Already a successful website for reviews and interviews, we've recently taken to the airwaves with our first radio show. But if you can't listen to the show, we'll be bringing you the interviews we carry out there to our podcast series here
Episode 52: Mashing it with Freddie Hayes
Admit it, we've all done it, laid in bed in the middle of the night and thought to ourselves, what we really need is a potato based retelling of Faustus? What do you mean, you've never thought that? You must be on your own then.
So imagine our absolute joy when we came across Freddie Hayes's Potatohead at this year's EdFringe Festival. Because yes, this is what we'e been calling out for, this is Faustus, told by potatoes, with the help of other potato based foods. And as Freddie is now taking the show on a little tour of the country, we couldn't resist asking her along for a chat.
Find out just how she got the inspiration to dress up as a potato for her show, hear about her love of puppets and why she could be found crying in her potato suit one evening at Edinburgh!
You can find out more about the show and its upcoming dates on our website here.
Episode 51: Getting a little Naughty with Andrew and Sami
This week’s guests are writer/ performer Andrew Houghton and director, Sami Sumaria from Pink Milk Theatre.
The pair joins us to chat about their show, Naughty, which is coming to The Hen and Chickens Theatre soon (27 Sept to 2 Oct), before heading to Salford (6 Oct), Hull (7 Oct) and Cardiff (8 & 9 Oct).
The play, a darkly comic, queer coming-of-age tale, had a successful run at 2021’s Camden Fringe, and is now back after some rewrites and further development.
In Naughty, we meet Andrew, just days after ending his seven-year relationship with college sweetheart, Jake, when he is messaged out of the blue by a former ‘friend’. This unwelcome advance triggers an emotional spiral as Andrew recounts his unstable first steps into the world of gay sex and queer identity; all under the increasingly imposing guidance of Kevin, a teacher at his drama academy.
Tickets for the London run can be found here.
Episode 50: Inviting You To The Last Sales Conference of the Apocalypse
For this week's interview, we went big. And by big, we mean we had five guests all at the same time. Those five consisted of the four cast members of upcoming musical, The Last Sales Conference of the Apocalypse, along with the show's choreographer. Remarkably, we didn't spend half the interview talking over each other.
The musical is the latest from Skitzoid Productions, in which Sam has just accidently initiated a nuclear missile countdown. How we just don’t know as Sam apparently works for a new start-up company. But we’re sure all will be explained in the show. And if that opening sounds bizarre, we have a feeling that is only the start of the madness, as from there, Sam passes out and we enter his subconscious, where he sees everything as a TV franchise and he is the showrunner. It’s certainly a show we are eager to see!
But for now, we get to talk to its four strong cast and choreographer, to find out more about their characters and how they got involved with the show in the first place.
The show plays at Waterloo East Theatre from 4 to 30 October, bookings here.
Episode 49: Kate Bush meets Victoria Wood
This week's guests are Sarah-Louise Young and Paulus, two cabaret performers fresh off successful Edinburgh runs with their shows, and who are now touring nationally (and quite possibly internationally) during 2022 and into 2023. Sarah Louise actually has two shows on the go, An Evening WIth Kate Bush and Julie Madly Deeply (described as a love letter to Julie Andrews) whilst Paulus' show is Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood, a homage celebrating the music of the late comedy genius and national treasure.
We discuss their love of cabaret before delving into each show some more, finding out why An Evening Without Kate Bush isn't so much about Kate Bush as it is about her fans, and why Looking For Me Friend is obviously not just a collection of Victoria Woods songs, but a journey through Paulus' love of her work.
You can find out more about An Evening Without Kate Bush here, and Looking For Me Friend here. Both shows are touring now and all dates can be found on the seperate websites.
Episode 48: Getting the lowdown on Sleeping Lions
Our guest this week is Kitty Cecil-Wright from Back To Back Theatre Productions. Based in Hampshire, they are focusing on touring plays around the South of England. Their second full production, will take in six venues across Hampshire and Dorset, from 28 September to 15 October.
We discuss the play, whilst skirting around the issues of spoilers! It is a play that clearly has a big twist coming so Kitty was very coy in giving too much away. We also talk about the difficulties, along with the joys, of touring a play like this. It's an interesting insight into what it can be like outside of our usual London bubble.
Episode 47: In the mIdst of a heatwave we discuss a snowy show
This week's guest on our Runn Radio show was Lydia Sax, who is the new Artistic Director of Barnes' OSO Arts Centre, as well as director of A Hundred Words For Snow, the debut play from new theatre company, In Her Element.
A Hundred Words For Snow was a big success when it first hit the stage around 2018, so we were more excited to hear about this revival. We chat to Lydia about why she wanted to make this play, whether there is ever any concern about reviving such a successful play, and what they are bringing differently to make this a worthwhile revival (spoiler: live cello and new graphical visualisations).
The play is on at OSO Arts Centre 6 - 11 September, more info can be found here.