Audio Drama Production Podcast: How to make radio drama, radio plays, & audio fiction

Hello! Interested in voice acting and wanting to know more, or already doing it but looking to take it up a level or more? What training opportunities are there? Where do you find jobs? How do you prepare a script, warm up, work well with your colleagues and director? What other fields do voice actors work in? We bombard this week's guests with such questions and, resilient folk that they are, they come back with some great insights and invaluable advice.

The world of voice acting for audio drama is such a varied one, we have divided it into two acts. Here, in Act 1, we had the great pleasure of talking to three professional actors:

David Ault has been quite prolific in audio drama over the last decade. He is currently working in The No Sleep Podcast

Erika Sanderson was an established stage actor before coming to audio drama. She now features in The No Sleep Podcast

Beth Eyre is a voice actor probably best known for her role as Antigone Funn in Wooden Overcoats, as well as working for The Wireless Theatre Company. She also has a range of experience, from BBC productions to theatre acting too.

Some of the many places to find voice acting roles:
Casting Call Pro
Voices Pro
Audio Drama Auditions Facebook Group

An excellent guide to setting your recording levels and positioning your microphone by Steven Jay Cohen

How to create a silent home studio by ThePodcastHost

Libsyn Vs Blubrry: Where should I host my Podcast? by

Direct download: 112ADP_Acting_Act1.mp3
Category:Audio Fiction -- posted at: 11:48am UTC

Hello! We have fabulous contributions from a number of wonderful audio creatives who spend hours of fun time directing Voice Actors. What does a director of audio work actually do? We find out with varying degrees of success, hints and tips with help from:

Ed Champion, creator and producer of The Gray Area.

Eli McIlveen writer, creator and Sean Howard producer and co-creator of Alba Salix, Royal Physician.

Hari Rai Khalsa, Producer and Director of Radiation World.

Pete Lutz - Writer, Producer, Director Actor, Publicist, Sound designer, maker of t-shirts for Narada Radio Company.

So what are the kind of things you can expect a Director of an Audio Drama Or Comedy to do? Provide snacks? A back massage now 'n then? Promise no violence? Yes to all of these. Definitely more snacks. Mmmmm Chocolate Digestives..

There's a lot to be said for those who take the time to communicate with these wonderful strange beasts known as actors, and give them a ballpark to aim for - especially if they're remote/satellite. How does directing folks in a room differ from directing someone through an earpiece in a different continent, or four actors in different time zones using source connect? Why is saying 'Do Irish' not totally acceptable? Have a listen and feel free to communicate with us how YOU work. Or let us know if this podcast has been useful....

We'd LOVE to hear from you....

Fiona and Sarah

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Direct download: 111ADP_Directing_Actors.mp3
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Have you ever wondered what a Comedy producer actually does? Ed Morrish has been responsible for producing a plethora of amazing shows - mostly on Radio 4 - and you’ll have heard his name on the credits of such shows as John Finnemore’s souvenir programme, The remake of the missing episodes of Hancocks Half Hour, Spats, Lemn Sissay’s Homecoming, The Now Show, The News Quiz, Newsjack, Welcome To Our Village, Please Invade Carefully, Dilemma….the list goes on… and…its a very star studded list of awesomeness…isn’t it?

We find out why writing your project is akin to dealing with meconium….yes….really….and discover what fun can be had with live foley, just how many female comedy commissioners we have had recently, how Ed’s mum (MAYSHERESTINPEACE) (We’re Pratchett fans…this is respectful) realised that a producer ‘doesn’t actually DO anything’, top tips for what to edit out of your work before you submit it, how cool it was to recreate the Hancock’s Half Hour scripts for aural consumption, where to send voice reels, is using music cheating and what fun games John Finnemore uses to warm up his audience.

We can’t WAIT for you to hear this and hope it inspires you to get submitting some awesome comedy to a suitable Producer of your choice soon….

Ed can be found on

The BBC has a wealth of information about all of the programmes listed on their website

The Writers Room is a FANTASTIC resource for information and scripts and blogs and writing opportunities….I’m on it daily….

The Radio Drama Company are definitely worth a look at if you’re a budding voice actor...

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Direct download: 110_ADP_I_Say_I_Say_I_Say_How_Many_Producers.mp3
Category:Audio Fiction -- posted at: 9:29am UTC

In this packed episode we hear from some amazingly inspiring active creative audio drama producers re: their favourite D.A.W. There's hints and tips and why people prefer one D.A.W over another. Thank you SO MUCH to the very talented Raul Vega (Rose Drive, PRO TOOLS) Edward Champion (Gray area, REAPER), Matthew McLean (A Scottish Podcast/Yap Audio, ADOBE AUDITION), Rick Cost (Fiona Potts interview, HINDENBURG) Travis Vengroff (Liberty Podcast, MIXCRAFT).

Sarah does 'singing'. Fiona does spiel about punch and rolling. What's not to like?


Rose Drive

Edward Champion
The gray area

Matthew MacLean
A Scottish Podcast and more...

Travis Vengroff
Liberty Podcast

Rick Coste
Fiona Potts interview + so many more

Fiona Thraille

Sarah Golding


Podcast host course on audacity Sarah is using
Podcast host microphone review

Some extra reading...if ya wanna...

Thank you to allll of our wonderful Patreon contributors...if you would like to become one, Fiona will do an audio dance, just for you. Sarah promises not to....

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