The team

Richard Melvin

Director and Producer

Richard started his career in broadcasting as a volunteer at Radio Forth during the Edinburgh Fringe. He quickly moved on to the achingly trendy Beat 106 before being spotted and poached by BBC Radio Scotland. He produced The Fred MacAulay Show for nearly five years and has worked with with some of the biggest names in the UK entertainment industry.

He founded Dabster Productions in 2006 and since then has produced over 300 hours of radio for the BBC. His head spills out ideas and enthusiasm turning rough sketches into polished returning series, gaining over five million downloads along the way.

Richard also presents ‘Richard Melvin Presents..’ monthly at The Stand, an experimental opportunity for format and content development. (It’s not just a clever name.)

Julia Sutherland

Writer, Presenter, Producer

Julia worked for over ten years at BBC Scotland before taking the jump into writing and performing comedy.

She was right to believe in herself, with self penned commissions from Radio 4 and Radio Scotland alongside successful shows at the Glasgow and Edinburgh Comedy Festivals.

Since joining Dabster in 2011 Julia has become our development producer working across comedy, factual, events and training and is more often than not embedded in these projects as the presenter and content producer.

Julia’s latest success is ‘Jail Mates’ which she has written and starred in alongside Gary Little.

Sean Kerwin

Audio Ninja, Producer

Sean Kerwin has worked with Dabster since 2008. He’s a craft editor, amazing sound engineer and is oft described as an audio ninja. Sean has worked on all The Edinburgh Festival podcasts and is the driving force behind the distinctive personality of each Dabster radio show.

His latest and greatest success is ‘Terry Alderton’s All Crazy Now’, where he managed to wrestle the fragments of Terry’s mind and material to create a masterpiece of chaos, comedy and craziness. He’s also our resident camera slinger and tech exec.

Sean is one half of Modifier, who have regular gigs in Scotland.

Al Lorraine

Fixer, producer

Al Lorraine is a content producer, editor and technical adventurer. Some of Dabster’s most innovative projects have come about from Al’s basement geekery, not least ‘Radio goNORTH’ and ‘Live at the Pleasance’.

He’s taken a canal boat from London to Edinburgh for the Olympics, interviewed some of the biggest names in comedy, produced number one podcasts, minted groundbreaking network radio series, creates websites and has filled in a lot of paperwork. A lot.

Al used to be on Xfm between records and can’t dance for toffee.

Owen Parker

Producer, Writer, Performer

Owen and Richard started working together in 2002 creating musical skits, quizzes, jingles and parodies on The Fred MacAulay Show on BBC Radio Scotland. Owen has developed, written, produced and performed on several long running comedy series on BBC Radio 5Live including The Eamonn Holmes Show.

When not working with Dabster, Owen writes, produces and plays music with some of the world’s biggest stars including Pet Shop Boys, Simple Minds, Girls Aloud and The Kaiser Chiefs.

Why Not You?

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