Journal article

Finding resonance: applied audio drama, inquiry and fictionalising the real

Wolfgang Vachon, Sarah Woodland

Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2021


This article examines the tensions and possibilities of audio drama in applied theatre and qualitative inquiry. Drawing on our experiences of making participatory audio drama, we argue that applied audio drama provides rich ground for generating new knowledge and approaches to applied theatre research and practice as informed by the cultural turn towards listening, sound, and sonic agency. Situating the conversation within fiction rather than documentary or self-revelatory podcasting, we discuss how applied audio drama is uniquely placed to explore ideas of truth and resonance at the interface between art, research, education and social justice.

University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: [Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship].