Who are we?
LONG CAT MEDIA is Lindsay Sharman and Laurence Owen. We are a UK podcast production company specialising in audio fiction.
Our first production was the comedy-drama series Mockery Manor, which launched in 2019. Nominated for Best Fiction at the British Podcast Awards 2020, Mockery Manor garnered glowing reviews from Herald Scotland, Engadget, The Podcast Host, Bello Collective and more, as well as hundreds of 5-star ratings on Apple Podcasts. It was also described as "remarkably immersive" and "marvellous" by Stephen Fry.
2020 saw the release of our character-comedy storytelling series Madame Magenta: Sonos Mystica, which has now spanned two seasons and almost 80 episodes, accruing a loyal following along the way.
In 2021, we released our biggest production to date: the swashbuckling pirate epic The Ballad of Anne & Mary, with a stellar cast including singing sensation Christina Bianco, musical comedian Sooz Kempner, Hamilton star Karl Queensborough, and drag legend Le Gateau Chocolat among others. The Ballad of Anne & Mary has received rave reviews and coverage from ITV News London, Liverpool Echo, The Stage, Pink News, Pod Bible, British Podcast Awards, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Scotland, and more.
Our three podcasts are now part of the Fable and Folly network, whose roster includes such titles as The Amelia Project, Unwell, and We Fix Space Junk.
All our podcasts can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Acast, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and more.
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The Ballad Of Anne & Mary is a five-episode fiction podcast. Part audio drama, part electrifying West End musical, this immersive production is a fictionalised telling of the lives (and loves) of the pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Gritty, romantic and hilarious, it's like a glossy Netflix miniseries for your ears. It was created entirely in lockdown, with its West End and Broadway cast recording all their parts remotely, and pieced together like a huge jigsaw puzzle in Long Cat Media's home studio. The cast includes musical sensation Christina Bianco, singer and comedian Sooz Kempner, Hamilton star Karl Queensborough, and cabaret-opera legend Le Gateau Chocolat.
“It sounds so real. I could see everything as I was listening. I was completely immersed in it. It felt like I was watching a big Hollywood film. And the fact that you did this all in isolation, separately, and from home… that’s so impressive give the feel of actually listening to it.” - Laura Grimshaw & Scott Bryan, Podcast Radio Hour, BBC R4 Extra
“Epic, escapist adventure… a joyful, swashbuckling musical” - Pod Bible
“With its amazing soundtrack, engaging and adventurous story, and stellar performances, The Ballad of Anne and Mary is one of the best new musicals I’ve heard or seen in a while.” Discover Pods
NOMINEE - "Best Podcast" - BBC Audio Drama Awards 2022
Christina Bianco | Anne Bonny
Sooz Kempner | Mary Read
Karl Queensborough | Nathaniel Mist
John Henry Falle | Jonathan Barnet
Carole Stennett | Bess the Ballad Singer
Le Gateau Chocolat | Capt. Jack Rackham
Dominic Brewer | John Bonny, Fenwick
Hayley Evenett | Bob the Cabin Boy
James Ducker | Turnkey Scratby
Ivan Wilkinson | Thomas, Gregory
Helen Fullerton | Mrs Cormac, additional
Colette Boushell | Mary Brennan
Laurence Owen | Capt. Graham, additional
Lindsay Sharman | Moll King, additional
Lindsay Sharman & Laurence Owen
Book & Lyrics by
Music, Lyrics, Sound Design & Editing by
Artwork by Rebecca Pitt
Sensitivity Reading by Ray Stoeve
About Mockery Manor
An oh-so-British black comedy, Mockery Manor is a theme park where people disappear, and it’s down to chaotic teenage twins JJ and Bette to unravel the mystery. Season 1 sees them pitted against a knife-wielding killer dressed as feline park mascot Mr Crackles, while Season 2 plunges them into sinister machinations at Mockery Manor’s sister park in the Black Forest, Dunkelschloss.
“Marvellous… Remarkably immersive” - Stephen Fry
NOMINEE - “Best Fiction Podcast” - British Podcast Awards 2020
Season 1 Cast:
Hayley Evenett | JJ, Bette, additional
Laurence Owen | Parker, Matty, Jenkins, additional
Lindsay Sharman | Margot, Auntie Janet, Sonia, Emma, additional
Peter Sowerbutts | Manager Norton
Abbie Eastwood | Mrs Parker
Sooz Kempner | Kelly, Dorothy
Jonathan Kitching | Graham
John Henry Falle | Detective, Alfred Mockery
Georgie Gilbert | Mrs Wainscoat, Nurse
James Ducker | Walter
Mark Restuccia | PC Steve, PC Dave
Saffron Robertson | Lady Mockery, Young Margot
Season 2 Cast
Hayley Evenett | JJ, Bette
Laurence Owen | Parker, Jenkins, Matty, additional
Lindsay Sharman | Margot, Hilda, Davina, additional
Alasdair Beckett-King | Tomasz, Danil, Chet, additional
Abbie Eastwood | Gretchen, additional
Sooz Kempner | Kelly, Prison Doctor
Kenzo Kanayama | Genkai
Written & Directed by
Music, Sound Design & Editing by
Madame Magenta is a semi-improvised comedy fiction series. Join the powerful but reluctant medium Magenta and her loyal husband Bernard as they battle dark forces, and commune with the spirits to solve real world problems sent in by listeners. In Season 1, Magenta is forced into a bank heist by the ghost of her dead ex-husband, and in Season 2, she is pitted against a psychotic murderer hellbent on destroying the mystic community.
Lindsay Sharman | Madame Magenta
Laurence Owen | Bernard
Music, Sound Design & Editing by