172 episodes

From the dresser in the wings the A-list star in the dressing room; from the production manager putting the tour together to the sound mixer out front at Glastonbury...hear what it really takes to make an event happen and immerse yourself into the world of entertainment across the cultural landscape from London’s West End to the American desert and Burning Man. Experience a creative's life as you never have before with unparalleled access to the events you love.

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    • 4.7 • 54 Ratings

From the dresser in the wings the A-list star in the dressing room; from the production manager putting the tour together to the sound mixer out front at Glastonbury...hear what it really takes to make an event happen and immerse yourself into the world of entertainment across the cultural landscape from London’s West End to the American desert and Burning Man. Experience a creative's life as you never have before with unparalleled access to the events you love.

    Guys & Dolls Revival at The Bridge...Cast Change Special with Jonathan Andrew Hume

    Guys & Dolls Revival at The Bridge...Cast Change Special with Jonathan Andrew Hume

    Today, we have both a returning guest and a returning show…although not what you’d expect. Listeners of this podcast will remember Jonathan Andrew Hume from the original London Cast of the Olivier Award winning best musical “Come From Away” as one of the Kevins. He was brilliant in that show…and when I was offered a chance to speak to the incoming cast for the revival of Guys and Dolls at The Bridge Theatre right near Tower Bridge in London…I jumped at the chance and asked if I could speak to Jonathan. He’s just one of the loveliest guys in the business…pun intended.
    Guys and Dolls Official Website (and Tickets)
    Jonathan Andrew Home on Insta
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    • 18 min
    The Wrong Cat Died with Mike Abrams

    The Wrong Cat Died with Mike Abrams

    This is PART ONE of a TWO-PARTER. Listen to The Wrong Cat Died via the links below for the companion episode to this episode.

    Mike Abrams is the creator and host of the theatre podcast “The Wrong Cat Died’. Originally conceived as a 10-part mini series, he’s now over 150 episodes in and going strong.

    We’ve decided to have each other on…well…each other’s podcasts. It’s something neither of us have done, but thought it would be great to share audiences as we know our listeners, if not already listening to the other’s podcast, will totally get them and love them.

    The Wrong Cat Died is an original podcast on the Broadway Podcast Network...where Mike and I met in 2020 during lockdown. The podcast posits that in the musical Cats, Grizabella, the cast chosen to go to the Heaviside Lair , was actually the wrong choice. Only one cat gets chosen. The cat that is deemed most worthy by Old Deuteronomy. Mike’s theory is that Griz wasn’t the worthiest cat, and 150 episodes and thousand stories told by original cast members from dozens and dozens of productions from around the globe…it’s clear that the answer to the question “was Grizablla the correct choice?” is still unclear.

    The Wrong Cat Died Official Website
    Broadway Podcast Network Website
    Listen on YouTube
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    • 27 min
    Same Day Plays with Markus Flannagan

    Same Day Plays with Markus Flannagan

    This is an attempt to answer the age old theatre questions; “Is it possible to remove expectations and worry over results and create theater that is pure execution? Is there a way to insure that every artist works only from their instinct in creating a play?”
    Hmm… So what if an evening was created by randomly pairing artists and have them create new plays under a nearly impossible timeline. Would it remove the luxury of thinking and engage their every artistic instinct necessary to pull off creating a show that didn’t exist before 9am that morning?
    This episode, I speak to Markus Flannagan, creator and producer of Same Day Plays, making their inaugural appearance at The Questors Theatre in Ealing, London.
    Same Day Plays Official Website
    The Questors Theatre Website
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    • 30 min
    U.Me: The Complete Musical & Anoushka Lucas

    U.Me: The Complete Musical & Anoushka Lucas

    This week, i chat to Olivier Award nominee Anoushka Lucas - actree, playwright, singer, songwriter, composer...I mean, she's defining multi-hyphenate

    We first had Anoushka on the podcast in 2016 when she starred in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regents Park Open Air Theatre - a critically acclaimed production which I saw twice, as once wasn't enough. And she's about to be heard again in Part II of a musical that started life in lockdown: U.Me

    U.Me: The Complete Musical tells the story of Rose and Ryo, two young strangers who meet online and fall in love during the pandemic, resulting in Ryo flying across the world from Japan to London for Rose. In Part Two, we meet Rose and Ryo again – the relationship takes an unexpected turn and Rose has to take on the deepest challenge of her life. 

    U. Me: The Complete Musical Official Page
    The Crucible Official Page
    Anoushka Lucas Official Website
    @johnschwab on all the socials
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    • 33 min
    1979 at the Finborough

    1979 at the Finborough

    To kick off 2024, and what seems like a year of non-stop elections…USA Presidential elections, General Election here in the UK as well as a Russian Election (if you can actually call it that)...less of that, the better, I watched 1979 at the Finborough Theatre. A scathing satire of the Canadian political landscape, and a snapshot of the 6 month reign of the infuriatingly righteous Prime Minister Joe Clark - who, in an effort to not anger anyone, actually ends up angering everyone!

    We sit down with producer Sarah Lawrie and actors Samantha Coughlan, Joseph May and Ian Porter on stage at West London's Finborough Theatre.

    The show runs until the 27th of January

    1979 Tickets - Official Website
    1979 on Insta
    1979 on X


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    • 34 min
    Annual Christmas Episode #5

    Annual Christmas Episode #5

    This week, we bring you another dose of cheer in the form of our annual Christmas podcast.
    In the past, I have asked some of my theatrical friends to read out a classic Christmas story, with past readers such as West End stalwart Siobhan Harrison and The Walking Dead star Eleanor Matsura. This year, we have a special treat.  
    On the 1st of December, my family was asked to put together a series of readings as part of a Christmas Carol concert for a charity close to our hearts, Allergy UK. It took place in Christ Church Petts Wood, southeast London and it was a great way to kick off the festive season.
    I thought it would be a great idea to get some of my friends to read parodies of the Clement Clarke Moore poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from Saint Nicholas)”. The three actors I asked (Ed Stoppard, David Bedella & Myanna Buring) said “yes” straight away, and I couldn’t be more pleased.
    To end the episode, we have Jack Schwab (I know...nepobaby!) singing his Christmas single (co-written with me) "Winter Blue"...available to listen to on all good music streaming platforms.
    Have a wonderful holiday season and a blessed 2024
    Allergy UK Christmas Carol Concert Video
    Winter Blue on Spotify

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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

Muchilland ,

Love this podcast

So moving and so wonderful to hear from colleagues in the industry about their shared experience. Longing for live theatre to return.

Bry752 ,

Brilliantly done

Ghost Shows - brilliantly made and presented. Really interesting, human stories.

Billbj ,

Tremendous tribute

Captures brilliantly and poignantly that moment 100,000s of theatre artists were stopped in our tracks and left on shock as our dreams were frozen in time 💔

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