Radio Voices Gets Lit Between the Ears!
How is radio drama similar to, and different from, stage, film or television? Radio drama is truly theatre of the mind. Similarities do abound of course between radio drama and pieces performed on the stage, film and television, however, the ability to move, inspire, and create solely through the collaboration of the human voice and the mind is a magnificent feat that requires the utmost discipline, insight and flawless interpretation of a voice actor.To recognize the obvious, radio drama lacks a visual component and therefore is subject to the interpretation of the listener through sound and speech.
Theatre, film, and particularly, live performances, are all visual experiences that generously communicate to their audiences through additional senses such as sight, smell, and touch while incorporating sound and speech. As radio drama caters specifically to sound and speech, the most universally heightened of the senses, opportunities arise for a richer listening experience free from external distraction while enabling an audience member to conjure up their own visual version of the radio drama. In radio drama, the script needs to be expertly written, accommodating the intellectual needs a listener.
The voice actors role is to breathe life into the script and the producers role is to observe all Foley elements as are required to enhance the performance while providing additional mental stimulation for the audience. I liken this parallel to the intellectual experience and satisfaction that reading quality literature brings. Performers of radio dramas are actors, there is no question about it. It is simply a different application that provides its own unique set of challenges and adventures. In order to perform a voice acting role, a person needs to be first and foremost an actor at heart.
In fact, many people use physical gestures and dialog with each other in sessions similarly to how actors feed off of each others energy on stage, film or television.There is a real chemistry that comes across when voice actors have synergy with their cast mates, quite comparable to the same electricity that face-to-face acting brings.
February 23rd, 2017