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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
    • 4.8 • 50 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.

    Ghost Shows Call Out

    Ghost Shows Call Out

    While we wait for Episode 3 to drop (20th April 2021), we'd like to know if you were taking part in a "Ghost Show"
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    • 3 min
    Easter Trailer

    Easter Trailer

    Enjoy your Easter Holiday. Stay safe. Be kind.
    Listen next week for details on how you can get involved in a very special episode of Ghost Shows.
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    • 2 min
    Ghost Shows: Lockdown

    Ghost Shows: Lockdown

    Ghost Shows follows the shows that were conceived, programmed and even rehearsed in 2020 but were closed down before they’d even opened. 
    This is not a historical document - this is an emotional record of the first few months of lockdown.
    This is our untold story. 
    If you haven’t listened to the first episode, we'd really encourage you to do so. In Episode 1, we chronicled the lead up to the mass closures of theatres in March last year, and some of the individual shows that never made it to the stage.
    In this episode, we look at what happened next: the emotional and creative chasm that comes from finding yourself adrift in a wilderness. 

    Cast (in order of appearance):
    Lauren Grace - Actor
    Adele Thomas - Director (Narrator)
    Sharon D Clarke - Actor
    Maria Aberg - Director
    Ruby May Martinwood - Actor
    Atri Banerjee - Director
    Emma Baggott - Director
    Jessica Hung Han Yun - Lighting Designer
    Sunita Hinduja - Company Stage Manager
    Rona Munro - Writer
    Gemma Smith - Company Stage Manager
    Rona Munro - Writer

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    • 44 min
    Ghost Shows - 16 March 2020

    Ghost Shows - 16 March 2020

    A year on from theatres closing their doors, ‘Ghost Shows’ asks what happened to the shows that were created, rehearsed and tech'ed but never lived in front of audiences?
    Presented by freelance opera director, Adele Thomas, the series features interviews with freelance performers, stage technicians, creatives and production staff from a variety of productions across the UK.
    From ‘the announcement’, through the confusion of government updates, in and out of lockdown, ‘Ghost Shows’ explores the unheard voices and impact of the pandemic on the day to day jobs and livelihoods of the freelance workforce. 

    Cast (in order of appearance):
    Sunita Hinduja - Company Stage Manager
    Adele Thomas - Director (Narrator)
    Maria Aberg - Director
    Lauren Grace - Actor
    Rona Munro - Writer
    Jessica Hung Han Yun - Lighting Designer
    Ruby May Martinwood - Actor
    Atri Banerjee - Director
    Emma Baggott - Director
    Gemma Smith - Company Stage Manager

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    • 39 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

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 💔

Ampc44 ,

A beautiful reminder

I loved every moment of this - beautiful painful memories of the work we all miss - and how the world moved on and left us behind....

SusantidadK ,

Wonderful tribute

Beautiful and personal - takes you through the heartbreaking reality of the total devastation for theatre and freelancers at the onset of the 2020 pandemic. Full of hopes and dreams that were wiped in that one fell swoop.

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