‘A delightfully inventive set of new pick’n’mix audio dramas

The Guardian

'One of the best theatre shows to stream this month’

The Guardian

(August 2023)

Headphone Story is an adventurous

audio series listened to on headphones

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Photo by Kat Green

Headphone Story is a new audio series that tells musical, funny and poignant stories in unique spaces using innovative recording techniques.


Listeners are taken on an immersive journey through carefully curated soundscapes, happy accidents and expert storytelling.

Headphones very much encouraged.


For your satisfaction, there is a serving suggestion in how to gain the most

from each story


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Headphone Story

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Narrated by Bill Walston


Contributors - Abi, Alex, Bridie, Bill, Fiona, Githa, Ian, Nicky, Paul, Penny, Savi, Sophie, Steve and Tina


Inspired by the folklore of the Lantern Men - a mysterious white light that hovers over the Fenland at night, luring wanderers into the reed beds - this sound piece is the culmination of a six month collaboration between Composer Tom Adams and participants from the Camsight and Vision Norfolk community.


The Lantern Men intersects the tale of the untimely death of wherryman Joseph Bexfield with sonic sounds, personal reflections and field recordings made during the project.


In partnership with Ely Museum, RNIB and Wicken Fen.

The Lantern Men

A spooky story

Recorded at Wicken Fen, Ely Museum and Babylon Arts


Serving suggestion:


  • Listen on headphones
  • In your most comfortable chair
  • At 11.45pm


Season 1

A guide dog called George is about to retire but something is holding him back


Recorded in one living room, to be listened to in another.


Serving suggestion:


  • Listen on headphones
  • In your most comfortable chair
  • At the golden time of dusk


A story about 3 forgotten scrapbooks that belonged to a long lost couple


Recorded in

The Museum of Cornish Life, Helston, Cornwall


Serving suggestion:


  • Listen on headphones
  • In your most comfortable chair
  • At the turning of the day to night with your curtains shut


Alex and Tom are best friends. That is, until the escape room.

And things will never be the same again after that


Recorded in

The Margate Bookshop


Serving suggestion:


  • Listen on headphones
  • In your most comfortable chair
  • When the the sky is as near to pitch black as possible


What happens when the Nit Nurse goes up against Maggie Thatcher?


Recorded in

The Mayor of Margate's Parlour

and

The Salvation Army Hall, Margate


Serving suggestion:


  • Listen on headphones
  • In your most comfortable chair
  • When the sun has woken up fully


Shorts

A fascinating and absorbing insight into a lone professional. A DJ called Kit.


Recorded in Kit’s living room Margate


Serving suggestion:


  • Listen on headphones
  • In your most comfortable chair
  • At midnight


Join Tom as he faces his demons, his monsters and his ghosts. All in the same day.


Recorded in 2 basements


Serving suggestion:


  • Listen on headphones
  • In your most comfortable chair
  • In a basement


Inspired by ‘Scrapbook’ -

Just when the trail had gone cold, Tom gets a message...


Recorded in Frances’ living room in Camborne


Serving suggestion:


  • Listen on headphones
  • In your most comfortable chair
  • With a cup of strong tea


Tom retraces his steps of his old paper round, where he learned several lessons in one day.


Recorded on the streets of Margate


Serving suggestion:


  • Listen on headphones
  • In your most comfortable chair
  • With a newspaper on your lap

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Meet the Team

Tom Adams

Creative Director, Composer

& Co-Producer

Tom has been performing, composing and creating theatre for 20 years. Coming from live comedy, he has toured to venues & festivals nationally

Karen Pirie

Co-Producer

Karen has been telling tales for 20 years making hundreds of national radio programmes and podcasts, working with presenters including John Humphreys, and Kirsty Wark.

Creative Associates

Lillian Henley

Associate Director of Headphone Story

Lillian directed 'Nit Nurse' and was Musical Dramturg for Season 1 of Headphone Story. Her background is in live performance and silent film accompaniment

Laura Mugridge

Director & Dramaturg - Escape Room

Laura is a theatre maker, dramaturg and director. She is winner of a Fringe First Award and Audience Choice Award Brighton Fringe 2022


Dan Scott

Musician, Singer and Co-composer of George

Dan was musician and singer also on Nit Nurse and Escape Room. Dan is a musician and sound artist and Dan and Tom have worked on over 5 projects together including Panegyric and boat-house-theatre

Kimberley Sutherland

Musician, Solo Vocalist - Escape Room

Kimberly is a Gold selling writer and platinum-selling artist. Her releases and co-writes have amassed over 300 million streams on Spotify alone.

Kyla Goodey

Director - Scrapbook

Kyla is a director, writer, performer, producer & associate artist at Kneehigh theatre. She trained at Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre

Ciaran Clarke

Sound Engineer & Sound Recordist for Scrapbook

Ciaran Clarke is a theatre maker & sound designer recently been awarded a doctorate for his practice-based research entitled Reviver Voce: the Voice, Technology, and Death,

Andy Purves

Future Developments Officer

Andy's role is in securing future opportunities for Headphone Story. Tom and Andy have worked together for 10 years for projects inc. Relative Motion and Elephant and Castle

Siobhan Meade

Blind Awareness Mentor - George

Siobhan is Digital Marketing Producer for Guide Dogs and supported Tom and Dan during the development and recording of George, even recording the show in her front room.


Listener Feedback

Quotation Mark

So relaxing...

like looking through a scrapbook of memories...

it made me cry

Grace Slee on Nit Nurse

Quotation Mark

A laid-back, gently revelatory experience recorded in one living room to be heard in another...

- The Guardian on George

(June 2022)


Quotation Mark

Love how you have taken Maggie down and what a joy to hear her inner voice!

Dee Wright on Nit Nurse

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History of

Headphone Story

In June 2022, I wanted to create a listening experience that felt like a live theatre piece. Where the feeling of live-ness could be recorded and then listened back to in a new context, such as in your home on headphones. I wanted anyone who couldn't go to the theatre for reasons such as, they thought theatre was rubbish or they couldn't afford it to still experience the feeling of being told a story in a way that felt immediate and live, full of little details and tiny, human mistakes.

I met Karen Pirie, BBC Radio and podcast producer and then everything changed. With her support as co-producer, we developed Headphone Story. Above is the first season, there will be many more seasons to come. All developing the style of binaural recording and finding interesting spaces to record in that relate to the story.


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Thank you,


Tom

Scrapbook

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'Tom worked with Headphone Story in February of this year with our 50+ social support group. As the name suggests the group is a social support group for people aged over 50 however the majority of my members are in their 70s & 80s. They are a lively group who meet weekly and can be quite difficult to engage if the subject is not to their liking!


Tom was a fantastic part of the day, engaging all members and getting them involved and joining in with music. He was friendly and professional but certainly brought a wonderful positive vibe with him and left us all smiling.


I am really looking forward to welcoming Tom again to the group and I know I speak for them all when I say that they feel the same way. Thank you to Tom and Headphone Story.'


Siobhan Florence

Skills and Education Manager, Draceana Centre



'Museum of Cornish life was delighted to be invited to work with Headphone Story in Autumn 2022 and Spring 20203.

The project we were involved with, Headphone Story - Series 1, was an exciting opportunity for us to expand upon the work we deliver to settings such as care homes and memory cafes. The resulting story which is all about memories also reflects our collections which hold thousands of memories linked to our objects.

It was interesting for us to host artists who interacted with our museum building and its collection in a fresh way. Predominantly our museum is a focus for people interested in historical research or who are excited by the visual aspect of the collection. To have the focus on sound and the atmospheric quality of the building allowed us and now others to experience the museum in a totally

new and different way. Tom Adams and his creative team worked closely with us as the project developed from the initial idea to the recording session in the museum. We were kept informed of the process and able to feed back into the process. We are a free-to-visit museum and it wasn’t possible to close the museum for extended periods and the team were sensitive to this and worked their schedule around ours so that we could keep the building open as much as possible during the recording process.

We have thoroughly enjoyed being part of Headphone Story and hope to be able to work with them again on exciting ways to bring our collection to a wider audience.'


Isobel King

Community Engagement Curator

Museum of Cornish Life, Helston

Escape Room

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Mental Health can be an absolute minefield of emotions, Escape Room, is a fantastic immersive experience that talks about first hand lived experience of the wellbeing roller-coaster around anxieties and how that can take control of you. Having lived experience of mental health I could relate to how Tom was feeling at every moment, and it gave myself a sense of togetherness and acceptance.


Also, along the same note. Would you be happy for me to send a link to Escape Room to our client base (I will source headphones) I think it would be a great introduction to alternative ways of gathering information around anxieties. I can take the description off of the podcast unless your would like to personalise it to Mental Health UK. Let me know what you think/


Will Hebditch (He/Him)

Employment Programmes Manager

Into Work

Mental Health UK


Nit Nurse

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