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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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    • Performing Arts
    • 4.7 • 42 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.

    Freelancers Make: A Theatre Podcast - Sally Beck Wippman

    Freelancers Make: A Theatre Podcast - Sally Beck Wippman

    Sally Beck Wippman, an American Director, had just moved back to the UK a few months before the pandemic sent the country into lockdown. 

    Far from family, and without an established place in the UK theatre community, she found solace in Freelancers Make Theatre Work - and the Migrants in Theatre movement.

    In this episode, Sally takes us into an empty Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol, England to reminisce on past productions and dreaming of future ones... She is joined by actor Joe Tweedale.

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    Episode Narrated by Leo Wan
    "Getting Better Every Day" arranged by Tom Johnson
    Episode Music Composed by Freddie Crossley
    Edited by John Schwab
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    • 22 min
    Freelancers Make: A Theatre Podcast - Prema Mehta

    Freelancers Make: A Theatre Podcast - Prema Mehta

    In this episode, Lighting Designer Prema Mehta returns to Storyhouse during the pandemic to reflect on previous experiences there, and also to show what a theatre freelancer feels like when they are no longer able to go into work with theatres shut. Prema has designed the lighting for over 200 productions, and works across the UK. Recent work includes productions at The Royal Court, Sheffield Theatres, Shakespeare’s Globe, Storyhouse, and The Young Vic. She has also designed for Madame Tussauds, The O2 Arena and Westminster Hall.
    She founded Stage Sight to widen the theatre workforce in offstage roles, and encourage those who are under represented backstage, so that our industry more accurately reflects our society.
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    • 25 min
    Annual Christmas Episode #4

    Annual Christmas Episode #4

    We thought we’d bring you a little bit of cheer in the form of our annual Christmas podcast.
    This year we turn our ears towards the creator of the world of The Wizard of Oz which, of course, begat the megahit musical “Wicked”.  In this slightly different Christmas tale by L Frank Baum, Santa encounters an unfortunate series of events that may or may not prevent him from delivering his presents.  
    Baum’s short story “A Kidnapped Santa” has it all.  Santa. Elves. Pixies. Knooks and Rils (don’t worry...if you don’t know, you will get to know) and Daemons....not just one of them.
    And to bring us this fantastical and fantastic story is none other than The Walking Dead and Wonder Woman actress Eleanor Matsuura.  So pour yourself a mug of eggnog, hot apple cider, mulled wine or just a simple good old cup of tea and let Eleanor whisk you away to the Laughing Valley.


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    • 28 min
    Freelancers Make: A Theatre Podcast - Episode 1, Paule Constable

    Freelancers Make: A Theatre Podcast - Episode 1, Paule Constable

    Paule is an Olivier and Tony award-winning freelance lighting designer. She is an associate director of the National Theatre and of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.  She has worked on shows like Ocean at the End of the Lane, Angels in America, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Les Mis, Warhorse and Follies.  Her designs have transported audiences and characters to heaven, deep into the ocean, through the inner workings of a child's mind, through wars, and into dreams.  She is a passionate believer in collaboration - both onstage and off. 


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    • 17 min
    In this new series, Freelancers Make Theatre Work take you into their worlds as they cope with ever-changing regulations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    In this new series, Freelancers Make Theatre Work take you into their worlds as they cope with ever-changing regulations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    A little bite-size morsel of what's to come from the Freelancers Make Theatre team. A fantastic insight into the world of theatre in lockdown and it's anticipated return.
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    • 4 min
    No Pressure Podcast - George MacKay

    No Pressure Podcast - George MacKay

    No Pressure is all about artists, freelancers, creatives and creators like George MacKay - the people that make things happen, who are up against it every day, and work tirelessly behind the scenes (and as in George’s case) in front of the camera too. 
    This podcast was recorded at the tail end of the first UK lockdown in the summer of 2020, just before George was due to start filming a new project, "Wolf". He's one of the busiest actors around. so getting some sit-down time with him was a real win.
    George understands productions. He understands the huge collaborative effort that goes into a film, or a stage play. He’s grown up around productions, with parents who worked in the business, and he himself has been filming from a young age.
    Working with Sam Mendes, advice for young actors, work/life balance and playing in a punk band are just a few of the topics covered. 
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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

SunnyDayInThe Park ,

Brilliant

Great podcast for theatre lovers who are that little bit more curious and want a glance backstage.

shoshanabean ,

Love it! ❤️

Great platform for those just starting out to get their voices heard! I was extremely grateful to be featured on the 4th episode. John Schwab is a brilliant host!

Scully_94 ,

Great great great

Love this podcast! It just gets better and better. Such insight and access on some really fantastic shows. More please.

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