This Gun That I Have In My Right Hand is Loaded

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Brock
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This Gun That I Have In My Right Hand is Loaded

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In 1959 Timothy West wrote a short audio play with the above title, as a training example of how not to write for radio. Here's an extract:

CLIVE: What are you having?
LAURA: I think I'll have a whisky, if it's all the same to you.
CLIVE: Whisky, eh? That's a strange drink for an attractive auburn-haired girl of twenty nine. Is there anything wrong?
LAURA: No, it's nothing, Clive, I...
CLIVE: Yes?
LAURA: No, really, I -
CLIVE: You're my wife, Laura. Whatever it is, you can tell me. I'm your husband.

I don't think it's ever been broadcast, so I was surprised to find a recording of the whole thing here - it's about 18 minutes long and well worth hearing. (As it was written as a training exercise I assume there are no rights issues!)

Mark
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Re: This Gun That I Have In My Right Hand is Loaded

Post by Mark »

That's great, the irony is though, that IS a legit way of writing for radio, it's amusing enough to make a fun series.
"A cup of Tea....Tea...Tea"

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