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    • WHAT IS RADIO DRAMA? RADIO DRAMA IS A FORM OF AUDIO STORY-TELLING WHICH IS THEN BROADCASTED ON THE RADIO FOR WHOMEVER WOULD LIKE TO TUNE IN AND LISTEN. RADIO DRAMAS ACTORS WHO CAN PORTRAY THE EVENTS USING THE RADIO CODES; NARRATION, MUSIC, DIALOGUE, AND SOUND EFFECTS, THESE HELP TO TELL A STORY WITHOUT IT BEING SEEN.
    • MUSIC THE MUSIC IN A RADIO DRAMA IS USED FOR MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS AND MAY BE A HUGE PART FOR CREATING THE AMBIANCE. COMMONLY A RADIO DRAMA WILL HAVE A THEME TUNE THAT WILL INTRODUCE THE BEGINNING OF IT, E.G. THE ARCHERS AND THIS GIVES THE RADIO DRAMA ITS OWN RECOGNITION ALSO THE THEME TUNE CAN BE USED NOT ONLY FOR THE INTRODUCTION BUT ALSO TO END THE DRAMA. NOT ONLY IS IT USED AS AN TOOL FOR ALLOWING THE AUDIENCE TO RECOGNISE THE RADIO DRAMA INSTANTLY BUT IT IS USED FOR THE TRANSITIONS IN BETWEEN SCENES TO EMPHASIZE THE CHANGE OF SCENE.
    • SILENCE AS OPPOSE TO USING MUSIC TO CREATE THE AMBIENCE, SILENCE IS ANOTHER METHOD, WHICH IS GENERALLY USED TO REINFORCE THE TENSION INCREASING IN THE SPECIFIC SCENE. BECAUSE WE AS THE AUDIENCE CAN’T VIEW THE SPEAKERS FACIAL EXPRESSIONS IT IS DOWN TO THEIR SPEAKING TO ALLOW US TO CREATE THE IMAGERY IN OUR HEADS, SO THEREFORE SILENCE CAN BE USED TO BUILD SUSPENSE OR EVEN TO CREATE AN AWKWARD SILENCE E.G. IF TWO CHARACTERS ARE HAVING A CONFRONTATIONAL SCENE THEN A PAUSE IN THEIR SPEAKING WILL LET THE LISTENER KNOW THAT THE ARGUMENT IS GETTING SERIOUS. THIS EFFECT CAN BE STRENGTHENED BY HAVING A LOUD NOISE BEFORE THE SILENCE. IT IS GENERALLY USED IN HORRORS OR EVEN THRILLERS.
    • VOICES/ACCENTS • VOICES RADIO DRAMA DOESN’T INCLUDE VISUALS FOR THAT REASON THE VOICES OF THE CHARACTERS NEED TO BE FITTED TO THE GENRE OF THE DRAMA SO THE AUDIENCE CAN VISUALISE IT FOR THEIR SELVES AND TO DIFFERENTIATE EACH CHARACTER BY THE TONE OF VOICE. IF THE CHARACTER IS ENGLISH PROFESSOR THEN THE CHARACTER HAS TO HAVE A CLEAN, WELL SPOKEN DIALECT AND WISE WORDED. • ACCENTS AN ACCENT DETERMINES WHO YOU ARE AND WHERE YOU ARE FROM, AND SO IF YOU’VE GOT A SCOTTISH ACCENT IT IS CLEAR TO THE AUDIENCE THAT YOU ARE FROM SCOTLAND SO THIS HELPS THE HEARERS TO LOCATE WHERE THE DRAMA MAY BE SITUATED.
    • SOUND EFFECTS THE SOUND EFFECTS ARE ALSO WHAT REFINES THE RADIO DRAMA AS IT HELP TO ADD MORE IMAGERY FOR THE LISTENER. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU HAVE A PLANE LANDING IN ONE SCENE YOU WOULD WANT TO HAVE THE SOUND OF THE PLANES WHEELS GLIDING ON THE FLOOR.
    • CLIFF-HANGER ENDINGS A CLIFF-HANGER ENDING IS ULTIMATELY WHEN YOUR SCENE ENDS WITHOUT HAVING A FULL CONCLUSION, LEAVING THE AUDIENCE EXPECTING MORE, WANTING MORE AND THINKING ABOUT MORE. THIS GENERALLY TAKES PLACE IN SOAP OPERAS OR ANY SEQUELS, BECAUSE IT IS CONTINUOUS MEANING THEY’RE MANY MORE EPISODES DAILY/REGULARLY, SO THIS INTRIGUES THE LISTENER.