Sophie Willan and Jayde Adams stood in a butchers shop

Alma’s Not Normal

As the writer of Alma’s Not Normal, Sophie continues to develop the core missions of Stories Of Care; by offering a bitingly funny and unflinching take on class, sexuality, mental health and substance abuse. She celebrates Working Class women, Care Leavers and Sex Workers, and shows complex female characters, dealing with the hands they’ve been dealt while doggedly pursing their dreams. 

But the work is also happening offscreen for Sophie as an Executive Producer on the show…

Alma’s Not Normal are running a paid training programme for young people from low income and Care Experienced backgrounds on the production.  The trainees will work, full time and be paid at living wage, in specific departments across the programme including producing, art department, costume department, makeup department, camera department, location department, production department.

They have also delivered an extensive open audition process, to make sure working class actors from Bolton feature heavily in the show. The show also features one Stories Of Care’s, Young Company Members, Susie Hadaway, in her first television role.

And finally, Alma’s Not Normal are working with Back Up North West – a homeless charity for young people, that Sophie was a recipient of in her youth and are now a longterm partner of Stories Of Care. BBC Comedy are paying the charity to film on their premises and inviting their young residents onto set, to watch the filming.