"In Her Burning: A Surreal Diary," audio drama podcast by Sin Ribbon
"In Her Burning: A Surreal Diary" is an audio drama set in a dark and fictional world, told through the audio diaries of the protagonist. In an isolated society, teenage Erith has been chosen for Polishing, a ritualistic surgery that erases one's irises so the individual may see the Volucris—strange and enigmatic creatures that live in an alternate realm only visible to the Polished. She discovers a new, haunting reality after her procedure that warps light into darkness and reveals hidden secrets about the world. The story explores issues of bodily autonomy, personal liberty, and challenges of growth in a small but strict world. Main characters Erith and Calyx are both subjected to Polishing, and while Erith is resistant to the changes forced upon her, she comes to find meaning in her journey. As with life, we are challenged by things we never wanted to face, and Erith and Calyx must determine how they will overcome these obstacles despite the restrictions placed upon them. "In Her Burning" is a story about walking the honest path that is true to the self, even if it is demanding and brutal.
~ Sin Ribbon
You can listen to Episode 1 of "In Her Burning A Surreal Diary" below. You can find the rest of the episodes at https://universe.vision/.
In an isolated society, teenage Erith has been chosen for Polishing, a ritualistic surgery that erases one's irises so the individual may see the Volucris—strange and enigmatic creatures that live in an alternate realm only visible to the Polished. She discovers a new, haunting reality after her procedure that warps light into darkness and reveals hidden secrets about the world. As she progresses, she and her companion, Calyx, discover frightening truths about the Polished and realize they are in danger of losing themselves to the changes Polishing inflicts on the mind.
Full list of credits:
Erith: Sin Ribbon
Calyx: Abe Ross
Sem: Darius Johnson
the Instructor: Michael Collins
Erith's Mother: Kat O’Shaughnessy
the Elder: Virginia Patterson
the Guard: Denis Gor
Writer & Director: Sin Ribbon
Re-recording Mixer, Sound Effects & Music Editor: Elizabeth Wolford
Studio Engineer & Dialogue Editor: Alex Harn
Sound Effects Editor: Carter Fischer
The project was completed during Sin's final year of graduate school with most of the cast and crew also being full-time students. Limited by time and availability, the podcast had to remain manageable and thus could only be one season. Sin hopes down the road to explore the story further, possibly remaking and expanding the series in the process. Nevertheless, she hopes the story will impart a sense of strength and understanding onto its listeners. It was a wonderful experience, and Sin wishes to express her gratitude to the cast, crew, and newfound fans in the audio drama community that have supported this project.
Prints of the podcast's artwork can be purchased here.
Sin Ribbon is a storyteller on page, canvas and screen—her work culminated from poetry, screenplays, films and paintings. An eclectic blend, she draws from the philosophical and spiritual to spin existential tales of encouragement and consequence. Her works originate from the caverns of introspection and explore issues of identity, origin, loss and depression, and the quest for meaning. You can find her art on her website at https://sinribbon.com and her narrative podcast, 'In Her Burning: A Surreal Diary,' on iTunes.