Talk: The documentary imagination in radio

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Virginia MadsenAs our series at the British Library comes to a close, our new favourite audiopile, Virginia Madsen, explores the history of radio documentary.

Using rare recordings from the Library archive she will explore the history of the documentary and the illlusive beast that is the “radio feature”.

Virginia has an incredible knowledge of creative radio past and present and from around the world. We’re delighted to have got to know her through this series and we hope you are able to join us at this event.

Where:  The Centre for Conservation @ British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. The Centre for Conservation can be tricky to locate, head up the stairs to the first floor, down the right hand side of the restaurant and outside through the terrace, The Centre for Conservation should be right in front of you.


Tickets: Free Click here to Register >>


Help Us Celebrate Our Birthday!

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i-am-5In January 2015 we will be celebrating our 5th birthday with a very special evening curated by you!

If you have come to any of our events over the past 5 years we would love to hear about the pieces that have stuck with you. On the night we play a selection of your picks.

We will announce more details of the party as soon as we have them but for now we look forward to hearing your favourites.

Please send us a description of the piece or ideally the programme name, producer (and other details you remember). Let us know in a couple of lines why this piece stuck in your mind or was important to you.

You can email your picks to rosanna@inthedarkradio.org


Wellcome Hub Launched!

Last modified on 2014-11-07 17:33:20 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

hubbub-portrait-RGB1-211x300We’re so excited to be one of the collaborators in this wonderful project that launched this week. It is a two year residency based in the  Wellcome Collection Hub space that brings together scientists, poets, broadcasters, anthropologists, psychologists (you get the picture) to explore the theme of rest.

We’ll be bringing you more news of what we’re up to and ways you can get involved in the New Year when our formal residency begins. Until then, you can read more about The Hubbub here >>



Early Radio Features @ The British Library

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Throughout October and November In The Dark will be rifling through the archives for a very special series of events. A rare opportunity to hear some of the classic radio works that helped shape the language of the creative radio we celebrate today.

We will be playing you programmes from the BBC Features Department, created in 1945 and led by producer Laurence Gilliam with D.G.Bridson as his deputy. The late 1940s and 1950s were the heyday of the department, which quickly earned a reputation for the brilliance of its output and the heavy drinking elite who were the features producers.

These events are being held in conjunction with The British Library, the Centre for Media History at Bournemouth University and the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster.

We have worked closely with Dr Amanda Wrigley and Professor Hugh Chignell on this series and they have written articles which offer a little background and context about each feature, which can be found here.

Join us for this unique series that will open your ears to sounds past.

2nd October: The March of the ’45, written by D.G. Bridson, and produced by Gordon Gildard and D.G. Bridson for broadcast in 1956. (First produced in 1936.)

16th October: In Parenthesis, written by David Jones, and produced by Douglas Cleverdon for broadcast in 1955. (First produced in 1946.)

30th October: The Rescue, written by Edward Sackville-West with music by Benjamin Britten and produced by Val Gielgud for broadcast in 1962. (First produced in 1943.)

13th November: The Dark Tower (1946), written and produced by Louis MacNeice with music by Benjamin Britten.

27th November: Under Milk Wood (1963), written by Dylan Thomas and produced by Douglas Cleverdon. (First produced in 1954.)

Where: The Centre for Conservation @ British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. The Centre for Conservation can be tricky to locate, head up the stairs to the first floor, down the right hand side of the restaurant and outside through the terrace, The Centre for Conservation should be right in front of you.

When: Doors 5.00pm for a 5.15pm start (so we can squeeze in the whole feature before British Library closes its doors for the evening). Please note each feature is between 70 – 90 minutes in length and there will be an intermission at each event.

Tickets: All events are free, but ticketed. Please book your tickets through the British Library – here.




Registration is now open! In The Dark @ HearSay International Audio Arts Festival, 21st – 23rd November 2014

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We are very exited to be collaborating with Grey Heron Media for the first ever HearSay Festival which will be taking place in November this year. The festival will be taking place in the beautiful mountain village of  Kilfinane in Co. Limerick for three days and nights in November.

Registration is now open and as there are limited places we suggest that you register as soon as possible to avoid dissapointment: REGISTER HERE >>

This truly promises to be an audio festival like no other, with all sorts of wonderful audio delights to explore in unusual and unexpected ways. To find out more visit the HearSay website and stay tuned for more news.



“Why I’m Switching to Danish Radio”!

Last modified on 2014-07-03 16:58:20 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

We’re delighted that award nominee, Stig’s Teeth, and the In The Dark Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest got such a big mention in this week’s Spectator radio review by Kate Chisholm. Step aside Borgen! It’s all about the Danish radio now!

Read the review here >>


Guardian Podcast of our Picks from Sheffield Entries!

Last modified on 2014-07-03 16:32:22 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

During Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 The Guardian featured extracts from some of our favorite English language entries for the In The Dark Sheffield Audio Award (along with some enthusiastic discussion with The Guardian’s Vicky Frost and ITD’s founder, Nina Garthwaite).

You can hear all 4 episodes here >>