Listen to Trans Mars Tango on Radio Drama Revival
National Audio Theatre Festival, 2011, Radio Drama Revival, July 2012
Billed as a comedy about a trans-gender detective on Mars, Trans Mars Tango proved extremely entertaining listening - not so much for the plot, but for the dialogue, which positively crackled with wit. Author Lee certainly knows a lot about how to create dramatic interaction between characters of different genders and different vocal registers, as well as sustaining the element of surprise. Many audio dramas have plots that are easily grasped and often prove hackneyed in structure: Trans Mars Tango had me hooked throughout its 30-minute running time, simply because I could not anticipate the way in which the story would develop. I will not spoil future listeners' pleasure by disclosing too much of it - suffice to say that it provides a fresh and original take on transgender issues.
For those interested in finding out more about the drama, recorded live in 2011, director Brian Price has written about it in a blog post dated September 11, 2011 ()