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Our podcasts are a mix of conversations with a wide range of subject matter experts and enthusiasts, interspersed with the occasional audio drama. Each episode focuses on one person, a group of people or a genre from the world of entertainment that we wish to bring back to the spotlight and who has been lost to history or is in danger of being so.The Arts industries are currently in peril but this is nothing new. The Entertainment industry in all its guises has seen it all before. Political turmoil, plague, poverty, overnight success, sudden failure and the long term closure of theatres are not unique to the 21st century.We are not academics (although luckily some of our prestigious guests are) so don't expect forensic analysis or ground breaking research in every episode. We are entertainers, passionate about our craft, its heritage and its future. And we want to share our enthusiasm with you!

Famous People You've Never Heard Of Blue Fire Theatre Company

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Our podcasts are a mix of conversations with a wide range of subject matter experts and enthusiasts, interspersed with the occasional audio drama. Each episode focuses on one person, a group of people or a genre from the world of entertainment that we wish to bring back to the spotlight and who has been lost to history or is in danger of being so.The Arts industries are currently in peril but this is nothing new. The Entertainment industry in all its guises has seen it all before. Political turmoil, plague, poverty, overnight success, sudden failure and the long term closure of theatres are not unique to the 21st century.We are not academics (although luckily some of our prestigious guests are) so don't expect forensic analysis or ground breaking research in every episode. We are entertainers, passionate about our craft, its heritage and its future. And we want to share our enthusiasm with you!

    "The Funniest Book in the World" & How We adapted it for the Stage - with Tim Shaw & Andy Smith

    "The Funniest Book in the World" & How We adapted it for the Stage - with Tim Shaw & Andy Smith

    "The Diary of a Nobody" has long been a favourite book of both Tim Shaw and Andy Smith.  They've seen it on stage, listened to it on the radio and, of course, read it.

    So one rainy August day in Edinburgh after seeing Rodney Bewes in his on man version of 3 Men in a Boat and over a small sherry or two they hit upon the idea of adapting Charles Pooter's  diary into a one man play.  Andy reprised his role as Pooter for the specially recorded version of the play for this podcast,  And here he and Tim, a genuine Grossmith enthusiast  talk about the process of adapting the book and their shared love of the piece.

    Lots of additional information about George Grossmith can be found on our podcast episode 15.

    Guests:  Andy Smith & Tim Shaw
    Host:  Lottie Walker

    Edited by:  Jacob Taylor
    Music:  James Hall

    https://www.jamesahall.co.uk/


    And a note from us:
    Thank you for listening.   If you'd like to help us in our work in keeping the podcast going and the memories of all these lovely people alive, do please consider becoming a patron.  It's really easy to do, just go to :

    https://www.patreon.com/bluefiretheatre

    if you're more comfortable with a one off donation you can do this via our website:
    https://www.bluefiretheatre.co.uk/

    or buy us a coffee on:
    https://ko-fi.com/bluefiretheatre

    Even the smallest donation helps us get our shows on the road and keep the lights on in the studio and we are so grateful for all your help and support.


    And finally...don't forget to follow us on social media.  We'd love to hear from you!
    Find us at:
    https://twitter.com/famous_heard
    https://www.instagram.com/bluefire_tc
    https://www.facebook.com/bluefirepodcast

    • 43 min
    The Diary of a Nobody by George & Weedon Grossmith; adapted by Tim Shaw

    The Diary of a Nobody by George & Weedon Grossmith; adapted by Tim Shaw

    This season's audio drama is :
    The Diary of a Nobody, by George & Weedon Grossmith, said by Evelyn Waugh to be the "funniest book ever written".

    The book has never been out of print and is available at all good bookshops.

    This adaptation is by Tim Shaw.  It is directed by Steve Taylor

    Charles Pooter - Andy Smith
    Carrie - Lottie Walker
    Lupin - Steve Taylor

    Studio Recording,  Production  & Editing- Harry Jacobs
    Assisted by  - Jacob Taylor

    Music - James Hall
    https://www.jamesahall.co.uk/



    And a note from us:
    Thank you for listening.   If you'd like to help us in our work in keeping the podcast going and the memories of all these lovely people alive, do please consider becoming a patron.  It's really easy to do, just go to :

    https://www.patreon.com/bluefiretheatre

    if you're more comfortable with a one off donation you can do this via our website:
    https://www.bluefiretheatre.co.uk/

    or buy us a coffee on:
    https://ko-fi.com/bluefiretheatre

    Even the smallest donation helps us get our shows on the road and keep the lights on in the studio and we are so grateful for all your help and support.


    Don'tAnd finally...don't forget to follow us on social media.  We'd love to hear from you!
    Find us at:
    https://twitter.com/famous_heard
    https://www.facebook.com/bluefiretheatre
    https://www.instagram.com/bluefire_tc

    • 56 min
    The Victorian Somebody - Stephen Wade talks about George Grossmith

    The Victorian Somebody - Stephen Wade talks about George Grossmith

    George Grossmith created many of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic baritone roles and was known for his delivery of the famous patter songs.

    He was also a writer and composer who entertained royalty in the parlours of palaces and a journalist who spent time as a Bow Street Court reporter.  And, together with his brother Weedon he was responsible for producing "The Diary of a Nobody", which has never been out of print.  It was hailed by Evelyn Waugh as being the "funniest book ever written".  And will be our audio drama for this series.

    Stephen Wade's career has mirrored that of George in many ways and he talks to us about the strange similarities they share as well as George's life and work amidst the backdrop of the Victorian era.

    Stephen's biography of George (and indeed this conversation) mention in passing many of the great and the good of the era from Henry Irving to Dan Leno.


    Guest:  Stephen Wade
    Host:  Lottie Walker
    Editor:  Jacob Taylor

    Find out more about Stephen at:
    https://stephen-wade.com/

    Other Related websites:
    ttps://www.gilbertandsullivansociety.org.uk
    https://www.idler.co.uk/
    http://www.doylycarte.org.uk/
    https://www.simonbutteriss.com/home.html
    https://www.dalesman.co.uk/
    https://www.facebook.com/CoilyDartTheatre
    https://www.gsarchive.net/

    And a note from us:
    Thank you for listening.   If you'd like to help us in our work in keeping the podcast going and the memories of all these lovely people alive, do please consider becoming a patron.  It's really easy to do, just go to :

    https://www.patreon.com/bluefiretheatre

    if you're more comfortable with a one off donation you can do this via our website:
    https://www.bluefiretheatre.co.uk/

    or buy us a coffee on:
    https://ko-fi.com/bluefiretheatre

    Even the smallest donation helps us get our shows on the road and keep the lights on in the studio and we are so grateful for all your help and support.  And finally...don't forget to follow us on social media.  We'd love to hear from you!
    Find us at:
    https://twitter.com/famous_heard
    https://www.facebook.com/bluefiretheatre
    https://www.instagram.com/bluefire_tc

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Greatest Showman - Andrew van Buren talks about Philip Astley. With Chris Barltrop.

    The Greatest Showman - Andrew van Buren talks about Philip Astley. With Chris Barltrop.

    The original "greatest showman" was not P.T. Barnum, it was a chap from Newcastle Under Lyme in Staffordshire, who went by the name Philip Astley.  Astley was a soldier and talented equestrian who went on to invent what we now recognise as the modern day circus.  His story is one of the many that prove that truth is stranger (certainly more remarkable) than fiction.

    Andrew Van Buren hails from the world of circus and a very theatrical family.  He's a true all round entertainer and is passionate about both his hometown of Newcastle Under Lyme and the heritage of his industry.  So who better to spearhead the "Philip Astley Project", the initiative that is helping Astley do for Newcastle what Shakespeare did for Stratford...?

    Andrew talks to us about Astley's history, the beginnings of the van Buren family's showbusiness life and the incredible journey he's taken to get Astley recognised - and to get Newcastle back on the map.

    And if that's not enough, Chris Barltrop, actor and ringmaster extraoirdinaire gives us a taster of his performance as "The Audacious Mr Astley"

    Further info:

    Guest:  Andrew van Buren
    Featuring: Chis Barltrop

    Host:  Lottie Walker
    Editor:  Jacob Taylor

    Andrew van Buren
    https://www.vanburen.org.uk/

    Philip Astley Project
    https://www.philipastley.org.uk/

    Chris Barltrop - the Centre for Circus Culture
    https://www.centreforcircusculture.org/

    Andy Edwards:
    https://www.cornoviiedwards.com/home

    Monte Carlo International Circus Festival
    https://www.montecarlofestival.mc/en/

    AstleyFest 2021
    https://www.newcastleunderlyme.org/events/2198/

    Gandey's Circus
    https://www.gandeyscircus.com/

    Karl Shaw: - The First Showman, The Extraordinary Mr. Astley
    https://thesusijnagency.com/karl-shaw/

    Follow Andrew & Chris on Twitter:
    @VanBurenOrg
    @Astley250


    And a note from us:
    Thank you for listening.   If you'd like to help us in our work in keeping the podcast going and the memories of all these lovely people alive, do please consider becoming a patron.  It's really easy to do, just go to :

    https://www.patreon.com/bluefiretheatre

    if you're more comfortable with a one off donation you can do this via our website:
    https://www.bluefiretheatre.co.uk/

    or buy us a coffee on:
    https://ko-fi.com/bluefiretheatre

    Even the smallest donation helps us get our shows on the road and keep the lights on in the studio and we are so grateful for all your help and support.


    And finally...don't forget to follow us on social media.  We'd love to hear from you! 
    Find us at:
    https://twitter.com/famous_heard
    https://www.facebook.com/bluefiretheatre
    https://www.instagram.com/bluefire_tc

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Into the Limelight with Margaret Monod; a special episode for BHMS Music Hall & Variety Day

    Into the Limelight with Margaret Monod; a special episode for BHMS Music Hall & Variety Day

    Margaret Monod talks about her blog, "Into the Limelight" and her fabulous collection of Music Hall postcards .




    Today's Podcast:
    Host:  Lottie
    Guest: Margaret Monod
    Edited By:  Jacob Taylor
    Music: James Hall

    This is a special bonus episode broadcast specially for the British Music Hall Society's Music Hall & Variety Day

    Follow Margaret on Twitter:  @monomaniablogs

    To find out more about Music Hall check out:

    The British Music Hall Society
    http://www.britishmusichallsociety.com/

    The PlayBill Podcast
    https://mail8935.wixsite.com/montagueandtweed

    Music Hall Alice Blog
    https://musichallalice.wordpress.com/


    If you'd like to help us in our work in keeping the podcast going  and our shows on the road do please consider becoming a patron.  It's really easy to do, just go to either:

    https://www.patreon.com/bluefiretheatre
    or
    https://ko-fi.com/bluefiretheatre
    where you can donate.   Even the smallest donation helps us get our shows on the road and keep the lights on in the studio and we are so grateful

    Or donate via our website, where you can find out much more about us and the other work we do
    https://www.bluefiretheatre.co.uk/

    And don't forget to follow us on social media.  We'd love to hear from you!  Find us at:
    https://twitter.com/famous_heard
    https://www.facebook.com/bluefiretheatre
    https://www.instagram.com/bluefire_tc






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    • 47 min
    Series Two Trailer

    Series Two Trailer

    Welcome back to "Famous People You've Never Heard Of"!

    We've some fabulous guests talking about some truly fabulous people and hope that you enjoy finding out about them all.

    Some of our contributors this season are:

    Stephen Bourne
    Lyn Brown MP
    Moira Buffini
    Christopher Green
    John Orchard
    Andrew van Buren

    And some of our wonderful subjects are:
    Vesta Tilley, Billy Waters, Philip Astley, Fred Barnes, Amanda Aldridge and George Grossmith

    We've been having a wonderful time producing these podcasts and feedback has been excellent.  It seems that there are an awful lot of people out there with an interest in social history and forgotten heroes.  So thank you for staying with us. And thank you for joining us if you're a newbie joining in at Series 2.

    If you'd like to help us in our work in keeping the podcast going do please consider becoming a patron.  It's really easy to do, just go to either:

    https://www.patreon.com/bluefiretheatre
    or
    https://ko-fi.com/bluefiretheatre
    where you can donate.  This is all an expensive business and even the smallest donation helps us get our shows on the road and keep the lights on in the studio.We really appreciate and are so grateful for all your support.

    And don't forget to follow us on social media.  We'd love to hear from you!  Find us at:
    https://twitter.com/famous_heard
    https://www.facebook.com/bluefiretheatre
    https://www.instagram.com/bluefire_tc
    https://www.bluefiretheatre.co.uk/


    We're so looking forward to bringing you some fabulous treats with this new series
    Stay safe and take care everyone.

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