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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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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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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: 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Oct 09 2017

43mins

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Rank #6: 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 #7: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 25 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #8: 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... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Aug 14 2017

55mins

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Rank #9: 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.

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Jan 30 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #10: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Oct 31 2016

43mins

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Rank #11: 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...

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Oct 10 2016

1hr 3mins

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Rank #12: 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 #13: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 12 2016

36mins

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Rank #14: 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 04 2016

35mins

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Rank #15: 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.

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May 23 2016

57mins

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Rank #16: 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.

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May 04 2016

7mins

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Rank #17: 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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 19 2015

31mins

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Rank #18: 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! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Aug 22 2015

10mins

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Rank #19: Uncaused Effects: Playwrights on Playwriting

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In association with Nick Hern Books. Visit nickhernbooks.co.uk/exeunt for exclusive discounts on books by many of the playwrights featured in this podcast. This month we talk to nine playwrights at various stages of their career and at different points of the writing process. We discuss all aspects of playwriting, from the initial sparks of thought … Continue reading Uncaused Effects: Playwrights on Playwriting For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 27 2015

37mins

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Rank #20: 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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