Relaxing audio drama
Engaging Audio Dramas for Chilling Out
Because we’re not always in the mood for edgy thrillers or spine chilling horror. Sometimes it’s nice to slip into a gentler story to help you wind down before bed, or relax on the beach. Looking for a bedtime story, or relaxing on holiday? Our chilled out collection has just the vibe you need. Starting with our newest Wireless Original production, Open Air.
Ruby leaves her beloved, pandemic struck theatre company and takes the long drive back to her father’s Devon farm to find him struggling. Ruby has a lot more empathy for her obstinate father’s situation than he has for hers, and spends a solid two weeks cleaning the farm house. Searching for a job, she stumbles across the magical Minack Theatre, and everything is changed…
Ever wondered how life would be as a young woman running a Devon farm? Sally Anne Criplett is just that girl. Living with her mole obsessed, gun happy, cider drinking father, Sally has her work cut out. But with the love of local farm boy Johnny Hutchins and their mutual passion for Elvis and farm machinery, life can be full of frolics. Devon Girl is a light hearted look at farming with a fair sprinkling of colourful locals, such as the adorable best friend Mary, an imposing lesbian vicar, and local irresistible calf dealer.
Emails Abroad, by Julia Messenger and Shirley Mawer is a radio play based on travels abroad. Relayed by e-mails between the ingenuous first-time traveller and her disillusioned home-bound sister, it culminates in their role-reversal, with the possibility of closure, a tragic end, or a new beginning.
Ladies was inspired by the very real and very fraught campaign at the turn of the 20th Century to build a ladies’ loo just outside Camden Town tube. Restricted toilet facilities for women were causing social, political and economic problems at the time. The story behind this radio play is very real, though these characters have been created purely for your titillation. Starring Alison Steadman.
Iris hadn’t clapped eyes on Jerry, the eighteen year old boy who’d swept her off her feet in 1966 for forty-three years – until a chance meeting at a funeral. Both are now widowed, but will the course of Autumnal love run smooth?
Leaves in Autumn is a gentle comedy drama about love, destiny and redemption. It stars Josephine Tewson (Keeping Up Appearances, Last of the Summer Wine), Hazel Douglas (Bathilda Bagshot in Harry Potter) and Hugh Walters (Doctor Who, Survivors).
Daphnis and Chloe by Longus is thought of as the first novel, written approximately 300 BC, it concerns the young love of Daphnis and Chloe. Both are abandoned as children, found by farmers and grow up to be shepherds. The novel is set against a breath-taking pastoral backdrop, with Daphnis and Chloe being at one with the nature, and as beautiful and unknowing as the land that surrounds them. Such is their innocence that although they long for each other’s company, neither know that the feeling they have towards one another is love. And as that feeling becomes stronger, other forces intercede to prevent their union: pirates, wealth, poverty and seducers plot to separate the potential lovers.
Purdy and Chase is a 4 part audio sitcom from the exceptionally funny Dawn Crumpler. Novice private investigating duo and best friends Pen Purdy and Daisy Chase negotiate a heady mix of insurance fraud and mystery shopping, whilst dealing with their own assortment of doubts and fears in small town Wexton. Pen and Daisy are tiptoeing towards their thirties, desperately trying to face their uncertain future and the inevitable fate looming in the background – having to grow up.
Christopher Timothy comedy audio play. A light-hearted look at the radio drama production process as seen by the members of an amateur dramatics society in a sleepy suburb of Swansea. It can’t be that difficult to make your own play for radio can it? And with a LAMDA-trained professional actor at the helm, surely nothing could go wrong?
Stephen Fry comedy audio play. Rob Sterling Davies is on the crest of a wave: a celebrated scriptwriter, actor, TV personality, the new doyen of Just a Minute, and apparently, Stephen Fry’s new best friend. But all isn’t quite as it seems, and when Stephen discovers that Rob’s BAFTA-winning script was stolen, he undertakes to expose Rob for the fraud he is. Follow-up to the hugely popular We Are Not The BBC, featuring Nicholas Parsons and Stephen Fry as themselves..
Mary’s husband always said she had too much imagination. Well it doesn’t do any harm… or does it? Mary is a resident in a retirement home full of activities and ‘foreign’ staff. It’s Mother’s Day, and Mary looks through cards from her distant children as she muses on her life. Short and touching audio monologue written and performed by Fiz Marcus