Props is a co-creation project about love, care and isolation. 

Long before COVID, many people were living with “a new normal” in order to support someone else. PROPS is a digital archive and radio series to spotlight the lived experience of people in support roles, paid or otherwise.

Through our research process we spoke to:

Carers – Forces families – Families of serving prisoners – People supporting a loved one through an immigration process – Children of workers on remote islands – Workers from overseas, sending money to their families – People caring for looked after children in residential care – Loved ones of people overcoming addiction

The project was made possible by sixteen participants. They each curated a timely photographic archive of their daily lives: images of what gives them strength and what they hope will change.

Listen to the PROPS podcasts

The participants were then interviewed about the images they had chosen. From these testimonies Documental produced six original radio plays for broadcast on National Prison Radio, and community radio stations up and down the country. The writing team included Bisola Alabi, Mina Barber, Neela Dolezalova, Stephen Myott-Meadows, Lucy Bell and Cathy Crabb. The director was Sarah Myott-Meadows with sound design by Jack Drewry and composition by Ben Kwasi-Burrell.

Lastly we created short documentaries from the interviews.

You can listen to the Props plays via the Audio Content Fund website