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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May 12, 2022 58 min

The Play Podcast - 046 - All My Sons

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Douglas Rintoul

The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring 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.

Arthur Miller’s breakthrough play All My Sons is both a searing family t...

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The Play Podcast - 045 - Top Girls

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Elaine Aston

The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring 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.

Caryl Churchill’s play Top Girls was a powerful critique of Thatcherite Brita...

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The Play Podcast - 044 - Clybourne Park

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Oliver Kaderbhai

The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring 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.

It is 1959 and Russ and Bev have sold their 3-bedroom bungalow in th...

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The Play Podcast - 043 - Faith Healer by Brian Friel

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Joe Dowling

The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring 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.

Brian Friel’s play Faith Healer is a literary and theatrical...

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The Play Podcast - 042 - Blasted by Sarah Kane

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Graham Saunders

The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring 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.

Sarah Kane’s explosive play Blasted outraged critics on its de...

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Episode 041: Doubt by John Patrick Shanley

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Monica Dolan

The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring 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.

Sister Aloysius Beauvier, principal of St Nicholas Catholic school in...

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Episode 040: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time adapted by Simon Stephens

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Simon Stephens

The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring 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.

Simon Stephens’s magi...

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Episode 039: Best of Enemies by James Graham

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: James Graham

The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring 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.

James Graham's new play Best of Enemies re-enacts the explosive...

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Episode 038: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Professor Emma Smith

The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring 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.

William Shakespeare's Macbeth is a tragedy of love, ambi...

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Episode 037: Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall

Host: Douglas Schatz Guests: Joe Penhall and James Dacre

The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring 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.

In Joe Penhall’s explosive and unsettling play Blue/Oran...

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Episode 036: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Greg Hersov

The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring 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.

It is arguably the world’s most famous play. The Tragical History of H...

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Episode 035: Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Matt Beresford

The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring 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.

It is 1789 and a group of convicts in the newly-...

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Episode 034: The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Matt Beresford

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.

George Farquhar’s rollicking Restoration Comedy The Recruiting ...

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Episode 033: Leopoldstadt by Tom Stoppard

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Patrick Marber

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.

Tom Stoppard’s ambitious new play Leopoldstadt is a sweeping work of history...

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Episode 032: Footnotes Volume 3

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 3 is a recording of the facts and observations that we’ve published on the website to suppl...

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Episode 031: Happy Days by Samuel Beckett

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Lisa Dwan

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 Beckett’s third great dramatic masterpiece Happy Days is a timeless explor...

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Episode 030: Escaped Alone by Caryl Churchill

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Elaine Aston

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.

Caryl Churchill’s stunning play Escaped Alone presents an ordinary scene o...

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Episode 029: A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Nadine Holdsworth

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.

Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey caused a sensation when it appe...

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Episode 028: Girl from the North Country by Conor McPherson, music and lyrics by Bob Dylan

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Conor McPherson

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.

Girl from the North Countr...

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Episode 027: Present Laughter by Noël Coward

Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Alan Brodie

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.

Garry Essendine is a star of the London stage with an ego and celebrity life...

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