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Exeunt is an online theatre magazine for quality theatre criticism, interviews, essays, long-form writing and podcasts. Expect reviews of the latest in UK theatre, interviews with theatre makers, short plays and archive material.

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Pursued by a Bear

Latest release on Dec 11, 2019

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Exeunt is an online theatre magazine for quality theatre criticism, interviews, essays, long-form writing and podcasts. Expect reviews of the latest in UK theatre, interviews with theatre makers, short plays and archive material.

Rank #1: Legacy Tapes - Lyn Gardner

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Rebecca Atkinson-Lord opens the new season of her podcast, Legacy Tapes, with a conversation with theatre critic Lyn Gardner.

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Nov 19 2018

57mins

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Rank #2: An oral history of Angels in America

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In February, the new book The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America was published. Exeunt critics Nicole Serratore, Lane Williamson, and Alex Barasch gathered for a book club discussion to talk about this oral history of Angels in America and our relationships with the play itself. 

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Mar 14 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #3: The Legacy Tapes: David Jubb

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Rebecca Atkinson-Lord talks to artistic director David Jubb about ideas of legacy, following his announcement that he's stepping down from his role at the helm of Battersea Arts Centre.

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Dec 04 2018

57mins

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Rank #4: The Legacy Tapes: Rupert Goold

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Rebecca Atkinson-Lord interviews Rupert Goold, artistic director of the Almeida Theatre

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May 27 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #5: Stage Left: Reverend Billy

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‘Stop supporting the death of the earth! Know it when you see it!’


As part of her series Stage Left, Jen Harvie interviews performance artist Reverend Billy. 


"I met the Reverend Billy – also known as Bill Talen – at Artsadmin’s Toynbee Studios in east London near the end of his Trump Depression Hotline Tour across England in October 2017. Based in New York since the 1990s, the Reverend Billy and his secular-political Church of Stop Shopping use public preaching and singing to protest against rampant consumerism, corporate greed, ecological injustice, and Trump. Reverend Billy and I discussed what’s important in using the arts to change the world, including local activism, collaboration, music, and love."


The Trump Depression Hotline Tour is directed by Savitri D; the musical director is Nehemiah Luckett. www.revbilly.com


Stage Left is presented by Jen Harvie, Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary, University of London, and is produced by Deb Kilbride.

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Nov 27 2017

28mins

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Rank #6: The Legacy Tapes: Richard Twyman

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Rebecca Atkinson-Lord interviews Richard Twyman, artistic director of English Touring Theatre.

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May 27 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #7: The Legacy Tapes: Indhu Rubasingham

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"When it's non-white work or non-white narratives there is less press interest and that lack of support doesn't encourage risk-taking. Not that it will stop me." *This podcast was included in The Stage newspaper's top podcasts of 2017!* This week Rebecca Atkinson-Lord talks to Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of the Tricycle Theatre in London. The Tricycle is closed for a multi-million pound refurbishment which, Indhu says, has given her time to step back and think more long-term. She talks about religion, community, allocated seating and also discusses the clash between pragmatism and risk-taking, and between the Daily Mail and Corbynites.  

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Oct 09 2017

43mins

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Rank #8: The Legacy Tapes: Sarah Brigham

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"The learning is driving the art." *This podcast was included in The Stage newspaper's top podcasts of 2017!* As part of an ongoing series of conversations with leaders in UK theatre about the idea of legacy in an ephemeral art form, Rebecca Atkinson-Lord talks to Sarah Brigham, artistic director of Derby Theatre. Sarah talks about the importance of combining education with making theatre, and floats the idea of attending youth theatre as an alternative to national service...  

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Oct 02 2017

24mins

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Rank #9: The Legacy Tapes: Kully Thiarai

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*This podcast was included in The Stage newspaper's best podcasts of 2017!* "As a young Asian woman, my experience was that so little was expected of you and so little was offered to you that you had to fight for everything." Rebecca Atkinson-Lord continues her series of conversations with the leading figures in UK theatre around the idea of legacy. This week she talks to Kully Thiarai, artistic director of National Theatre Wales, who explores what it means to run a theatre that represents an entire nation, particularly post-Brexit.  

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Sep 25 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #10: The Legacy Tapes: Erica Whyman

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*This podcast was included in The Stage’s best podcasts to listen to in 2017!* In this episode Rebecca Atkinson-Lord chats to Erica Whyman, deputy artistic director at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Erica talks about seeing yourself represented on stage, making Shakespeare accessible to new audiences and, of course, legacy...  

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Aug 14 2017

55mins

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Rank #11: The Legacy Tapes: Natalie Ibu

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*This podcast was included in The Stage’s top podcasts of 2017!* Rebecca Atkinson-Lord has a series of conversations with artistic directors about leaving a lasting impact in the ephemeral world of theatre. In this episode, Rebecca talks to Natalie Ibu who runs tiata fahodzi, a company that makes work reflecting the changing African diaspora in contemporary Britain. Discussion turns to diversity, and what that word actually means, as well as welcoming new audiences into theatres by breaking down some of the formalities that are traditionally associated with going to the theatre. Find out more about tiata fahodzi here: www.tiatafahodzi.com

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Jan 30 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #12: The Legacy Tapes: Matt Fenton

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Matt Fenton, artistic director and chief executive of Contact in Manchester, talks to Rebecca Atkinson-Lord about legacy and how to leave something behind in the ephemeral world of theatre. Matt and Rebecca discuss the importance of young people in decision making processes and whether informed people always make informed decisions.  

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Oct 31 2016

43mins

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Rank #13: The Legacy Tapes: Annabel Turpin

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In this series on the (im)possibility of legacy in the ephemeral world of theatre Rebecca Atkinson-Lord talks to artistic directors across the country. This week, she's with Annabel Turpin who has run ARC in Stockton for the last 8 years. Some of the things they talk about are: how art can change the world; whether you should or shouldn't eat broccoli; the idea of paying for theatre after you've seen the show, like in a hairdresser; the value of arts centres; artists as people who spin the fabric of society... For more information about ARC go to arconline.co.uk.  

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Oct 10 2016

1hr 3mins

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Rank #14: The Legacy Tapes: Vicky Featherstone

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Theatre can be a very ephemeral art form. In a series of interviews with artistic directors, Rebecca Atkinson-Lord asks whether it's possible to leave behind something more permanent. In this episode Rebecca talks to Vicky Featherstone, who runs the Royal Court in London - a theatre with one of the most important legacies in the country. She was also the founding artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland, with the opportunity to put foundations in place for a long-lasting theatrical legacy for an entire nation.  

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Sep 19 2016

58mins

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Rank #15: The Legacy Tapes: John McGrath

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Rebecca Atkinson-Lord talks to artistic directors about the idea of legacy and leaving a permanent mark in the ephemeral world of theatre. In this episode, Rebecca speaks to John McGrath, artistic director of the Manchester International Festival, about networks, ethics and nationality.  

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Sep 12 2016

36mins

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Rank #16: The Legacy Tapes: Rachel Tackley

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The second in a series of interviews with artistic directors about legacy and leaving something behind in the ephemeral medium of theatre. Rebecca Atkinson-Lord talks to Rachel Tackley, Director of English Touring Theatre, who is about to take up post as Executive Director at Chichester Festival Theatre. They chat about how to inspire young people, working all hours, and contingency plans for a zombie apocalypse.  

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Jul 04 2016

35mins

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Rank #17: The Legacy Tapes: Alan Lane

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A series of interviews with artistic directors about the idea of legacy and leaving something behind in the ephemeral world of theatre. In this episode, over mushroom curry, Rebecca Atkinson-Lord talks to Alan Lane about the Slung Low hub in Leeds as well as the influence of theatre boards and the importance of taking risks. Find out more about Slung Low at www.slunglow.org

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May 23 2016

57mins

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Rank #18: X: Ground Control to Major Tim

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This transmission was found on a discarded USB stick outside the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square. Its datestamp is 04.05.2066. It appears to be mark the system failure of a small space shuttle headed for Pluto and the deranged ramblings of the shuttle's pilot Major Tim Bano. The USB stick's provenance is unknown. Solve for X.  

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May 04 2016

7mins

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Rank #19: Pursued by a Bear: The Bruntwood Story

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In association with Nick Hern Books. In this episode, we take an in-depth look at the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Presenter Tim Bano follows the progress of scripts from submission to shortlisting by speaking to judges, readers and writers. Featuring interviews with: Michael Oglesby, Anna Jordan, Sarah Frankcom, Suzanne … Continue reading Pursued by a Bear: The Bruntwood Story

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Nov 19 2015

31mins

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Rank #20: Cubs #7: Poet Luke Wright

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We spoke to poet Luke Wright about his Fringe shows What I learned from Johnny Bevan at Summerhall and Stay at Home Dandy at The Underbelly and the difference between poetry performance and theatre performance. And you’ll also get to hear some poetry!  

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Aug 22 2015

10mins

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The Legacy Tapes: Paul Hunter

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As part of Rebecca Atkinson-Lord's ongoing series of interviews about ideas of legacy in theatre, she talks to Paul Hunter, artistic director of Told by an Idiot.

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Dec 11 2019

35mins

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The Legacy Tapes: Rebecca Atkinson-Lord

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As part of her podcast series on ideas of legacy, Rebecca Atkinson-Lord interviews playwright David Eldridge

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Nov 16 2019

1hr 21mins

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The Legacy Tapes: Chris Goode

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Rebecca Atkinson-Lord interviews experimental theatremaker Chris Goode, as part of her ongoing series of discussions about leaving a legacy in an ephemeral medium.

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Sep 25 2019

1hr 8mins

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The Legacy Tapes: Steven Atkinson

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Rebecca Atkinson-Lord interviews the longtime director of HighTide, Steven Atkinson, after his announcement that he's stepping down from the annual new writing festival.

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Sep 11 2019

1hr 3mins

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The Legacy Tapes: Clean Break

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Rebecca Atkinson-Lord interviews participatory theatre company Clean Break.

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May 27 2019

54mins

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The Legacy Tapes: Rupert Goold

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Rebecca Atkinson-Lord interviews Rupert Goold, artistic director of the Almeida Theatre

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May 27 2019

1hr 1min

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The Legacy Tapes: Richard Twyman

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Rebecca Atkinson-Lord interviews Richard Twyman, artistic director of English Touring Theatre.

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May 27 2019

1hr 3mins

Play

The Legacy Tapes: David Jubb

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Rebecca Atkinson-Lord talks to artistic director David Jubb about ideas of legacy, following his announcement that he's stepping down from his role at the helm of Battersea Arts Centre.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 04 2018

57mins

Play

Legacy Tapes - Lyn Gardner

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Rebecca Atkinson-Lord opens the new season of her podcast, Legacy Tapes, with a conversation with theatre critic Lyn Gardner.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 19 2018

57mins

Play

An oral history of Angels in America

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In February, the new book The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America was published. Exeunt critics Nicole Serratore, Lane Williamson, and Alex Barasch gathered for a book club discussion to talk about this oral history of Angels in America and our relationships with the play itself. 

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 14 2018

1hr 3mins

Play

Stage Left: Reverend Billy

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‘Stop supporting the death of the earth! Know it when you see it!’


As part of her series Stage Left, Jen Harvie interviews performance artist Reverend Billy. 


"I met the Reverend Billy – also known as Bill Talen – at Artsadmin’s Toynbee Studios in east London near the end of his Trump Depression Hotline Tour across England in October 2017. Based in New York since the 1990s, the Reverend Billy and his secular-political Church of Stop Shopping use public preaching and singing to protest against rampant consumerism, corporate greed, ecological injustice, and Trump. Reverend Billy and I discussed what’s important in using the arts to change the world, including local activism, collaboration, music, and love."


The Trump Depression Hotline Tour is directed by Savitri D; the musical director is Nehemiah Luckett. www.revbilly.com


Stage Left is presented by Jen Harvie, Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary, University of London, and is produced by Deb Kilbride.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 27 2017

28mins

Play

The Legacy Tapes: Indhu Rubasingham

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"When it's non-white work or non-white narratives there is less press interest and that lack of support doesn't encourage risk-taking. Not that it will stop me." *This podcast was included in The Stage newspaper's top podcasts of 2017!* This week Rebecca Atkinson-Lord talks to Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of the Tricycle Theatre in London. The Tricycle is closed for a multi-million pound refurbishment which, Indhu says, has given her time to step back and think more long-term. She talks about religion, community, allocated seating and also discusses the clash between pragmatism and risk-taking, and between the Daily Mail and Corbynites.  

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 09 2017

43mins

Play

The Legacy Tapes: Sarah Brigham

Podcast cover
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"The learning is driving the art." *This podcast was included in The Stage newspaper's top podcasts of 2017!* As part of an ongoing series of conversations with leaders in UK theatre about the idea of legacy in an ephemeral art form, Rebecca Atkinson-Lord talks to Sarah Brigham, artistic director of Derby Theatre. Sarah talks about the importance of combining education with making theatre, and floats the idea of attending youth theatre as an alternative to national service...  

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 02 2017

24mins

Play

The Legacy Tapes: Kully Thiarai

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*This podcast was included in The Stage newspaper's best podcasts of 2017!* "As a young Asian woman, my experience was that so little was expected of you and so little was offered to you that you had to fight for everything." Rebecca Atkinson-Lord continues her series of conversations with the leading figures in UK theatre around the idea of legacy. This week she talks to Kully Thiarai, artistic director of National Theatre Wales, who explores what it means to run a theatre that represents an entire nation, particularly post-Brexit.  

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Sep 25 2017

1hr 1min

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The Legacy Tapes: Amber Massie-Blomfield and Brian Logan

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"I love those nights when it's something we've programmed that is so bonkers and far out, and i just don't feel like there's many other places in London where this could happen. I think that's exactly what we exist to do." Amber Massie-Blomfield, executive director of Camden People's Theatre. Rebecca Atkinson-Lord talks to the duo who run Camden People's Theatre in north London: Brian Logan, artistic director, and Amber Massie-Blomfield, executive director. They chat about what it's like to run a building together, how the radical fringe theatre is bringing discussions about gender and diversity to the fore through theatre, and how to dismantle the patriarchy in three weeks.  

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Sep 18 2017

1hr 6mins

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The Legacy Tapes: Erica Whyman

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*This podcast was included in The Stage’s best podcasts to listen to in 2017!* In this episode Rebecca Atkinson-Lord chats to Erica Whyman, deputy artistic director at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Erica talks about seeing yourself represented on stage, making Shakespeare accessible to new audiences and, of course, legacy...  

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Aug 14 2017

55mins

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The Legacy Tapes: Matt Burman

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*This podcast was included in The Stage’s best podcasts to listen to in 2017!* Note: this conversation was recorded in May 2016. As part of a series of conversations with artistic directors about the idea of legacy, Rebecca Atkinson-Lord talks to Matt Burman, former artistic director of Yorkshire Festival and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. They discuss proper payment of artists, how to engage audiences, the value of scratch performances and the importance of dialogue.  

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Mar 06 2017

1hr 18mins

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The Legacy Tapes: Natalie Ibu

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*This podcast was included in The Stage’s top podcasts of 2017!* Rebecca Atkinson-Lord has a series of conversations with artistic directors about leaving a lasting impact in the ephemeral world of theatre. In this episode, Rebecca talks to Natalie Ibu who runs tiata fahodzi, a company that makes work reflecting the changing African diaspora in contemporary Britain. Discussion turns to diversity, and what that word actually means, as well as welcoming new audiences into theatres by breaking down some of the formalities that are traditionally associated with going to the theatre. Find out more about tiata fahodzi here: www.tiatafahodzi.com

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 30 2017

1hr 3mins

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The Legacy Tapes: Matt Fenton

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Matt Fenton, artistic director and chief executive of Contact in Manchester, talks to Rebecca Atkinson-Lord about legacy and how to leave something behind in the ephemeral world of theatre. Matt and Rebecca discuss the importance of young people in decision making processes and whether informed people always make informed decisions.  

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 31 2016

43mins

Play

The Legacy Tapes: Annabel Turpin

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In this series on the (im)possibility of legacy in the ephemeral world of theatre Rebecca Atkinson-Lord talks to artistic directors across the country. This week, she's with Annabel Turpin who has run ARC in Stockton for the last 8 years. Some of the things they talk about are: how art can change the world; whether you should or shouldn't eat broccoli; the idea of paying for theatre after you've seen the show, like in a hairdresser; the value of arts centres; artists as people who spin the fabric of society... For more information about ARC go to arconline.co.uk.  

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Oct 10 2016

1hr 3mins

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