Radio drama producer Lucy Hannah has thrown her weight behind a web audio drama dominated by non-professional young talent.
Out of the Gate is a five-part pilot series that centres on a young offender leaving prison. His plan to change his ways and pursue new business ventures is challenged when his best friend is stabbed - by another member of his group of friends.
Over four weeks, the nine-strong team - several of whom were themselves young offenders - created the characters and storylined and scripted the first 5 x 12-minute episodes. These are streamed at the show’s site, which is attracting traffic via its partners’ media outlets and a dedicated MySpace page.
Maggie Boden, a script editor who has worked on Spooks and E4 drama Dead Set, and Al Smith, whose writing credits include Holby City and EastEnders, mentored the youngsters.
The drama was recorded in south London and used raps set to beats created by young music producers Aiden ‘Skitz Beatz’ Hogarth and Kevin ‘Blemish’ Ababio.