Twiimbilane Studio: script writing lessons for radio drama

As part of Tonga.Onlines skills transfer and local content development, Twiimbilane Studio conducted some free lessons on script writing for radio drama to local artistes. The lessons, which ran for three days, started on Tuesday 28th August 2007 to Thursday 30th August 2007. There were nine (9) participants of which three (3) were female. The topics covered were: 
  1.       script writing for radio drama
  2.       basic recording using a mixer, microphones and the appropriate software
  3.       basic editing of recorded material and preparing it for radio broadcast
  4.       burning recorded material to CD

Participants produced three scripts of which one was selected for recording, in which process participants turned from script writers to voice actors and actresses to sound engineers. In the end, a six and a half minute radio drama entitled “Kwelakithi” was recorded by the participants.

It is hoped that the skills learnt in the process of producing this short radio drama will go a long way in stimulating some participants who can write in Tonga to come up with meaningful products that can be recorded and broadcast on National Radio.

In response to the participants comments, meetings were then scheduled when artists will exchange scripts and ideas with the assistance of the studio. As Tinei, one of the participants said,

“I feel the studio should help by making other lessons on television scripts. It

should give room for people who want to revise to come and revise with it free

of charge”.

In the meantime, an arrangement has been made with Binga ITC whereby the participants are being given the chance to type their scripts at Binga High ITC so that they may be ready for discussion on the 21st of September 2007, when the participants will meet again.

Participants further indicated that the studio should facilitate further lessons to cover scripting for video and theatre as Leslie said,

“I think the studio must also have its own video camera so that people like me

who are most talented in acting and scripting for theatre have advantages also”,

while another participant wrote (anonymous) the following in the evaluation form:

“There should have been more time given for the lessons and each student should

have his / her own computer to work on alone for practice.”

These sentiments were echoed by Ginger Munsaka who called for “refresher lessons at least three times a year at a more advanced level” facilitated by the studio.

The craving for increased and consistent access for purposes of practice so as to develop and maintain skills in computer based sound recording and editing, scripting, and the general use of the computer and its related technologies to bring out various artistic skills come out vividly from the evaluation of the free lessons. This leaves the studio with the challenge of satisfying the demand for access thus portrayed with the currently available resources in the limited physical space.

Sengamo Ndlovu

Artistic and Communications

Officer @ Tonga.Online