Talking Newspaper Marks 700th Edition With Radio Play

Wymondham & Attleborough Talking Newspaper is marking the 700th edition of their audio news and information service for visually impaired with a radio play.

The play, entitled “The Anniversary Edition”, has been written by W A T N Chairman, Tony Vale and goes behind the scenes of the Riddlestone and District Talking Newspaper, as they prepare to record their 20th anniversary edition.

The fictional group records items taken from the Riddlestone Chronicle, dubbed the “Ridicule” by the local community.

The comedy drama features long-suffering sound technician Norman, his ardent admirer Marlene, anti-feminist town councillor Brian, haughty schoolteacher Felicity, highly-strung Wendy and youth activist, Kat.

The parts will be played by W A T N readers, including secretary Georgette Vale, who was quick to point out that the characters portrayed in the play bear no resemblance to actual W A T N volunteers. She said:

“The play reflects on a number of aspects which can arise in recording sessions, including mispronouncing words and giggling in the wrong places.”

The 25 minute play will be recorded in front of an invited audience of listeners, volunteers and supporters, during a social evening hosted by former television newsreader, Clare Weller.

The production will be introduced and back-announced by Clare, in the style of a BBC Radio Four drama presentation and it will be included on W A T N’s 700th edition, which is scheduled for dispatch to the listeners on 23 December 2011.


You can listen to the play here:  700th Edition Play


The Talking Newspaper is free to the listener and equipment is supplied to play the memory sticks on which it is recorded. It can also be accessed via the organisations website www.watn.org.uk

For more information, contact the W A T N secretary on 01953 605434 or contact us.