11 episodes

Five Minute Call is a podcast that takes a deep dive into the stories of the people that make theatre happen. Hosted by Claire Underwood and Oren Boder, we pull back the curtain to explore their truths, life lessons, inspiring narratives, and hard-earned wisdom from our guests. Enjoy a unique peek behind the glitz and glamour of the stage, screen, and studio as we sit down with some of the most influential figures in the arts world - from groundbreaking performers and visionary directors, to astute casting agents, crew, and everyone in between.

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Five Minute Call is a podcast that takes a deep dive into the stories of the people that make theatre happen. Hosted by Claire Underwood and Oren Boder, we pull back the curtain to explore their truths, life lessons, inspiring narratives, and hard-earned wisdom from our guests. Enjoy a unique peek behind the glitz and glamour of the stage, screen, and studio as we sit down with some of the most influential figures in the arts world - from groundbreaking performers and visionary directors, to astute casting agents, crew, and everyone in between.

    Mark Hedges: on Skates in Starlight Express to Resident Director at Phantom, and Everything In-Between

    Mark Hedges: on Skates in Starlight Express to Resident Director at Phantom, and Everything In-Between

    This is Mark Hedges.

    Mark shares his captivating journey from school shows to playing major roles in productions like 'Les Misérables' and 'Starlight Express,' to becoming a resident director for iconic shows like 'The Bodyguard,' 'Mary Poppins,' and 'Phantom of the Opera.' He offers a deep dive into his transition from performing to directing, the challenges and rewards of a resident director's role, and his unique perspective on auditions. Mark also talks about the importance of collaboration, creativity, and maintaining calm in high-pressure situations. Don't miss this insightful and inspiring story of a life dedicated to theatre.



    00:00 Introduction to the Podcast
    00:48 Mark Hedges' Early Theatre Journey
    01:43 First Big Break: Starlight Express
    05:09 Life in the West End
    08:00 Mentorship and Growth
    13:09 Unexpected Opportunities
    22:53 Transition to Resident Director
    29:47 Role of a Resident Director
    32:34 Balancing Multiple Roles in Production
    33:18 Staying Calm Under Pressure
    33:53 Connecting with People
    35:21 Learning from Mentors
    36:40 Dealing with Stress
    38:08 The Importance of Collaboration
    39:55 Maintaining Creativity in Repetitive Roles
    42:57 The Role of a Resident Director
    54:38 Navigating Auditions
    57:50 The Casting Process
    01:02:49 Final Thoughts and Reflections

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Raffaella Covino: From In The Heights, to Rent, to Applause For Thought

    Raffaella Covino: From In The Heights, to Rent, to Applause For Thought

    This is Raffaella Covino.

    Join us for an inspiring conversation with Raffaella Covino, an esteemed performer who has appeared in shows like In the Heights, Rent, Hairspray, and On the Town. Raffaella shares her powerful journey of dealing with mental health challenges while working in the theatre industry, which ultimately led her to establish the mental health organisation, Applause for Thought. Learn about her early passion for the arts, navigating the pressures of performing, and the importance of advocating for mental health support. You won't want to miss this touching and motivational episode.

    00:00 Introduction to Raffaella Covino's Journey
    01:40 Early Life and Passion for Performing Arts
    03:41 Training and Early Career Challenges
    08:00 Breakthrough and Touring Experiences
    11:55 Navigating Mental Health and Career
    26:26 The Wild Years: Swing and Dance Captain
    38:39 Breaking Point: A Moment of Realization
    40:08 The Struggle with Self-Worth and Anxiety
    44:47 Seeking Help and Taking a Break
    47:18 A Year of Self-Discovery
    57:45 Returning to the Stage
    01:03:06 Founding Applause for Thought
    01:09:03 The Journey Continues: Mental Health Advocacy
    01:13:47 Final Reflections and Advice

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    If you have been or are currently affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, here are some resources you might find useful.

    In the first instance, helplines:
    Samaritans - 116 123 (24/7 phone service)
    Shout - 85258 (all ages 24/7 texting service)
    Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 585858 (5pm - midnight)
    Papyrus HOPELINEUK - 0800 068 4141 (for under 35 year olds)

    If you work in the theatre industry here are some organisations who can help you to find the right help:
    BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) 020 7404 5888
    Music Minds Matter UK 0808 802 8008
    https://www.applauseforthought.com
    https://www.industryminds.co.uk
    https://www.bapam.org
    https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk
    https://www.artsandminds.org.uk
    https://www.artsminds.co.uk
    https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk
    https://www.mind.org.uk

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Zachary James: Breaking Boundaries in Opera and Musical Theatre

    Zachary James: Breaking Boundaries in Opera and Musical Theatre

    This is Zachary James. We dive deep into the story of Zachary James, the acclaimed performer currently appearing as Hades in the West End's Hadestown. Zachary opens up about his journey from a shy kid in Florida to a celebrated musical theatre and opera star. He shares insights into his high school days, his Broadway debut, and his experiences working across different genres. Learn about his daily routines, the challenges he faced, and the importance of collaboration and creativity. Plus, hear about his unique audition experiences and the special moments that have shaped his remarkable career. Don't miss this in-depth and inspiring conversation with Zachary James!00:00 - Trailer01:05 - Introduction to Zachary James01:40 - Zachary's Early Theatre Journey10:53 - Discovering His Voice16:51 - Broadway Beginnings21:24 - Producing and Performing35:04 - Personal Growth and Sobriety37:44 - Balancing Stage Work and Lifestyle38:53 - Broadway World Recognition39:45 - Navigating Different Performance Genres48:54 - The Art of Auditioning52:12 - Pandemic Adaptations and New Opportunities01:02:25 - Five Minute Call Routine
    01:04:26 - Diary Question01:05:51 - Disclaimers----

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    If you have been or are currently affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, here are some resources you might find useful.

    In the first instance, helplines:
    Samaritans - 116 123 (24/7 phone service)
    Shout - 85258 (all ages 24/7 texting service)
    Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 585858 (5pm - midnight)
    Papyrus HOPELINEUK - 0800 068 4141 (for under 35 year olds)

    If you work in the theatre industry here are some organisations who can help you to find the right help:
    BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) 020 7404 5888
    Music Minds Matter UK 0808 802 8008
    https://www.applauseforthought.com
    https://www.industryminds.co.uk
    https://www.bapam.org
    https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk
    https://www.artsandminds.org.uk
    https://www.artsminds.co.uk
    https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk
    https://www.mind.org.uk

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ellen Jackson: From Motherhood to 12,000 Performances of Phantom of the Opera

    Ellen Jackson: From Motherhood to 12,000 Performances of Phantom of the Opera

    This is Ellen Jackson.

    00:00:00 - Opening Trailer
    00:00:56 - Introduction
    00:01:27 - Ellen's Story
    00:03:15 - Early Singing Experiences
    00:06:25 - Pursuing a Career in Singing
    00:11:00 - Royal Scottish Academy of Music
    00:14:23 - Early Career with Scottish Opera
    00:17:55 - Transition to Musical Theatre
    00:22:24 - Motherhood and Les Misérables
    00:26:25 - Born Again at Chichester Festival Theatre
    00:29:30 - The Phantom of the Opera
    00:37:40 - Maintaining Voice and Performance Over a Long Run
    00:44:40 - Leaving Phantom and Adapting to Vocal Changes
    00:51:25 - Closing Reflections
    00:51:30 - Five Minute Call
    00:52:50 - Greatest Growth and Learning Experiences
    00:56:58 - Closing

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    If you have been or are currently affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, here are some resources you might find useful.

    In the first instance, helplines:
    Samaritans - 116 123 (24/7 phone service)
    Shout - 85258 (all ages 24/7 texting service)
    Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 585858 (5pm - midnight)
    Papyrus HOPELINEUK - 0800 068 4141 (for under 35 year olds)

    If you work in the theatre industry here are some organisations who can help you to find the right help:
    BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) 020 7404 5888
    Music Minds Matter UK 0808 802 8008
    https://www.applauseforthought.com
    https://www.industryminds.co.uk
    https://www.bapam.org
    https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk
    https://www.artsandminds.org.uk
    https://www.artsminds.co.uk
    https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk
    https://www.mind.org.uk

    • 57 min
    Johnny Bishop: "Michael Jackson inspired my journey from Trinidad to the West End"

    Johnny Bishop: "Michael Jackson inspired my journey from Trinidad to the West End"

    This is Johnny's story.

    00:00:00 - Opening Trailer
    00:01:14 - Introduction00:01:38 - In The Beginning
    00:04:50 - Joining Carnival Messiah
    00:06:58 - Auditioning for The Lion King
    00:09:29 - Moving to London
    00:11:05 - Life at Sylvia Young Theatre School
    00:17:32 - Advice for Young Performers
    00:22:25 - Perfectionism and Sustainability
    00:29:25 - Teaching Dance vs Singing
    00:34:34 - The Impact of Strict Training
    00:40:38 - Life After Sylvia Young
    00:44:36 - The Importance of Craft Over Audience
    00:49:39 - Producing His Own Work
    00:53:00 - The Realities of the Industry
    00:58:15 - Closing

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    If you have been or are currently affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, here are some resources you might find useful.

    In the first instance, helplines:
    Samaritans - 116 123 (24/7 phone service)
    Shout - 85258 (all ages 24/7 texting service)
    Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 585858 (5pm - midnight)
    Papyrus HOPELINEUK - 0800 068 4141 (for under 35 year olds)

    If you work in the theatre industry here are some organisations who can help you to find the right help:
    BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) 020 7404 5888
    Music Minds Matter UK 0808 802 8008
    https://www.applauseforthought.com
    https://www.industryminds.co.uk
    https://www.bapam.org
    https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk
    https://www.artsandminds.org.uk
    https://www.artsminds.co.uk
    https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk
    https://www.mind.org.uk

    • 58 min
    Lorna Cobbold: Company & Stage Manager (Cabaret, Les Miserable, Lion King, Mary Poppins)

    Lorna Cobbold: Company & Stage Manager (Cabaret, Les Miserable, Lion King, Mary Poppins)

    This is Lorna's story.

    00:00:00 - Opening Trailer
    00:01:08 - Introduction
    00:01:20 - Lorna's Journey into Theatre
    00:09:43 - What is Stage Management?
    00:17:29 - Differences Between Deputy Stage Manager and Company Manager
    00:19:53 - Lorna's Move from Plays to Musicals
    00:27:15 - What Happens When Something Goes Wrong During a Show
    00:32:38 - The Magic of a Sitzprobe
    00:36:05 - Differences Between Plays and Musicals for Stage Management
    00:39:42 - Lorna's Personal Stage Management Style
    00:44:53 - What's Next for Lorna
    00:51:00 - Lorna's Five Minute Call Routine
    00:54:59 - Audience Question: Why Musical Theatre and Was it a Good Choice?
    00:58:24 - Closing

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    ----

    If you have been or are currently affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, here are some resources you might find useful.

    In the first instance, helplines:
    Samaritans - 116 123 (24/7 phone service)
    Shout - 85258 (all ages 24/7 texting service)
    Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 585858 (5pm - midnight)
    Papyrus HOPELINEUK - 0800 068 4141 (for under 35 year olds)

    If you work in the theatre industry here are some organisations who can help you to find the right help:
    BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) 020 7404 5888
    Music Minds Matter UK 0808 802 8008
    https://www.applauseforthought.com
    https://www.industryminds.co.uk
    https://www.bapam.org
    https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk
    https://www.artsandminds.org.uk
    https://www.artsminds.co.uk
    https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk
    https://www.mind.org.uk

    • 58 min

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