PlayME podcast takes listeners into the world of theatre without visuals

Expect Theatre's Chris Tolley and Laura Mullins discuss PlayME, a new radio drama podcast that lets you experience Canadian plays right through your headphones.
PlayME’s new season begins with the story of two Filipina nurses in 1960s Saskatchewan. Prairie nurse, by Marie Beath Badian, is inspired by a true story. (Ben Shannon/CBC)

Decades before anyone uttered the words "Netflix" or "podcast," radio dramas were a huge part of home entertainment. You could sit in your living room, or hide under the covers in your bed, as you tuned into shows like The Shadow or The Lone Ranger, hearing voices weave together amazing stories using only sound. 

Things have come full circle now, as a bunch of popular audio dramas have popped up in podcast form. You can download and binge-listen episodes of shows like HomecomingWelcome to Night Vale and Limetown. Starting today, you'll have the chance to do that with Canadian plays too.

CBC Podcasts has partnered with Expect Theatre to bring you PlayME, a radio drama podcast that lets you experience Canadian plays right through your headphones. The new season kicks off today with Prairie Nurse by Marie Beath Badian, with four more productions to come this season.

Expect Theatre's Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley join Tom Power in the q studio to tell us more about the art of making sound effects for radio theatre. You can subscribe to PlayME and download episodes wherever you get your podcasts. 

Produced by ​Vanessa Nigro and Chris Trowbridge

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