Radio Drama UA/UK Playwriting Competition 2018, Ukraine


June 30, 2018


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Radio Drama UA/UK Playwriting Competition

The competition organized by the National Radio Company of Ukraine and the British Council in partnership with Mystetskyi Arsenal offers a unique opportunity for writers to prove themselves in the genre of radio play. The winning piece will be heard by hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians.

The joint British-Ukrainian competition is designed to promote the development of the radio drama genre in Ukraine. The winning piece will be produced and broadcasted by the National Radio Company of Ukraine in January 2019. The winning author will be rewarded with a prize of 25,000 UAH.


To participate, please fill out the online form. In the form, you will have to attach the text of the play, as well as its synopsis in PDF or DOC. You are recommended to have a look at radio playwriting tips by BBC World Drama. Play submission lasts from April 25th to June 30th, 2018.

Winners will be determined by the 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.

Short-listed participants will participate in a playwriting workshop conducted by British BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 playwright Frances Byrnes. During a week, writers will work on their manuscripts under her mentorship and will find out the professional secrets and nuances of work in this genre.

Further on, Matt Thompson from Rockethouse will conduct a training on the peculiarities of radio play creation, working with actors, choice of audio effects and musical accompaniment, as well as the promotion of the pieces for directors and producers of the National Radio Company of Ukraine and other platforms who work or would like to work with radio drama. Participation conditions and dates will be announced in Summer through the National Radio Company of Ukraine, the British Council, and Mystetskyi Arsenal.

Competition timeline

  • 3 September Announcement of the short-list
  • 24 – 28 September Radio playwriting workshop
  • 13 November Announcement of the winner
  • 26 – 30 November Radio play producer and director training
  • January 2019 - Premier of the winning play on the National Radio Company of Ukraine

Meet the UK partner of the project

Rockhouse's motto is ‘Unexpected and Beautiful Radio’.  Founded in 1998 it’s a bijou supplier to the BBC specializing in one-off documentaries and dramas for UK National Radio and the BBC World Service. They also work with Amazon audible producing sound for long duration audio dramas such as The Jungle Book and The Christmas Carol (with Sir Derek Jacobi) and narrative computer games.   

Frances Byrnes loves creating for the radio and its invisible, intimate world. She began as a BBC Radio Production Trainee in 1988. Since 2005 she’s written drama for Radio 3 and Radio 4, fiction and memoir. She’s dramatized cowboy films and classic novels, and even put ballets on air. 

Matt Thompson is a very experienced radio director and producer. He has directed on location, working with actors on the street, in fields, forests but also in high-end studios. The purpose is the same: to create totally believable realities from the performance of actors and the manipulation of sound.

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May 07, 2018
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