Audible joins forces with LAMDA for original audio dramas

Audible joins forces with LAMDA for original audio dramas

Audible UK has partnered with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) to publish a collection of four original audio dramas. 

Commissioned from some of the UK’s emerging writers and workshopped by LAMDA students, the final collection, GNR8T, was recorded by 2019 LAMDA graduating students as part of the two organisations’ ongoing partnership.

Exploring themes of identity, displacement, hysteria, environmental collapse and a dystopian epidemic, the short dramas have been created by and for young people. Award-winning playwright Joe White and director Guy Jones paint a portrait of contemporary Britain in "Doggerland" as two women dream of escape from their isolated lives. Two young people with hidden superpowers are on the run in Ross Willis’ fast-moving, fantastical adventure "PowF*ckingPow", directed by Jane Fallowfield. Eno Mfon’s mystery drama "The Falling", directed by Sophie Moniram, sees a young journalist trying to uncover a mystery illness which has befallen the inmates at Holloway Prison. Rebecca Boey transports audiences to a dystopian world and a battle for survival in "Locusts", directed by Miranda Cromwell.  

Laurence Howell, vice president of content at Audible, said: “At Audible we are honoured to work with the world’s finest actors, and we are passionate about nurturing the next generation of talent. With GNR8T it’s fantastic to bring this commitment to life by working with some of the UK’s finest writing talent to create new, original dramas starring LAMDA students for Audible customers around the world. We are thrilled with the results.”

Peter Holliday, acting principal of LAMDA, added: “Our partnership with Audible over the past year has provided LAMDA students with a fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the world’s leading audio producers. I’ve really enjoyed following the progress of these exciting new audio dramas, featuring LAMDA students. We can’t wait to share their work with the public.”

The release of the audio dramas forms part of a wider three-year creative collaboration formed in July 2018 between Audible and LAMDA, which aims to train the next generation of audio performers and create original content for new audiences. Support provided includes £150,000 of funding to the drama school, a scholarship for undergraduate students from lower socio-economic backgrounds and specialised audio skills training.