In this gripping and haunting radio thriller, a US fighter pilot almost killed in Iraq finds unexpected love on Ireland’s wild western shore.
Captain Bob Conway’s soul is broken, just like his body was in Iraq. In the effort to rebuild himself, he travels to Galway in Ireland, where he meets and falls in love with a beautiful young student. But Bob and Mary’s lives are still being shaped by the past and by powers thousands of miles away. Those powers will compel them to face each other’s secrets, leaving Conway with a terrible choice: can the pilot save his honour, can he hold on to his soul?
Producer Alan Meaney and writer/director Jason Gill fashion a tale of political intrigue and love among the ruins left behind by 21st Century wars: ‘A Pilot’s Honour.’
‘A Pilot’s Honour’ will be broadcast on Newstalk 106-108FM on Sunday August 20th 2017 at 8am, with repeat broadcast on Saturday August 26th at 10pm. Listen live on www.newstalk.com
A dark Irish comedy of greed, lust and sandwich making. Johnny Broody has two spirits watching over him, as he cares for his dying mother. His impending fortune causes many attempts to sway him in the small fictional village of Caherdaniel.
On a windswept Irish bog positioned somewhere in the afterlife, two Irish ghosts meet to narrate the story of Johnny Broody’s prime.
Johnny is a teetotal bachelor in his fifties who has spent most of his life caring for his mother, the bitter and entirely villainous Bridie. His life up to now has been cloistered and empty of incident – and most of the neighbours think he’s a bit of an eejit – but Bridie is finally about to cast off her mortal coil, and Johnny is about to come into quite a bit of money.
Johnny’s imminent affluence attracts the attention of a host of greedy neighbours, including the local Senator, who also happens to be the uncle of a girl Johnny jilted – at the fearsome Bridie’s insistence – thirty years ago. The situation is also complicated by the arrival of Johnny’s younger brother, Billy, desperate for a slice of the cake now that the old girl is finally on the way out.
Johnny isn’t quite as gormless as his neighbours assume, and he has a plan to escape – but will it be enough?
This programme is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee.
On a bright summer’s day on a quiet lake in the Irish Midlands, a small boat is found drifting into shore. It contains the body of a 16 year old girl; Lizzie Lacey, clad in a white dress and bedecked with garlands of flowers. There are no obvious marks on her body.
Police launch a murder investigation and question a number of suspects, but no one is ever charged and the case remains unsolved.
Twenty years later, a radio documentary maker sets out to revisit the story of Lizzie’s life and mysterious death with the aid of her older sister, Caroline. Kevin Brown interviews a number of key figures in the case, including the chief investigating officer and the chief suspect. What he finds is a story that is both haunting and disturbing, a mystery that raises questions about morality and the nature of memory at a particular moment in Irish history.
Increasingly troubled by his discoveries, Brown finds himself dangerously drawn, both to the mystery of Lizzie and to her living sister, an attraction that may lead to his own destruction.
Haunting, thrilling and innovative, ‘Fairies Only Wear Wings’ is a drama that will live long in the memory of everyone who hears it.
Listen to Episode 1: 6pm on Sunday May 1st and
Episode 2: 6pm on Monday May 2nd on
Shannonside FM (104.1MHz (Longford/Roscommon), 97.2 Mhz (South Leitrim), 95.7 MHz (Boyle), 104.6 Mhz (West Roscommon)) and online www.shannonside.ie Click on Listen Live in the top right hand corner.
Listener discretion advised – strong themes and language.
I am so happy that Three For A Girl Four For A Boy has been shortlisted for another audio drama festival – Leipziger Hörspielsommer in Leipzig Germany. It is an annual open-air event, located in one of Leipzig’s beautiful city parks. It sounds absolutely lovely and it is great that our little magpies will be there.
I’m thrilled that Three For A Girl Four For A Boy has been shortlisted for the Grand Prix Nova Radio Drama Festival in Bucharest 2015. Myself and writer/director Marisa O Mahony are honoured to be in such company as RTE Drama on One, BBC Radio Drama and Radio New Zealand amongst others. Winners will announced on June 6th 2015.
As a huge fan of radio drama, I’m very excited that Jonathan Mitchell, producer of one of the greatest drama podcasts around – The Truth will be coming to Dublin on May 17th to give a workshop. It is presented by AIRPI. Here are the details:
The Peacock Theatre, Saturday May 17th, 11-4pm.
The Podcast: The Truth Podcast is radio drama with a difference. It takes improvised dialogue and location recordings to the studio where a dash of superb sound design is added, to deliver a groundbreaking 10 – 20 minutes of radio that is fun, challenging and will delight your ears.
The Workshop: You’ll get to spend the day with the creator of The Truth Podcast, Jonathan Mitchell, as he takes us on a journey from original ideas, improvisation, scripting, recording, sound design and podcasting. We hear about the tricks of a good improvised scene, how to direct actors, how to record on location, finding the best sound and music for your drama and making radio drama work.
Jonathan is always open to ideas and will be interested to hear yours. Over the course of the day, we’ll get the opportunity to devise scripts from original ideas and try our hand at what he does so well. It’s also a chance to pitch ideas directly and who knows where it might end?
The workshop runs from 11-4 on Saturday, May 17th at The Peacock Theatre, Abbey St, in Dublin and costs €50 which can be paid on the day. So, let Angie Mezzetti, our Training Officer, know that you want to join us firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m delighted to announce that two radio dramas that I produced and edited – The Killing of Sheila Price and An Unexpected Nightingale have been shortlisted for the Grand Prix Nova International Radio Drama Festival in Bucharest, Romania. The Killing of Sheila Price was made for Athlone Community Radio and supported under the BAI’s Sound & Vision scheme. It was written and directed by Jason Gill. An Unexpected Nightingale was an independent production by myself and also funded under the BAI’s Sound & Vision scheme. It was written and directed by Martin Kelleher. You can listen to both on the Projects page.