159 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.

    Beautiful Nothing

    Beautiful Nothing

    Earlier in the year, i was honoured to be asked to judge the 2022 Durham Drama Festival at Durham University in the UK. It was an incredible 3 days of workshops, talks, networking events…but most importantly new theatre written, directed and performed by the incredible talent pool of students at Durham Uni.

    One of the stand out plays was Em Oliver’s “Beautiful Nothing”. A one-woman show bringing into sharp focus how evil the internet can be towards women and the pitfalls that lie therein. It was a great piece of theatre and I wasn’t at all surprised to hear that it was going to the Fringe Festival this year.
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    • 28 min
    164 - Kray Kray! Code of Silence, with actor Ronan Summers and Director Ben Mole

    164 - Kray Kray! Code of Silence, with actor Ronan Summers and Director Ben Mole

    Director Ben Mole has put together an incredible ensemble cast for his latest project, "Code of Silence" - a feature film surrounding the events that led to the arrest and incarceration of the legendary London gangland bosses, the Kray Twins,
    Imagine my shock at hearing good friend, the American actor Ronan Summers, was the next to follow in some pretty big footsteps in taking on the role of BOTH…yes, BOTH, of the Kray Twins in the film.

    Appearing in this episode
    Ronan Summers, Actor.
    Ben Mole, Director
    John Schwab, Host.

    Krays: Code of Silence is on DVD and digital from 27th December (101 Films) 
    (Digital includes. iTunes, Amazon, Sky Store and Virgin)

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    • 51 min
    Curtain Call Pioneers: Andrew Bishop, BishopSound

    Curtain Call Pioneers: Andrew Bishop, BishopSound

    in our Pioneer series, we’re going to be highlighting the companies that are getting the live events industries back to business and who’ve been supporting the freelancers and professionals that found themselves unable to make a living in the sector due to the pandemic.

    Andrew Bishop - of BishopSound - is a fascinating first guest in our Pioneer Series. I do mention in this episode that I could have spoken with him for at least another hour or two. He has amazing stories that only scratch the surface of his experience in the live events sector.

    BishopSound Website
    Curtain Call Website
    WeMakeEvents Website
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    • 36 min
    Sunset Boulevard at the Royal Albert Hall / Stephen Sondheim Tribute

    Sunset Boulevard at the Royal Albert Hall / Stephen Sondheim Tribute

    Alex Parker is a musical director, composer, conductor...you name it, if it has anything to do with music or musicals, Alex is all over it..and now he has his own orchestra, to boot!
    Alex is the musical director on a massive concert presentation of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical Sunset Boulevard in the iconic Royal Albert Hall. Sunset Boulevard is perhaps on of ALW’s most beloved scores, and in my opinion the most complete musical in his canon. And this concert version promises to be a BLAST with Mazz Murray as Norma Desmond, Ramin Karimloo playing Joe Gillis. And a musical wouldn’t be complete without a Strallen sister, so Zizi steps in to play Betty Shaefer. AND, get this, with a 40...that is right, 40-piece orchestra.
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    • 31 min
    162 - When The Lights Are Bright Again

    162 - When The Lights Are Bright Again

    Andrew Norlen is a New York-based artist and performer, most recently on stage in the national touring company of Broadway’s Kinky Boots. During lockdown, when Andrew was at a loss as to what his performing career was going to look like when things opened up, if indeed they were ever going to open up, and when he’d ever get back to see the people he loved and worked with...he felt he needed to do something to both get creative, express himself and serve as a catharsis to acknowledge and work through the feelings he and his fellow professionals were experiencing.

    His book When The Lights Are Bright Again started as a little seed of an idea and grew into a book with stunning photography from Broadway photographer Matthew Murphy and over 200 contributions from theatre veterans, theatregoers, theatre dreamers, ushers, designers, creatives...they’re all in there.

    When The Lights Are Bright Again Website
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    • 46 min
    Screen 9, Pleasance Theatre

    Screen 9, Pleasance Theatre

    In July 2012, a gunman opened fire on a cinema audience that had just sat down to watch a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora Colorado killing 12.
    Writer/Director Kate Barton, actors Hannah Schunk-Hockings, David Austin Barnes as well as original designer Matthew Jennings take us through the journey of the verbatim play Screen 9 so far, and how they’re looking forward to their run at The Pleasance Theatre in London.
    Official Site for Screen 9 at The Pleasance
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    • 35 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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