24 Hours in Isolation
11pm: the comedian
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 will arrive on this page every hour, on the hour, from midnight on 21st June 2020. Each will introduce you to a different person. Some you'll recognise, some you'll meet for the first time.
Our episodes are 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. Make a cuppa, press play and join us in breaking down the walls of isolation.
Together we will beat loneliness.
Episode 2411pm: the comedian
An instructive tale of falling in the shit, and getting up again. "It will be alright to laugh again". The most fitting of closing messages for our collection.
A narrative reminiscence, written and performed by John Scott.
Producer: Ben Dickenson
Associate producer: Sky Hawkins
Sound supervisor: Matt Tuckey
All episodes have been recorded by artists and performers in their own homes.
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