Pier offers a range of training options including audio production, writing for radio and microphone technique for actors using our professional radio drama studios. We can also make your showreel.
We offer actors, presenters, and DJs the chance to work with our award winning producers to create attention grabbing, personalised showreels that really demonstrate your vocal abilities.
We’re now offering our expertise and talent to companies looking for a challenging, rewarding and effective training day.
Drawing on our large freelance team of producers, directors, engineers and front of camera and microphone talent, we will tailor a bespoke day to the needs of your company.
We’ll structure the event around the recording of a ten minute radio drama in our state-of-the-art studio – which your team will collaborate on and, with our guidance, direct, act in, provide the sound effects and edit.
Or we’ll build a day around a news bulletin at 5pm. Our visitors will write the news, collect the material on the streets of the city, edit it, present it and studio produce a live bulletin at 5pm.
Each of the participants will be provided with a CD or DVD of the final product to take away.
Guidance and post mortems will be provided by Pier’s production staff – all of whom have impressive track records in-house at the BBC and in the independent sector.
Radio and TV production is the ultimate team exercise – an unmovable deadline is a huge challenge.
We’ll provide hospitality in the boardroom of our Town House, or we’ll take care of catering off-site in one of the many restaurants and bars in Brighton’s fashionable and bohemian North Laines.
The climax of the event will be a playback of the team’s programme.
A day at Pier will be rewarding. It will develop team, communication and presentation skills as well as being fun and tapping into new talents.
Tell us about your company and what you need and we’ll provide you with a rate card and bespoke programme of events for your day in the studio.
Choose the Radio Drama option and this is what we could do for you:
9.45 a.m. Meet at Pier Productions. Coffee and studio tour conducted by the studio engineer.
10 a.m. Introduction to radio drama. Whether it’s “The Archers”, “Drama on Three” or “The Afternoon Play”, there are very particular skills and tricks of the trade used in radio drama. The great cliché is that ‘the pictures are better on radio’ but how are those pictures painted? Led by one of our regular drama producers and a radio actor we’ll introduce the delegates to the tricks of the trade as well as playing some favourite scenes and breaking down how they were created.
11.00 a.m. Auditions. Our in-house producer will be in the studio but it’s up to the team to choose their roles for the day. We provide the script – they will decide who will act, direct, and do the sound effects. Who will make the best case for the lead role?
11.45 a.m. Studio techniques. Our producer, sound engineer and actor will again take centre stage to introduce the participants to the studio.
12.15 p.m. First read through. In the Green Room, a fifteen minute drama script is handed to the cast, director and studio effects manager. The cast read through the script for the first time.
1.00 p.m. Lunch.
2.30 – 4.30. Recording. Two hours in the studio, with a brief opportunity for a coffee break. By 4.30 the drama will have been recorded. The director and our sound engineer edit the drama.