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Terry Molloy leads Blast radio drama workshop
Terry Molly (right) leads radio drama

Dalek rave: Ambridge faces extermination

The creative juices were flowing on the Blast truck in Norwich. Actor Terry Molloy helped young people produce and record their own radio drama which saw The Archers come face-to-face with the Daleks. But did the Doctor save the day?

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In Norwich a group of budding young actors and producers took up the challenge to spend the day learning how to create a radio drama.

Davros leads the way

Actor Terry Molloy, who played the Daleks' creator Davros in the classic series of Doctor Who and stars as Mike Tucker in The Archers, took charge of the workshop and taught those involved just what it takes to create an audio drama.

The story combines both of Terry's fictional worlds.

The Daleks plan to hold an illegal rave in Ambridge, the fictional home of The Archers, much to the annoyance of the parish council.

Dalek invasion of Holt, Norfolk
Dalek invasion of Holt, Norfolk

The Doctor and his assistant Daffodil investigates, but will it end in an extermination at the village hall?

Young people taking part in the event said they had a fantastic day with BBC Blast.

"It's been brilliant," said Kylie.

"I play Daffodil, the Doctor's assistant. I wanted to do this workshop as when I'm older I want to work as a presenter in either TV or radio. We've got on really well, it's been good."

"It definitely gets the imagination going. I've learnt how to use the voice properly and microphone techniques, all good stuff," said Jack.

"I do a lot of interviews for a community radio station in Norwich, so I'll be able to use the interview techniques for when I talk to a band at the UEA or something," he added.

Busy, busy, busy

The workshop was lots of fun, but hard work as the drama had to be completed in time for an afternoon broadcast on BBC Radio Norfolk.

The students had just six hours to get everything finished. When they arrived, all they had was a blank piece of paper and an idea.

"I've crammed in so much, a vast amount of things," said workshop boss Terry Molloy.

"They've put together scripts, the characters and recorded it as well. It's been a brilliant experience - I'll never look at Ambridge the same light ever again.

Recording a scene of the radio drama
Recording a scene of the radio drama

"We've talked about how scenes are put together, the technical aspects of that, we've been doing our own sound effects and exploring the techniques of how you actually act on radio," he added.

Helping out throughout the day were staff from BBC Radio Norfolk. Journalist Sally Beadle helped with the recording and mixing of the Blast Truck Tour production.

"I learnt that if you give people the bare outlines of script, they'll come up with some fantastic ideas and be really creative," she said.

"They've loved the mixing of The Archers and Doctor Who, it's really captured the imagination," she added.

  • The Archers and Doctor Who are copyright of the BBC. No copyright infringement is intended by anything contained within this production.
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