About the programme
Who is it for? It’s for people who are going to get old—and you know what? That’s everybody!Judi Lehrhaupt. Voice and speech coach, and voice over artist.
What does it mean to be ‘old’? If the word only means ‘almost dead’, or ‘useless’, or ‘decrepit’, then how does a healthy, active, curious woman in her late 70s describe herself?
In order to deal with this conundrum, in January 2021 I started writing short audio sketches with a wryly comic touch about a fictitious woman who just happens to be my age, healthy, active and curious. People have encouraged me to write more, hence this podcast which isn’t really a podcast, it is more like an old fashioned radio soap opera (without the soap). Each episode is roughly 12 minutes long, including intro and outro, during which we hear Helen interacting with, being annoyed by and having loving connections with various members of her equally fictitious family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues. Some of them are played by my acting and voice coaching friends in the UK, Australia and the USA, and listed on the Company page. The rest are played by myself.
Like me, Helen is from Australia and lives in the UK, but that is where the similarities end.
The theme music for Season 1 is taken from Joan Melton’s lovely suite, “Pieces”. For Season 2 I’m using a song of mine “Where the Old Folk Go” in an instrumental arrangement by Mark Bunyan. Some of the episodes also include tracks recorded by singer-songwriter/musician friends, and myself.
If we were performing this live in a theatre or a pub or a community hall near you, we would be asking you to “Pay What You Can” at the door. Because it is all online, we ask that you donate what you can (using the buttons in the side bar) to support the ongoing expenses of broadcasting it, with any profits over and above expenses shared equally between all the members of the company.
Especially at the moment, when live performance is barely possible at all, we are all working hard to keep our creative juices flowing, our skills intact, and our audiences entertained.