Radio Drama Revival Rebroadcast

Just a brief post to let you know that Radio Drama Revival, one of the longest running and most popular radio drama podcasts (also an on air radio show) have been kind enough to rebroadcast my radio sitcom ‘Choices‘. Although host Fred Greenhalgh disagrees with calling it a ‘radio sitcom’. Judge for yourself!

Here’s the plot synopsis…

Ainesh Sharma is an under confident, over intellectual Indian-Irish twenty something. Ainesh has always been a victim of circumstance; working jobs he didn’t enjoy and failing to live up to his potential. Now, sacked from his factory job and thrown out of home by his disappointed parents, Ainesh is forced to train as a psychotherapist. His course is in ‘Choosing Therapy’, the philosophy that we choose our own destiny, and that everything that happens is our fault. With nowhere to stay, Ainesh is forced to live with two of his bizarre classmates. We follow him as he learns whether there really is such a thing as choice, and if so, how he can make his own destiny.

Choices was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, and originally produced for Dublin City FM. The show starred Katie McCann, Aishlinn O’Byrne, Kieran Roche and Dylan Jones, and was produced by Heather MacLeod.

Last year Radio Drama Revival also rebroadcast our ambitious 2012 on location production ‘Any Other Dublin‘. Both Dublin and Choices are available as podcasts on iTunes (and in the listings of pretty much every other podcatcher), if you’d prefer to check them out in episodic format!

What is Choices?

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The world of mental health is a crazy place. I should know, I spent six years studying psychology and psychotherapy. Not to say my new series is autobiographical, but you couldn’t make up some of the things that go on in the world of soul surgery. ‘Choices‘, recorded last year for Dublin City FM, tells the story of a young psychotherapy student, at sea in a bizarre world of frauds and fanatics.

Here’s the blurb…

Ainesh Sharma is an under confident, over intellectual Indian-Irish twenty something. Ainesh has always been a victim of circumstance; working jobs he didn’t enjoy and failing to live up to his potential. Now, sacked from his factory job and thrown out of home by his disappointed parents, Ainesh is forced to train as a psychotherapist. His course is in ‘Choosing Therapy’, the philosophy that we choose our own destiny, and that everything that happens is our fault. With nowhere to stay, Ainesh is forced to live with two of his bizarre classmates. We follow him as he learns whether there really is such a thing as choice, and if so, how he can make his own destiny.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what really goes on after your shrink smiles, pats you on the rump and closes the door behind you, tune in to find out.

Choices is the latest comedy series from Dead Medium Productions, creators of Any Other Dublin, The Emerald Arts, Been There; Seen There, and The Invisible Tour Guide.

Choices was funded by a grant from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The show stars Kieran Roche, Aishlinn O’Byrne, Katie McCann, Dylan Jones, Terri Fitzgerald and Gareth Stack, and was produced by Heather MacLeod. Choices broadcast May / June 2014 on Dublin City FM, at 3.30PM.

Choices – Episode 6 – DiCaprio Island

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Episode 6 of the brand new series from Dead Medium Productions and Dublin City FM. First broadcast 11th June, 2014.

Natalie’s bullying finally culminates in a complete mental breakdown for Ainesh. Humiliated and desperate, Ainesh locks himself inside a classroom and refuses to come out. Inside he creates a sock puppet utopia. Committed instantly, Ainesh is taken to Our Lady of Infinite Jest mental hospital. Stillman is on his first internship and Ainesh is his first patient. Can Ainesh escape the hospital and find justice?

Download: Episode 6
Credits: Read

Choices – Episode 5 – The 7th Seal

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Episode 5 of the brand new series from Dead Medium Productions and Dublin City FM. First broadcast 4th June, 2014.

An encounter group led by Sean becomes deeply personal. Ainesh seeks help from his therapist. He finds his therapist is going out of business due to a glut of newly trained psychotherapists. Ainesh takes on a humiliating and poorly paid job at a fast food restaurant. Stillman arrives to try to convince Ainesh to help him save Emma Jane.

Download: Episode 5
Credits: Read


Choices – Episode 4 – Yippie Ki Yay

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Episode 4 of the brand new series from Dead Medium Productions and Dublin City FM. First broadcast 28th May, 2014.

A flashback reveals Stillman’s origin, and his unusual relationship to Emma Jane. Cut to today – Ainesh is deeply sceptical about Stillman’s unlikely story. A guided meditation session becomes a strange psychedelic experience in the hands of Esmeralda. The cult like aspect of the course is revealed when two higher ups from the Alfred Himmler Institute arrive, seeking a successor for the aging guru.

Download: Episode 4
Credits: Read


Choices – Episode 3 – Maguffin

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Episode 3 of the brand new series from Dead Medium Productions and Dublin City FM. First broadcast 21st May, 2014.

Ainesh and Stillman attend a hipster funeral, where Stillman makes a horrible scene. Stillman is heartbroken over Emma Jane’s affair with Krisha. Natalie continues her persecution of Ainesh, as he begins his own expensive psychotherapy. Stillman is left a mysterious package by his deceased friend.

Download: Episode 3
Credits: Read

Choices – Episode 2 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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Episode 2 of the brand new series from Dead Medium Productions and Dublin City FM. First broadcast 14th May, 2014.

Ainesh learns cushion counselling from his eccentric lecturer Sean. After Emma Jane’s flirtation makes him run for the safety of his cinema books, Stillman hassles him about getting a job. Ainesh starts to realise the course might be more than he bargained for when a puppet role-play goes out of control. Ainesh goes house hunting, barely resisting the advances of an older lady, and just avoiding baptism by an over-enthusiastic priest. A mysterious dog saves the day. Dragged clubbing by his classmate Sally, Ainesh runs into Emma Jane, but before he can romance her she meets his much cooler motorbike-riding cousin, Krishna.

Download: Episode 2
Credits: Read

Choices – Episode 1 – The Hero’s Tale

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Episode 1 of the brand new series from Dead Medium Productions and Dublin City FM. First broadcast 7th May, 2014.

Ainesh Sharma is sacked from his minimum wage job for being a smart aleck, and is placed by the social welfare department in a course called ‘Choosing Therapy’ – a radical form of psychotherapy which teaches that everything in life is our choice. The course proves to be quite the indoctrination. Ainesh is befriended by two mysterious classmates, Stillman and Emma Jane.

Download: Episode 1
Credits: Read

Choices Credits

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Choices was created by Dead Medium Productions for Dublin City FM, and funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee.  The programme was written and directed by Gareth Stack, and produced by Heather McLeod. The program starred Kieran Roche, Dylan Jones, Aishlinn O’Byrne, Terri Fitzgerald and Katie McCann. Music was by Dermot Byrne. The show was recorded at Dublin City FM in 2013. All sound effects used were public domain or available under a creative commons licence, full details below.

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