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Curtain Call Theatre Podcast

The Curtain Call Theatre Podcast is the only podcast that will bring you backstage (often during a show) to place you where the drama is actually created. With access like no other podcast, we give you the opportunity to join us in the wings and the dressing rooms and feel what it's like to be part of the company.
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Jan 20, 2020

We are dedicating the final three episodes of the series to bring you closer to the real life characters from Come From Away and some of the people that play them on both sides of the Atlantic.  We sat down with all of the original cast members from the West End company and asked them all the same questions to give you, the listener, a deeper understanding of the journey that the company have had on their travels from audition to opening night.  We also spent time talking with the real people that inspired the musical and heard straight from the source the stories that ended up in Come From Away.

In this episode we’re introducing you to Harry Morrison and Sheriff Oz Fudge, David Shannon and Kevin Tuerff (otherwise known as the Gay Lumberjack) and from both Jenna Boyd and Astrid Van Wieren who play Beulah Cooper in the West End Cast and on Broadway respectively.

 

SHOW LINKS

 

Come From Away Tickets

https://comefromaway.com/tickets.php?content=tixbroadway

 

Broadway Show Page

https://comefromaway.com/

 

London Show Page

https://comefromawaylondon.co.uk/

 

Toronto Show Page

https://www.mirvish.com/shows/come-from-away

 

Australia Show Page

https://comefromaway.com.au/

 

Shanghai Show Page

https://m.juooo.com/ticket/107774

 

SOCIAL TAGS

Come From Away (comefromaway.com)

Twitter: @wecomefromaway, @ComeFromAwayUK, @comefromawayto, @ComeFromAwayAU

Instagram: @wecomefromaway, @ComeFromAwayUK, @ComeFromAwayTO, @ComeFromAwayAU

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ComeFromAway/https://www.facebook.com/ComeFromAwayUK/

 

Curtain Call (curtaincallonline.com)

Twitter: @curtaincall 

Instagram: @curtaincall 

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/CurtainCall/

 

Broadway Radio: (broadwayradio.com)

Twitter: @BroadwayRadio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayRadio/

 

Broadway World: (broadwayworld.com)

Twitter: @BroadwayWorld

Instagram: @officialbroadwayworld

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayWorld/

 

 

All music and sound rights are reserved. You must not reproduce or use any element of this podcast without explicit written permission of both Junkyard Dog Productions and Curtain Call Ltd.

 

Jan 13, 2020

We are dedicating the final three episodes of the series to bring you closer to the real life characters from Come From Away and some of the people that play them on both sides of the Atlantic.  We sat down with all of the original cast members from the West End company and asked them all the same questions to give you, the listener, a deeper understanding of the journey that the company have had on their travels from audition to opening night.  We also spent time talking with the real people that inspired the musical and heard straight from the source the stories that ended up in Come From Away.

In this episode we’re introducing you to Rachael Tucker and Captain Beverley Bass, Mary Doherty and Bonnie Harris, Nathanael Campbell and Tom MoCowan (who ends up as Bob in the musical) and lastly Jonathan Andrew Hume and Kevin Jung

 

SHOW LINKS

 

Come From Away Tickets

https://comefromaway.com/tickets.php?content=tixbroadway

 

Broadway Show Page

https://comefromaway.com/

 

London Show Page

https://comefromawaylondon.co.uk/

 

Toronto Show Page

https://www.mirvish.com/shows/come-from-away

 

Australia Show Page

https://comefromaway.com.au/

 

Shanghai Show Page

https://m.juooo.com/ticket/107774

 

SOCIAL TAGS

Come From Away (comefromaway.com)

Twitter: @wecomefromaway, @ComeFromAwayUK, @comefromawayto, @ComeFromAwayAU

Instagram: @wecomefromaway, @ComeFromAwayUK, @ComeFromAwayTO, @ComeFromAwayAU

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ComeFromAway/https://www.facebook.com/ComeFromAwayUK/

 

Curtain Call (curtaincallonline.com)

Twitter: @curtaincall 

Instagram: @curtaincall 

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/CurtainCall/

 

Broadway Radio: (broadwayradio.com)

Twitter: @BroadwayRadio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayRadio/

 

Broadway World: (broadwayworld.com)

Twitter: @BroadwayWorld

Instagram: @officialbroadwayworld

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayWorld/

 

 

All music and sound rights are reserved. You must not reproduce or use any element of this podcast without explicit written permission of both Junkyard Dog Productions and Curtain Call Ltd.

 

Jan 9, 2020

Ros Blessed has been treading the boards around the country, following in her parent’s footsteps. And she has recently stepped into the shoes of the playwright, but has brought along her parents dad, Brian Blessed as executive producer and mom, Hildegard Neil as fellow cast member.

Shedding light on what we often keep hidden from the world, The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People and Lullabies for the Lost will be performed in rep throughout January at the Old Red Lion Theatre.

The fantastic director Zoe Ford Burnett is taking the reins of the production, which promises to be nights of soul searching and much, much laughter.  You will cry, but you will also have a good old laugh.

Official Website and Tickets

Curtain Call

Jan 6, 2020

As you have heard in previous episodes in the series, Come From Away had humble beginnings as a college theatre festival workshop production before ending up on Broadway, Toronto, a US Tour, the West End, Australia with a run in Shanghai .

But before opening at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End, we heard from the company about their pre-West End run in Dublin. And before that, the cast had a launch party at the Canadian Embassy in London’s Trafalgar Square. 

And in this episode, we are giving you a front row seat at that party with two exclusive recordings from the London cast.  

But first, we talked to the producers at Junkyard Dog and Smith and Brant Theatricals to find out why it was so important that the Come From Away team took their first European steps at the Canadian consulate.

The venue was confirmed, but the cast wouldn’t start rehearsals for more than a month, which meant that the Associate Music Director Wendy Bobbit Cavett had to fly over to London from New York and had less than two days to prepare three numbers from the show.

 

SHOW LINKS

 

Come From Away Tickets

https://comefromaway.com/tickets.php?content=tixbroadway

 

Broadway Show Page

https://comefromaway.com/

 

London Show Page

https://comefromawaylondon.co.uk/

 

Toronto Show Page

https://www.mirvish.com/shows/come-from-away

 

Australia Show Page

https://comefromaway.com.au/

 

Shanghai Show Page

https://m.juooo.com/ticket/107774

 

SOCIAL TAGS

Come From Away (comefromaway.com)

Twitter: @wecomefromaway, @ComeFromAwayUK, @comefromawayto, @ComeFromAwayAU

Instagram: @wecomefromaway, @ComeFromAwayUK, @ComeFromAwayTO, @ComeFromAwayAU

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ComeFromAway/https://www.facebook.com/ComeFromAwayUK/

 

Curtain Call (curtaincallonline.com)

Twitter: @curtaincall 

Instagram: @curtaincall 

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/CurtainCall/

 

Broadway Radio: (broadwayradio.com)

Twitter: @BroadwayRadio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayRadio/

 

Broadway World: (broadwayworld.com)

Twitter: @BroadwayWorld

Instagram: @officialbroadwayworld

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayWorld/

 

 

All music and sound rights are reserved. You must not reproduce or use any element of this podcast without explicit written permission of both Junkyard Dog Productions and Curtain Call Ltd.

 

Dec 24, 2019

We’re taking a little festive break from that series to bring you our traditional Christmas episode where we read you a little story to help ring in the special season of hope, whichever religion (or not) may be.

For the past two years, it has been me reading these stories. And I thought to myself “Surely there must be someone out there who can do a better job than me reading this…”, so I turned to friend of the show, and one of my favourite people to work with, Siubhan Harrison.

We recorded Louisa May Alcott’s short story “A Christmas Dream and How it Came to Be True.”  A fantastic little twist on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.

Dec 18, 2019

Show notes Ep 4

Welcome to the podcast series, “Welcome to the Rock!” A behind the curtain peek at what it takes to get a show from a seed of an idea all the way to a Broadway hit.

The international musical hit Come From Away tells the incredible real-life story of the passengers from all over the world that were grounded in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland in the wake of the events of 9/11.  Gratitude grew into friendship, hope blossomed in the face of tragedy and a musical was written to celebrate the community created in an incredible time of need by both the Canadians and the Come From Aways.

In this episode, the Come From Away musical family - the creative team and the cast - take you through their experience of opening a show in Dublin on their way to The West End.  Many of them didn’t know what to expect and weren’t sure exactly how the show would be received, but everyone, including the audiences, were certainly happy that they did open there.

 

The voices you will hear in this episode are:

 

Sue Frost - Producer, Junkyard Dog Productions

Randy Adams - Producer, Junkyard Dog Productions

David Hein and Irene Sankoff - Book, Music & Lyrics

John Brant - Producer

Christopher Ashley - Director

Rachel Tucker -  Beverley / Annette and others (West End Cast)

David Shannon - Kevin T / Garth and others (West End Cast)

Harry Morrison - Oz and others (West End Cast)

Jenna Boyd - Beulah and others (West End Cast)

Helen Hobson - Diane and others (West End Cast)

Clive Carter - Claude and others (West End Cast)

Nathanael Campbell - Bob and others (West End Cast)

Jonathan Andrew Hume - Kevin J / Ali and others (West End Cast)

Emma Salvo - Janice and others (West End Cast)

Mary Doherty - (West End Cast)

Gareth Owen - Sound Designer

 

Presented on behalf of Curtain Call by John Schwab

 

CURTAIN UP:

00:00 - 02:10 - Intro

02:15 - 03:40 - Series Catch Up / Thoughts of a West End Transfer

04:10 - 07:20 - Why Dublin?

07:45 - 09:30 - Changes for Europe

09:40 - 12:10 - Casting Considerations

12:10 - 14:15 - Why a Pre-West End Run?

14:30 - 16:20 - Ireland Concerns

16:30 - 21:20 - Opening at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin

21:40 - 23:30 - The Move to London

23:40 - 24:09 - Outro

CURTAIN DOWN

 

 

LINKS

Come From Away Tickets
https://comefromaway.com/tickets.php?content=tixbroadway

Broadway Show Page
https://comefromaway.com/

London Show Page
https://comefromawaylondon.co.uk/

Toronto Show Page
https://www.mirvish.com/shows/come-from-away

Australia Show Page
https://comefromaway.com.au/

Shanghai Show Page
https://m.juooo.com/ticket/107774

Curtain Call Show Page

https://www.curtaincallonline.com/show/come-from-away/6326

 

SOCIAL TAGS

Come From Away (comefromaway.com)

Twitter: @wecomefromaway, @ComeFromAwayUK, @comefromawayto, @ComeFromAwayAU

Instagram: @wecomefromaway, @ComeFromAwayUK, @ComeFromAwayTO, @ComeFromAwayAU

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ComeFromAway/https://www.facebook.com/ComeFromAwayUK/

 

Curtain Call (curtaincallonline.com)

Twitter: @curtaincall 

Instagram: @curtaincall 

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/CurtainCall/

 

Broadway Radio: (broadwayradio.com)

Twitter: @BroadwayRadio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayRadio/

 

Broadway World: (broadwayworld.com)

Twitter: @BroadwayWorld

Instagram: @officialbroadwayworld

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayWorld/

 

All music and sound rights are reserved. You must not reproduce or use any element of this podcast without explicit written permission of both Junkyard Dog Productions and Curtain Call Ltd.

Dec 11, 2019

Welcome To The Rock

Show notes Ep 3 

 

Welcome to the podcast series, “Welcome to the Rock!” A behind the curtain peek at what it takes to get a show from a seed of an idea all the way to a Broadway hit.

The international musical hit Come From Away tells the incredible real-life story of the passengers from all over the world that were grounded in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland in the wake of the events of 9/11.  Gratitude grew into friendship, hope blossomed in the face of tragedy and a musical was written to celebrate the community created in an incredible time of need by both the Canadians and the Come From Aways.

In this episode, you’ll meet the producers of Come From Away.  These are the individuals that saw the potential of this story of a small, rural community on a small Canadian Island and had the vision to craft a journey for the show that would see it break audience records across the country before hitting Broadway.

The voices you will hear in this episode are:

Sue Frost - Producer, Junkyard Dog Productions

Randy Adams - Producer, Junkyard Dog Productions

David Hein and Irene Sankoff - Book, Music & Lyrics

Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff - Producers, Junkyard Dog Product

John Brant - Producer

Christopher Ashley - Director

 

Presented on behalf of Curtain Call by John Schwab

 

CURTAIN UP:

00:00 - 02:10 - Intro

02:15 - 03:40 - Behind the Story

04:00 - 07:00 - JunkYard Dog Producers / Meeting David & Irene

07:15 - 08:00 - The Production Plan…

08:00 - 10:25 - UK Producers

10:30 - 11:40 - Many Pins on the Map

11:45 - 15:30 - Beyond Broadway Dreaming

15:45 - 16:45 - A Blessing and a Curse

17:00 - 20:00 - It’s an Audience’s Story

20:05 - 23:15 - Audience Reactions City to City

23:30 - 25:40 - A Show Bigger Than a Normal Show

26:10 - 27:45 - What Next?

27:50 - 28:25 - Outro

CURTAIN DOWN

 

LINKS

Come From Away Tickets
https://comefromaway.com/tickets.php?content=tixbroadway

Broadway Show Page
https://comefromaway.com/

London Show Page
https://comefromawaylondon.co.uk/

Toronto Show Page
https://www.mirvish.com/shows/come-from-away

Australia Show Page
https://comefromaway.com.au/

Shanghai Show Page
https://m.juooo.com/ticket/107774

Curtain Call Show Page

https://www.curtaincallonline.com/show/come-from-away/6326

 

SOCIAL TAGS

Come From Away (comefromaway.com)

Twitter: @wecomefromaway, @ComeFromAwayUK, @comefromawayto, @ComeFromAwayAU

Instagram: @wecomefromaway, @ComeFromAwayUK, @ComeFromAwayTO, @ComeFromAwayAU

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ComeFromAway/https://www.facebook.com/ComeFromAwayUK/

 

Curtain Call (curtaincallonline.com)

Twitter: @curtaincall 

Instagram: @curtaincall 

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/CurtainCall/

 

Broadway Radio: (broadwayradio.com)

Twitter: @BroadwayRadio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayRadio/

 

Broadway World: (broadwayworld.com)

Twitter: @BroadwayWorld

Instagram: @officialbroadwayworld

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayWorld/

 

All music and sound rights are reserved. You must not reproduce or use any element of this podcast without explicit written permission of both Junkyard Dog Productions and Curtain Call Ltd.

Dec 4, 2019
Show notes Ep 2 
 
Welcome to the podcast series, “Welcome to the Rock!” A behind the curtain peek at what it takes to get a show from a seed of an idea all the way to a Broadway hit.
 
The international musical hit Come From Away tells the incredible real-life story of the passengers from all over the world that were grounded in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland in the wake of the events of 9/11.  Gratitude grew into friendship, hope blossomed in the face of tragedy and a musical was written to celebrate the community created in an incredible time of need by both the Canadians and the Come From Aways.
 
In this episode, meet the real inhabitants of Gander and the Come From Away’s that you see on stage in the musical, including Captain Beverley Bass, Sheriff Oz Fudge and many more.  
 
The voices you will hear in this episode :
 
Oz Fudge - Former Sheriff of Gander
David Hein and Irene Sankoff - Book, Music & Lyrics
Claude Elliot - Former Gander Mayor
Diane Davis - Teacher at Gander Academy
Beverley Bass - American Airlines Pilot
Kevin T & Kevin J - Passengers / Come From Away’s
Beulah Cooper - Royal Canadian Legion (Gander)
Derm Flynn - Former Mayor of Appleton
Nick and Diane - The Lovebirds / Come From Away’s
Brian Mosher - Gander Reporter 
 
Presented on behalf of Curtain Call by John Schwab (@johnschwab)
 
 
CURTAIN UP:
00:00 - 02:10 - Intro
02:15 - 4:15 - The Story of Gander’s Airport
04:15 - 5:40 - A Day Like No Other
5:45 - 7:40 - Captain Beverley Bass Mid-Atlantic
7:55 - 8:40 - Onboard with the Kevins
8:45 - 11:40 - Oz Fudge at the Airport
12:00 - 15:25 - Gander Prepares / Passengers Pass Time
15:55 - 18:00 - The Newfoundlander Way
18:10 - 20:05 - Time to Start Giving
20:15 - 22:55 - Making the Come From Away’s Feel at Home (Screech In)
23:20 - 23:55 - Saying Goodbye
24:00 - 26:50 - The Musical Comes to Gander for the First Time
27:00 - 27:20 - Brian Mosher’s Prediction
27:25 - 28:00 - Outro
28:15 - End
 

CURTAIN DOWNLINKS

Come From Away Tickets
https://comefromaway.com/tickets.php?content=tixbroadway

Broadway Show Page
https://comefromaway.com/

London Show Page
https://comefromawaylondon.co.uk/

Toronto Show Page
https://www.mirvish.com/shows/come-from-away

Australia Show Page
https://comefromaway.com.au/

Shanghai Show Page
https://m.juooo.com/ticket/107774

Curtain Call Show Page

https://www.curtaincallonline.com/show/come-from-away/6326

 

SOCIAL TAGS

Come From Away (comefromaway.com)

Twitter: @wecomefromaway, @ComeFromAwayUK, @comefromawayto, @ComeFromAwayAU

Instagram: @wecomefromaway, @ComeFromAwayUK, @ComeFromAwayTO, @ComeFromAwayAU

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ComeFromAway/, https://www.facebook.com/ComeFromAwayUK/

 

Curtain Call (curtaincallonline.com)

Twitter: @curtaincall @johnschwab @31thirtyone

Instagram: @curtaincall @johnschwab @matthumphreyimages

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CurtainCall/

 

Broadway Radio: (broadwayradio.com)

Twitter: @BroadwayRadio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayRadio/

 

Broadway World: (broadwayworld.com)

Twitter: @BroadwayWorld

Instagram: @officialbroadwayworld

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayWorld/

 
 

All music and sound rights are reserved. You must not reproduce or use any element of this podcast without explicit written permission of both Junkyard Dog Productions and Curtain Call Ltd.
 

 

 

 

Nov 27, 2019

Welcome to the podcast series, “Welcome to the Rock!” A behind the curtain peek at what it takes to get a show from a seed of an idea all the way to a Broadway hit.

The international musical hit Come From Away tells the incredible real-life story of the passengers from all over the world that were grounded in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland in the wake of the events of 9/11.  Gratitude grew into friendship, hope blossomed in the face of tragedy and a musical was written to celebrate the community created in an incredible time of need by both the Canadians and the Come From Aways.

In this episode, the creative team behind Come From Away discuss their personal experiences on the journey of the musical. Among other places, the interview took place at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End the afternoon before the Olivier Awards.

The voices you will hear in this episode are:

David Hein and Irene Sankoff - Book, Music & Lyrics
Christopher Ashley - Director
Ian Eisendrath - Musical Supervisor
Kelly Devine - Musical Staging
Claude Elliot - Former Gander Mayor
Rachel Tucker - Beverley / Annette and others (West End Cast)
David Shannon - Kevin T / Garth and others (West End Cast)
Harry Morrison - Oz and others (West End Cast)
Jenna Boyd - Beulah and others (West End Cast)
Helen Hobson - Diane and others (West End Cast)
Clive Carter - Claude and others (West End Cast)
Nathanael Campbell - Bob and others (West End Cast)
Jonathan Andrew Hume - Kevin J / Ali and others (West End Cast)
Emma Salvo - Janice and others (West End Cast)
Mary Doherty - (West End Cast)
Gareth Owen - Sound Designer
Joseph Smith - Producer
Sue Frost - Producer

Presented on behalf of Curtain Call by John Schwab (@johnschwab)


CURTAIN UP:
00:00 - 02:10 - Intro
02:15 - 04:40 - The Origin Story
04:45 - 10:00 - Colleges, Workshops & Festivals
10:05 - 17:30 - The Creative Team Comes Together
17:45 - 18:30 - Gander Concert
18:35 - 19:40 - Landing on Broadway
19:45 - 20:45 - NYC Reviews
20:45 - 22:30 - Canadian Embassy, London
22:35 - 25:30 - The Dublin Reaction
25:45 - 26:25 - London Reviews
26:30 - 29:00 - Olivier Awards
29:00 - 29:25 - Wrap up
CURTAIN DOWN

 

LINKS

Come From Away Tickets
https://comefromaway.com/tickets.php?content=tixbroadway

Broadway Show Page
https://comefromaway.com/

London Show Page
https://comefromawaylondon.co.uk/

Toronto Show Page
https://www.mirvish.com/shows/come-from-away

Australia Show Page
https://comefromaway.com.au/

Shanghai Show Page
https://m.juooo.com/ticket/107774

Curtain Call Show Page

https://www.curtaincallonline.com/show/come-from-away/6326

 

SOCIAL TAGS

Come From Away (comefromaway.com)

Twitter: @wecomefromaway, @ComeFromAwayUK, @comefromawayto, @ComeFromAwayAU

Instagram: @wecomefromaway, @ComeFromAwayUK, @ComeFromAwayTO, @ComeFromAwayAU

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ComeFromAway/, https://www.facebook.com/ComeFromAwayUK/

 

Curtain Call (curtaincallonline.com)

Twitter: @curtaincall @johnschwab @31thirtyone

Instagram: @curtaincall @johnschwab @matthumphreyimages

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CurtainCall/

 

Broadway Radio: (broadwayradio.com)

Twitter: @BroadwayRadio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayRadio/

 

Broadway World: (broadwayworld.com)

Twitter: @BroadwayWorld

Instagram: @officialbroadwayworld

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayWorld/

 

 

All music and sound rights are reserved. You must not reproduce or use any element of this podcast without explicit written permission of both Junkyard Dog Productions and Curtain Call Ltd.
 

 

 

Nov 7, 2019

Grace Blackman is a shining example of how you don’t have to go to drama school to make a living as an actor. She a true grafter, in every sense of the word. When she’s not working on feature film set or a short film set or on stage, she’s working tackling strangers in an escape room or she’s working on her showreel or she’s working on a new monologue.

This is what I found so fascinating whilst following her on Twitter. She just seems to always be doing something that is pushing her career in the right direction.

So I figured, why not reach out to see if she’d come talk to me for twenty minutes or so and take me through, and tell you all, what it is that drives her, her work technique, views on job-shaming and so many other things.

Grace's Curtain Call Page

Grace's Twitter Page

Oct 29, 2019

Richard Brooker has been involved in theatre for his entire life. From working on the New London Theatre production of Cats, he worked his way up to Sound No. 1 and mixed shows for a dozen years before he started designing. He’s now one of the country’s top sound designers working on shows such as Dreamgirls, The Bodyguard, Funny Girl, Bend it like Beckham, Annie, West Side Story, Sister Act and many, many, many more.

I caught up with him at the get-in of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the New Wimbledon Theatre to chat about his career, the difference a good and bad sound experience can be and how to get into the sound game if you’re interested.

 

Curtain Call Website

Shure / PLASA Panel Video

Super Conference Website

Oct 22, 2019

Florian Zeller has a new play in the West End... How many times in recent years have we heard that?  But the good thing is, if you do hear that sentence, you know you’re heading for a good evening in the theatre.  So book your tickets.

The Son, starring a quartet of incredibly talented actors, lit up The Kiln Theatre garnering rave reviews before announcing a transfer to The Duke of York’s Theatre early on in its run.

Michael Longhurst’s production is a hard-hitting brutal play about teen depression, broken relationships, new relationships and stressed loyalties.  But there is so, so much more in this play to discover. We had the opportunity to sit down with the principals in the cast just before warm up - Amaka Okafor, John Light, Laurie Kynaston and Amanda Abbington - to discuss the plays themes, the rehearsal process and the audience reactions.

The Son Tickets

Curtain Call Website

Oct 15, 2019

Sophie Cohen, founder of House of Kittens, an erotic immersive theatre company sat down to chat with me about her new show Amatory Asuylum. The audience will find themselves transported into a world of sensual theatre to experience a unique, immersive journey embracing the surreal, the dramatic and the erotic.

Sophie and I chatted about her concepts for House of Kittens, the shows they create and how immersive theatre is a perfect fit for their shows. But don’t worry, you won’t get dragged up on stage to take part in a spanking…

House of Kittens Tickets (NSFW)

Oct 11, 2019

We’re going off-piste this week.

This week, we’re going to give you a three of the bard’s finest works as you have never heard them before.

A colleague of mine many years ago in the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and also a fantastic actor - Mikey O’Connor - well, we started a little project where we wanted to take classic literature and turn them into palatable short versions that you would hear around a campfire, including folk songs.

You get Romeo & Juliet as a country ditty, Henry V as a campfire tale and a Bob Dylan Hamlet.

 

Curtain Call Website

Oct 1, 2019

Ken Davenport is a multiple-Tony Award-winning Broadway producer whose work spans around the globe.  For those of you here in the UK, you may be familiar with a few of his productions including “Kinky Boots”, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2016 and Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury.

Ken is also busy giving back as much as he can to the theatre community at large.  In that vein, he puts on a conference - The Producer’s Perspective Super Conference - every year where the world’s top theatrical talent gather for a weekend of education, inspiration and connection.

We talk to Ken about The Super Conference where hundreds of the world’s smartest creators descend upon New York City to learn what’s new, what’s hot, and what’s actually working and trending.

Book tickets here: Super Conference Website and make sure to use the unique code CURTAIN19 to get your special discount to the conference.

Curtain Call Website

Sep 24, 2019

There’s a new theatre in London. And there’s a London debut to mark its opening. The Boulevard Theatre, right-smack-bang-in-the-middle of Soho, is London’s most technologically advanced theatre with a capacity of up to 165, and featuring a full revolving balcony and auditorium! 

David Malloy’s Ghost Quartet will open the Boulevard. You may not have heard of the show, and it’s probably because it has never played London. But you’ve most likely heard of David or his shows before, Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 being his most high profile offering, picking up 12 Tony nominations in the 2016-2017 Broadway season and winning many awards on its way there during its off-Broadway run.

Ghost Quartet is a song cycle - a staged concept album, if you will - about love, death, and whiskey. It’s a series of songs that take you through the interwoven previous lives of four characters collective histories.

Carly Bawden, Niccolò Curradi, Maimuna Memon and Zubin Varla will star in what is a heavy hitting West End cast.

I sat down with Malloy last week to chat to him about the concept of Ghost Quartet, its London premiere and working with the creative team that drove the success of the pie shop Sweeney Todd, which ran for ages in Tooting, the West End and in New York.

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Sep 20, 2019

Earlier in the week, we brought you Samantha Pauly, Trent Saunders and Ektor Rivera as they got ready to go on stage.  But I thought that just wasn’t going to be enough to really show you backstage before a show.

Hopefully you’ll get a feel of what it’s like to be part of a company as I go from room to room and chat with some of the fantastic theatre professionals working on Jamie Lloyd’s production of “Evita” at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Sep 17, 2019

We were back at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this week - one of our favourite places to do our Curtain Call visits. It was a welcome return for us to see not only a Jamie Lloyd production, but following the sell-out success of Jesus Christ Superstar two years ago, another Andrew Lloyd Webber hit show.

We sit down with the company members who play the three main antagonists in the show, Samantha Pauley as Evita Peron, Trent Saunders as Che and Ektor Rivera as Juan Peron to discuss their journey from across the Atlantic to Regent's Park here in London to perform one of musical theatre's classic rock scores.

 

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Evita Official Page

Sep 10, 2019

This week, we talk to The Inbetweeners Joe Thomas, Olivier Award nominees Summer Strallen and Alex Gaumond, as well as Bo Poraj and Laura Patch about their new dark comedy "What's in a Name?", in which a dinner party gets wildly out of hand when a father-to-be suggests his son just might given the name of one of history's most vile human beings. 

In a slight variation to a normal press junket, they actually performed the play in a rehearsed reading before we got to speak with them. And it was fantastic. We laughed. A lot. Which bodes well before they head off on a UK tour.

Sep 3, 2019

Shure have come up with a microphone that is hitting the theatre world by storm. Smaller, lighter, better response and performance along with a body back that is far less conspicuous than those they have released before.  Sitting alongside their big initiative called “This is the Moment”, highlighting the critical moment where every single piece of the production puzzle comes together at the moment a performer takes a breath to speak, sing or even play a note.

I had the pleasure of talking to the Senior Product Manager, Microphones at Shure about the years of development and incredible invention and iteration that has seen their new Axient digital wireless system and the Twinplex system used on shows such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, War Horse and the new musical Jagged Little Pill. 

This is the Moment video

This is the Moment - "Jagged Little Pill"

Shure website

Jul 23, 2019

As Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on London’s South Bank, Dominic Dromgoole oversaw 10 successive and extremely successful seasons at the Bard’s theatre. His tenure started with his directing Corialanus with Alastiar Macaulay for The Financial Times saying, "If Dromgoole can build from this promising start, the best years at Shakespeare’s Globe lie ahead.". And the final production he directed, The Tempest, was similarly well received with The Stage saying “Few directors can take a space and make Shakespeare feel as alive in it as Dromgoole.” But he oversaw many productions from a multitude of talented directors including Jeremy Herrin’s 2016’s production of Macbeth was similarly revered with David Lister of the Independent stating “This is the Globe at its best.”

In his last season, two of the Globe’s productions would hit the West End with Nell Gwynn and Farinelli and the King… the later even ended up on Broadway picking up 5 Tony Award nominations.

And now, Dominic Dromgoole is turning his hand to film directing, with his feature film debut “Making Noise Quietly” which hit the screens on the 19th of July and is written by Robert Holman - the script having been adapted from the acclaimed stage play of the same name and written by Holman, Nick Drake and Mark Rosenblatt.

I sat down to talk to Dominic about the transition from theatre to film, working with some of his favourite actors and what he sees himself doing next.

Jul 16, 2019

The Actor's Nightmare, a collection of Christopher Durang's short plays, is having it's World Premiere this week at the Park Theatre here in London. I sat down in their rehearsal room at the Jerwood Space with director Lydia Parker, and pretty much all of the company including Meaghan Martin, Layo-Christina Akinlude, Stefan Menaul and Kate Sumpter to talk about getting their heads around playing many characters in numerous plays in the same production, the language of Durang, working in the round and their own actors nightmares.

Tickets for Park Theatre

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Jun 25, 2019

When we were covering People, Places & Things in New York for Curtain Call, and Matt was busy taking some beautiful photographs, I was backstage chatting to the company. That is where I met Himesh Patel. Now, you may not have heard of his name yet, but you most certainly will have seen him on your screens recently.  He’s the star of the film “Yesterday”, written by Richard Curtis and directed by Danny Boyle. Before we started recording, and I am annoyed I didn’t get this on tape… Himesh hinted to the fact that he hopefully going to work on this little Richard Curtis film, but didn’t say much more than that.  And that “little” film looks like it is going to be the next big hit, at least here in the UK.

 

People, Places & Things Curtain Call Page

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Jun 11, 2019

In 2008, actor Darren Raymond became Artistic Director of Intermission Youth Theatre. It couldn’t have come at a better time for Darren who had recently finished a run of Othello.

He took charge with just four young people in that first season. Since that day, more than 100 16-25 year olds have past through St Savior’s and been introduced to the genius of Shakespeare, discovering that he is just as accessible today as he was 400 years ago.

I sat down to talk with Darren about Intermission’s latest production - Othello: Remixed, as well as their mission, vision and plans for the future.

 

Intermission Website

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Jun 4, 2019

Screenwriter and Playwright Janet Jones has had an astonishing career. She’s worked for just about every studio out there and not just as a writer, but that’s just the beginning.

She’s written lyrics, poetry, worked as a tour guide for a major Hollywood Studio, writer’s assistant, script editor, and she’s even making her own podcast. She always has a ton of projects on the go. 

She’s a working writer, and you don’t get to sit down and chat with many of those… At least, I don’t. So sit back and listen to an extraordinary story of how somebody goes from Motown to the Tower of London in one lifetime!

 

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