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The Half Podcast

The Half brings the most interesting and passionate voices from across the arts. Hosted by James Lawrence.

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Episode 21: Bump and Feed Part 3: Jimmy Havoc

Welcome, one and all. This is part 3 of Bump and Feed, The Half's special mini-series on professional wrestling. This is a very special episode; it's Jimmy fucking Havoc. Enjoy. LINKS The Self-Destruction of Jimmy Havoc PROGRESS Chapter 12 - Jimmy Havoc vs Rampage Brown vs El Ligero vs Marty Scurll Jimmy Havoc returns to PROGRESS after a year out injured The Rehabilitation of Jimmy Havoc Triple H vs Cactus Jack Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa Jimmy Havoc's Store Jimmy Havoc on Twitter: @JimmyHavoc Jimmy Havoc on Instagram: @jimmy_havoc James Lawrence on Twitter: @TheMrJL James Lawrence on Instagram: @themrjl The Half on Twitter: #TheHalfPod


17 Nov 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 20: Bump and Feed Part 2: Matt Richards

Welcome, welcome, welcome. This is episode 2 of Bump and Feed, The Half's special series on the world of pro wrestling. This episode features the return of all-round top bloke Matt Richards. Enjoy!  LINKS Matt Richards on Twitter: @mrichardshost PROGRESS Wrestling on Twitter: @ThisIs_Progress PROGRESS Wrestling on Instagram: @thisis_progress RIPTIDE Wrestling on Twitter: @RIPTIDEwres PW Grrrl Gang on Twitter: @PWGrrrlGang CM Punk's Pipe Bomb Promo John Cena vs CM Punk: Money in the Bank 2011 James on Twitter: @TheMrJL The Half on Twitter: #TheHalfPod


7 Nov 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 19: Bump and Feed Part 1: Hello Wembley

Welcome, welcome, welcome. Thank you for being adventurous and diving into the ridiculously wonderful world of professional wrestling. Hello Wembley is a little aperatif ahead of some full-length interviews with Matt Richards, Glen Joseph, Jimmy Havoc and Chris York. In the meantime, please enjoy - and here are some links for your delectation: LINKS PROGRESS Wrestling on Twitter: @ThisIs_Progress PROGRESS Wrestling on Instagram: @thisis_progress Matt Richards on Twitter: @mrichardshost Glen Joseph on Twitter: @Glen_Joseph Doug Williams on Twitter: @DougWilliamsUK WALTER vs Tyler Bate on Demand. PROGRESS. James on Twitter: @TheMrJL The Half on Twitter: #TheHalfPod


18 Oct 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 18: Jill Winternitz

Welcome, welcome, welcome. This episode of The Half features a chat with the amazing Jill Winternitz. Enjoy! LINKS Jill on Twitter: @JillWinternitz Jill on Instagram: @jillwinternitz Real Accent App James on Twitter: @TheMrJL Talk about the show: #TheHalfPod


18 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 17: Yasen Atour

Welcome, welcome, welcome. This episode of The Half sees us sit down with the amazing Yasen Atour. Enjoy this one, it's a belter. Check out the Film Club websites for dates to this term's classes - do not miss your chance to be involved! LINKS Yasen on Twitter: @YasenAtour Film Club on Twitter: @filmclubldn Film Club: filmclubldn.com Palikuku Films on Twitter: @palikukufilm Palikuku Films: palikuku.com Save the Cat: Amazon James on Twitter: @TheMrJL Talk about the show: #TheHalfPod

1hr 10mins

25 Sep 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 16: Andrew Keates

Well, well, well. It's another episode of #TheHalfPod and this time we're bringing you a conversation with the truly wonderful Andrew Keates.  Andrew is a theatre director, producer, and host of the amazing Show People Podcast (more on that later).  If you're reading this description, you've probably arrived at the passage of the podcast where I encourage everyone to find out their HIV status. You can do that here: https://www.startswithme.org.uk/. Don't forget to visit http://www.tht.org.uk/ as well.  You can catch Andrew on Twitter at @AndrewKeates, his company is @ArionProds and his brilliant show is @ShowPeopleUK. James is on @TheMrJL and you can talk about this show using #TheHalfPod.  Until next time. x

1hr 39mins

12 Nov 2017

Rank #6

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Episode 15: Richard Gibson

This episode of The Half features the fantastic Richard Gibson - enjoy!  @TheMrJL and #TheHalfPod for all your naughtiness.


2 Aug 2017

Rank #7

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Episode 14: Felicity Jackson

Welcome to the latest episode of The Half Podcast - I am, as ever, James Lawrence and this episode comes to from last year’s Surviving Actors event in central London. I’m talking to the founder of the event Felicity Jackson, who was kind enough to sit down with me for a few minutes on the biggest and busiest day of her year. I’m releasing this conversation as a way of imploring you to attend this year’s Surviving Actors convention if you’re not already - it’s this Saturday - 4th Feb 2017 from 10-5 at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel near Marble Arch. I was there last year and it’s well worth checking out. It’s completely free to attend and the seminars and workshops are really reasonably priced as well. It’s expensive to be an actor, but Surviving Actors does a great job of making sure that it’s an affordable and useful event to attend. You’ll hear Felicity talk a little about what’s on offer at Surviving Actors during this interview and I strongly encourage you to check the event out. So, without further ado - you are listening to The Half and this is Felicity Jackson… And there we have it. The wonderful Felicity Jackson there, talking about her creation - Surviving Actors. The 2017 London event is this Saturday, the 4th of February at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel near Marble Arch and I urge you to check it out. It’s free to attend and seminars and workshops with the likes of casting directors Tree Petts, Sue Jones and Ginny Schiller, agents from Curtis Brown and directors like Simon Godwin are just £6 each, so check it out. So head over to survivingactors.com and check them out @SurvivngActors on Twitter. Felicity is @Felicity_Tweets. Get down to Surviving Actors, have a look around and start 2017 off in the best possible way. Until next time, I am James Lawrence, I am on Twitter @TheMrJL, talk about the show using the hashtag #TheHalfPod and have a bloody lovely 2017.


2 Feb 2017

Rank #8

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Episode 13: Tony Gardner

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the 13th episode of The Half. This week, we bring you a chat with the wonderful Mr Tony Gardner. Fans of shows such as My Parents are Aliens, The Thick of It and Fresh Meat will be familiar with his work but he's had plenty else to keep him occupied over the course of his career. We'll hear how Tony found his slightly unusual route into the profession, how he approaches a new role and his essential advice for actors at any stage of their career. Get in touch with Tony on Twitter - @Tonygardner - and with James at @TheMrJL. Talk about the show using #TheHalfPod and share this episode with all your nearest and dearest if you've enjoyed our chat. During the interview, Tony also mentions an audition tape from Rachel McAdams which is pretty damn great. You can check that out here: https://youtu.be/_XfUUYK7Gkg


21 Nov 2016

Rank #9

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Episode 12: Sophie Harkness

You're very welcome to the latest episode of The Half, where we have a bloody delightful chat with the wonderful Sophie Harkness who is one Belfast's most formidably talented exports. We cover everything from the very beginning as she takes us along her journey through the Irish theatre scene, her eventual move to the UK when she arrived in Wales and her subsequent career in London. We also hear a little bit about what made working with the incredible Denise Gough so enjoyable, Sophie's tips for young actors thinking about applying for drama school and why you should always be careful when lifting luggage on the Eurostar.Follow your host on Twitter - @TheMrJL - and talk about the show using #TheHalfPod. And subscribe. Definitely subscribe. Until next time, ya filthy animals.


2 Nov 2016

Rank #10