توقف تولید نمایش های رادیویی بی بی سی
سرویس جهانی بی بی سی، تولید نمایش های رادیویی را پس از 79 سال کار بی وقفه، قطع کرد. این نمایش ها به دلیلاستفاده از متون نویسندگان نام آور، وبازیگران متبحر جایگاه خاصی بین علاقمندان به هنر نمایش در سراسر جهان داشت، تا ان جا که کمپینی برای منصرف کردن مسوولان بی بی سی از این تصمیم تشکیل شده بود.
به هر ترتیب این تلاش ها موفق واقع نشد و و نمایش های این شبکه به پایان راه خود رسید.نمایش هایی که به لحاظ فنون برنامه سازی الگویی برای نمایش های رادیویی در سراسر جهان بود و جوایزمتعدد بین المللی را هم دریافت کرده بود.این خبر را خانوم Marion Nancarrow ، تهیه کننده ی نمایش رادیویی و ازسازمان دهندگان پویش حفظ نمایش هایی رادیویی، به اطلاع اعضا رسانده است.
اطلاعات بیشتر به زبان انگلیسی، از ای میلی که ذکر شد.
From midnight last night, after 79 years of broadcasting on the network, World Service’s regular drama slot came to an end and the team was disbanded.
In its heydey, Drama transmitted 2.5 hours a week. Voices heard across those years included Donald Wolfit, John Gielgud, Rex Harrison, Peggy Ashcroft, Paul Scofield, Trevor Howard, Ian Holm, Judi Dench, Tom Conti, Penelope Wilton, John Kani, , , Juliet Stevenson, Keeley Hawes, Toby Stephens, Sophie Okonedo, David Suchet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, , , Ed Asner and Calista Flockhart. Kenneth Branagh, Daniel Day Lewis and Ewan McGregor did their first radio for the World Service! Plays by Stoppard, Soyinka, Tremain, Beckett, Bennett, Rushdie, Naipaul, Atta Aidoo, Dove, Oda, Agboluaje, Baldwin and Shakespeare have been heard, winning countless Sonys. The hugely popular – and only global – soap, Westway, attracted a diversity of writing and acting talent and won the CRE Award for Best Soap in 2000 (beating Coronation Street!). The entire 7 years of broadcast was repeated on Radio 7.
Recent judges for the international playwriting competition, now in its 22nd year, included Lennie James and . Recent collaborations have been with Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Court, King’s College, The Slade School of Fine Art and, of course, the .,
Directors Gordon House and David Hitchinson became household names and the department has always shared its expertise with new writers, directors and actors. Westway became a training ground for writers and producers moving on to Eastenders, Casualty and beyond and the department gave advice, support and training for drama projects set up by the WS Trust, including Rruga Me Pisha in Albania, Story Story in Nigeria and Thabyegone Ywa in Burma, as well as to the Asian network soap, Silver Street. We ran writing and acting workshops in Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Zimbabwe, across South Africa, Malawi and the Middle East. We co-founded "Worldplay", an annual season of international collaborations with English-speaking Radio Drama Producers across the world. With the British Council and African Productions, the first ever 2nd language radio writing residency was set up in London. Writers who attended went on to win the , to be shortlisted for the Asian Booker and to have plays premiered off Broadway and at the Royal Court.
And World Drama became the place for new voices – from the Sony Gold winner Michael Philip Edwards’ one man show Runt, about being Jamaican in America, to plays by 10 year olds from Ghana, Kosovo, Singapore and Bangladesh in Generation Next; from 12 Royal Court Young Writers in 12 countries writing online about water in We Are Water, to young people living with disabilities in Uganda in Beautiful Only at Night. Our last 2 regular broadcasts were a play inspired by the work of a theatre company in Malawi who use drama to change attitudes to HIV/AIDS and a Russian playwright’s first commission about climate change, written in the Artic! In this way, the network gave a platform and an opportunity to celebrate the diversity, imagination and universality of every country of which its audience was comprised.
Of course, we continue to run the BBC/British Council International Playwriting Competition and that is a wonderful and genuine way to continue to bring new voices to the network. And some ad hoc drama will hopefully continue.
I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve been able to achieve – and lament what our audience and the upcoming generation of talent will lose – but I’m also acutely aware that none of this would have happened without you – our fantastic contributors and supporters, who gave so much to ensure that only the best work was heard on air. And that really is the point of this long email: I can’t thank you enough. I hope we will find other ways to bring those stories to the world.
In the meantime, my warmest wishes, as ever,
Executive Producer, Audio Drama