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Delivering drama from scratch
Students at Coleg Glan Hafren
Script to stage - the students get set to record the drama they've just written

Students from Cardiff have met the challenge of writing, performing and recording a podcast drama in one day.

The youngsters aged 16 to 20 from Coleg Glan Hafren were set the task to mark the 30th anniversary of Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected TV series.

Artists collective the Podcast Playground invited them to write a short audio play with twists and turns like those of the Cardiff-born author.

"This podcast project is the best way of learning ever!" said Benji Kendell.

The 19-year-old from Tremorfa was one of seventeen students on the the BTEC First Diploma in Media course who took part in the session at the college's Trowbridge campus in Cardiff on Monday.

The challenge began with a morning spent working on the ideas, the script and character development, the production in terms of sound development, and setting up a recording studio for drama.

By the beginning of the afternoon session, the students had to finalise the script, with an hour left to rehearse, produce and record it for completion as a podcast by the end of the day.

The result was Tales of the Fairly Unexpected, a six minute drama in which four teenagers recall strange experiences in their lives and reflect on their own behaviour.

"Everyone has been thrown in at the deep end but we've had lots of direction which has made it easy for us to come up with all the creative ideas ourselves, and pick up techniques quickly," said Benji.

Natasha Thomas of Coleg Glan Hafren
Natasha Thomas enjoyed the way everyone worked well as a team

Fellow student Natasha Thomas, 20, of St Mellons also enjoyed the experience.

"It was great to see everyone working so well together as a team and in our groups," she said.

"Through the day we saw how the different jobs involved in a media production function and how important it is to work as a team, listen to each other and work to deadlines - I would definitely recommend it."

Simon Bracken, Coleg Glan Hafren's Head of Faculty of Creative and Digital Technologies, said the day proved to be a valuable test of the youngsters' skills.

"We like to set our students to work on quick turnaround projects such as this Tales of the Fairly Unexpected workshop, as it helps them gain an understanding of the pressures of a creative workplace."

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