However, companies are already grappling with how to make content under the present circumstances - with the audio medium perhaps in the best position to respond - and of course there are the many productions that were fortunate enough to be recorded before the lockdown!
Amongst these are several Audible Original productions I script edited for Audible Australia. The Goodbye Party is a cold case crime drama from the pen of acclaimed playwright Louis Nowra, while Riot Act is a satire of ultra conservative radio personalities from Mark Humphries, Dan Ilic, Kacie Anning and Evan Williams. Both were released last year to very positive reviews. More recently, Screen Queensland helped to fund Beyond Strange Lands, a supernatural adventure road trip set across the Australian outback, from the brains of Simon Taylor and David Peterson. (Warning: all three productions contain mature language and themese.)
And today saw the return of the acclaimed TV adventure comedy Danger 5 by Dario Russo and David Ashby in a brand new audio series, Danger 5: Stereo Adventures. Starring the original cast and creatives, Danger 5 is not quite so well known outside its native Australia, where it has a dedicated fan following - but it's a relentlessly enjoyable slice of escapism (and the source of the 'sensible chuckle' GIF that everyone has used at some point on Twitter). The audio series recaptures the verve and wackiness of the TV original and provides a welcome dose of daring escapades, fun frolics and explosions.
With more productions in the pipeline, it's been a pleasure to work with so many different writers, shaping narratives, suggesting ideas, and polishing the odd script. Every writer works in their own way and learning to adapt to each one's requirements is always a stimulating process. The best thing about being a script editor is working on shows far outside your usual sphere and experiences: you're constantly learning, on each and every production, and expanding your understanding of various genres.
And as usual, if you'd like me to take a look at your own scripts, send us an email!