63 episodes

Actress Nancy Carroll and critic Sarah Crompton offer an insider's view of theatre from different sides of the curtain. It's a frank conversation between friends that aims to reveal what really goes on behind the scenes of both their professions. There's a bit of history, and a lot of stories, some serious, some funny and all revealing some truths about what happens on stage and off.
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As the Actress said to the Critic Sarah Crompton & Nancy Carroll

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Actress Nancy Carroll and critic Sarah Crompton offer an insider's view of theatre from different sides of the curtain. It's a frank conversation between friends that aims to reveal what really goes on behind the scenes of both their professions. There's a bit of history, and a lot of stories, some serious, some funny and all revealing some truths about what happens on stage and off.
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    Food on stage - and guests for the dream dinner party

    Food on stage - and guests for the dream dinner party

    Nancy and Sarah discuss their attitudes to food on stage and off. Does Nancy eat before a show? Does Sarah write hungry or stuffed? And are there perilous foodstuffs that you might want to avoid on stage? Plus: who would they both invite to their dream dinner parties?
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    • 44 min
    The secrets of learning lines - plus Machinal and Love's Labour's Lost

    The secrets of learning lines - plus Machinal and Love's Labour's Lost

    Nancy and Sarah discuss terrific new productions of Love's Labour's Lost at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Machinal at the Old Vic and Nancy reveals the secrets of memorising long parts - and why the writers whose words are hard to learn aren't always the ones that you'd expect.
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    • 38 min
    Last word on the Oliviers - and two new plays about friendship

    Last word on the Oliviers - and two new plays about friendship

    Sarah and Nancy have been watching the Oliviers on screen - and wondering why it's so difficult for television to catch the spirit of theatre. Plus Nancy has been to see An Actor Convalescing in Devon at Hampstead Theatre and Sarah has watched The Comeuppance at the Almeida which prompts a conversation about two great American writers - Richard Nelson and Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins - and how they find ways into examining friendship, illness, death and the human condition.
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    • 35 min
    Brian Cox, Patricia Clarkson, the Brontes - and why cutting the creative arts is mad

    Brian Cox, Patricia Clarkson, the Brontes - and why cutting the creative arts is mad

    Sarah and Nancy talk about a new compelling new production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, starring Brian Cox and Patricia Clarkson, and the new play Underdog: the other, other Bronte - both stories that lay bare the rivalries and difficulties of family life. And what is the UK government thinking about with its latest plan to cut funding for creative arts courses at universities? Plus more praise for Andrew Scott in All of Us Strangers, and tributes to Adrian Schiller and Trevor Griffiths.
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    • 47 min
    What's the point of critics if they can't agree?

    What's the point of critics if they can't agree?

    The reviews of Opening Night, a new Rufus Wainwright musical starring Sheridan Smith, have ranged from utterly brilliant to absolutely abysmal. Sarah and Nancy talk about what this means about the state of criticism and whether this is a good or bad thing. Plus Andrew Scott's emotional speech at the Critics Circle awards
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    • 44 min
    Faith Healer, Keir Starmer and the arts, and the popularity of podcasts

    Faith Healer, Keir Starmer and the arts, and the popularity of podcasts

    It's been a busy time for Nancy and Sarah, with Nancy recording a new audio drama that builds on new ways of listening to plays and visiting the Royal Shakespeare Company to say goodbye to long-time artistic director Gregory Doran. Meanwhile, Sarah has been to the Lyric Hammersmiith to see a fine revival of Brian Friel's great Faith Healer. Plus Keir Starmer has set out Labour's vision for culture - and it feels unusually heartfelt.


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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Vielleicht doch Mamie ,

Fascinating

I am neither from the UK nor remotlely theatre-literate, but I do like listening to knowledgeable people talking about things they love and this absolutely ticks that box. An absolute pleasure to listen and a fascinating insight into a cultural tidepool I have never dipped my toes into before. The best possible way to be snowed in with the flu. (And definitely a bit of a gateway drug …)

Piano fanatic ,

Great women Talking About theatre & Life

Terrific listening- not just fascinating view of the craft of theatre & criticism - but hearing women’s voices—intelligent, knowledgeable & funny —discussing much more is a treat.

kempdeb ,

Interesting & informative podcast

I was delighted to learn of this new podcast from the Instagram account of Nancy Carroll. She is such a beautiful & talented actress and her wit shines in this podcast filled with delightful anecdotes.

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