WOULD LIKE TO MEET— Taking the wraps off dating and disability
Documental Theatre has been commissioned by Audio Content Fund to produce WOULD LIKE TO MEET, a six part radio series presented by Ngozi Ugochukwu.
Comedian, writer and wheelchair-user Ngozi will go on a quest to find a connection in a (sort of) post-pandemic world. On the way she’ll explore some of the currents in contemporary dating for people with disabilities, visible or otherwise. She’ll try her luck on dating apps with unfriendly algorithms, dip a toe into the Devotee scene, where daters explicitly seek out amputees and wheelchair users as sexual partners. She’ll hear stories of bicuriosity by default, and ask how to manage a hook up when you need 24/7 PA support.
Why is it many disabled people find love easily, whilst for others it just ain’t happening? Ngozi will visit a clairvoyant to map out her own love future, and keep a team of friends updated in this frank and revelatory series for Phonic FM, Soundart Radio, Sheffield Live, Oldham FM, Cornucopia Radio, Able Radio and other streaming platforms.
WOULD LIKE TO MEET aims to look at the experiences of disabled people positively and honestly, provoking listeners to think in new ways about how we all live.
Lucy Bell; Lucy is the series producer on WOULD LIKE TO MEET and helped format the series, working from an original idea by Ngozi Ugochukwu. Lucy has a non-verbal pre-teen daughter and is a school governor at a setting for young people with severe cognitive disabilities. She is keen to explore how progressive the dating scene is in 2022.
Ngozi Ugochukwu, presenter, is a creative practitioner in a wide range of disciplines. She has produced, written and directed content for TV and online.
Celia Hutchison, editor, has worked for many years for the BBC as a sound engineer in network radio. She has worked on everything from radio drama (including the Archers) through to live music for 6 Music. She particularly enjoyed the variety of people she met and is delighted to join the WOULD LIKE TO MEET team.
Andrew Westle is creative production manager on WOULD LIKE TO MEET. His work defies neat boundaries to include research, socially engaged arts practice, performance, evaluation, writing, theatre-making and public health. His work often questions the status quo, creating spaces for challenging conversations where ideas inspire dialogue, action and engagement.
iMayflower scheme interns Cheryl Nutbean and Takudzwa Rudive will be assistant producing, supporting with research and helping to manage the production.
WOULD LIKE TO MEET be streamed from early summer 2022. More details to follow. If you have any questions about this series, please get in touch!