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72 Hours to Full Stop the End

72 Hours to Full Stop the End

A gutsy plot, a cliff hanger conclusion and an ocean sized serving of deceit and innocence are the ingredients for a 72 hour radio drama project to be staged in Nelson next week.

"It is deadline time for the New Zealand Radio Drama Competition (NZRDC) so we decided to stage an act of dramatic empathy to show what can be done under pressure," said NZRDC Executive Producer Kim Merry.

"Tuesday morning 15 August at 10am we start recording the play called Big Balls, which has two substantial challenges.

"A large number of the parts will be performed by volunteer actors recorded where they are standing, it will be lines off the cuff and entirely original. Secondly the studio actors will not see the scripts until they arrive half an hour prior to recording.

"Big Balls will be a test of talent under pressure with the finished product, a piece of great entertainment," said Mr. Merry.

The Nelson Arts Council is co-funding Big Balls with Fresh FM, which is this year's principal NZRDC sponsor.

Online broadcast deadline is 10am Friday 18 August with the first radio airing of "Big Balls" in the "Fresh FM Drama and Story Showcase" Wednesday 23 August at 3.10pm.

Entry forms and a selection of locally produced radio dramas are now available on line, at


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