10 episodes

If all the world’s a stage, we’re the programme notes.

The National Theatre Podcast explores how theatre connects to the big issues of our time: sex, death, politics, and everything in between. We take you behind the scenes to investigate the artists and the ideas behind some of today’s most interesting productions, and go out into the world to find theatre at play in our everyday lives.

It’s a show about theatre, without the drama.

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    • Performing Arts

If all the world’s a stage, we’re the programme notes.

The National Theatre Podcast explores how theatre connects to the big issues of our time: sex, death, politics, and everything in between. We take you behind the scenes to investigate the artists and the ideas behind some of today’s most interesting productions, and go out into the world to find theatre at play in our everyday lives.

It’s a show about theatre, without the drama.

    10. Epic Fail

    10. Epic Fail

    We’ve all failed at something, but rarely on stage in front of hundreds of people. We ask our favourite guests to share their hilarious stories of on-stage mishaps and malfunctions, and professional embarrassment in its most public form. All to answer the simple question - how do we deal with failure? And why are we are so obsessed with it?

    • 42 min
    9. Edinburgh

    9. Edinburgh

    It’s the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, so we go on the road to Scotland to ask people from all over the country if it’s still the beating heart of new theatre-making. How has the Fringe shaped the last seven decades of UK culture, and has it become a victim of its own success?

    • 39 min
    8. In Public

    8. In Public

    How does culture shape the character of a neighbourhood, a city, a country? We speak to visual artist Jeremy Deller, DJ Dave Haslam and celebrate the NT’s River Stage festival by looking at art in public spaces, and the impact it’s had on the people who pass through them.

    • 37 min
    7. The Majority

    7. The Majority

    Does our vote matter? We follow the development of our new interactive show The Majority, which lets the audience cast votes to change the outcome of the performance. But what happens when you give an audience control? We talk to experts in polling and audience behaviour to address the slippery idea of how large groups make decisions, and confront complicated moral choices with real-life consequences.

    Please note this episode contains strong language.

    • 35 min
    6. New Work

    6. New Work

    Cush Jumbo explains how writing a play changed the fortunes of her acting career, and we talk to dramaturgs, directors and a 17-year-old playwright to learn the untold story of how plays really come to life.

    • 41 min
    5. Masculinity

    5. Masculinity

    ‘Moonlight’ writer Tarell Alvin McCraney tells us how growing up in Liberty City, and discovering the drag ball scene, shaped his understanding of what it means to be a man. Poet and playwright Inua Ellams tells us why the barber shop is a safe space for black men to be themselves, and we ask a dressing room of male actors to share their stories of the many kinds of men they’ve been asked to be for their careers.

    • 43 min

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