Audio drama

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Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online
From live streams of new plays to classics from the archive, here are some of the top shows online now or coming soon

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

11, Apr, 2021 @9:16 AM

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Angela review – Mark Ravenhill's tale of dance and dementia
The playwright takes us inside the mind of his late mother in a poignant audio play that dramatises her shifting sense of self

Arifa Akbar

25, Mar, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Christopher Boy’s Communion review – Mamet's warped drama of motherhood and murder
David Mamet’s new play, adapted as an audio drama, follows an indomitable Manhattanite willing to sacrifice everything to save her murderer son

Arifa Akbar

09, Mar, 2021 @1:25 PM

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The week in audio: Today in Focus; Cold Case Cuts; Renegades: Born in the USA; Between the Ears
Two very different takes on true crime enthral and charm, while Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen get chatting on their new podcast

Miranda Sawyer

27, Feb, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Earwig review – weightlifting, witches and one high-stakes curry
A trip to the gym for some metaphysical exercise opens the Tron theatre’s fascinating series of experimental audio dramas

Mark Fisher

03, Feb, 2021 @12:02 PM

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The lockdown boom in audio plays: 'it's drama the pandemic can’t touch'
Mike Bartlett, Alan Ayckbourn, Adjoa Andoh and other top theatre-makers reflect on why listening to drama is perfect for our times

Arifa Akbar

02, Feb, 2021 @10:44 AM

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A queer, immersive take on haunted house scares – podcasts of the week
Lucy Fallon and Pearl Mackie star in the audio drama Sour Hall. Plus: Alan Carr is a ray of sunshine, and 10 Things That Scare Me considers our deepest fears

Hannah J Davies, Hannah Verdier and Madeleine Finlay

29, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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See you in the virtual bar! Digital dramas capture buzz of theatregoing
Sound Stage, a season of eight new audio plays, will enable audience members to connect with each other virtually

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

13, Jan, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Phoenix/The Ghost Caller reviews – spiked satire and phone spooks
Mike Bartlett’s monologue brings us the inner life of a despotic public figure and Luke Barnes’s over-the-phone drama is profoundly creepy

Arifa Akbar

10, Nov, 2020 @4:04 PM

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Traverse festival review – sense of apocalyptic doom is bang on trend
Traverse flies the Edinburgh festival flag with audio plays tackling ‘what happens after an earth-shattering event’, doomsday cults and slippery politics

Mark Fisher

25, Aug, 2020 @1:01 PM

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As Waters Rise review – dystopian climate drama feels close to home
Floods plunge Britain into a state of emergency in an engrossing audio play performed by 14- to 18-year-olds

Arifa Akbar

20, Jul, 2020 @2:00 PM

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Anno Domino review – marital woe and toxic politics in Ayckbourn's lockdown play
The playwright and his wife, actor Heather Stoney, play all eight parts – from 70-somethings to teenagers – in his 84th drama

Arifa Akbar

25, May, 2020 @3:10 PM

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