Audible, National Theatre release News Voices podcast
August 3, 2023
National Theatre and Audible have released a new podcast, New Voices, featuring ten plays from shortlisted and winning New Views. The New Voices series aims to celebrate and platform the next generation of writing talent from across the UK.
The plays, originally written by young people for the National Theatre’s New Views programme, have been adapted especially for audio as part of the new Audible Original podcast. Audible and the National Theatre have worked with these new writers to support them through the adaptation process and give them first-hand experience of the commissioning, audio development and audio recording process.
Audible is the Official Audio Partner for the New Views playwrighting competition, supporting the next generation of writing talent across the UK and elevating young voices. The ten New Voices plays offer a young person’s perspective on a range of important issues, with the writers encouraged to speak to their interests’ passions and experiences. Some of the topics explored in this collection of plays include alcoholism, neurodivergence, identity, immigration, and grief. The series features six brand new plays, as well as four plays previously released as part of NT and Audible’s previous podcast collaboration.
The new plays now available on the New Voices podcast are:
- If Not Now, When by Isabel Hague from CAPA College, Wakefield, 2019 winning play
- Teapot Troubles by Loresa Leka from Richmond upon Thames College, Twickenham, 2022 shortlisted play
- Perspective by Mackenzie Wellfare from HSDC Alton, Hampshire, 2021 winning play
- £39 by Rachel Lane from The Becket School, Nottingham, 2018 shortlisted play
- Blue by Rae Webb from Forest School, Walthamstow, 2022 shortlisted play
- Ashes to Ashes by Sol Oberman, from Camden School for Girls, Camden, 2018 shortlisted play
As well as the four plays previously released and also incorporated in the series are:
- If We Were Older by Alice Sparrow from CAPA College, Wakefield, 2018 winning play
- Childhood War and Love by Ellie Jayne Sharman from Ricard’s Lodge High School, Wimbledon, 2021 shortlisted play
- Colour Inside the Lines by Jamila Salim from The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Girls’ School, Elstree, 2021 shortlisted play
- Bus Stops by Mia Galanti from Lady Margaret School, Parsons Green, 2021 shortlisted play
Sol Aberman, 2018 shortlisted author, said: “It has been joyous and surreal to take this play from stage to audio. I was a bit overwhelmed when I showed up to the studio and was greeted with the warmth, care, and generosity everyone had brought to the play. There are so many talented people who have put it all together, all working at the highest level, who have been so supportive at every step, and who make me feel giddy to call myself a playwright.”
Alice King Farlow, Director of Learning and National Partnerships at the National Theatre, commented: “Seeing our talented New Views writers expand their skills further by developing their plays into audio dramas is wonderful. We are delighted to collaborate with Audible to support our News Views programme and create the New Voices podcast to allow these young people to share their voices with an even wider audience and have the opportunity to explore different career pathways.”
Tracey Markham, Head of UK and Canada at Audible. added: “At Audible we are proud to champion new voices and invest in the next generation of writing talent. Each New Voices playwright has a fascinating and unique perspective, and we are honoured to work with the National Theatre to produce the these plays to celebrate the New Views programme’s 10th anniversary. The podcast provides a brilliant insight into the lives of young people today and we hope the audio series encourages more emerging playwrights to share their work and look to audio as an exciting opportunity in the dramatic arts.”