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Join Cheek by Jowl's Artistic Directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod in 'Not True, But Useful...' a podcast series all about theatre, acting, directing, and life. Produced, hosted and edited by Lucie Dawkins with support from Cheek by Jowl. Production administration from Manwah Siu. Series theme music by Pavel Akimkin (Series 1) and Paddy Cunneen (Series 2 & 3). Read the Edited Transcripts of Series 1 here: www.cheekbyjowl.com/learning/edited-podcast-transcripts/

Not True, But Useful... A Cheek by Jowl Podcast Cheek by Jowl

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Join Cheek by Jowl's Artistic Directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod in 'Not True, But Useful...' a podcast series all about theatre, acting, directing, and life. Produced, hosted and edited by Lucie Dawkins with support from Cheek by Jowl. Production administration from Manwah Siu. Series theme music by Pavel Akimkin (Series 1) and Paddy Cunneen (Series 2 & 3). Read the Edited Transcripts of Series 1 here: www.cheekbyjowl.com/learning/edited-podcast-transcripts/

    Series 3, Episode 9 - Extra Tagliatelle

    Series 3, Episode 9 - Extra Tagliatelle

    To mark 40 years since our first ever touring production - The Country Wife -  we're delighted to release a bonus episode of Series 3. Declan and Nick join Lucie one more time to discuss their four decades of work as Cheek by Jowl, including the company's emphasis on ensemble, their dream dinner guests, the danger of asking 'how' and 'why', and the advice they would give to their younger selves...

    • 19 min
    Series 3, Episode 8 - Troilus and Cressida

    Series 3, Episode 8 - Troilus and Cressida

    Declan and Nick discuss Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare's scathing anti-war satire on glory, chivalry and doomed love. Find out why the play is possibly the most un-Shakespearean of Shakespeare's plays, the dangers of 'truth', and the importance of reserving one's judgment when approaching a work of art.

    More information about Cheek by Jowl's 2008 production of Troilus and Cressida here.
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    • 32 min
    Series 3, Episode 7 - Much Ado About Nothing

    Series 3, Episode 7 - Much Ado About Nothing

    Declan and Nick take a deep dive into one of Shakespeare's best loved comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. They join Lucie to discuss the darkness beneath the play's lightness, the horror and dread in Beatrice and Benedick's love story, and how it has become the blueprint for many modern romcoms.

    More information about Cheek by Jowl's 1998 production of Much Ado About Nothing here.

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    • 33 min
    Series 3, Episode 6 - The Revenger's Tragedy

    Series 3, Episode 6 - The Revenger's Tragedy

    Ahi ahi ahi ahi! This week’s discussion takes us back to Piccolo Teatro di Milano and Cheek by Jowl’s last live onstage production before the lockdown of 2020, The Revenger’s Tragedy by Thomas Middleton. In this episode, Declan and Nick speak about theatre as a problem-solving business, and what Middleton’s play teaches us about being right and our need to seek justice.

    More information about Piccolo Teatro di Milano and Cheek by Jowl's 2018-21 production of The Revenger's Tragedy here.
    The additional music in this episode was composed by Gianluca Misiti for The Revenger's Tragedy.

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    • 32 min
    Series 3, Episode 5 - Measure for Measure

    Series 3, Episode 5 - Measure for Measure

    This week, Declan and Nick talk the politics of acting, the importance of ensemble, and the danger of logic in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.

    More information about Cheek by Jowl's 2013-19 production of Measure for Measure here and their 1994 production here.
    The music in this episode was composed by Pavel Akimkin for Cheek by Jowl's 2013-19 production of Measure for Measure.

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    • 39 min
    Series 3, Episode 4 - Three Sisters

    Series 3, Episode 4 - Three Sisters

    If you think Chekhov’s plays are about nothing happening, think again. This week, Declan, Nick and Lucie discuss Three Sisters, another play of love, loss and self-deception in which – from the very first line - the protagonists are faced with an overwhelming predicament…

    More information about Cheek by Jowl's 2005-13 production of Three Sisters here.
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

Sean the Silent ,

Inspired

This is such a rich resource for theatre practitioners, particularly for those curious about cheek by Jowl’s work.

Rebeccabott ,

This is gorgeous

I can’t believe what a wealth of information is just sitting here in the Podcast App. People would be fighting for a ticket to see these shows or to listen to these two give a lecture and I truly hope people do take advantage of these episodes. Please keep making them.

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