In recent years, I have been intrigued by the freedom of expression and the creative opportunities associated with writing and directing audio drama. An art form that came to fruition in the 1930s has had an incredible resurgence nearly a century later with the massive popularity of serialized podcasts and gaming.

Here’s a few award-nominated projects I had the privilege to write and direct. The first is ‘Who Killed Bill?’, which is about the unsolved murder of an Irish director in Hollywood. This production was nominated for a Celtic Media Award, a PPI Award and a New York Festivals Award.

The Sunday Business Post said of it: “Marc Ivan O’Gorman’s documentary about Taylor’s murky demise is nothing if not ingeniously structured. Dressed up in lurid Roaring Twenties aural trimmings.” The reviewer goes on to describe it as; “imaginative”, commending it for its “originality”“attention to detail”,  and the “thought and skill that went into the presentation”.

You can hear the entire show here:

The other show, ‘Bones of Contention’, about Irish writer Flann O’Brien, was described by The Irish Times as; ‘an enjoyably inventive docudrama’ using ‘sharp humour’, a ‘vivid reimagining’, and ‘an absorbing portrait’. It was nominated for an IMRO Award.

Like all of my radio projects, I mix biographical dramatization with interviews with experts and artists inspired by the subject. For Bones of Contention, I interviewed an array of Irish writers and comedians and interspersed their views throughout the drama.

You can hear the entire show here:

‘Last Thoughts’ about the life and music of John Field was also funded by the Broadcast Authority of Ireland and aired on Lyric FM. John Field is Ireland’s greatest classical composer and possibly the country’s greatest pianist.

The show mixed interviews with experts in Ireland with a dramatization performed by an international cast of actors that was recorded in Burbank Studios, Los Angeles.

You can hear the entire show here: