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The National Theatre Podcast

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Rank #166 in Performing Arts category

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Performing Arts
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If all the world’s a stage, we’re the programme notes. The National Theatre Podcast explores how theatre connects to the big issues of our time: sex, death, politics, and everything in between. We take you behind the scenes to investigate the artists and the ideas behind some of today’s most interesting productions, and go out into the world to find theatre at play in our everyday lives. It’s a show about theatre, without the drama.

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If all the world’s a stage, we’re the programme notes. The National Theatre Podcast explores how theatre connects to the big issues of our time: sex, death, politics, and everything in between. We take you behind the scenes to investigate the artists and the ideas behind some of today’s most interesting productions, and go out into the world to find theatre at play in our everyday lives. It’s a show about theatre, without the drama.

iTunes Ratings

15 Ratings
Average Ratings
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2
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Incredibly Insigtful

By efrainschunior - Jan 05 2018
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I enjoy listening to this show very much and find it to be well produced and thought provoking. Keep up the good work!

iTunes Ratings

15 Ratings
Average Ratings
13
2
0
0
0

Incredibly Insigtful

By efrainschunior - Jan 05 2018
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I enjoy listening to this show very much and find it to be well produced and thought provoking. Keep up the good work!
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The National Theatre Podcast

Latest release on Sep 29, 2017

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If all the world’s a stage, we’re the programme notes. The National Theatre Podcast explores how theatre connects to the big issues of our time: sex, death, politics, and everything in between. We take you behind the scenes to investigate the artists and the ideas behind some of today’s most interesting productions, and go out into the world to find theatre at play in our everyday lives. It’s a show about theatre, without the drama.

Rank #1: 3. Performing Gender

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Dame Harriet Walter has performed some of Shakespeare’s most iconic male roles – she tells us what it taught her about gender and power, and how it made her a better actor. We speak to body language expert India Ford to analyse how our female politicians represent themselves as powerful women, and we talk about breaking down gender barriers with drag queen John Sizzle. Power! Sex! High heels! We’ve got it all.

Jun 15 2017

40mins

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Rank #2: 4. Old Lear

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Simon Russell Beale and Don Warrington talk to us about playing one of the greatest roles of all time, to help us unpick the complex relationship between acting and ageing. Plus, we talk to theatre company Improbable about teaching actors in their 80s to improvise for the first time.

Please note this episode contains strong language.

Jun 29 2017

37mins

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Rank #3: 5. Masculinity

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‘Moonlight’ writer Tarell Alvin McCraney tells us how growing up in Liberty City, and discovering the drag ball scene, shaped his understanding of what it means to be a man. Poet and playwright Inua Ellams tells us why the barber shop is a safe space for black men to be themselves, and we ask a dressing room of male actors to share their stories of the many kinds of men they’ve been asked to be for their careers.

Jul 13 2017

43mins

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Rank #4: 10. Epic Fail

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We’ve all failed at something, but rarely on stage in front of hundreds of people. We ask our favourite guests to share their hilarious stories of on-stage mishaps and malfunctions, and professional embarrassment in its most public form. All to answer the simple question - how do we deal with failure? And why are we are so obsessed with it?

Sep 29 2017

42mins

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Rank #5: 9. Edinburgh

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It’s the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, so we go on the road to Scotland to ask people from all over the country if it’s still the beating heart of new theatre-making. How has the Fringe shaped the last seven decades of UK culture, and has it become a victim of its own success?

Sep 07 2017

39mins

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10. Epic Fail

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We’ve all failed at something, but rarely on stage in front of hundreds of people. We ask our favourite guests to share their hilarious stories of on-stage mishaps and malfunctions, and professional embarrassment in its most public form. All to answer the simple question - how do we deal with failure? And why are we are so obsessed with it?

Sep 29 2017

42mins

Play

9. Edinburgh

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It’s the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, so we go on the road to Scotland to ask people from all over the country if it’s still the beating heart of new theatre-making. How has the Fringe shaped the last seven decades of UK culture, and has it become a victim of its own success?

Sep 07 2017

39mins

Play

8. In Public

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How does culture shape the character of a neighbourhood, a city, a country? We speak to visual artist Jeremy Deller, DJ Dave Haslam and celebrate the NT’s River Stage festival by looking at art in public spaces, and the impact it’s had on the people who pass through them.

Aug 24 2017

37mins

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7. The Majority

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Does our vote matter? We follow the development of our new interactive show The Majority, which lets the audience cast votes to change the outcome of the performance. But what happens when you give an audience control? We talk to experts in polling and audience behaviour to address the slippery idea of how large groups make decisions, and confront complicated moral choices with real-life consequences.

Please note this episode contains strong language.

Aug 15 2017

35mins

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6. New Work

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Cush Jumbo explains how writing a play changed the fortunes of her acting career, and we talk to dramaturgs, directors and a 17-year-old playwright to learn the untold story of how plays really come to life.

Jul 28 2017

41mins

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5. Masculinity

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‘Moonlight’ writer Tarell Alvin McCraney tells us how growing up in Liberty City, and discovering the drag ball scene, shaped his understanding of what it means to be a man. Poet and playwright Inua Ellams tells us why the barber shop is a safe space for black men to be themselves, and we ask a dressing room of male actors to share their stories of the many kinds of men they’ve been asked to be for their careers.

Jul 13 2017

43mins

Play

4. Old Lear

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Read more

Simon Russell Beale and Don Warrington talk to us about playing one of the greatest roles of all time, to help us unpick the complex relationship between acting and ageing. Plus, we talk to theatre company Improbable about teaching actors in their 80s to improvise for the first time.

Please note this episode contains strong language.

Jun 29 2017

37mins

Play

3. Performing Gender

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Dame Harriet Walter has performed some of Shakespeare’s most iconic male roles – she tells us what it taught her about gender and power, and how it made her a better actor. We speak to body language expert India Ford to analyse how our female politicians represent themselves as powerful women, and we talk about breaking down gender barriers with drag queen John Sizzle. Power! Sex! High heels! We’ve got it all.

Jun 15 2017

40mins

Play

2. Prisons

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‘Denmark’s a prison’, says Hamlet – but how does Hamlet go down in an actual prison? Chukwudi Iwuji tells us about playing the Dane for inmates in New York. We investigate the Synergy Theatre Project, who use theatre to rehabilitate prisoners and ex-offenders, and speak to people with experience of the criminal justice system about the role theatre has played in their lives, including writer Michael Ashton, whose play The Archbishop and the Antichrist has been turned into a feature film, The Forgiven, produced by KS productions and due to be released later this year.

Jun 02 2017

41mins

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1. Brexit

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Ed Miliband talks to us about politics and performance, and gives us his reaction to My Country: A Work in Progress, a verbatim theatre piece exploring the aftermath of the EU referendum. Rufus Norris, Director of the play and the National Theatre itself, speaks about making plays in response to current events, and we talk with theatre makers from different corners of the UK about attitudes to Brexit, and to theatre, where they work.

May 22 2017

39mins

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iTunes Ratings

15 Ratings
Average Ratings
13
2
0
0
0

Incredibly Insigtful

By efrainschunior - Jan 05 2018
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I enjoy listening to this show very much and find it to be well produced and thought provoking. Keep up the good work!