How to make politics interesting

Serious talent in the drawing department is a must for our scribes. But their ability to find just about ANYTHING interesting is equally important.

While we love it when we’re gifted some really fascinating content to work with, the truth is, our skills are most valuable when applied to subjects that might not otherwise capture and hold the attention of an audience. Political debate is a perfect case in point.

When it comes to the election, we want to pay attention; we know we should; we know it matters. But, as the campaign season wears on, we grow weary. The truth is, if you stick a bunch of well-rehearsed leaders on a stage together for a televised debate, more of us would tune in to Emmerdale. Quite literally.

Pulling in an audience of just over 4 million, the BBC’s Challenger’s Debate on April 16th – featuring Ed Miliband, Leanne Wood, Natalie Bennett, Nicola Sturgeon and Nigel Farage, but no David Cameron or Nick Clegg – scored fewer viewers than Emmerdale on ITV.

But here at Scriberia, we decided to selflessly forego our usual date with the Dales, and watch the debate instead. Why? It presents the kind of challenge that gets us out of bed in the morning: Take an important subject that people struggle to engage with, and make it interesting, entertaining, funny and relevant.

Two weeks earlier, when all seven leaders lined up together on ITV, we had our first crack at live debate coverage. Second time around, we took a different – more traditionally ‘Scriberian’ – approach: a large scale piece of scribing on the fly that captures the highs and lows of what turned out to be a pretty lively exchange.

On May 7, we'll be joining forces with the Knowledge Quarter in King's Place, at their General Election Live! event. We'll be scribing the night as the results roll in and,If you'd like to join in the fun, you can get your ticket here.