The Project

Flaking Out took place from September 2012 – July 2013

Under the Creative Direction of Jennifer Tuckett, students at the University of Salford worked with BBC Radio Drama North to study Writing for Radio Drama for the first time.

This included sessions on Ideas, Structure, Story and Characterisation, Sound and the Commissioning Process.

Between September and December 2012, students wrote short 10 minute radio plays, mentored by BBC Radio Drama producers and Jennifer Tuckett.

In April, a special University of Salford Turn Up The Talent night took place at the University of Salford, featuring six of the students short radio plays, performed by student actors and filmed by production students.

In June, one of the radio plays – Flaking Out by student Andrew Lawson – was recorded by BBC Radio Drama North producer Sharon Sephton, with sound by BBC Radio Drama North sound designer Steve Brooke.

Below are the biographies of the some of the key team members behind Flaking Out.

Jennifer Tuckett: Jennifer Tuckett is an award winning writer, producer and academic. Jennifer trained at Cambridge University, on the University of East Anglia’s MA in Creative Writing where she was the first person in the eight year history of the Scriptwriting strand of the course to be awarded a Distinction, and at Yale School of Drama. Jennifer’s plays include “I am a Superhero” (joint winner, Old Vic New Voices Theatre 503 Award), “Ways You Can Survive the World” (Theatre 503) and “Kidnapping Cameron” (Birmingham Repertory Theatre). Jennifer has run education projects in partnership with BBC Writersroom, BBC Radio Drama North, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Octagon Theatre Bolton, the  Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Guardian newspaper. Jennifer has spent the last 5 years developing new methods of industry partnered creative writing teaching in the UK.

BBC Radio Drama North: BBC Radio Drama North is the BBC Radio Drama department based at MediaCityUK in Salford. The team who worked on Flaking Out were Sharon Sephton (Development Producer) who co-organised the project with Jennifer Tuckett. Sessions on writing for radio drama were delivered by Gary Brown (Producer), Sue Roberts (Editor) and Steve Brooke (Sound Designer) as well as Sharon. Sharon produced and directed the selected student radio play, which was recorded by Steve with assistance from students at the University of Salford.