"...The Radioplay Hour is a set piece of The Drama Merchant and it would be wonderful to see more plays from their collection on the Sunshine Coast. If you are on the Gold Coast anytime, take the time to catch one of their shows..."

Katherine Barnes,

Anywhere Festival reviewer 2019

"We came to the show with no knowledge of what to expect and we were wonderfully surprised by the complete professionalism of the whole cast and the production. I wasn’t sure if we were going to hear the whole story in the hour long performance and was happy by how ‘complete’ it seemed. Loved the advertisements between each act and the other singing entertainment!"

Glennis Tutton,

Anywhere festival, audience member 2019

What is The Radioplay Hour?

The Radioplay Hour is a time travelling theatre show that re-introduces the world to old time radio drama & audio storytelling. The concept for The Radioplay Hour began in 2006 – 2007 as an idea to continue to be creative during difficult times. Move forward 12 years and the show was being performed live in various location, between 2018 – 2019 and slowly built itself a name and audience. Now with COVID19 pandemic keeping many of people at home, and affecting how the theatrical arts generally operate, it was time to take the live theatre show back to its roots and put it online. But not fear, there will still be the occasion live performance.

How was The Radioplay Hour performed live?

When The Radioplay Hour is performed live, the audience will witness the actors perform as “old time radio” actors during a "Live" radio broadcast. Here the audience will see witness The Drama Merchant direct the cast standing in front of the microphones, with facial expressions, costumes, props and a little improv as he also creates the sound effects live. For more information about these shows, or to book tickets, watch this space or The Radioplay Hour page. 

Above picture: The Radioplay Hour: Little Women performed at Bankfoot House, Sunshine Coast, as part of the Anywhere Festival, in May 2019. 

What is a radio play?

A Radio play, or Radio drama, is a dramatised, purely acoustic performance with no visual component. The Radio play depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the characters and story. 

The Radio play achieved widespread popularity within a decade of its initial development in the 1920s. By the 1940s, it was a leading international popular entertainment. With the advent of television in the 1950s, however, the radio play began losing its audience, but in most countries it remains popular.

Radio play serials were once the backbone of Australian radio broadcasting. Serials like Blue Hills, Dad & Dave, Biggles, The Caltex Theatre, Reach for the Sky and Tarzan amongst many other shows that the nation stopped for.

About the 2020 season

The 2020 season of The Radioplay Hour consists of Crime, Murder & Horror. And although we could have ended the year with one more crime caper, The Drama Merchant decided to end it with a little fantasy. 

Would you like the radioplay hour to come to you? 

Are you an events co-coordinator looking for a different kind of entertainment for your function?

Perhaps you work in aged care and looking and looking for some mid-morning entertainment for residents? Why not give The Drama Merchant a call to be part of his Radio play season or how it can work into your event.

Past Shows

2019: 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, Little Women, The Coffin in Studio B, The War of the Worlds: the Infamous 1938 Broadcast,

A Christmas Carol 

2018: Rebecca, Treasure Island, Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, The Dark, A Christmas Carol