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Wise Children is the touring theatre company conceived, created and led by Emma Rice.

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    • 4.8 • 34 Ratings

Wise Children is the touring theatre company conceived, created and led by Emma Rice.

    Dress Rehearsals - Buddha Of Suburbia

    Dress Rehearsals - Buddha Of Suburbia

    Buddha of Suburbia at the RSC Stratford is now up and running and truly delighting audiences. We recorded this just before the first-ever dress rehearsal - so as Emma Rice talks to the creative team about the process you can hear hoovers, resets, and a fight call.  It's going on in this crazy half hour. 
    You'll hear all about the process of bringing Hanif Kureishi's iconic novel to the stage from
    Rachana Jadhav - Set Designer
    Vicki Mortimer - Costume Designer
    Helen Johnson - Associate Costume Designer
    Jai Morjaria - Lighting Designer
    Etta Murfit - Choreographer & Intimacy Co-ordinator
    Surenne Somchit - Deputy Stage Manager
    Simon Baker - Sound Designer
    Steve Tanner - Production Photographer
    We've also some music from Niraj Chag
    Remember to hit like and subscribe to stay upto date with everything Wise Children and Emma Rice. 

    • 33 min
    The Buddha Of Suburbia - School Trip

    The Buddha Of Suburbia - School Trip

    On the eve of the final rehearsal room for Buddha Of Suburbia Emma takes the company on a trip to see our other production - Blue Beard.  This one was recorded entirely on the coach journey from Stratford Upon Avon to Birmingham.  The ultimate school trip!  

    • 18 min
    The Buddha of Suburbia - Rehearsals

    The Buddha of Suburbia - Rehearsals

    We're back in rehearsals with Emma's new production - The Buddha of Suburbia - adapted from (and with) the book by Hanif Kureishi.  This time we're at the RSC in Stratford Upon Avon.   In this episode, Emma talks about the acting company and the process of cutting work early.  We've also got some sneak peeks at the music by Niraj Chag.  

    • 30 min
    The morning after Press Night

    The morning after Press Night

    We recorded this on Sunday afternoon after a week of final previews, a press night and a load out. The show is now in several trailers heading to Home Manchester. 
    In today's episode, Emma reveals that she had a speech planned... and we get to hear it.
    (This is the full edit. We managed to cut a whole section of material in the edit). 

    • 18 min
    The Music Of Blue Beard

    The Music Of Blue Beard

    It's the final week in the rehearsal room for Blue Beard!   Our own rehearsal space - TLC - is a little flooded at the moment, so we started the week by moving down the road to The Silk Mill. Despite the challenges, the show is on course for technical rehearsals at Bath Theatre Royal next week. This week, Emma (Rice) talks with the music team of Stu Barker, Ian Ross and Stephanie Hockley about making the show - with some exclusive audio clips from rehearsals and our new recording, Three Little Rings.   WARNING - Contains some explicit language

    • 29 min
    Blue Beard - It’s Not About Pirates!

    Blue Beard - It’s Not About Pirates!

    This week Emma (Rice) talks through the first few weeks of rehearsal for her new production - Blue Beard. 
    She talks about the plot (it's not about Pirates!). She also talks about the rehearsal process and why making this show is so important to her. 
    The countdown to preview one is on.
    WARNING - Contains some explicit language 

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

thebrissole ,

Wise Tales

Bloody love this podcast and everything this company stands for. A total privilege to be given a peak behind the curtain. To the Wise Children and Emma in particular keep doing what you’re doing it’s bloomin brilliant!

Sulamaye ,

Please stop background music

I love wisechildren's work, and this podcast gives wonderful behind scenes insight and information, but why the music playing in the background all the time? I know the current trend is the idea that we all have the attention span of gnats and therefore something feels more exciting to us if music fills all available spaces but actually it's just irritating and if you have adhd or any other neurodiversity it makes focusing even harder not easier because it's so distracting. Come on Emma, you don't have background plinky plonks while your performers perform, music is used with purpose and definiteness, please, please switch it off 🙏

Charleigh R Michel ,

Absolutely fabulous show and amazing company

I went to watch this show twice because it was so good!

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