Immediate Theatre

Hackney Social Audio

An intergenerational podcast celebrating art, heritage and the vibrancy of the diverse community of Hackney.

About Hackney Social Audio

HSA is a new monthly podcast, bringing different generations and communities together to talk, create and deepen understanding. The hour-long show will be released on the 1st of every month, and a bonus shorts selection will be live on the 15th of every month.

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If you have a story or an audio piece connected to Hackney, we’d love to hear from you! Or if you’d like to find out more and get involved with our production club or podcast courses, please get in touch:

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Latest Episode - Christmas Special

With the last episode of the series, it’s time to get Christmassy! We head down to the Hackney Empire to hear about their Christmas pantomime, ‘Mother Goose’, and we take a look into the creation of Immediate Theatres most recent touring production ‘Pressure drop’. Feature maker Vicki goes to visit Shoreditch Trust and Lime Tree Court to explore the reminiscence workshops that have been taking place to help young stroke survivors. And last but not least, you’ll get to hear Theatre Exchange’s Christmas production ‘Beauty and the Beastlies’

Presenters: Sue Elliott-Nicholls and Dahlia Douglas

Executive Producer: Jo Carter

Producer: Leo Dunlop

Audio Engineer: Neil McKeown

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Listen to our Shorts episodes from December!

Yohan L takes us out of Hackney and down to Kath’s Place in Deptford, where We Care Foodbank have been having trouble with social media trolls. This attack, along with the wave of gentrification and the cost of living crisis are taking their toll. We hear from the volunteers who are helping to support and feed the local community.

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Celia Burgess-Macey and Wendy Knight from the Hackney HOWLers talk about creating the book Write Women into History, the Women’s Liberation Movement and Feminism.

Introduced by Judy Frumin

Produced by Lucie Regan

Recorded and edited by Leo Dunlop

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Free Audio Training

Learn how to make podcasts with Hackney Social Audio!

Take part in our free 6-week course where you will learn how to plan, record and edit a podcast. The workshops are open to all, from ages 16 - 99! Develop a great new skill, and possibly get paid to make content for our show!

Current programme:

We are not currently running these sessions. Check back for future updates!