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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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Feb 26, 2019

This week, it’s a little mini podcast. One that shows just how manic it can be backstage before a show during one of our visits and one that you can listen to in between stations on the London Underground. Just about as long as an Oscar® speech.

So why not let us celebrate the genius that is Olivia Colman. Not only is she a delight to watch on stage and screen. But as we found out this award season, she’s exceptionally good at an acceptance speech. Raspberries and all.

We had the absolute pleasure in meeting and chatting to Olivia while she was on stage at the National Theatre performing in Mosquitoes. So you will hear us referencing another Olivia, and that would be friend of the show Olivia Williams. She talks about their on stage sisterly bitterness as well as her fondness for the National Theatre. Hopefully we see her back there soon.

 

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Feb 18, 2019

A couple of weeks ago, we brought you right into the heart of the launch party for “Come From Away” held at Canada House. The Broadway transfer was just about to start rehearsing before heading off to Dublin for an “Off Off Off West End” run.

And this week, we return to Canada House to the official press event before tonight’s official opening.  

And just one of the many, many reasons you should go watch this show is to see the powerhouse performance of this week’s guest, Rachel Tucker. Rachel is a West End and Broadway star, appearing in “We Will Rock You” and others here in London as well as Sting’s “The Last Ship” on Broadway… and she played Elphaba in “Wicked” on both sides of the Atlantic.  This girl can absolutely sing! And what’s more, she’s just lovely to meet in person.

We got the opportunity to talk to her about her role as “Beverley / Annette and others”.  It’s a marvellous track, and we sat down to talk about just what it meant to be part of this amazing story that is SO much more than a 9/11 musical.

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Feb 15, 2019

Earlier this week we brought you the first part of our “Get the Most Out of Your Next Job” panel at Surviving Actors London 2019.

If you haven’t listened to episode 114, take the time to download it and then you can listen to this episode. Or do the absolute opposite and listen to this one first. It doesn’t really matter, but whatever you do, you don’t want to just listen to one part. That would be like watching Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 2 only… Nobody needs that to happen to them.

In any case, I was joined by director Bruce Guthrie, casting director Sarah Jane Price, producer Kimberly Thomas-Currie, movement director Amaia Mugica and lovely actor Sam Marks making there at Surviving Actors London 2019.

Have a listen as we open up the panel to the actors in the audience.

Feb 12, 2019

Curtain Call had the opportunity to host a panel at Surviving Actors London 2019. If you don’t know about it, Surviving Actors was set up by actors for actors.

 

 

Since there were already panels about getting auditions, audition technique, self-taping and the like, we thought it would be good to have a panel that discussed what happens when you get the job and how to get the most out of the opportunity you’ve been given.

I was joined by director Bruce Guthrie, casting director Sarah Jane Price,  producer Kimberly Thomas-Currie, movement director Amaia Mugica and lovely actor Sam Marks making there at Surviving Actors London 2019.

Feb 5, 2019

Coventry City is currently looking forward to its status as City of Culture, its tenure beginning 2021. To ring in the celebrations, the ever-popular Horrible Histories team visited the city to film some sketches that revolved around local historical figures including Lady Godiva and Ira Aldridge…

Curtain Call’s Theo Bosanquet takes the reins this week when he sat down with the Horrible Histories team to talk about the project with Director Adam Jenkins, followed by writer Greg Jenna. You’ll then hear from actors Jessica Ransom, Tom Stourton and Javone Prince before Mark Burnham, Costume designer, brings it home.

 

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Jan 29, 2019

Curtain Call has recently published a couple of pieces about the top Broadway Musical transfers and the top musical revivals for 2019. It is by no means an extensive list, but just something to put in your pipes to smoke.

And we thought we would talk to someone who KNOWS about musicals...to go straight to the source…the amazing Jenna Russell. Urinetown, Merrily We Roll Along, Doctor Faustus, Grey Gardens, Di and Viv and Rose, Fun Home… These are just some of the more recent shows. She’s been in far, far more. Les Mis, Follies, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, As You Like It, Anthony and Cleopatray…. The gal never stops…

We sat down with Jenna to speak about the musicals coming to town in 2019, and also a bit about her concert on the 3rd of February at the Leicester Square Theatre.

Jan 22, 2019

Anyone who caught Dominic Cooke’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre during the 2017/2018 season were witness to a sensational performance by today’s guest. And for those of you who didn’t get to see it...you’re in luck, because Tracie Bennett is reprising her role of Carlotta Campion this Spring in what promises to be a very popular return run.

The opportunity to hear Tracie sing “I’m Still Here”, absolutely nailing Sondheim’s masterpiece of a song, should have punters racing to get tickets.

We had the chance to speak to Tracie during the last run about what it means to sing Sondheim’s classic tunes, holding the stage at the Olivier and what it means to return to The National to perform.

 

Jan 5, 2019

This is the full episode and not just the intro! Sorry

One of the West End’s biggest shows will be bringing the curtain down one last time in a couple of weeks as this episode drops. And London’s Strand will be just a little bit more dull without the sparkling red footwear that currently hangs over one of London’s busiest streets. Of course I am talking about Kinky Boots.

Crowds have loved this show...and so have we at Curtain Call. And we couldn’t let the show close without one last visit to have a chat to the Charlie and Lola closing the show.

And before we kick off, I just want to say that this is going to be a two-parter, with part two coming out this Friday, so listen out for that...but to start it all off, Simon-Anthony Rhoden and Oliver Tompsett sat down with me just before Christmas to talk about all things Kinky from their first experience of Kinky Boots, to stepping into the big boots of those who went before them to just what it means to be playing in such a loved (and socially important) show.

Jan 4, 2019

In part one of this double-header, Simon-Anthony Rhoden and Oliver Tompsett talked about their first experience of Kinky Boots and what it means to be playing in such a loved (and socially important) show.

In this episode, we dig a little deeper and get a little more personal as the boys relate how close to their hearts this show has grown, how important they believe the show’s message is and what they will individually take away from their time in Kinky Boots.

Jan 1, 2019

One of the West End’s biggest shows will be bringing the curtain down one last time in a couple of weeks as this episode drops. And London’s Strand will be just a little bit more dull without the sparkling red footwear that currently hangs over one of London’s busiest streets. Of course I am talking about Kinky Boots.

Crowds have loved this show...and so have we at Curtain Call. And we couldn’t let the show close without one last visit to have a chat to the Charlie and Lola closing the show.

And before we kick off, I just want to say that this is going to be a two-parter, with part two coming out this Friday, so listen out for that...but to start it all off, Simon-Anthony Rhoden and Oliver Tompsett sat down with me just before Christmas to talk about all things Kinky from their first experience of Kinky Boots, to stepping into the big boots of those who went before them to just what it means to be playing in such a loved (and socially important) show.

Dec 23, 2018

This week, to celebrate the holidays, I thought I would bring you one of my favourite Christmas stories. I have had the pleasure of reading an adaptation this story on BBC radio a few years back and, in my opinion, this sums up everything that we should all be, not only at this time of year but all year round. Selfless, giving, loving and grateful.

So sit back and please enjoy the timeless tale, “The Gift of the Magi” written in 1905 by American author, O. Henry

 

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Dec 19, 2018

Currently running at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Sir Trevor Nunn’s production of Fiddler left its audience in both stitches and tears.  We absolutely loved it. It was so refreshing to see a grounded, measured, sober and thoughtful production of this fantastic show.

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Andy before a show to talk about his journey to Anatevka, the setting of Fiddler, the importance of the story (and not just to the Jewish population) and his personal emotional investment into this production.  We were also joined by Paul Bogaev, the Emmy and Grammy winning musical director of Fiddler, who just happened to be walking through the foyer. We think you’ll agree he had some fascinating insights into this production.

Just a warning...there is some swearing in this episode.

 

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Dec 5, 2018

Way back when Curtain Call was in its infancy, we got to see Showstoppers when they were in the West End at the Apollo Theatre and I was floored by their improvisational skills and their absolute genius at making a musical out of a few suggestions from the audience. We were in stitches in the auditorium. Even the ushers were weeping with laughter… It was something to behold.

So I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to bring you a little chat with the co-founders of Showstoppers Dylan Emery and Adam Meggido, as well as the musical director, Duncan Walsh Atkins...who’s job is to keep up with the lightning fast improv taking place on stage and to somehow come up with any number of musical styles from across the ages at the drop of a hat…

Showstoppers - The Improvised Musical runs from the 22nd of January to 16th March 2019

 

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Nov 20, 2018

Last week we brought you the first part of a two-part episode with Polly Bennett, the movement director behind Rami Malek’s breathtaking transformation into Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury for the hit film Bohemian Rhapsody.

And although Polly chats just a little bit more about how anyone can use techniques employed on the film, we really wanted to delve deep into her passion project and full time job as creator of The Monobox. The Monobox is one of the best resources around for “emerged” actors, a word that Polly is owning...and to be honest, I love!  

 

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Nov 13, 2018

In the first part of a two-part discussion, we speak to Polly Bennett - a woman who has taken the idea and profession of Movement Director to new heights.

You may have heard Polly a few times in our podcasts before when we brought you podcasts from the company she co-founded, Monobox. In addition to being a superwoman running a business that supports artists, she worked with the RSC before going on to work at multiple Olympics ceremonies and top notch cross-over directors like Sam Mendes, who she worked with directly after Bohemian Rhapsody on the absolutely thrilling “Lehman Trilogy” at the National Theatre.

Curtain Call’s Theo Bosanquet and Curtain Call co-founder Matt Humphrey sat down (in a sometimes noisy Above the Arts Club) to talk to Polly about how she found herself as the go to movement director.  Now, as this chat was nearly an hour, we are going to make this one a two-parter. In this episode, Polly brings us the story of her journey from the National Youth Theatre to being on set every day with the spitting image of Freddie Mercury.

Nov 6, 2018

This week, we sit down with the writer of the world premiere of "Omish"  - written and co-devised by former Curtain Call employee Sophie Soanes and directed by Ewa Dina, as well of two of its cast members Joyce Omotola and Naomi Emanuelle at Above the Arts Club last week.  We were super impressed by the enthusiasm at which this group of women was attacking the problems of not only putting on a play in London, but also starting a production company. All the while keeping their day jobs...and their sanity… 

 

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Oct 30, 2018

To commemorate the final week of what has been a tremendous run, I thought I would bring you the rest of the company of King Lear that we didn’t get to hear from in episode 97.  Their run has been a sold out success and it has truly been one of the highlights of my theatre outings this year.

I managed to grab the guys and chat to most of them in the interval about what it was like having nearly 50% of the cast join them in the West End from Chichester Festival Theatre’s transfer of Jonathan Munby’s production of Lear.  It’s always an interesting topic to chat about, and I think that this cast and company gelled extremely quickly and sound like their have had a blast…

You will hear (in order of 'appearance') Michael Matus, James Corrigan, Richard Clews, Anthony Howell, John Hastings, John Vernon, Scott Sparrow, James Millard, Caleb Roberts, Jake Mann, Johanne Murdock and Jessica Murrain.

 

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Michael Matus, James Corrigan, Richard Clews, Anthony Howell, John Hastings, John Vernon, Scott Sparrow, James Millard, Caleb Roberts, Jake Mann, Johanne Murdock and Jessica Murrain.

 

Oct 9, 2018

We are taking you on a slightly different journey this week. We had the pleasure of meeting Carys Williams at the Professional Lighting and Sound Association show in London last month. We started talking about the theatre where she works - The John Lyons Theatre. We were amazed that we had never heard of that theatre before, so we knew we just had to sit down to talk to Carys about it.

The John Lyons Theatre is located in Covent Garden within the CityLit building on Keeley Street between Holborn and Covent Garden tube stations. This is the ideal venue to host plays, theatre events, musical workshops...you name it. 

I sat down with Carys and asked her speak about what’s on offer there, both in continuing professional development opportunities for the theatre professional, but also about the history of the theatre, their recent productions and just how you can use this facility for a upcoming project yourself.

If anything you heard today has piqued your interest, and perhaps you would like to take a look at their course book and offerings, head over to https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses. They have loads of possibilities for theatre professionals to brush up on their skills like Stage management and technical theatre production or Prop Making for TV, Film and Theatre. There are plenty of acting, voice and directing courses too. And if you are thinking of looking at using the John Lyons theatre go to

https://www.citylit.ac.uk/venue-hire-john-lyons-theatre or get in touch with Carys at  johnlyonstheatre@citylit.ac.uk or call 020 7492 2615.  CityLit are celebrating their Centenary and would love to see you at their celebratory events - check out https://www.citylit.ac.uk/our-centenary for all information.

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Oct 2, 2018

Milly Thomas doesn’t pull any punches in either her acting or her writing, and her latest play "Dust" tackles the issue of depression and suicide head on with no apologies.

The issue of mental health and the stigmas surrounding it have been brought to the fore by the news of the suicides of prominent musicians such as Dolores O'Riordan from The Cranberries, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden or Avicii and the highly public suicide of Robin Williams was just as shocking to those who knew him well as to all of us who were just fans of a man who we all remember as someone who made us do nothing but laugh.

And watching a play about suicide, where a young girl takes her own life (no spoiler alerts, it starts the play)...you wouldn’t expect to laugh. But you do. Straight away. And that is the genius of Dust, currently running at The Trafalgar Studios.

This is a play that challenges you to keep watching, even though what you are watching is so painful that it brings you to tears. And why shouldn’t you cry as well as laugh? Well, you should, in my opinion. And that’s why you need to go see this show.

In one of our most honest chats to date, I sat down with Milly Thomas to talk to her about the genesis of her show, its journey to the West End, and all of the emotions contained therein.  

 

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Sep 25, 2018

Jonathan Munby’s production of King Lear, currently running at the Duke of York’s Theatre having transferred from Chichester and starring Sir Ian McKellan, feels astonishingly apt for today’s climate of geo-political posturing, with a map of Europe being ripped apart by Lear at one point.

We sat down and talked to some of the women in the cast about a number of unique aspects to this production, including the gender-swapping of the role of Kent played by Sinead Cusack. 

Kirsty Bushell, Claire Price and Anita-Joy Uwajeh, who play Lear's daughters had more to offer including a number of cast changes. Nearly half of the company are new to the production which can be tricky. We also touched upon the political aspects of the play - something which Sinead Cusack also had a bit to say about.

Sep 19, 2018

This week, I had the privilege of sharing the platform with Cherrelle Skeete (actress and found of Blacktress.co.uk), long-time RSC stalwart actor Sam Marks and director Zoé Ford, currently Associate Director for Sam Mendes on the Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre.  

Curated by The Mono Box's Polly Bennett, the panel's discussion were kicked off by two questions about mental health and issues of self-worth. Those two questions took half an hour to address, and I thought I would let you listen to how the conversation unfolded. I found it fascinating, and hopefully you will, too.   It is apparent that we, in this industry, find it very hard to talk about how we are feeling, and yet we are expected to bare our souls in front of a camera or audience.

 

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Sep 12, 2018

This week, Matt Humphrey and I sat down to talk with Vicki Mortimer, multi-award-winning designer...and just all round fantastic theatre professional.

Vicki’s career is so full and varied, it’s one to be envied for anyone considering a career in theatre design. And not just theatre as we speak about it on day to day, but any production in a theatre. Musicals, drama, dance, opera, ballet...you name it, she has designed it.

Just some of the theatres she has designed for include the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, ENO, Royal Opera House, The Young Vic, Glyndebourne, Scottish National Ballet, Shakespeare's Globe... the list goes on.

Sep 4, 2018

This week is our first ever podcast brought to you specifically to celebrate an NT Live broadcast. We are bringing you some backstage chats with the cast of the National’s Lyttelton Theatre’s current production of “Julie” including “The Crown’s” Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi-Abrefa, recently seen onstage at the National in “The Amen Corner”.

The company talk about how exciting it is bringing this 19th Century Swedish classic to the 21st Century London and being able to share it beyond the walls of the National Theatre's home on the South Bank to cinemas around the globe.

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Listening Order:

Thalissa Teixeira

Vanessa Kirby

Eric Kofi Abrera

Dak Mashava

Petra Soor

Ana Beatriz Meireles

Francesca Knight

 

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Aug 22, 2018

This week, Curtain Call’s Theo Bosanquet chats with George Richmond Scott, the director of “Blood Wedding” - the inaugural production in Omnibus Theatre’s autumn season.

Theo talked to George about his career as a vocal coach, how that role has helped him develop as a director, his time at the Sheffield Crucible, assisting on “Everybody’s Talking about Jamie”, why he chose “Blood Wedding” as his next project and why he set it in London in this reimagining of the piece.

Aug 14, 2018

Bring It On was a cult hit movie, loosely translated for the stage with one of the show's composers someone you may have heard of...Lin Manuel Miranda. Set in two competing high schools (hence to two different composers with two completely different sounds), the musical is a camp exposé of the “bitchiness” (in air quotes) that can exist in the world of cheerleading and the rollercoaster ride that is life in an American high school, with it’s cliques of jocks, geeks and everybody in between.

We got to chat to company members from the British Theatre Academy's production including Robin McIntyre (who plays super-earnest Campbell) and Isabella Pappas (who plays super-bitchy Skylar) along with musical director Chris Ma before the show at the Southwark Playhouse.

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