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Aims and Objectives

> To provide and encourage quality and affordable training in radio skills.

> To promote skills sharing across the independent production sector

> To encourage new entrants to the independent production sector.

> To encourage networking, collaboration and partnership across the sector.

> To promote dIversity in programme making, and production.

> To be accessible to indie staff, freelance, and BBC and commercial radio staff.

(archived - course delivered)

How to develop an idea, to negotiate the radio drama commissioning process, and bring your script to fruition.

Date & Time: Weds 9th March 2016, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Venue: Equiano Room, Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street, London W1

Places & prices: 12 learners, £40 non-member. £25 for RIG member/ associate

To book a place please go to the Bookwhen at but please check your eligibility here first.  Note also that this course is NOT suitable for people who attended the recent 'Writing for Radio Drama' course.

How to develop, pitch and script ideas for radio drama ...

  • How does radio drama work?Robin Brooks head-shot
  • How can your own creativity best match what the BBC  (or other platforms) are looking for?
  • And how can your ideas take shape on the page?

Course outline:

  • Introduction – the nature of radio drama and how we experience it.
  • The essentials of the medium.
  • Nuts and bolts of radio-scripts, do’s and don’t’s of audio-drama.
  • Create and pitch an idea and develop a treatment.
  • Rough out a sample scene with individual tuition.
  • Review what works.    

Training Provider:

Allegra Productions is an independent production company based in Suffolk. We provide high quality scripts and radio drama productions, audio drama and voice overs -


Robin Brooks is a playwright and dramatist with twenty years experience of writing original plays and adaptations for BBC Radio. Notable works for Radio 4 include a six hour dramatisation of James Joyce’s Ulysses and Robert Graves’ I Claudius  and Claudius the God,   and last year The Sea, The Sea (starring Jeremy Irons). And for Radio 3, Boccacio’s Decameron Remixed  and Solzhenitzyn’s August 1914 . He has also written many original dramas and series. He has worked with many producers, both in-house and independent,  as well as running his own production company, Allegra Productions with Fiona McAlpine. He recently adapted Carmilla for Audible Originals, starring David Tennant, Phoebe Fox and Rose Leslie and is currently writing a new drama about Coleridge for Drama on 3.

Fiona McAlpine is a radio drama producer and director and will be facilitating the course with Robin. Last year for Allegra Productions, she produced nearly eight hours of drama for Radio 4 and Audible.  She also freelances as a producer/co-ordinator.