The Play Podcast

The Play Podcast

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. In each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

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April 8, 2021 56 min

Episode 024: Consent by Nina Raine

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guests: Nina Raine and Adam James

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

The main characters in Nina Raine’s play Consent are barristers contest...

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Episode 023: Footnotes Volume 2

Host: Douglas Schatz

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

Footnotes Volume 2 is a selection of facts and observations culled from the library of information that we’v...

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Episode 022: Shook by Samuel Bailey

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guests: Samuel Bailey and George Turvey

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

Samuel Bailey’s play Shook is set in a young offenders instituti...

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Episode 021: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guest: John Tiffany 

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

Tennessee Williams breakthrough play The Glass Menagerie is a ve...

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Episode 020- Bonus: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee - A short addendum on the film

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guests: John Mitchinson and Andy Miller

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing...

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Episode 020: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guests: John Mitchinson and Andy Miller

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

It is 2:00 am, and George and Martha...

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Episode 019: The Welkin by Lucy Kirkwood

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guest: Lucy Kirkwood

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

It is 1759 in East Anglia. A child has been murdered and a young woman has bee...

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Episode 018: Copenhagen by Michael Frayn

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guest: Michael Frayn

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth without expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

It is September 1941. German physicist Werner Heisenberg is visiting his friend...

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Episode 017: The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guest: Professor Emma Smith

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

John Webster's 400-year-old play The Duchess of Malfi is a...

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Episode 016: Oleanna by David Mamet

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guest: Lucy Bailey

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

David Mamet's play Oleanna about the abuse of patriarchal power caused intense co...

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Episode 015: The Father by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guest: Sir Christopher Hampton

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

Florian Zeller’s disturbing and ...

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Episode 014: Rockets and Blue Lights by Winsome Pinnock

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guest: Winsome Pinnock

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

Winsome Pinn...

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Episode 013: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guest: Dr Stephen Marino

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

Arthur Miller’s ...

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September 3, 2020 56 min

Episode 012: Footnotes 1

Host: Douglas Schatz

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

This episode is a recorded ragbag of selected extra Footnotes that...

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Episode 011: Beginning by David Eldridge

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guest: David Eldridge

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

In David Eldridge’s wonderfu...

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Episode 010: Albion by Mike Bartlett

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guest: Victoria Hamilton and Nicholas Rowe

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

Mike Bartle...

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Episode 009: Nigel Slater's Toast by Henry Filloux-Bennett

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guest: Henry Filloux-Bennett and Nigel Slater

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the p...

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Episode 008: The Deep Blue Sea by Terrence Rattigan

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guest: Dan Rebellato, playwright, journalist and Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s ...

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Episode 007: Lungs by Duncan Macmillan

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guest: George Spender, former editorial director at Oberon Books.

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play ...

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Episode 006: Betrayal by Harold Pinter

Host: Douglas Schatz
Guest: Mark Taylor-Batty, senior lecturer in Theatre Studies at the University of Leeds.

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and i...

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