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Positive psychology—with Martin Seligman. During the 1960s the field of psychology focussed on the science of how past trauma creates present symptoms, and how to reduce people’s misery. Professor Martin Seligman wanted to change that focus. He’s become known as the Father of Positive Psychology, and he’s had a profound influence worldwide. In Part 1 of our 2 programs with Martin Seligman, hear him address an exclusive audience in Australia on happiness and human flourishing.
How Journaling Can Make You 25% Happier (TPS154). Journaling is a bit of a buzzword in the productivity space, but with good reason. And in this episode, Mike and Brooks explain why it’s so important. They dive into the many benefits of journaling, and share 5 tips for making journaling actionable and effective. They explain how to implement a journaling habit, recommend some different tools and apps you can use, and explain how to make the habit stick. If you’ve never understood why you should journal or you have trouble doing it consistently, then this episode is for you.Get Podcast UpdatesDo you want to get an email with shownotes each time a podcast goes live? Then let us know where to send the updates by entering your first name and email. Cheat SheetWhy there’s a stigma associated with journaling (and why’s it isn’t true) [1:39]The benefits that come from pairing journaling and meditation [5:13]How journaling increases your mindfulness [7:53]The ways that journaling actually increases the likelihood that you will actually achieve your goals [9:55]How journaling strengthens self-discipline and improves communication skills [14:15]Why many people do something called “morning pages” and how it sets their day up for success [18:24]Why you don’t need to take a long time each day to journal (it’s the consistency that counts) [20:27]Why it is so important to keep your journal positive [24:09]The benefits of keeping a gratitude journal and how it impacts your outlook on your life [26:07]Why it is important to see the gains you’ve made by reviewing your journal [32:17]How to use journaling to identify pain points in your life so you can fix and solve them [36:38]AE recommendations for digital journals and apps you can use [38:38]Why you might want to use an analog journal and the benefits of pen and paper [48:42]Why it is so important for you to pick a time to journal that works for you and stick to it [55:03]Using automation and prompts to make journaling more efficient [58:24]5 tips to make the most of your journaling experience [1:04:56]Why you should review your journal on a regular basis [1:06:19]LinksSELF JournalTPS2: How to Get Started with JournalingTPS69: Journaling w/ Kendra WrightHow to Take Massive Action on Your Goals by Implementing the 12 Week Year Effectively (TPS138)The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months10% Happier by Dan HarrisHuffington Post “10 Surprising Benefits You’ll Get From Keeping a Journal”MoodnotesDay OneThe Five Minute JournalTextExpanderEvernoteLaunch Center ProJourney appBaron Fig notebooksField NotesMoleskineRhodia notebookBullet JournalMiracle MorningIf you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here’s how.
The Global Philosopher: Should Borders Matter?. Michael Sandel explores the philosophical justifications made for national borders. Using a pioneering state-of-the-art studio at the Harvard Business School, Professor Sandel is joined by 60 participants from over 30 countries in a truly global digital space. Is there any moral distinction between a political refugee and an economic migrant? If people have the right to exit a country, why not a right to enter? Do nations have the right to protect the affluence of their citizens? And is there such a thing as a 'national identity'? These are just some of the questions addressed by Professor Sandel in this first edition of The Global Philosopher.Audience producer: Louise ColettaProducer: David EdmondsEditor: Richard Knight(Image taken by Rose Lincoln)
#138 — The Edge of Humanity. In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about his new book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century.” They discuss the importance of meditation for his intellectual life, the primacy of stories, the need to revise our fundamental assumptions about human civilization, the threats to liberal democracy, a world without work, universal basic income, the virtues of nationalism, the implications of AI and automation, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
Rank #1: Stage Directions October 2017. Shôn Dale-Jones'I think actually people go to the theatre because they want a conversation and the play is only an excuse to have that conversation'In this episode I talk theatre criticism's past and future with Megan Vaughan and Catherine Love; I interview Shôn Dale-Jones about the artistic and political journey that led to his latest show Me & Robin Hood; and then I discuss 'theatrical heterotopias' and the Gate Theatre's The Unknown Island with Professor Kim Solga. Podcast outline00.00.00 Introduction00.01.21 Theatre criticism: introduction00.08.11 Theatre criticism: discussion00.45.47 Shôn Dale-Jones: introduction00.50.38 Shôn Dale-Jones: interview01.22.33 Kim Solga: what she's read and what she's seen01.47.13 Closing remarks and credits.01.58.51 EndAdditional InformationIn my introduction on theatre criticism, the information about newspaper sales comes from this report. You can go to their websites to find out more about Megan Vaughan andClips of Shôn Dale-Jones's work came from these sources:Welcome to Invisible Town StoriesHugh Hughes: Story of a Rabbit - a song from the showThe family, doing nothing... from The Doubtful GuestSearching in the night... from The Doubtful GuestMe & Robin Hood trailerAnd you can find out more about his work and the work of his company Hoi Polloi here. The book I discuss with Kim Solga is:Tompkins, Joanne. Theatre's Heterotopias: Performance and the Cultural Politics of Space. Contemporary Performance Interactions. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.And the show we saw was:The Unknown Island, Gate Theatre, September 2017, directed by Ellen McDougall, adapted by Ellen McDoughall and Clare Slater from the short story by José Saramago. Performers: Jon Foster, Hannah Ringham, Thalissa Teixeira, Zubin Varla. Designed by Rosie Elnile. Lighting by Lizzie Powell. Kim Solga's staff page at Western University is here:http://www.uwo.ca/english/people/solga.htmlAnd her blog about teaching in the academy is here:The Activist ClassroomAnd the podcast I recommend at the end is Stage Left run by the wonderful Jen Harvie.Music by Nick Powell and Nick McCarthyGraphics by Liam JarvisSubscribe to Stage Directions on iTunes, where you can also review the podcast nicely.
Rank #2: Stage Directions August 2017. It's the oldest form of theatre. Gather round and we'll tell you a storyPaul MillerIn this episode I go in search of right-wing theatre and try to trace out a little history of how and why the theatre might have a liberal bias. I then talk about conservatism in the theatre with Kate Maltby. Finally, I interview Paul Miller, artistic director of the Orange Tree, looking back at his time so far and previewing the new season.Podcast outline00.00.00 Introduction00.01.15 Right-wing theatre: introduction00.18.45 Right-wing theatre: discussion with Kate Maltby00.49.44 Interview with Paul Miller01.24.09 EndAdditional InformationMuch of the detailed information about things Thatcher said comes from her Foundation's rather brilliant website which has a searchable archive of almost everything she said or did. The inflation details come from this useful online spreadsheet. The unemployment statistics come from James Denman and Paul McDonald. 'Unemployment statistics from 1881 to the present day.' Labour Market Trends. 105 (1996): pp. 5-18, a PDF of which is here. The text of the 1979 Conservative Manifesto is here.The clips came from various online sources:Sounds from the Brixton riots come from ITN Archive material on YouTube.Thatcher's 'Lady's not for turning' can be seen in full here and that particular moment here.The clip from Frieda by Ronald Miller is actually from the film version (dir. Basil Dearden, 1947) which you can see on DailyMotion.Thatcher's quotation of words attributed to St Francis of Assisi can be seen here.The extract from Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not for Burning comes from YouTube. There it claims it is a 1950 radio version, but the only radio version of the time starred Alec Clunes, not Gielgud. (In the podcast I misleadingly say Gielgud starred in the premiere; in fact, Clunes played it first at the Arts Theatre for a short run.) I think this is from the recording of the original New York cast, mostly the same as the London cast) released on vinyl by Decca in 1951.Thatcher's version of The Parrot Sketch (yes, really) is here.John Wells's Anyone for Denis? opened at the Whitehall Theatre on 7 May 1981 and was adapted for television and broadcast 28 December 1982, from which this clip is taken. It's John Wells and Angela Thorne you can hear in this clip.This dreadful arrangement of 'My Favourite Things' is the original theme tune of the Russel Harty show. Sadly the Thatcher episode has not yet found it to YouTube, so this is taken from, of all things, the Steve Davis episode.In 1989, Judi Dench directed a revival of Look Back in Anger, starring Kenneth Branagh (who you can hear in this clip) and Emma Thompson. It had a run at the Lyric Theatre in the West End in summer that year and was filmed for television the same year, from which production this clip is taken. In the Thatcher on stage montage the clips are, in order, from:The Audience by Peter Morgan (Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto). This Kate Hennig (Thatcher) and Fiona Reid (Queen) that you can hear.Billy Elliot by Lee Hall and Elton John (Victoria Palace, London). This version of the song 'Merry Christmas Margaret Thatcher' comes from a live version on YouTube.Handbagged by Moira Buffini (Tricycle Theatre, London; transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre). This clip is from a segment on The Daily Politics (BBC, April 2014). You can hear Fenella Woolgar being terrifyingly uncanny as Thatcher. Lucy Robinson plays the Queen.Top Girls by Caryl Churchill. This clip is from the 1991 television adaptation of the Royal Court revival from earlier that year, directed by Max Stafford-Clark, starring Deborah Findlay and Lesley Manville as the politically opposed sisters Joyce and Marlene.Margaret Thatcher - Queen of Soho performed by Matthew Tedford. This clip (Let's go girls!') is just from an online trailer.You find out more about Kate Maltby from her website:http://www.katemaltby.comThe plays Kate mentions early on areThe Heretic by Richard Bean, which opened at the Royal Court in February 2011Holy Warriors by David Eldridge, which opened at Shakespeare's Globe in July 2014. The interview I quote with Nigel Lawson, the then-Chancellor of the Exchequer in Thatcher's second term, is:Coleman, Terry. 'Chancellor with Shakespeare on His Side.' Guardian, 5 September 1983, 11.And you can get more information about the new Orange Tree season (and book tickets) from their website:https://www.orangetreetheatre.co.ukMusic by Nick Powell and Nick McCarthyGraphics by Liam JarvisSubscribe to Stage Directions on iTunes. And review us there too! (5 stars only please. I do dislike faint praise.)
Rank #1: Legacy Tapes - Lyn Gardner. Rebecca Atkinson-Lord opens the new season of her podcast, Legacy Tapes, with a conversation with theatre critic Lyn Gardner. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #2: An oral history of Angels in America. 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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #1: Almeida Theatre Podcast: Rebecca Frecknall and Rupert Goold. Episode 1At the Almeida Theatre we make brave new work that asks big questions: of plays, of theatre and of the world around us.The Almeida Theatre Podcast brings together artists who create the performances on stage to talk about their lives, their work and how they make theatre.In our first episode, Olivier Award-winning Associate Director of the Almeida Theatre Rebecca Frecknall (Summer and Smoke, Three Sisters) talks to the Almeida’s Artistic Director Rupert Goold.With special thanks to George Lumkin, Rupert Goold and Rebecca Frecknall.
Rank #1: Musical theatre company SpitLip and Ian Charleson Award-winning actor Bally Gill. In our June episode, Tim Bano meets the four members of exciting musical theatre troupe Spitlip, who tell him how they created their first full-length show Operation Mincemeat – a madcap, wartime espionage thriller that recently opened to five-star raves at the New Diorama Theatre in London. Meanwhile, Ian Charleson Award-winning actor Bally Gill talks about working with Steven Berkoff, representation on stage, and being the first Sikh actor to play Romeo at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Stage Podcast, hosted by Tim Bano, is presented in association with Charcoalbluehttps://www.charcoalblue.com
Rank #2: Magician Ben Hart on secret stage effects, plus meet some of the West End's animal stars. In our March episode, Tim Bano talks to magician Ben Hart about making heads spin in The Exorcist and how he summoned up Marley's ghost in The Christmas Carol for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Meanwhile, Desmond Jordan from Performing Pets tells our roving reporter Fergus Morgan about his trials with pigs, goats and pooing Corgis, and tries to train him to become an animal wrangler. The Stage Podcast, hosted by Tim Bano, is presented in association with Charcoalbluehttps://www.charcoalblue.com
Rank #1: Thompson’s Live: S5 Ep11 (1st August 2018): VERITY STANDEN. Chris travels to Bristol this week for a chat with composer and performance maker Verity Standen. http://veritystanden.com Please feel free to respond: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can comment and rate us at Podbean, iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening & we'll be back next Wednesday.
Rank #2: Thompson’s Live: S5 Ep9 (18th July 2018): ELLA HICKSON. This week, Chris meets up with playwright Ella Hickson, whose acclaimed play The Writer was at the Almeida in London this past season. http://www.casarotto.co.uk/client/ella-hickson--18166 Please feel free to respond: email@example.com or you can comment and rate us at Podbean, iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening & we'll be back next Wednesday.
Rank #1: Michael Feingold on the current New York theatre scene. BTG London editor Philip Fisher, during his annual reviewing trip to the US, talks with Theatermania columnist Michael Feingold about trends in New York theatre both on and off Broadway and discusses shows that should not be missed.
Rank #2: Christmas Crimes in Lichfield. Lichfield Garrick is presenting an alternative show as well as its panto this Christmas as New Old Friends will be staging the latest in its "Crimes of..." series: Crimes of the Christmas Pudding. BTG Midlands editor Steve Orme speaks to director Nel Crouch and Jill Myers who plays Belgian detective Artemis Arinae. Crimes of the Christmas Pudding runs at Lichfield Garrick from Wednesday 5 December 2018 until Saturday 5 January 2019.
Rank #1: The Inheritance writer Matthew Lopez discusses his early influences, his Florida roots & his writing. Writer of The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez joins us to discuss his hilarious and profound heart-breaking play in two parts, directed by Stephen Daldry.Matthew discusses everything from his upbringing in the Florida panhandle and seeing Peter Pan on broadway to his aunt's Tony award and writing about a community and safe spaces in The Whipping Man. We also deep dive into the issues from The Inheritance, writing from personal experience and casting straight men as gay characters.
Rank #2: Oscar winning writer Tarell Alvin McCraney talks The Brothers Size, Moonlight & his career. The Brothers Size writer and Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney joined us in Feb 2018 during the revival of the Young Vic's production of his play, The Brothers Size, directed by Bijan Sheibani.Tarell discusses his Brother/Sister trilogy of plays and how he came to write these incredibly powerful shows after originally starting out as an actor and later collaborating with Peter Brook and David Lan and working at the RSC. He also explores what it meant to train as an 'artist' and how you learn to express yourself and find your voice. And of course we also discuss Moonlight and *that* suit at the Oscars and if fame has changed who he works with or how he works.Tarell also discusses why teaching has always been an important part of what he does, starting aged 12 supporting his peers at school to his classes and programs of high school and college students.
Rank #1: Episode 4 :: Scottee. Jen Harvie talks with performance maker and artist Scottee whose work consistently addresses the experiences of being an outsider – affected by class, race, and/or sexuality. We discuss his move from London to the Essex seaside, mental health, neurodiversity, hospitality, and class, and how all these things relate to his performance, especially Bravado, which is touring in 2017.
Rank #2: Episode 3 :: Nic Green and Rosana Cade :: Cock and Bull. Jen Harvie talks with performance makers Nic Green and Rosana Cade about Cock and Bull, created with Laura Bradshaw for the eve of the 2015 UK General Election and touring in spring 2017 including to London’s Southbank, 25-30 April. We discuss how the show sampled rhetorical language and gestures from the 2014 Conservative Party Conference, then broke them down in a precisely scored and choreographed exorcism towards a hoped-for new future. We talk about politics, inequality, formalism, bodies, music, anger, people, work, task-based performance, and how to make performance without funding, and with passion.
Rank #1: Graeae. Jess Thom goes in-house at Graeae, the award-winning theatre company that profiles the skills, excellence and professionalism of deaf and disabled artists. She chats to Jenny Sealey, Graeae’s Artistic Director, about the importance of putting disabled artists centre stage - and never taking no for an answer. Transcript for this episode: https://blog.stagedoorapp.com/in-house-podcast-transcript-for-ep-9-graeae/
Rank #2: King’s Head. Terri Paddock speaks to Adam Spreadbury-Maher, the Artistic Director of the King’s Head, about the history of London’s first pub theatre and how it is transforming itself through a new capital development. Transcript for this episode: https://blog.stagedoorapp.com/in-house-podcast-transcript-for-ep-5-the-kings-head-theatre/
Rank #1: 090 - Keeping it Cool with the Americans. During the hottest stretch of hot summer weather we can remember in years here in the UK, we are bringing you some of our favourite chats from that last few years of the coolest Americans that have come over to play on the London stage - with each of the following three making their London theatrical debuts, and all of them known for their star turns on screen. Listen to John Goodman, Uzo Aduba and Michael C Hall share their experiences from the London stage. Curtain Call Website Sign up as a theatre professional HERE
Rank #2: 054 - Robert Icke . Robert Icke has a great track record here in the UK, having had an Olivier Award nomination for 1984 back in 2014 for Best New Play (where he also picked up the Best Director gong at the UK Theatre Awards), but today I want to bring you a little chat we had during the warm up of the play where he won the Olivier Award for Best Director. Oresteia, which showed at Trafalgar Studios a little less than two years ago, also brought a classic story, this time a Greek tragedy, to the stage. And, once again, cameras were a feature of this production. Less CCTV cameras of Big Brother, but broadcast cameras so that the killing of a child could be witnessed by the population as a leader’s sacrifice to help win a war. It was harrowing stuff, and extremely hard to watch, but was riveting theatre – something in which Robert Icke has made a name for himself.
Rank #1: Backstage with Boy Blue Entertainment. We head backstage with hip-hop dance company, Boy Blue Entertainment, to learn more about their new production, ‘Blak Whyte Gray’, and visit the rehearsal room and recording studio with choreographer Kenrick 'H20' Sandy and composer Michael 'Mikey J' Asante. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #2: Calixto Bieito on Shakespeare. Director Calixto Bieito discussed his new work Forests, a play composed entirely from Shakespeare’s verse and most famous woodland scenes. Coming to the Barbican Centre in London on 6-10 Nov, this new creation takes audiences on a wild trip from paradise to inferno and fuels Bieito’s controversial reputation. Part of the World Shakespeare Festival. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #1: Jemima Rooper. Jemima's career started at a young age, appearing in several films in the early '90s, as well as playing George in a TV adaptation of Enid Blyton's Famous Five.More recent screen credits include As If, Hex and Lost in Austen, and she made her Hollywood debut in The Black Dahlia, alongside Scarlett Johansson.On stage, her credits range from Her Naked Skin and One Man, Two Guvnors at the National Theatre, to the West End productions of All My Sons with David Suchet and Zoë Wanamaker, and Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury.Next up, she plays Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, which runs at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre until 15 September.
Rank #2: Jenna Russell. This week's guest is Tony-nominee and Olivier Award-winner Jenna Russell.Russell's professional stage debut came in 1987 as an understudy for Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables, a show she returned to as Fantine in 1991 and 2000. Her subsequent 30-year theatre career includes West End productions of Follies in 1987, Martin Guerre in 1998, Guys and Dolls opposite Ewan McGregor in 2005 and Sunday in the Park with George in 2006, for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was nominated for a Tony Award for the show's Broadway transfer.Further notable credits include Into the Woods at the Donmar Warehouse and Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Merrily We Roll Along at the Menier and Harold Pinter Theatre, Urinetown at the St. James and Apollo Theatre and Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse.In 2016 she joined the cast of EastEnders, playing Michelle Fowler for two years. She is now starring in Fun Home, which runs at the Young Vic until 1 September.
Rank #1: The King and I, But It Still Goes On, It Happened in Key West and King Lear AYULTP #381 22-Jul-2018. As Yet Unnamed London Theatre Podcast 22-Jul-2018 With T R P Watson - http://www.londontheatregoer.com Gareth James - http://garethjames.wordpress.com/ JohnnyFox - http://johnnyfox.london/ PaulInLondon - http://www.paulinlondon.com Plays Discussed The King and I - London Palladium [00:20] https://kingandimusical.co.uk/ But It Still Goes On - Finborough Theatre [16:00] https://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productions/2018/but-it-still-goes-on.php It Happened in Key West - Charing Cross Theatre [23:53] http://charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/theatre/it-happened-in-key-west King Lear - Duke of York’s Theatre [29:24] https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/king-lear/duke-of-yorks/
Rank #2: The Lehman Trilogy, Imperium and For King and Country AYULTP #380 15-Jul-2018. As Yet Unnamed London Theatre Podcast 15-Jul-2018 With T R P Watson - http://www.londontheatregoer.com Gareth James - http://garethjames.wordpress.com/ Plays Discussed The Lehman Trilogy - Lyttelton Theatre [00:20] https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-lehman-trilogy Imperium - Gielgud Theatre [12:07] https://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/tickets/imperium/ For King and Country - Southwark Playhouse [26:27] https://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/for-king-and-country/
Rank #1: S1 Ep5: David Hare talks to Simon Stephens. The following content may contain strong language. Click here to return to the main podcast page. To subscribe via iTunes click here. Introduction by Simon Stephens: “The plays of David Hare have dramatised and counterpointed the political and moral landscape of Britain and its position in our world for nearly fifty years. As a young Cambridge graduate towards the end of the sixties he practically stumbled into playwriting while director of the touring theatre company, Portable, when a commissioned writer failed to deliver a script and so, with four days to go until the start of rehearsals, Hare himself wrote his first play How Brophy Made Good, as he calls it: “a one act satire on the absurdity of left wing self-regard”. He may be slightly scathing about his debut now, but it led to his first commissioned play Slag and from then onto a career that has seen more than twenty five plays produced all over the world. He has won Olivier and Tony Awards alike, been nominated for three Oscars for his screenplays, is a celebrated journalist, essayist and political commentator. His memoir The Blue Touch Paper was published last year. His versions of plays by Brecht, Lorca, Ibsen, Schnitzler and Chekhov amongst others have been widely lauded. This year alone has seen a celebrated production of his version of Ibsen’s Master Builder at the Old Vic Theatre, his trilogy of early Chekhov plays originally produced at Chichester is about to be revived at the National Theatre where his newest play The Red Barn, an adaption of Georges Simenon’s novel La Main, will be directed by Rob Icke later in the year. He was one of the earliest Literary managers of the Royal Court towards the start of the seventies and his relationship with this theatre has juxtaposed, at times happily, at times with a certain attrition, with his fundamental role in the establishment of Joint Stock Theatre Company and central role in the opening of the National Theatre building at the South bank and his glittering, and ultimately knighted, career in commercial theatre. A handful of plays at the start of the 70s including Slag and also Knuckle and Brassneck culminated in Teeth ‘n’ Smiles, a play which saw Helen Mirren fronting a proto-type punk rock band. But this was to be his last play at the Court for some twenty years until Stephen Daldry invited him to make his stage debut as an actor in his monologue Via Dolarosa. Since then the theatre has seen him return to the stage with 2000’s My Zinc Bed and The Vertical Hour. Of all the writers I have spoken to he seems to most clearly personify the writer as playwright. His plays read beautifully and unveil themselves in their language as fully as in their form or their images. He is a playwright, I would suggest, fascinated by the force of the things people say to one another. He imagines and captures their utterances beautifully and in so doing has explored those curious states of Englishness, Britishness, Europeanness and just what it bloody well is to be human with extraordinary grace and anger for five decades.”
Rank #2: S1 Ep3: Dennis Kelly & Joe Penhall talk to Simon Stephens. The following content may contain strong language. Click here to return to the main podcast page. To subscribe via iTunes click here. Introduction by Simon Stephens: “This afternoon’s recording is going to be something of a break from convention. This afternoon I won’t just be interviewing one of the world’s leading playwrights, but two of them together. Joe Penhall first came to wide recognition in 1994 when his play Some Voices was produced down the corridor from this room in the celebrated Theatre Upstairs. A passionate, bruising study of love and brotherhood and illness and survival, it launched a career that has seen Joe work in the world’s leading theatres and write with phenomenal success for television and film. His musical Sunny Afternoon is thriving in the West End, after cleaning up at last year’s Olivier Awards. His films include Road and Enduring Love, he has seen massive acclaim for his television series’ Moses Jones and The Long Firm, his multi-award winning 2000 play Blue/Orange has just been revived with startling force at the Young Vic. But it is here, I think, at the Royal Court with plays like Pale Horse, Dumb Show, Haunted Child and Birthday that Joe has continued to push himself and cement his reputation as one of the world’s leading dramatists for stage. Dennis Kelly too is, I think, one of Britain’s most significant living playwrights. It’s something of an anomaly, and I think a fascinating one, that his work has rarely been staged here. His Royal Court debut, his first play produced by current Artistic Director, Vicky Featherstone; The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, opened here in 2013 but it was actually his ninth major play. His coruscating, lyrical debut Debris opened at the Theatre503 in 2003 and in the following 12 years his plays, amongst which are Orphans, After the End, Osama the Hero and Love and Money, have been celebrated for their savagery and intelligence, searing wit and restless formal exploration and produced all over the world. His television series’ Pulling and Utopia have been hailed as masterpieces of the form. His musical collaboration with Tim Minchin, Matilda, a musical based on Roald Dahl’s much-loved novel, has been a magnificent success, both commercially and critically, on the West End and Broadway for the duration of this decade.”
Rank #1: 5. Holy Road by Vinay Patel. Episode 5HOLY ROADby Vinay PatelDirected by Andy GoddardPerformed by Ian HoughtonA man goes for a run, attempting to work through his grief, to put together a ‘repair kit’ for himself. But as he searches in his past for comfort, darker forgotten truths are uncovered.Produced by Will Bourdillon and James Huntrods. Audio produced and edited by Andy Goddard.The Miniaturists Podcast is supported by Nick Hern Books.www.miniaturists.co.uk
Rank #2: 4. Four-Thirty by Phoebe Eclair-Powell. Episode 44:30by Phoebe Eclaire PowellDirected by Andy GoddardPerformed by Mary Roubos, Fuad Ahammed, Howard Perret, Pip Gladwin, Andy Goddard and Lee HunterIn the early hours of the morning, six characters’ lives converge on a single, horrifying moment.Produced by Will Bourdillon & James Huntrods. Audio produced, edited by Andy Goddard. Music by Andy Goddard.The Miniaturists Podcast is supported by Nick Hern Books.www.miniaturists.co.uk