All of the words I said out loud for S01E15 of Audio Drama Debut, my podcast showcasing new audio drama, fiction and RPG trailers.
SFX - Fountain pen writing, and then being capped. Fire gently crackles in the background.
The Librarian: Hello there. Come in, and help yourself to a cup of Assam. I brewed it rather strong, so there's milk there if you want it.
Welcome once again to the Library of Audio Fiction. We've got dramas, books, stories, actual plays and a few other things. But I bet you're not here for all of those, right? You must be visiting because you've heard about what we've just acquired. That's right, we've now got the only copy of the greatest audio drama of all time.
You know, the one set on the spaceship. With the crew of robots and wizards, led by the sarcastic yet secretly lovable AI. Told through recordings and video calls, on their mission to hunt down space Cryptids, and heading into a dangerous region of cubespace, occupied by the alien Kaspars. It's got that great romance between the captain and a sentient rock, with all the sexy kissing noises, and has this amazing balance of improv comedy and scripted mega-violence.
You want to listen to that, right?
Yeah, I thought so.
I'll just put this apparatus on the desk, and you plug your headphones in here. It's pretty standard, any headphones with a WE-309 jack will do. You don't have any? Why not? I mean, this is the most popular audio drama ever made. Loads of people want to listen to it. And you didn't think to bring a set of headphones that match the only equipment you can listen to it on? Seems a bit short-sighted.
Oh well, millions want to listen to it. I'm sure they'll all find the right headphones, even if you won't.
I suppose you'll just have to make do with something else. Maybe this show about the ongoing adventures of superheroes and their therapist as they try to redeem an organisation that betrayed them? Or this show about an angry short man who goes on a big walk? Or maybe this one about a woman investigating a strange, almost alive piece of history?
Something more novel, eh? I suppose I've got four trailers for new shows, that you can listen to on anything you like. Perhaps those are more your speed?
Let's see, what do we have here.
First up it's On Top of Hooper's Hill. Follow police sergeant Mary-Anne O'Connell and elusive troubadour/archivist Stormchaser as they get to the bottom of strange mysteries in the isolated valley town of Loup Loup.
[CLIP - On Top of Hooper's Hill]
Then we have Human Story Theatre, which focuses on producing new writing with a health and social care issue at heart. This is the trailer for their first podcast play, Dry.
[CLIP - Human Story Theatre]
Then Ochenta Stories. Artists, writers, creatives and podcasters from around the world answer the question: “What do you want to hear when this pandemic is over?” In each standalone episode, you’ll hear stories of all kinds recorded in living rooms, balconies, closets and bedrooms around the world in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean and Mandarin Chinese. The works have been produced in both the original language and a translated version so listeners can enjoy two versions of each story.
[CLIP - Ochenta Stories]
And finally, Going Nowhere, a weekly mystery podcast unraveling the history and happenings of Nowhere, IN.
[CLIP - Going Nowhere]
And that's that. Hope those will keep you busy in your search for equipment, and don't forget, if you want to talk to us, try using the @AudioDramaDebut twitter account. Don't worry, I've not set it to private.