Miss Bilby and the Case of the Moss Covered Cleric written by screenwriter Linda Aronson, was brought to life in a radio play collaborated between Year 9 Dromana College students, staff member Jan Harfield, freelance actor/director Carole Patullo and RPP FM local radio.
A total of 18 students were involved playing various character roles with intense, and ‘scene setting’ sound effects adding plenty of suspense and drama. The radio play was recorded in the BlueScope Performance Studio at the RPP FM local radio station and played last night.
As part of their Year 9 studies, students are required to take on a community project and Jan thought a community ‘theatre type’ project would be an interesting and somewhat different experience.
Carole said, “I have worked in radio (ABC and RPP FM) and thought a radio play might be a fun and challenging experience and because RPP FM is our local community radio station it seemed a natural fit.” It also offers exposure to the real world of radio.
Many hours were spent rehearsing over two periods every week for 15 weeks, working on voice techniques by listening to BBC radio play productions to master the ‘posh’ English accents required, character and technical aspects of radio performances and watched clips on youtube, demonstrating sound effects in action.
Miss Bilby and the Case of the Moss Covered Cleric is a contemporary parody on Agatha Christie murder mystery genre, set in England with the main protagonist, an Australian girl who is a failed opera singer and amateur sleuth. The play runs for one hour.
The day of recording was huge with students encouraged to perform at their best. Everyone is proud of their achievements and all concerned can’t wait to hear the final product being broadcast across the RPP FM airways in two parts. Stay tuned for the broadcast dates after 'finishes touches' have been completed.
Thank you to Production Manager, Steve Meyers for spending long hours editing the radio play and his input and guidance on the many sound effects which made the play come alive.
Words Debra Mar
Photography Rab Siddhi
Pictured: L-R: Marcus Quigley, Liam Harris & Ally Metcalf putting their heart and soul into recording their masterpiece.