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Audio Play
aka: Drama CD

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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 they are 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 & Chong and The Firesign Theatre actually started out creating Audio Plays on vinyl, after the death of radio. In Britain, Big Finish makes a popular line of Audio Play derivatives of other works, like Doctor Who. 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:

Alternative Title(s): Drama CD, Audio Drama