9 episodi

Ida Schuster is the world's oldest podcaster! In OLD SCHOOL, Ida shares her unique perspective on life, love and theatre in the twentieth century. This inspirational story, of growing up in a Jewish immigrant family, in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, takes us on an incredible journey through her childhood, the war years, and her long career on stage and screen. The series is introduced by her friend, and fellow actor, Alan Cumming.


For more information, visit: www.thebiglight.com/oldschool

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Ida Schuster is the world's oldest podcaster! In OLD SCHOOL, Ida shares her unique perspective on life, love and theatre in the twentieth century. This inspirational story, of growing up in a Jewish immigrant family, in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, takes us on an incredible journey through her childhood, the war years, and her long career on stage and screen. The series is introduced by her friend, and fellow actor, Alan Cumming.


For more information, visit: www.thebiglight.com/oldschool

    “She was so vibrant, shining and present...” / Paying Tribute to Ida

    “She was so vibrant, shining and present...” / Paying Tribute to Ida

    As you may already have seen in the press and on social media channels, our darling friend, Ida, died on the 8th April 2020 at the age of 101. Our thoughts are with her family and friends, of whom there are many, at home and abroad. Ida’s was a long life, well lived, and, as you’ll know from her podcasts, she was vigorous, warm, funny and curious about life – past, present and future – until the end. We already miss Ida terribly, but are heartened by the fact that we have been able to – as Alan Cumming put it in his introduction to the series – share “the wit, wisdom and beauty of this amazing woman” with you through the podcast. 


    In this final episode, Ida's friends and former colleagues celebrate her remarkable life and career. We hope you enjoy listening to the tributes, and that you’ll spread the word far and wide about Ida Schuster’s Old School. We think she deserves to be heard by as many listeners as possible across the world, particularly in these challenging times.  


    “Ida was a shining example of how to live life to the full.” (Pat Doyle)


    For more information about the podcast, and Ida Schuster's 101 years of experience, visit: www.thebiglight.com/oldschool
     
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    • 1h 2 min
    "Thank you for listening..." / Reflections on 101 Years of Experience

    "Thank you for listening..." / Reflections on 101 Years of Experience

    "When I look out my window, I see spring, summer, autumn, winter." In the final episode of her podcast, Ida reflects on some of the things she's learned. She offers insights into diet, fitness, fashion and theatre, and shares some observations on global politics. Ida goes on to demonstrate her amazing memory by reciting lines from some of her favourite works.


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    • 15 min
    "I cooked with it, I washed with it, I lived with it!" / Working and Raising a Family

    "I cooked with it, I washed with it, I lived with it!" / Working and Raising a Family

    Ida reflects on what it was like to work and raise a family at the same time. She talks about learning lines, serving afternoon tea and performing on the stage...all in one day! Ida also discusses Allan's involvement in the Citz as the doctor.


    For more information about the podcast, and Ida Schuster's 101 years of experience, visit: www.thebiglight.com/oldschool
     
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    • 13 min
    "The difference is, you get paid for it!" / Going Professional

    "The difference is, you get paid for it!" / Going Professional

    Ida reflects on becoming a professional actress in the period after the Second World War. She talks about appearing in productions including 'Slab Boys' and 'The Steamie', and shares memories of working alongside other influential performers and directors.


    For more information about the podcast, and Ida Schuster's 101 years of experience, visit: www.thebiglight.com/oldschool
     
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    • 15 min
    "He was a prisoner of war..." / My Husband Allan Berkeley

    "He was a prisoner of war..." / My Husband Allan Berkeley

    Ida reflects on meeting the love of her life, Allan Berkeley, and their time apart during the Second World War. She describes some of his experiences as a prisoner of war in Japan, and the circumstances surrounding his return to the UK.


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    • 9 min
    "Chamberlain is on the radio..." / The Experience of War

    "Chamberlain is on the radio..." / The Experience of War

    Ida reflects on the outbreak of World War II in 1939. She describes her experience of working in Operations, helping to plot the movement of aircrafts.


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    • 9 min

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