55 episodes

"A bright, breezy, and entertaining affair, well stocked with interviews, features, and excerpts from the shows!" So said The Telegraph (UK) when it named the RSC Podcast one of its Top Podcasts. Backstage drama. Touring trauma. Famous Guests. Infamous quests. Literary analysis. No urinalysis. All this and less – on the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast. Find old podcast episodes here. It’s “All Things Reduced” every Monday – and it’s free!

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    • Performing Arts
    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

"A bright, breezy, and entertaining affair, well stocked with interviews, features, and excerpts from the shows!" So said The Telegraph (UK) when it named the RSC Podcast one of its Top Podcasts. Backstage drama. Touring trauma. Famous Guests. Infamous quests. Literary analysis. No urinalysis. All this and less – on the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast. Find old podcast episodes here. It’s “All Things Reduced” every Monday – and it’s free!

    Advice For Actors

    Advice For Actors

    For the last podcast of the decade, we answer the two biggest questions we're regularly asked: What advice do you have for young actors; and when will you tour the UK again?! Featuring advice both practical and philosophical; tips for auditioning; advice from Mister Rogers; Top Ten Shakespeare Monologues; the value of learning by doing; a tiny Twitter Q&A; what kind of people you should surround yourself with; and finally, what you can do to make a UK tour happen. Special thanks to Instagram follower Zach Gillam, and Twitter followers Liz Marsden and Bob Linfors for the questions. Happy New Year! Happy New Decade!  (Length 18:36)

    • 18 min
    Here Are Frangela

    Here Are Frangela

    Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton, better known as Frangela, host the essential funny political podcast The Final Word and this Saturday night September 26, 2020, are performing as part of Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Virtual Tour, appearing right in your living room (on your computer)! Frances and Angela talk about how they joined comedy forces and share tips about the importance of using your voices; bringing the funny to the people; mutual Second City origins; memories of the TBS pilot The Week Reduced; the myth of world hunger; finding comic angles; possible spoilers to Star Trek: Discovery, the valuable bond of having opinions about everything; the importance of remembering that we have options and things don’t need to be this way; and the cathartic release of breaking crockery. (Length 22:04)

    • 22 min
    Hartford Stage Company

    Hartford Stage Company

    Melia Bensussen (l) and Cynthia Rider, respectively the Artistic and Managing Directors of the Hartford Stage Company, talk about the history of their multiple Tony-winning institution, and how they are managing and programming to reflect the various crises hitting their theatre specifically and the American theatre industry generally. Featuring a surprising number of laughs; gratitude at being in charge of an institution during a pandemic; the difficulty of hitting moving targets; the challenge of meeting the needs of multiple communities; how the best comedy is also the smartest comedy; a possible podcast scoop; some fantastic new brochure copy; and the opportunity and obligation to be of service to an audience and industry that's battling crises on multiple fronts. (Length 19:43)

    • 19 min
    The Hark Journal

    The Hark Journal

    Another creation born of quarantine, The Hark Journal is a daily email service that offers quotes and lessons from and features about William Shakespeare and the many people who interact with and perform Shakespeare’s plays and poems. Michael Van Osch talks about how this passion project grew out of his clothing company Bard Shirts, who we already follow on Instagram but didn't know the two organizations were related. Featuring different kinds of storytelling, turning passion projects into growing businesses, how to sign up for this totally service, and theories about what’s next for both theatre and Shakespeare once things get back to “normal” [sic]. (Length 18:21) 

    • 18 min
    Gary's 'Finding Joy'

    Gary's 'Finding Joy'

    Finding Joy is Gary Andrews’ book about how he dealt with the sudden and unexpected death of his wife a few years ago. Gary talks about how the book evolved from his regular #DoodleADay ritual; how the grieving process navigates a Shakespearean combination of tones. the fun he's having producing his web series called Drawing on Shakespeare (co-hosted by Austin Tichenor); the joy of Joy's funny walks; how we're all experiencing different forms of grief (loss of life, loss of lifestyle, loss of careers); receiving humbling and moving testimonials; a heat-induced inability to remember one’s own CV; and ultimately how you honor the deceased by learning to laugh again. (Length 20:07)

    • 20 min
    Play On Shakespeare

    Play On Shakespeare

    Lue Douthit is the creator and Executive director of Play On Shakespeare, a series of translations and adaptations of the entire Shakespeare canon written by some of the most interesting and talented playwrights working today. Lue talks about the program's origins and aims, and underscores how these adaptations are not meant to replace Shakespeare's originals, even though they frequently offer insight into them. Featuring the ability to treat Shakespeare as a living playwright and his works as “new plays;” the importance of putting the playwright in the room; the dangers of editing Shakespeare; how flexible these texts are; establishing rules and then bending them; the importance of contrast in Shakespeare; the genius of Shakespeare’s dramaturgy and structure; how 90% of current Shakespeare productions are already adaptations; and the bold and radical idea of giving living playwrights living wages. Recorded in February, 2020. (Length 27:39)

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

JohnMatthewsUK ,

JohnMatthewsUK

great shower material

air a bhodach ,

Always fresh, always funny

I've always enjoyed RSC productions but have become more of a fan since listening to the podcasts. Each episode gives a personal insight into the world of theatre and of Reduced Shakespeare in a fresh, enjoyable, and highly entertaining way. I now make the effort to see every production when they're in town (or even further afield), and the whole family now gets involved. My favourite episodes are probably the ones in which the cast talk about their experiences in putting on the shows, including anecdotes about various disasters along the way - really gives a personal connection to this highly creative, energetic, and overall fabulous team! Thanks, RSC!

Claymore91 ,

A fantastic mix of entertainment

I am a long time fan of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, having first come across them in the early 1990's. I have seen several of their shows and I have NEVER been disappointed by the quality. This podcast continues that ethos and is an eagerly awaited weekly treat.

The podcasts cover a wide range of topics, and you are certain to find something that will spark your interest - and may well leave you in helpless laughter. Although Comedy is the mainstay of this podcast you will also find a good spread of more serious topics as well, which are covered with a lot of insight. These clowns have BRAINS.

One final thing for non-American potential subscribers: You will get most of the cultural references. If you don't, you're probably not ready for podcasting :-).

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