Ears Wide Open is an experiment in site specific audio drama – an opportunity for two writers (one from the West Midlands and one from the East Midlands) to collaborate and write a series of short plays in response to locations in Birmingham and Nottingham. The locations should echo each other – they might be green spaces in the city or underground spaces. They might be rooftop locations, night clubs, industrial spaces or cinemas.Download the writers brief(pdf).
The aim of the commissions is to make radio drama which will be heard by listeners in a particular location in both cities as part of the Birmingham Book Festival and as part of the Momentum New Writing Festival. The commissioned writers will collaborate with each other and with the director of Theatre Writing Partnership, Kate Chapman, who will produce the audio drama. Our aim is to make the audio drama available online but also to find a way to present it on location in each city as part of each respective festival.
Other creative input will come from a sound designer (to be appointed) and from Director of Birmingham Book Festival, Jonathan Davidson.
We would like the commissioned writers to have an input into finalising the creative brief and identifying the locations. At this stage we would like to invite expressions of interest from writers who would be interested in this project. The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 February 2010. The writing period will be March – June 2010 with recording and editing taking place from July – September 2010 and the presentation in October.
Link c/o BBC Writersroom.