Mackem Craic is an audio comedy drama, staged to sound like a local radio phone-in, but with a supernatural twist — the former host is trolling the show from beyond the grave. The project won Community Development Project of the Year at the Community Radio Awards 2017.
Joining me for this project were the ferociously talented Jay Sykes (producer) and Corinne Kilvington (director), as well as a terrific trio of local actors — Dale Jewitt (Craig), Sarah Boulter (Lauren) and Steven Stobbs (George).
Additionally, we worked with 160 workshop participants from local schools and community groups. I ran writing workshops across Sunderland and South Tyneside, helping young (and not-so-young) writers create content for the show. We then ran six studio workshops at Spark Sunderland. During these sessions, Corinne taught a taster class on vocal technique and Jay showed us his meticulous editing process. Best of all, we recorded some of the scenes from our writing workshops, many of which went straight into the pilot episode.