theme song and incidental music for a radio comedy-drama
music & lyrics composed with Karl Kramer
Best Speech Programme Bronze prizewinner (Student Radio Awards 2011)
End credits: ‘Oh what a load of – ‘
Broadcast premiere: University Radio York, 25th June 2011
The More Beautiful Game is a comedy-drama written, produced and acted by University Radio York students.
Written by James Bugg
Director: James Bugg and John Wakefield
Producer: John Wakefield
Music & Lyrics: Karl Kramer and James Whittle
(Performers: Nils Greenhow, Karl Kramer, Nick Tudor, James Whittle)
When radio producer John Wakefield asked Karl and I to write a theme song for his latest comedy-drama, we jumped at the chance to be commissioned to make football puns. Drawing on our love of Barbershop music, Karl and I wrote the words and music collaboratively.
You can listen to the full drama podcast on the URY website (Flash/HTML 5 required).
Student Radio Awards 2011, judges comments:
• ‘The theme and use of music is inspired and really makes this entry stand out.’
• ‘Music is cleverly different and charming.’
• ‘Really good collaborative programme, with the written material bringing out the effort that’s gone into this – getting music specially composed and recording in different sites. And a great very original concept too.’
• ‘Ambitious, well produced, great use of soundscape, well acted, well written. Excellent.’