BBC Radio Drama Experience

Earlier this month, I took part in the recording of a BBC Radio Dramatisation of Midnight’s Children, a novel by Salman Rushdie.

I had auditioned for the lead role of “Young Saleem” a couple of months ago at BBC Broadcasting House in London and I was so happy when I was offered the role.

When I arrived at the BBC on the first day of recording, I was given a pass to enter the building and there was a special lounge just for the cast. All the scenes were recorded in a studio with lots of props, special equipment and huge microphones. We were sitting in a studio in London but using equipment that made it sound like we were in the streets of Bombay.  It was amazing!

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes in putting a production like this together and there are so many people involved.  I hadn’t appreciated that before.

My favourite day was the Saturday, when all the child actors came in. There were also many adult actors there and some of them have been on TV.  My mum recognised them!

It was a really challenging day and because my character was in every scene, I was in studio the whole day. It was such a great experience though and I really enjoyed it. I felt like an actor! The drama is going to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August and I hope you get a chance to listen to at least some of it.