Lance Dann

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Lance Dann
Nationality British
Education Goldsmiths' College, Bath Spa University
Known for sound art
Awards Two Sony Radio Academy Awards, Prix Marulic.

Lance Dann (born ca. 1969) is a British sound artist, radio producer and writer working for international theatre and radio since 1994.

Life and work[edit]

Dann is the founder of Radio Art group Noiseless Blackboard Eraser (1994–2007) and former Associate Member of The Wooster Group. He studied Radio at Goldsmiths' College and gained his doctorate at Bath Spa University.

As a radio artist he has worked extensively with composer Rohan Kriwaczek on a series of works for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and independent stations internationally. Their collaborations included a long-running series of live radio performances and a trilogy of experimental plays for radio ("If on a Summer Night a Listener...", "Ho! Ho! The Clown is Dead" and "Glowboys").[1] Between 1996 and 2000 he worked with The Wooster Group as producer of a sequence of plays for BBC Radio 3 ("The Emperor Jones", "Phèdre"[2] and "The Peggy Carstairs Report"). He worked as sound designer for the company during the development of "To You the Birdie" and through performances of "House/Lights". In 1999 he recorded two documentaries with Yoko Ono for BBC Radio 3, the first time she'd spoken at length to the British media for over 20 years.[3] In 2001 he wrote a serialisation of John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids for the BBC WorldService.[4] His 2009 transmedia audio series The Flickerman[5] was serialised on ABC National Radio (Australia), VPRO (Holland) and WFMU (New York). His work in radio and theatre has earned a number of awards including two Sony Radio Academy Awards, a Prix Marulić and in 2014 his independently produced drama The Hungry Earth was nominated for a Radio Academy Production Award.[6]

In 2017 he created the multi-part audio drama series Blood Culture [7] which was nominated for a Radio Academy ARIAS award for Best Fictional Storytelling,[8] the Audio Production Awards for Best Sound Designer and Best Drama Producer [9] and a BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Online/Podcast drama[10]. He also presented a documentary about miniature art on BBC Radio 4 entitled Art in Miniature[11] and is co-writing a book about podcasting for Bloomsbury Academic with Martin Spinelli.


  1. ^ Gaisford, Sue (13 April 1997). "They are poets, and they know it". The Independent website. London. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Cazeaux, Clive (April 2005). "Phenomenology and Radio Drama". British Journal of Aesthetics. 45 (2): 157–174. doi:10.1093/aesthj/ayi018. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Karpf, Anne (12 January 2000). "Give peace a chance: stop cutting your hair". The Guardian website. London: Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (11 February 2009). "Eddie Izzard and Vanessa Redgrave line up for BBC Day of the Triffids remake". The Guardian website. London: Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Williams, Zoe (22 April 2009). "Radio head: Flickerman". The Guardian website. London: Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Nominations out for Radio Production Awards". RadioToday. Retrieved 2017-05-27. 
  7. ^ "Blood Culture - reinvigorating British narrative audio drama | BN1". 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2017-05-27. 
  8. ^ "ARIAS 2017: Nominations | The Radio Academy". The Radio Academy. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  9. ^ User, Super. "Nominations". Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  10. ^ "BBC Audio Drama Awards - The 2018 Shortlist - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 2017-11-21. 
  11. ^ "Art in Miniature - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 

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