Hybridity and the Essayistic approach in radio drama and documentary: Incorporating found texts, field recordings, oral histories and original music composition in three original radio plays.
In this paper I explore the prevalence of hybrid methodologies, essayistic and inter-textual approaches in the development of radio and new media works, with specific reference to two of my original radio plays, produced by Jane Ulman ad Anne Wynter at ABC Radio National Airplay between 2006 and 2010. The Violin Player (AWGIE winner, Australian Writers Guild National Awards, for original radio play 2010, The Jetty (currently in post-production) and The Woman Who Knitted Herself a Child, (broadcast 2004) have incorporated a range of found historical texts (The Violin Player), field recordings and original compositions (The Woman Who Knitted, The Jetty) as well as oral history recordings with family members (The Violin Player, The Jetty) and interviews with biological scientists (The Woman Who Knitted Herself a Child). I give a brief background to the terms hybridity, essayistic approaches ad inter-textuality, before looking at specific radio dramas that I have developed. In this paper I will outline theories of hybridity as well as specific hybrid and essayistic methodologies used for these plays. I will also play relevant excerpts from the recordings.