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In-depth conversations with the world's top directors, performers and writers for the stage.

The Stage Show ABC Podcasts

    • Performing Arts

In-depth conversations with the world's top directors, performers and writers for the stage.

    Joanna Murray-Smith wrestles with hedonism and history in Berlin

    Joanna Murray-Smith wrestles with hedonism and history in Berlin

    Playwright Joanna Murray-Smith reflects on her storied career ahead of the world premiere of Berlin at the Melbourne Theatre Company and a revival of Honour at Sydney's Ensemble Theatre — a play that had its first reading with a cast that included Meryl Streep.

    Also, MasterChef meets The Hunger Games in the new Australian opera Chop Chef and we discuss the state of Australian playwriting with Currency Press founder Katharine Brisbane and the CEO of the newly formed Australian Plays Transform, Louise Gough.

    • 54 min
    Mark Trevorrow on life as the Prince of Polyester, Bob Downe

    Mark Trevorrow on life as the Prince of Polyester, Bob Downe

    Mark Trevorrow created Bob Downe in 1984 and the Prince of Polyester continues to reign — at this year's Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Bob Downe is bringing the classic variety television show Adelaide Tonight back to life on stage.

    Also, the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore hit romantic comedy The Wedding Singer is now a stage musical and Melbourne's Malthouse Theatre have launched Because the Night — 'an immersive theatre adventure' — so, what does that mean?

    • 54 min
    'It took me to some very dark places' — The tour that broke Daniel Sloss

    'It took me to some very dark places' — The tour that broke Daniel Sloss

    Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss has been pushing the boundaries of stand-up since he was a teenager, raising topics like toxic relationships, sexual assault and the death of his sister on stage. But what toll did this material and relentless touring take on his mental health?

    Also, the flamboyant actor Coral Browne left Melbourne for London in the 1930s and became a huge star, later mentoring the likes of Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Now, performer Amanda Muggleton and director Nadia Tass are telling her unbelievable story on stage.

    • 54 min
    'We need to be valued' — Changing how First Nations work is made and seen

    'We need to be valued' — Changing how First Nations work is made and seen

    For the last decade, Widjabul woman Rhoda Roberts has been reshaping how First Nations stories are seen and heard at the Sydney Opera House. Now, as she steps down as head of First Nations programming, how far have we travelled and what remains to be done?

    Also, with comedy festival season upon us, musical comedian Jude Perl lifts our spirits at the piano, and we look at the new Spanish and English audio play Romeo y Julieta and learn how Shakespeare's plays take on new layers of meaning in Latin America.

    • 54 min
    A comedian with a turbulent past finds his voice in the footlights

    A comedian with a turbulent past finds his voice in the footlights

    Oliver Twist is a comedian with a very challenging past — he was born in Rwanda as the country was being torn apart by civil war. Now he's an Australian and he's telling his story in a one-man show called Jali at Sydney's Griffin Theatre.

    Also, Australian composer Carmel Dean writes songs for history-makers in Well-Behaved Women, and playwright Anchuli Felicia King discusses how the Royal Shakespeare Company's digital productions are changing how we perceive theatrical space.

    • 54 min
    The room where Hamilton happened

    The room where Hamilton happened

    Hamilton is about to burst onto the Australian stage. We meet the musical's Tony Award-winning director Thomas Kail, whose friendship and collaboration with Lin-Manuel Miranda stretches back twenty years.

    Also, we meet the show's George Washington, Māori performer Matu Ngaropo, and find out what it means to play this complex historical figure, and we phone a stranger in A Thousand Ways — but what makes it theatre? We ask creators 600 Highwaymen.

    • 54 min

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