Created By: Xtifr on December 25, 2012 Last Edited By: Xtifr on January 8, 2013
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Audio Play

Drama CDs, sketch comedy albums, and the like.

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
Trope
(Since the namespace has been approved and now has a few examples, I thought we should have an index. Note that if you know of works that should be in this namespace, feel free to mention them, and we'll see about getting them moved. Remember, the primary namespace for a work should be its original medium!
With the rise of Radio came a new style of fiction: the Audio Play. Although Radio Drama mostly died with the rise of Television, the Audio Play did not; it continued unabated on records and later on CDs, and most recently, on Podcast.

The thing that distinguishes an Audio Play from a dramatic reading or stand-up comedy is that the listener is generally supposed to think that he's listening to actual events. There may be a narrator, but individual characters usually have their own distinct voices, and foley work (audio special effects) provides a sense of actually being there.

Some artists like Stan Freberg successfully transitioned from radio to other Audio Play formats, like the record album. Others, like Cheech and Chong and the Firesign Theatre actually started out creating Audio Plays on vinyl, after the death of radio. In Japan, the Drama CD, a form of Audio Play, is still popular today.

Note: Examples that fit under Radio or Podcast should appear there instead. This is an index of Audio Plays that don't fit under either subcategory. (Although not all radio shows or podcasts are actually Audio Plays, so this is not a proper supertrope.) Adaptations should only appear here if the adaptation has its own page.

Audio plays with pages on this wiki:


Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • December 25, 2012
    Xtifr
    I'm not entirely sure about excluding radio and podcast examples, since, as it says above, not all radio and podcast shows are also audio plays, but for radio, at least, the majority of work pages we have are audio plays, so it seemed like a reasonable approach.

    Also, I realize that three is an awfully small number to have for an index, but it is technically enough to meet Three Rules Of Three, and I have plans to add a few more audio play work pages. Plus, we probably have a few more floating around that haven't been namespaced yet.
  • December 25, 2012
    ArkadyDarell
    Would Commentary The Musical go in that namespace? (It's, like, one of the few things on my watchlist left with no namespace where I have no idea where it'd go. Has no index either, for bonus ??? points.)
  • December 25, 2012
    Xtifr
    Hmm, tough call. If it's entirely musical, then it might fit better under Music/, but I'm really not sure. There's a thread in the forum for tricky namespace questions.

  • December 25, 2012
    FordPrefect
    "actual events" -> "actual in-universe events"

    Thrilling Adventure Hour is another corner case, it's a live theater show that became a podcast (of individual segments plus the occasional bonus feature) relatively recently.

  • December 25, 2012
    randomsurfer
    .
  • December 26, 2012
    Xtifr
    Yeah, and since we generally categorize by original medium (unless we have separate pages for adaptations in multiple media), Thrilling Adventure Hour should probably be moved to the Audio Play/ namespace and listed here. With a redirect from Podcast/, of course.

    Either that or it should be in Theatre/ with a redirect from Podcast/. In either case, it's in the wrong namespace now.
  • December 27, 2012
    Xtifr
    I added a new one I just created, Nick Danger, and I have at least one more in the sandbox.

    I wonder if I should mention "Drama CD" in the laconic to get the attention of Anime fans, since that seems to be a term they use a lot.
  • December 28, 2012
    Duncan
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  • December 28, 2012
    Gatomon41
    • BBC Radio adapated a number of literary works into audio plays, including:
      • Asimov's Foundation, with eight episodes to cover the Trilogy.
      • Tolkein's The Hobbit , as well as The Lord Of The Rings twice (once in 1955, and again in 1981). The second adapation featured Ian Holm (who played Biblo in the latter movies) as Frodo.
  • December 28, 2012
    Xtifr
    ^ Hmm, I'm not sure about examples like that, which already have a main page in another namespace. I suppose that if The Film Of The Book can go under Film, then maybe...but it seems sketchy.

    If there were a separate page for the audio play adaptation, then I'd say yes, though, but I haven't seen any examples of those. (Furthermore, wouldn't those already go under Radio? Or were they never broadcast?)

    This is just mainly filling in a gap in our media-type coverage, and to help make the new namespace more prominent. It probably doesn't need a lot of examples; I just want something to list on Administrivia.Namespace, and for there to be a blue-link if you just type the namespace, like there is for Comic Book/ or Western Animation/.
  • December 29, 2012
    Xtifr
    Oh, and most of these need some sort of index, and this is (will be) the only thing they've got, for the most part.
  • January 2, 2013
    Xtifr
    Bump. This probably doesn't need a lot more examples, since it's about indexing a brand-new namespace. However, I would like some feedback on the description. Does it seem good enough? Anything else that can be mentioned? Does it emphasize the right things?

    If it seems ok, some hats would be good, but since this is a fairly fundamental index for a whole media namespace, I'm not sure hats are going to be a strict requirement here.
  • January 2, 2013
    StarSword
  • January 2, 2013
    Xtifr
    ^ Again, this is an index for a set of works that don't have any other index (or at least no medium index). Until someone makes a page for The Star Wars Radio Dramas, I'm not convinced they need to be here. Do we really need this index to appear on the Franchise/ page?

    This is a fundamental medium page, like Literature or Western Animation. It's just a very small one so far, but the works here have nowhere else to go. (And there's probably at least a few more than could have pages now that we've decided on a namespace for them. Like Drama CDs.)

    eta: I should probably edit the description a bit to make all this more clear.
  • January 2, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Big Finish Doctor Who is currently listed under radio, but (based on my admittedly little knowledge of them) they should be listed here instead.
  • January 3, 2013
    Xtifr
    ^ Does sound like it. (There was a similar issue where The Firesign Theatre was listed under Radio--though they're actually creators, so I moved them.) I want to do a little more research to verify, but if you're right, I'll go ahead and move the page (leaving a redirect, of course, for those who are used to the old location).
  • January 4, 2013
    Xtifr
    The Other Wiki has a page named "List of Doctor Who audio plays by Big Finish". They even use the same term we do. So I think that's pretty clear; Big Finish Doctor Who should be moved to the Audio Play/ namespace, and listed here. (I'll do the listing first, because that's easier.)
  • January 5, 2013
    Xtifr
    Bump, hello, this needs to be launched. Half these works have no index whatsoever, and a couple of the others are on indexes they don't really belong on. If the description seems ok to you, please add a hat; if not, please add comments.
  • January 5, 2013
    StarSword
    I've posted a preliminary work page for the Star Wars Radio Dramas.
  • January 5, 2013
    Xtifr
    ^ If it was a "Radio Drama", then it should go under Radio/, not Audio Play/, and should appear on the Radio index, not this one. Unless that was just the name--but from the description, it sounds like it was actually broadcast originally.
  • January 5, 2013
    StarSword
    My bad; I thought they were the same thing. I'll namespace-move it.
  • January 5, 2013
    Xtifr
    It does say "Examples that fit under Radio or Podcast should be listed there instead." Should I make that more prominent somehow?
  • January 5, 2013
    StarSword
    ^No, I wasn't paying attention.
  • January 6, 2013
    Xtifr
    Bump. Still needs hats, unless there's something else to do here.
  • January 6, 2013
    justanid
  • January 7, 2013
    Xtifr
    ^ This is an index, not a list, so I don't think there's much point in including adaptations unless they have a separate page. I'll defer to the common wisdom if enough people disagree, but it doesn't make much sense to me.
  • January 8, 2013
    Xtifr
    Bump. I tweaked the note to make it more reader-oriented, since I know Eddie prefers that. Since this is really a required index for the pages it will appear on, I'll probably launch tomorrow unless someone raises last-minute issues.
  • January 8, 2013
    arromdee
    One big problem with this classification is that it's common for a production meant mostly for sale as an audio drama to get an airing on radio. Sometimes the radio comes first but is mostly meant to promote the audio sale; sometimes an existing audio drama is later aired on radio. How do you classify those? And how do you find out, anyway? (Looking at the first air date and trying to compare it to the first sale date may be futile, especially when the radio airing is in an obscure place.)
  • January 8, 2013
    Xtifr
    That's not really a problem with the classification (none of the examples we have so far have this problem), as much as it is a problem with Radio/, I think. This is the broader category, so really, radio and podcast shows are Audio Plays, and all of them could go here, except that Radio is a well-established page.

    For individual works of any type where it's hard to figure out the proper namespace, there's a forum thread, but erring on the side of caution would seem to lead to choosing the Audio Play/ namespace if no more precise resolution can be found.
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