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24 Hours in Isolation

Untold stories of the double epidemic - lockdown and loneliness

24 hours. 28 stories. 24 episodes.In music, spoken word and drama, these are the untold experiences of isolation.Before Covid19, before "self isolation" and "social distancing", there was already an epidemic of lonelines
Latest Episode6/25/2020

24 Hours in Isolation; the full story

Season 3, Ep. 1
In music, spoken word and drama, these are the untold experiences of isolation.Before Covid19, before "self isolation" and "social distancing", there was already an epidemic of loneliness in British society. It is most acute in North East England, where 53% of adults feel lonely. It's time we told their stories. Musicians, poets, producers, writers and comedians from the region have united to create an unprecedented 24hour audio experience that does just that.A new story was released on this page every hour, on the hour, from midnight on 21st June 2020.Now you can hear all 24 of them in a single collection.Each introduces a different person. Some you'll recognise, some you'll meet for the first time. They're short because a good story can connect with you in just a few minutes, just as you can connect with another human in the time it takes a kettle to boil. So make a cuppa, settle in for the next 40minutes and join us in breaking down the walls of isolation.Together we will beat loneliness._________________The complete collection24 episodes, from 12midnight to 11pmThere will be hungry supermarket staff heading to work the wee hours, nervous joggers circling parks, confused older people waiting for social care workers to arrive, autistic school children singing to themselves. As well as sports coaches losing their online audience to Joe Wicks, tired nurses pinning doves on the doors of dying patients, parents hiding from home schooling and lonely neighbours having “just one more bottle of wine”. And much much more._________________The complete running order12:00am, when the kids are in bed, written/performed by Emily Wiseman1:00am, on the ventilator, written/performed by Oli Welham2:00am, Mulberry House, written/performed by Rachel Burns3:00am, cold air, written/performed by Lindsay Hannon, and WHO benefits, written/performed Viv Wiggins4:00am, we all wake up alone, written/performed Tracey Tofield5:00am, leaving for work, written by Allison Davies and performed by Jessica Johnson6:00am, joggers in the park. written by Claire Tustin and performed by Steve Byron7:00am, breakfast alone, written/performed by Beccy Owen8:00am, good morning gabba, written/performed by Donald Jenkins9:00am, home fitness, written Mhairi Ledgerwood and performed by Sarah Boulter10:00am, another bloody Zoom meeting, written/performed by Claire Tustin11:00am, home schooling, written/performed by Kelly Rickard12:00pm, talking to my carer, written/performed by Allison Davies, and Lockdown Social, written/performed by Rowan McCabe1pm, nurse story part 1, written/performed by John Scott2pm, young, broke, on benefits, written by Sky Hawkins and performed by Luke Maddison3pm, leaving school, written/performed by Emily Wiseman 4pm, here we are now, written/performed by Tracey Tofield, and nurse story part 2, written/performed by John Scott5pm, 6 feet apart at the supermarket, written/performed by Oli Welham6pm. normal or now, written/performed by Amy Mitchell and the watch party. written Mhairi Ledgerwood and performed Bob Nicholson7pm, little songs, written by Rachel Burns, performed by Luke Maddison8pm, I left without the money, written/performed by Claire Tustin9pm, another bottle of wine, written/performed by Viv Wiggins10pm, grief, written by Rachel Burns and performed by Ben Dickenson11pm, the comedian, written/performed by John Scott______________Production teamProducer: Ben DickensonAssociate producer: Sky HawkinsSound supervisor: Matt TuckeyAll episodes have been recorded by artists and performers in their own homes.Follow us on Twitter:@24_isolation
6/23/2020

Bonus feature: and, just like that, the whole world changed

Season 4, Ep. 1
Giving voice to the untold stories of isolation.Before "self isolation" and "social distancing", there was already an epidemic of loneliness in British society. It is most acute in North East England, where 53% of adults feel lonely. It's time we told their stories. Musicians, poets, producers, writers and comedians from the region have united to create an unprecedented 24hour audio experience that does just that.Our artists produced nearly 30 stories. Each introducing a different person. Some you'll recognise, some you'll meet for the first time. They're short because a good story can connect with you in just a few minutes, just as you can connect with another human in the time it takes a kettle to boil.The stories were released in 24 episodes of music, drama and poetry on the 21st June. From the 25th June you can also hear them in a specially produced single collection - subscribe now to get it direct to your podcast service.In the couple of days after the initial release over 2000 people listened to the stories we created. The number keeps rising. We want to thank you for your support. We want to keep the stories flowing, the human connections growing.That's why one of our producers, Sky Hawkins, has decided to share her haiku diary with the 24 Hours in Isolation audience._________________and, just like that, the world changedHow will we remember what happened in 2020? What happened to us, what happened to you, what happened to me?Sky Hawkins kept a journal of drawings and haikus between the 23rd March and 15th June. Often created on successive days, her poems are a frank, emotional and occasionally sweary reflection on what happens to humanity in unprecedented times.This is a personal history of the Covid19 pandemic and the social upheavals that came after, with a specially created soundscape capturing the changing moods of isolation. Originally intended for publication elsewhere, Sky wanted to give her poems to the 24 Hours in Isolation project in recognition of the work of other artists on the original 24 episodes and in thanks to the many who have listened so far.Together we will beat loneliness.______________and, just like that, the whole world changed - the teamWritten and performed by Sky HawkinsProduced by Ben DickensonA poetry film including all of Sky’s pictures and paintings from lockdown will be available in July 2020 on YouTube.Follow us on Twitter:@24_isolation