Curtain Call Podcast

Curtain Call Podcast

From the dresser in the wings the A-list star in the dressing room; from the production manager putting the tour together to the sound mixer out front at Glastonbury...hear what it really takes to make an event happen and immerse yourself into the world of entertainment across the cultural landscape from London’s West End to the American desert and Burning Man. Experience a creative's life as you never have before with unparalleled access to the events you love.


May 18, 2023 43 mins
Cedering Fox is an internationally accomplished voice over artist. However, her most incredible achievement is Founding Word Theatre way back in 2003. Along with Kirsty Peart here in the UK, Word Theatre and Cedering have been casting top film, TV and theatre actors in readings of works by the world’s finest contemporary authors. Theatre talents such as Olivia Williams, Damien Lewis, Elizabeth McGovern, Rae Dawn Chong, Rashan Stone...
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This week, I’m chatting with cast and some of the creative team behind the world premiere of Eric Henry Sanders’ play Maybe Probably - a play about two couples as they navigate the hilarious waters of preparing to have a baby, or recently having one. We’re all either the product of this or have gone through it ourselves. Sanders isn’t new to London and UK theatre, with his work being seen in London and the Edinburgh Fringe. He’s a...
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August 11, 2022 27 mins
Cottage is a gripping comic drama that has so many themes bubbling underneath the facade of two men meeting up in a public toilet. It goes beyond a queer story and commands the audience’s attention and asks questions of the viewer’s thoughts into human relationships and their deeply complicated makeup - no matter what sexual preference one might have. Cottage’s playwight, Ben Willows, sat down with me, in separate rooms becuase he...
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August 9, 2022 28 mins
Earlier in the year, i was honoured to be asked to judge the 2022 Durham Drama Festival at Durham University in the UK. It was an incredible 3 days of workshops, talks, networking events…but most importantly new theatre written, directed and performed by the incredible talent pool of students at Durham Uni. One of the stand out plays was Em Oliver’s “Beautiful Nothing”. A one-woman show bringing into sharp focus how evil the inter...
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Director Ben Mole has put together an incredible ensemble cast for his latest project, "Code of Silence" - a feature film surrounding the events that led to the arrest and incarceration of the legendary London gangland bosses, the Kray Twins, Imagine my shock at hearing good friend, the American actor Ronan Summers, was the next to follow in some pretty big footsteps in taking on the role of BOTH…yes, BOTH, of the Kray Twins in the...
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in our Pioneer series, we’re going to be highlighting the companies that are getting the live events industries back to business and who’ve been supporting the freelancers and professionals that found themselves unable to make a living in the sector due to the pandemic. Andrew Bishop - of BishopSound - is a fascinating first guest in our Pioneer Series. I do mention in this episode that I could have spoken with him for at least an...
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Alex Parker is a musical director, composer, name it, if it has anything to do with music or musicals, Alex is all over it..and now he has his own orchestra, to boot! Alex is the musical director on a massive concert presentation of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical Sunset Boulevard in the iconic Royal Albert Hall. Sunset Boulevard is perhaps on of ALW’s most beloved scores, and in my opinion the most complete musical in...
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November 23, 2021 46 mins
Andrew Norlen is a New York-based artist and performer, most recently on stage in the national touring company of Broadway’s Kinky Boots. During lockdown, when Andrew was at a loss as to what his performing career was going to look like when things opened up, if indeed they were ever going to open up, and when he’d ever get back to see the people he loved and worked with...he felt he needed to do something to both get creative, exp...
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October 5, 2021 35 mins
In July 2012, a gunman opened fire on a cinema audience that had just sat down to watch a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora Colorado killing 12. Writer/Director Kate Barton, actors Hannah Schunk-Hockings, David Austin Barnes as well as original designer Matthew Jennings take us through the journey of the verbatim play Screen 9 so far, and how they’re looking forward to their run at The Pleasance Theatre in Londo...
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September 28, 2021 54 mins
The Come From Away team didn’t want to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the events of September 11th 2001, without sitting down with the current West End company and really drilling down into their personal experiences of that day.  Come From Away tells the story of how the inhabitants of a small, rural community on a Canadian Island came to be involved in a musical that transformed one of the most tragic days in human history ...
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September 11, 2021 29 mins
“Welcome to the Rock!” is a behind the curtain peek of the multi-award winning musical Come From Away - and what it takes to get a show from a seed of an idea all the way to a Broadway hit and beyond. In this episode, meet the real inhabitants of Gander, Newfoundland 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 epis...
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September 10, 2021 30 mins
“Welcome to the Rock!” is a behind the curtain look at the musical hit Come From Away. Listen to 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. In the first episode, the creative team behind Come From Away discuss their personal experiences on the journey of the musical. In this episode, the creative team behind...
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Listeners to Broadway Radio’s “Today on Broadway” will recognise Grace, as she has recently joined the line up alongside Matt Tamanini and Ashley Stevens. Grace Aki is an actress, stand up comedienne and podcaster in her own right - you can find her podcast “Tell Me on a Sunday” on all good streaming platforms. Grace Aki is a powerhouse. The energy she brings to every episode of Today on Broadway is palpable, and when I heard that ...
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August 3, 2021 32 mins
This week’s guests are Bristol's The Wardrobe Ensemble - a group of young theatre makers who met whilst studying drama. They create new pieces that explore modern themes through intimate storytelling, with the Wardrobe Ensembles’ nine core members garnering praise up and down the country for their innovative productions. With their shows cut short because of the COVID pandemic, this group of young enthusiastic creatives decided to ...
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May 18, 2021 68 mins
2021 had felt like a beacon of hope, and the new year promised the restart we were all waiting for. But as the year ticked over, shows programmed for the new year, for Spring for Summer even well into the future that started to feel uncertain, then impossible, and inevitably, they were cancelled too. According to current government guidelines, supposedly, theatres will be able to reopen in a few weeks time. But the closer we get to...
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April 20, 2021 60 mins
In the attempt to resurrect live theatre while navigating constantly shifting terrain, how far can hope get you? How do you make theatre when the world keeps changing, when time keeps collapsing, when the earth beneath your feet keeps sinking into bog? And how do you communicate with a government who seems to be operating on a different frequency somewhere in a separate universe?  In order of appearance: Kwame Kwei-Armah (Director...
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April 8, 2021 3 mins
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March 30, 2021 2 mins
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March 23, 2021 44 mins
Ghost Shows follows the shows that were conceived, programmed and even rehearsed in 2020 but were closed down before they’d even opened.  This is not a historical document - this is an emotional record of the first few months of lockdown. This is our untold story.  If you haven’t listened to the first episode, we'd really encourage you to do so. In Episode 1, we chronicled the lead up to the mass closures of theatres in March last ...
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March 16, 2021 39 mins
A year on from theatres closing their doors, ‘Ghost Shows’ asks what happened to the shows that were created, rehearsed and tech'ed but never lived in front of audiences? Presented by freelance opera director, Adele Thomas, the series features interviews with freelance performers, stage technicians, creatives and production staff from a variety of productions across the UK. From ‘the announcement’, through the confusion of governm...
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