Cast welcomes The Listening Project to Doncaster

08 Aug 2016

The listening project

This summer Cast welcomes BBC 4’s mobile recording booth The Listening Project to Sir Nigel Gresley Square from Tuesday 30th – Saturday 3rd September (10am-4pm).

The Listening Project is a partnership between the British Library and the BBC, which offers people the opportunity to record a conversation with a friend or relative about many different aspects of life today.

Last year The Listening Project recorded over 250 conversations all over the country, which are now all part of the British Library’s oral history collections.

The project began in 2012 and so far over 1000 conversations have been recorded. You can listen to some of the conversations people from South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire have already recorded for BBC Radio Sheffield here.

Fi Glover, presenter of The Listening Project on BBC Radio 4 says: “Amidst our busy lives, we get so entangled with the daily routines that we forget to sit and actually listen to the ones who mean the most. Put simply, we’re after a picture of life in 2016 - a genuine conversation between two people - an expression of views, opinions and natural questions between two people who know each other well and we ask them to talk about the things that matter to them."

Rav Sanghera, producer of The Listening Project for BBC Radio Sheffield says: “The recording booth is a cosy caravan kitted up with recording equipment where you can take a break from the outside world and have a conversation you’ve always meant to have. You can even stick the fire on if the great British summer lets us down and it gets chilly!”

The Listening Project is looking for pairs of people who have shared or contrasting experiences, as well as people whose lives have changed or are about to change. These could be parents, children, couples, colleagues, or friends open to listening and sharing a conversation about something that matters to both. 

Take part in the Listening Project:

Tuesday 30th August - Saturday 3rd September (10am-4pm)
Sir Nigel Gresley Square, Doncaster (opposite Cast and Doncaster Central Library)

What are we hoping to record?
We’d like to record a series of conversations which look at many different aspects of life here today. Last year we recorded over 250 conversations all over the country and they’re all now part of the British Library’s oral history collections.

Who are we hoping to record?
We’re looking for pairs of people – parents, children, couples, colleagues, or friends – but what they talk about is up to them. We always like to record people who have a great rapport together, people who have shared or contrasting experiences, as well as people whose lives have changed or are about to change. The key thing is that you’re interested in the other person and open to listening and sharing what matters to you both.

I’m interested – what should I do next?
Great! Call or email producer Rav Sanghera on (0114) 267 5440 or radio.sheffield@bbc.co.uk. He can help with any ideas or people you have in mind for your conversation and get you booked in for a recording date and time. Conversations can take up to an hour to record, so it’s best to book in advance of the booth’s visit. 

The Listening Project Booth is fully wheelchair accessible. There is an inbuilt ramp and the seats inside fold away.

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