Exploring the artist’s opportunity to thrive?

April 8, 2020
Bob Eckhard

I wonder what this image brings to mind?

For many of us the picture will speak of freedom or wild abandonment. For some, it will suggest a chance to explore and discover new things. Yet for some, it serves the despondency and grief that many are feeling in this time of Covid19, isolation and lack of structure.

My initial title for this post was ‘Boxing clever in a time of isolation.’ However, I have since settled on ‘Exploring the artist’s opportunity to thrive.’

One thing most writers soon become adept at is understanding what the industry is seeking in regards to genre, tone and format. In fact we are so good at this, that a slew of scripts inspired by a successful TV series will often materialise within months. And yet, we live in uncertain times as revealed by the present crisis for film and TV output. A time in which some ‘creatives’ are sought to write, act in and film their own response to isolation from their own homes.

Why? Because this is the only way that TV production companies can make new content at the moment.

With this in mind, one possible opportunity that is available right now is to write a monologue drama or comedy for radio. A script that requires one actor, producer and equipment. Or perhaps even a producer who is also the actor with equipment at home.

As I write this blog, I am currently engaged in several projects at different levels of completion. That said, I am also adapting a long forgotten comedy play into a monologue for radio  (3o mins – comedy, 40 mins, drama).

Why? Because it will be great to see something produced and an opportunity to get a radio writing credit. Something that others might consider also?

All the best

NB BBC producer’s emails are usually name.surname@bbc.co.uk  ie) john.smith@bbc.co.uk

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