This is a project I've been tentatively trying to get my head around for a couple of months, but all the moving pieces for it are pretty much in place now, so I feel I can safely announce it. I've spent the last couple of years frequently having friends say to me "Why don't you start a podcast, you'd be great at doing a podcast?" and apologetically going "Yeah, I guess, maybe, one day, if I have the right idea." I feel inherently in my bones that there are so many podcasts out there, and loads of them are really great, and loads of them are really terrible, and loads of them are just people going "I'll just have a funny conversation with my mates and then release that," and I just felt deep down like there was no point dipping my toe into that world unless I had an idea I felt truly excited by and that felt like it needed to exist in the medium of a podcast in order to exist at all. Earlier this year, I finally had that idea.
Over the next couple of months I'm going to be recording something called The Mr Fruit Salad Therapy Tapes in collaboration with the amazing Elise Bramich, who will be producing it and who saw the potential in it earlier this year and has helped me develop the premise slightly beyond its initial boundaries to become something I'm now truly excited by. I won't spoil it, but it's basically going to be a sort of semi-improvised, absurdist, nonsense-based exploration of therapy and identity and grief and anxiety and self-care and mental health via the characters of Mr Fruit Salad and his therapist Debbie (Alison Thea-Skot). On top of that there's a whole separate narrative in which Andy Barr plays a private detective trying to figure out who Mr Fruit Salad is. I'm really excited to work with such a brilliant cast, and I think the story I've fleshed out from those bare bones is quite a good, compelling, unusual one, and I think the podcast medium offers a really interesting way to tell that story. Hopefully it'll also be genuinely funny and silly and daft on top of being interesting and odd, but honestly, it's mostly a way of experimenting in a new format so I'm just looking forward to getting my head round it, really. I'm hoping we might get enough recorded to start releasing regular episodes by the end of the year, so watch this space for more and do look out for it! It'll be in all the usual places where you get your podcasts, I guess. Been learning all about that this week, looks fun.