The UK Int'l Radio Drama Festival is postponed & we are creating a raft of audio experiences for audiences throughout the world to enjoy online. Our administrator is on leave and we need someone to pick up the ball and run with it.
This is a job of co-ordination, liaison with radio drama makers around the world and technical administration; running and developing our word press based website. The UK International Radio Drama Festival www.radiodramafestival.org.uk was postponed this week - just like everything else. We have put the work up on line and hope to remount the festival itself in Canterbury later in the year. In the meanwhile the team of four / five are coming up with a raft of ideas, commissions, creations of new radio dramas from our friends and partners around the world - all largely working remotely from home. It's an opportunity for us to play, experiment, create and entertain. But our co-ordinating figure is taking some project leave at the moment and we need someone to jump in and take control of the liaison with people, and organisation of us and of course the website itself. It's a bit of everything really, person (us) management, international audience and participation development, website development, administration. And taking wild and wonderful ideas and rooting them in reality.
Interpersonal and organisational skills are vital. Both for the core team, whose meetings now need to take place on zoom, and who need old fashioned bossing about a bit and pr with our international partners, often working in English as a second language and struggling with the change in landscape as much as we are. IT skills are also important, both in terms of emailing mailshots, voip, online calendars etc., but most of all a familiarity with the underlying resources; the (wordpress based website, the soundfiles on soundcloud etc, the facebook page, the twitter account etc.) Competence and a facility is need not expertise. The sort of person who is not afraid to work it out and give it a go. Experience and ideas in marketing would be welcome and of course and enthusiasm for the work, presenting new ideas in audio drama; a world in which any character can be created and any listener can be transported anywhere.
This coordination administration pr and management role is a central cog in the UKIRDF's engine. Without it we're going to struggle and if you are that person, you will already know how vital your role is. With your support we can bring a bit of cheer and illumination to hundreds and thousands of people currently stuck at home.
The website is to become an open space hosting
a) "forgotten radio drama masterpieces" that people have recorded on some old reel to reel
b) a youth and activies platform for young people to make radio drama and put it up on line
c) a discussion forum of the work
d) new dramas and ideas
c) a shared experience with other festivals in other countries
d) the creation of some tiny 20 second radio dramas "radio drama to wash your hands to".
1. Being an crucial cog in the engine means that this and more can get done with your support and not without it.
2. Its a friendly quirky core team of four / five of us - we all do it because we love it and its bags of fun.
3. Its a lovely exercise in cultural exchange - at the heart of the festival is the working together and exchange of ideas
4. It's the most important time for radio drama. Loads of people are transferring their work in arts to broadcast into peoples homes but radio drama is the art form designed for this work and capable of lifting people out of their homes to other worlds.
5. There's a huge "can we?" element.
This appears as a short term project over the summer ahead. But if you love the project as much as we do - there is bags of opportunity for the long term.