50 episodes

In-depth conversations with the world's top directors, performers and writers for the stage.

The Stage Show ABC Podcasts

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.6, 13 Ratings

In-depth conversations with the world's top directors, performers and writers for the stage.

    Dr Jekyll and Mr Wildhorn

    Dr Jekyll and Mr Wildhorn

    We revisit some highlights from our time as theatregoers, including our encounter with the 'critic proof' Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn.

    Also, Anthony Warlow performs, Bangarra dancer Beau Dean Riley Smith shares his Top Shelf and we pay tribute to dance educator Athol Willoughby.

    • 54 min
    The unusual choreography of dancer Shelley Lasica

    The unusual choreography of dancer Shelley Lasica

    Shelley Lasica grew up in a home filled by modern dance, thanks to her pioneering mother Margaret. For thirty years Shelley has gone on to push the boundaries of what contemporary dance is and where it can be staged.
    Plus, the State Theatre Company of SA brings a new Decameron, written for the age of COVID-19.
    And could you be moved, amused, entranced by the performance of a robot actor?

     

    • 54 min
    How Yaron Lifschitz transformed an edgy circus troupe into a major company

    How Yaron Lifschitz transformed an edgy circus troupe into a major company

    Yaron Lifschitz turned an edgy punk circus in Brisbane into the hugely successful performing arts company Circa. He tells Michael how he went from studying history to directing precision acrobats.

    Plus, Mararo Wangai and Chris Isaacs turn life stories into moving monologues for Black Swan State Theatre Company and Julie Curtis talks about Russian theatre under Vladmir Putin.

    • 54 min
    Of kings and divas: Shakespearean drama for our times

    Of kings and divas: Shakespearean drama for our times

    What makes a leader, a super star? Director Saheem Ali has turned Shakespeare's Richard II, a tale of political intrigue and enmity, into a radio serial for our times; and nearing age 90, conductor Richard Bonynge reflects on the exquisite vocal style that made his wife Dame Joan Sutherland, La Stupenda, a legend.

    Plus, The Telephone: a bright dose of opera for a Zoom-weary audience.

    • 54 min
    Taking on an iconic Australian horror — solo on stage

    Taking on an iconic Australian horror — solo on stage

    Actor and singer Zahra Newman on performing a one-woman version of the claustrophobic Wake In Fright, and the hit musical The Book of Mormon.

    Also, musical theatre lovers celebrate Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, now on the small screen. And calming breathing techniques, for performance and life.

    • 54 min
    The ground on which black theatre companies stand

    The ground on which black theatre companies stand

    Does the diversification of mainstage theatre amplify or co-opt marginalised voices? Ilbijerri Theatre Company is one of Australia's only companies creatively controlled by Indigenous artists. We meet their artistic director, Rachael Maza.

    Also, we discuss August Wilson's famous The Ground on Which I Stand speech about the need to fund black arts organisations in America and visit the company that developed his first play: Penumbra Theatre in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

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I’ve been listening to the Stage Show in its various iterations for years. It is consistently excellent. Thoroughly recommend this gem!

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