Audio Resources

Resources for sound recordings and podcasts.

Repository for Rose Bruford audio recordings.

BBC Afternoon Drama
Radio drama from BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio iPlayer
Includes: The Essay, five episodes on Shakespeare 400
Shakespeare 400: Shakespeare beyond London
Shakespeare 400: Freedom of speech or 'Nothing' - King Lear & contemporary India
Shakespeare 400: Joan Fitzpatrick on Wolf all? Shakespeare and food
Shakespeare 400: Undiscovered countries - Shakespeare and the nation
Shakespeare 400: Shakespeare and the suffragettes

RTE radio plays
RTÉ Radio Drama is one of the oldest audio theatre departments in the radio world.

Splendour / Abi Morgan. BBC Radio 3, 24th June 2007 (80 mins). On SoundCloud.
Splendour / Abi Morgan pt.1 
Splendour / Abi Morgan pt.2

BBC Radio 4: The death of the battleaxe
Broadcast: BBC Radio 4, 11th October, 2010.
Theatre director Jude Kelly argues the case for The Battleaxe character, once a staple of British drama but now just a memory.

BBC Sound Effects Library
16,016 BBC Sound Effects made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license.

BL Sounds (British Library Archival Sound Recordings) (Athens)
The British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds.
There are sections for Accents and Dialects, Arts Literature and Performance, Classical Music, Jazz & Popular Music, World & Traditional Music, Oral history, Sound Recording history, Environment & Nature, and Sound Maps.

British Theatre Guide podcasts
Described as "the leading independent website on British theatre", here is a link to their series of podcasts interviewing cast and production teams, many conducted by David Chadderton (a Rose Bruford tutor). The podcast archive goes back to November 2012.

This link offers access to the following three collections:
The LBC/IRN Audio Archive, 1973-mid 1990s;
The Independent Local Radio Programme Sharing Scheme 1983-90; Central Southern England Independent Local Radio 1975 to 1990.

Cornell University: Macaulay Library: Natural sound archive
The collection contains nearly 150,000 digital audio recordings equaling more than 10 terabytes of data with a total run time of 7,513 hours. About 9,000 species are represented. There’s an emphasis on birds, but the collection also includes sounds of whales, elephants, frogs, primates and more.

Open Culture - free audiobooks
900 free audio-books listed on the Open Culture website

Poetry Channel
Podcasts from the Poetry Trust,one of the UK’s flagship poetry organisations, delivering a year-round live and digital programme. In the Poetry Channel Archive you can find past podcasts of the Poem Show where three poets read one poem each.

TAIT: Talking About Immersive Theatre (On SoundCloud)
A podcast series from Dr Joanna Bucknall who goes out and about to chat with immersive performance makers, directors, actors and producers about their work.
1. Les enfants terribles, part 1
2. Les enfants terrible, part 2
3. Colab Theatre
4. Goat and Monkey
5. Vertical Exchange Performance Collective
6. Seth Kreibel
7. Death's Head Theatricals
8. Silvia Mercuriali
9. Ruth Cross
10. Gemma Kerr
11. The Lab Collective
12. Specifiq
13. Julian Caddy
14. Interactive Theatre International
15. Jon Gracey
16. Emily Carding
17. Faye Hughes
18. Ethan Mechare
19. DifferencEngine
20. Jorge Ramos Lopez
21. Zack Polanski
22. Bacchanalia Zoe Flint
23. Katie Day - The Other Way Works
24. Owen Kingston - Parabolic Theatre

TATE: Audio Arts
Browse all 24 volumes from Audio Arts published between 1973 and 2006 and hear interviews from artists, critics and creative.

Theatre Voice
A leading resource for audio about British theatre.

Urban Scrawl
Urban Scrawl was the biggest online drama project of 2009, and its legacy is this website. Initiated by Dominic Cavendish, founding editor of, it brought that theatre-dedicated website, Rose Bruford College and new writing powerhouse Theatre 503 into a strategic partnership, with the aim of producing 53 high quality pod-cast dramas, each based on a station-stop on the Piccadilly Line.

BBC Reith Lectures podcasts - 1994
Marina Warner on Managing monsters - six myths of our time.

BBC Reith Lectures podcasts - October 2013
Grayson Perry discusses what makes him an artist and the limits of contemporary art.

World Lecture Project
A freely accessible online platform for delivering academic videos from faculties worldwide. As well as accessing lectures users can upload, embed and link content.

Last modified: Tuesday, 19 March 2019, 1:25 PM