summer Sisters, Archipelago and both hands theatre company. Tamara is a co-founder of Curious Theatre Collective. Her plays, The New Colossus and Master Builder were commissioned and performed by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern in 2016 & 2018. She is working on two audio dramas to be released via Artist Soapbox in 2019. For more information visit: https://tamarakissane.com/.

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