12 episodes

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play – often one that is on stage somewhere in the UK – and we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

The Play Podcast Douglas Schatz

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play – often one that is on stage somewhere in the UK – and we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

    Footnotes 1 - Douglas Schatz

    Footnotes 1 - Douglas Schatz

    Episode 012: Footnotes 1
    Host: Douglas Schatz
    Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.
    This episode is a recorded ragbag of selected extra Footnotes that we've compiled during the research and conversations from our first eleven episodes. You'll hear trivial titbits of information in the best tradition of footnotes, as well as pithy observations on all of the plays that we've covered so far.

    • 56 min
    Beginning - by David Eldridge

    Beginning - by David Eldridge

    Episode 011: Beginning by David Eldridge
    Host: Douglas Schatz
    Guest: David Eldridge
    Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.
    In David Eldridge’s wonderful two-hander, Beginning, we eavesdrop on a funny, poignant and potentially life-changing date between two people whose lives have not yet turned out as hope or promised. The playwright himself joins us to share with us where the play came from and review how the date unfolds.

    • 52 min
    Albion - by Mike Bartlett

    Albion - by Mike Bartlett

    Episode 010: Albion by Mike Bartlett
    Host: Douglas Schatz
    Guest: Victoria Hamilton and Nicholas Rowe
    Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.
    Mike Bartlett's major new play Albion is a funny and moving portrait of an individual family coping with grief and life's big challenges, as well as a reflection on issues consuming the nation at the height of the Brexit debate. Joining us to review the reverberations of this rich play are the two leading players in its recent Almeida production: Victoria Hamilton and Nicholas Rowe.

    • 1 hr
    Nigel Slater's Toast - Henry Filloux-Bennett

    Nigel Slater's Toast - Henry Filloux-Bennett

    Episode 009: Nigel Slater's Toast by Henry Filloux-Bennett
    Host: Douglas Schatz
    Guest: Henry Filloux-Bennett and Nigel Slater
    Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.
    Nigel Slater’s Toast is an innovative dramatisation of the award-winning memoir of the same name, that described the life-changing events of the author’s childhood through his nostalgic diary of his favourite foods. Henry Filloux-Bennett’s funny and heart-warming play not only brings food to life in the theatre, it tells the inspiring story of a young boy who has the courage to follow his own recipe in life.
    The two authors of Nigel Slater’s Toast, Henry Filloux-Bennett and Nigel Slater himself, join us to share the unlikely story of how a catalogue of childhood foods became a hit play.

    • 1 hr
    The Deep Blue Sea - Terrence Rattigan

    The Deep Blue Sea - Terrence Rattigan

    Episode 008: The Deep Blue Sea by Terrence Rattigan
    Host: Douglas Schatz
    Guest: Dan Rebellato, playwright, journalist and Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London.
    Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.
     
    Terence Rattigan’s masterpiece The Deep Blue Sea was written off for more than 30 years as a dated melodrama until a landmark production at the Almeida in 1993 led to its reappraisal as a “modern classic”. The National Theatre at Home will broadcast their production starring Helen McCrory in the lead role as from 9th of July, and on the same day we will delve into the play in conversation with Dan Rebellato, the series editor of Rattigan’s plays for specialist drama publisher Nick Hern.
    Our conversation was recorded via video link during the Coronavirus lockdown.

    • 1 hr
    Lungs - Duncan Macmillan

    Lungs - Duncan Macmillan

    Episode 007: Lungs by Duncan Macmillan
    Host: Douglas Schatz
    Guest: George Spender, former editorial director at Oberon Books.
    Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.
    A young couple navigate the age-old debate of whether or when to embark on having a baby. They are naturally worried about their personal responsibilities, but most topically they are also concerned about the impact that their adding to the global population will have on the world’s climate and future.
    Duncan Macmillan’s award-winning play written in 2011, was revived at the Old Vic in 2019 with Claire Foy and Matt Smith conducting the debate. They will shortly reprise their roles via the Old Vic’s innovative in Camera live stream for a limited run from 26th June. Joining us to review the ongoing debate is George Spender, former editorial director at Oberon Books who publish Lungs and the playwright’s other plays.

    Our conversation was recorded via video link during the Coronavirus lockdown.

    • 52 min

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