On January 24, at 21:00, UA: Radio Culture broadcasted the play "The Voice", which won the UA/UK Radio Drama competition, organized by the British Council, the Ukrainian Radio and the Mystetsky Arsenal.
The UK-Ukraine Radio Drama Competition, organised by the National Radio Company of Ukraine and the British Council, in partnership with Mystetskyi Arsenal, offers a unique opportunity for aspiring writers, with the winning play broadcast to hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians.
The program includes a competition of original radio plays, which was opened from April 23 to June 30, 2018, and opportunities for improving the professional competencies of Ukrainian radio writers, producers, directors and studio technicians.
Short-listed participantsparticipated in a radio playwriting masterclass (24-28 September 2018), led by British BBC Radio 4 and Radio 3 playwright Frances Byrnes, where they will work on their scripts, exploring a range of writing and editing techniques.
Iryna Borysyuk, a literary scholar, journalist, teacher and writer, won the competition. Her play "The voice" will be produced and broadcast by the National Radio Company of Ukraine in January 2019, and its author awarded a prize of 25,000 UAH.
The winner was determined by a jury, which will include representatives of the National Radio Company of Ukraine, Mystetskyi Arsenal, British production company Rockethouse, and Ukrainian experts in literature and theatre.
In November 2018, Matt Thompson from the British independent radio production company Rockethouse will lead practical training on the challenges and creative opportunities of radio drama production, including building compelling soundscapes, getting the best out of actors, and editing techniques. This will be a unique opportunity for aspiring directors, producers and sound engineers to gain practical experience in radio drama production from an industry leader. Participation conditions and dates will be announced in September through the National Radio Company of Ukraine, the British Council, and Mystetskyi Arsenal.