A scenario was put to 32 audio drama listeners, and a question posed. “Supposing you have read and enjoyed a script that will now be recorded and produced into a fully completed audio drama, what would be more important to you in the finished piece? Actor/cast performance, or overall production sound quality?”
Field recorded sound test dramas have ranked higher in the performance sections of every listener test so far, does this confirm that going on location is definitely the best route to take? That would probably be a claim too far, and would ignore other factors that we’ve identified during this process (appropriateness for story, for example). However, we can certainly conclude that recording audio drama on location is now every bit as relevant, and as equal to its studio counterpart.