We are an award winning social enterprise
Thanks to funding from Red Rose Recovery, the hard work of Blank Space Theatre and the support and enthusiasm of the people of Skelmersdale, we
have produced, “Skem, I love you”. a socially
distanced community soap opera, documenting
life in lockdown for the residents of Skem.
What a journey it’s been.
Way back in March, Red Rose Recovery awarded
funding to run a course of stand-up comedy workshops for young people in Skelmersdale. Our hope was to tackle the rise in youth knife crime in the area by bringing young people together and giving them the opportunity to air their frustrations creatively. With the help of Dan
and Emma Carmichael from Blank Space Theatre,
we planned to take our young comedians from first rehearsal right through to their first live gig; giving them the skills, confidence and support to stand up in front of their friends and families and share their experiences of life. A film of the project was to form the basis of our larger vision, "Skem, I Love You" the world’s first
social enterprise feature film.
The project’s ambition was to provide a positive experience for households on lockdown; a community experience involving linking with other families and building new support networks. We also wanted it to be an opportunity for people to learn new skills and increase their
all participants felt an improved sense of wellbeing, an improved sense of pride about their town and now have a more positive approach to their mental health. as a wellbeing project, our soap opera was a resounding success.
There are some notable individual participant successes to celebrate as well, such as Mary-anne who has been inspired to set up her own youtube channel where she shares her food preparation videos.
certainly among the project's greatest achievments is giving our 14 year old writer
ryan the opportunity to write for professional actors who performed and filmed his monologues. We're honoured to have been part of his and everyone else’s lockdown journey.