53 episodes

World premiere podcast plays performed & recorded live outside of a normal theatre setting but in front of an audience, one take. Co-Production between #MancMade Productions & Listening Dog Media. #ThePodPlay

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    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

World premiere podcast plays performed & recorded live outside of a normal theatre setting but in front of an audience, one take. Co-Production between #MancMade Productions & Listening Dog Media. #ThePodPlay

    Man Factory - Episode 2

    Man Factory - Episode 2

    When HR exec Jacqueline Forte finds herself standing in as COO of recently merged US/UK startup Transcendence, which creates life-like robotic men, curated to be the perfect mates for the women’s self-fulfillment space, she finds herself challenged on all sides when an Indian soft-toy entrepreneur sweeps in to buy the company.
     
    Written by Holly Hudson and Pamela Schott
     
    Starring Holly Hudson, Christophe Guybet, Sushil Chudasama, Caren Gunderson, Megan Keaveny, Jack Waldouck, Sean Chriscole, Timothy Huls, Lisa Whiteside and Kerry Ogden.

    Music by Susan Lockwood.
     
    Produced and Directed by Paul Ludden
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    • 21 min
    Man Factory - Episode 1

    Man Factory - Episode 1

    When HR exec Jacqueline Forte finds herself standing in as COO of recently merged US/UK startup Transcendence, which creates life-like robotic men, curated to be the perfect mates for the women’s self-fulfillment space, she finds herself challenged on all sides when an Indian soft-toy entrepreneur sweeps in to buy the company.
     
    Written by Holly Hudson and Pamela Schott
     
    Starring Holly Hudson, Christophe Guybet, Sushil Chudasama, Caren Gunderson, Megan Keaveny, Jack Waldouck, Sean Chriscole, Timothy Huls, Lisa Whiteside and Kerry Ogden.

    Music by Susan Lockwood.
     
    Produced and Directed by Paul Ludden
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    • 22 min
    The Choir

    The Choir

    A tale of two carers who find solace in singing with a choir. Grace is conflicted. Should she claw out time for herself at choir practice or help her distressed son? Mary needs Grace in the choir, without her there’s no chance they’ll win the prize money they need to keep the choir going.

    Starring Jennifer Banks & Julie Edwards
    Written by Jennifer Banks
    Produced & Directed by Paul Ludden
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    • 16 min
    Free Trade Hall

    Free Trade Hall

    It’s June 1976 and a group called The Sex Pistols are playing a gig at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester. The group are just starting out and everyone is talking about them and their style of music, ‘Punk Rock’ they are calling it, and Derek wants to be a part of it…
    It won’t be easy but he’s just got to get fifty pence for his ticket, coz if there's going to be Anarchy In The UK then he wants to be part of it, and like Jonny Rotten says he’s got ‘No Future’ plus anyone who’s anyone is going to be there…
    Starring Will Bee, Sophie Simpson, Joanne Venet and Steve Cain.
    Written by Paul Daley
    Produced & Directed by Paul Ludden
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    • 20 min
    The Lion Sleeps Tonight

    The Lion Sleeps Tonight

    At Samaritans, they call it compassion fatigue.
    When you've climbed into that hole, shared that load, walked in those shoes one too many times then realise you don't care anymore.

    Beth thinks she doesn't, but there's one caller out there who needs her and no one else will do.

    Starring Natalie Jones, Christopher Everett, Jess Gough and Lee Petcher.

    Written by Mark Jackson
    Produced & Directed by Paul Ludden
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    • 22 min
    Elvis in Manchester (unscripted)

    Elvis in Manchester (unscripted)

    In the early 70's Elvis Presley returns from thirteen years of concentrating on movie roles to perform his "Summer Festival" run of shows in Las Vegas.

    What if.. His reinvigorated love for live performance sees him embark on a European tour, eventually bringing him to Manchester in the North of England. A million miles away from the fakery of Vegas and the cauldron like atmosphere he has to deal with in the States. 

    A chance for Elvis to perform to a new audience, enjoy new experiences and answer questions from a DJ at a fledgling local Manchester radio station.

    Starring Liam Francis Collins and Jack Wood.
    Based on an original idea by Liam Francis Collins.
    Produced and Directed by Paul Ludden
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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

little boboj ,

Man Factory is amazing

Don’t know where this came from, but what a great idea. Funny & smart. Only wish there were more episodes.

Showrunnergirl ,

I love Man Factory!

Clever story, brilliant acting, and the kind of production value that places you right in the middle of the Man Factory manufacturing floor where AI men are made to order. More of this, please!

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