Blum is an audio drama in the form of an investigative podcast – similar to popular fiction podcasts such as Limetown, Video Palace and The Black Tapes – that takes the listener on a captivating journey through nine Swiss cities, the country’s art museums, mysterious antique stores, dazzling train rides, and escapes through the freshly fallen snow.
By using this format and setting the story in a real historical, social, and geographical context, Blum creates a sense of uncertainty for the listener, leaving them wondering where the fiction ends and reality begins, encouraging them to conduct their own research after listening. The story also places a strong emphasis on music and art, and seeks to bring recognition to the value of women in these fields, a detail that has been denied for centuries.
The English adaptation follows a multi-award-winning Spanish version that reached the number one spot on Apple podcasts in Spain and was also a hit among Spanish language podcasts in Latin America, after its launch in June 2022.
Telling the story of a journalist uncovering a mysterious double investigation, Blum begins when Emma Clark discovers a suitcase in the house she shares with her boyfriend, David. Inside, she finds a collection of objects belonging to Clara, an art history student who lived with David before he and Emma met.
Clara disappeared while conducting research for her thesis in Switzerland, and David kept everything she left behind in the house, mainly books and notes from her thesis, in that suitcase. Intrigued by Clara's disappearance and her obsession with Swiss artist Ursula Blum, the subject of her thesis, Emma delves deeper into the mystery.
Blum is an audio drama produced by El Extraordinario, created, written, and directed by Carmen Pacheco and Manuel Bartual. Starring Charlotte Vega, Joe Manjón, Nikki García and Natalia Tena.
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