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I have listened to many a Radio Play, but almost never seen a script for one.

I've seen two distinct layout types, and can't come to a conclusion as to which is better.

There's:
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AGATHA; We’ve got to save Othar!
KROSP; We do?
AGATHA; Of course we do! He has no idea that he’s walking into a trap! If we don’t save him, he might be killed!
KROSP; …Is this one of those situations that involve ‘ethics’? ‘Cause I’m a cat, you know. I’ve never been very good at those.
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where the text follows right after the name of the speaker

and then there's:
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1. MACBETH:        That will never be. Who can impress the forest?
                               Yet my heart throbs to know one thing. Tell me,
                               if your art can tell so much, - shall Banquo’s issue
                               ever reign in this kingdom?

2. SOUND:             THUNDER (2X).


3. MUSIC:               WEIRD MUSIC-UP. DUCK FOR VOICES.


4. ALL WITCHES:   Seek to know no more.

5. MACBETH:          I will be satisfied. Deny me this, and an eternal
                                 curse fall on you! Let me know!
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where the text is grouped into its own column.

Opinions?

Comments

acmespaceship
May. 10th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
What Bill said. White space makes it easier to read. Anything to avoid those awkward pauses that get broken by someone muttering, "oh, that's ME!" I think the standard is to center character names on the page, but personally I prefer the names flush left.

Now my brain is occupied comparing Agatha and Krosp with MacBeth and the witches. Something about character relationships and the theme of moral responsibility vis-a-vis personal ambition. Since I am not taking an English Lit course (thank god!) I need to stop now.

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