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Cyphers Theatre Podcast

Cyphers Theatre Podcast

By Cyphers Theatre Company
The team at Cyphers Theatre Company, along with invited guests, provide some helpful insight, advice and inspiration to university students and recent graduates looking to pursue a career in theatre.

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9 - From student, to theatre company founder, to barrister (with Victoria Hamblen)
Victoria studied Chinese and Politics at SOAS, University of London, before founding Cyphers with Marcus Bazley in 2014. She left the company in 2016 to pursue a career in law. 
November 4, 2020
8 - From linguistics student to stage manager (with Hannah Gillett)
Hannah studied linguistics at UCL before training on the MA Stage & Event Management at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has worked with companies and venues including Rambert and the Donmar Warehouse.
October 21, 2020
7 - The Business of Theatre (with Laura Elmes)
Laura studied philosophy at King's College London and is now an award-winning producer with experience spanning both the commercial and subsidised sectors. She currently runs her own company, Laura Elmes Productions, alongside working as Head of Programming for Troubadour Theatres. She was previously Production Coordinator for Runaway Entertainment from 2015-18, working on numerous West End productions including Girl From The North Country (Old Vic and Noel Coward), Tom Fletcher’s Christmasaurus Live (Hammersmith Apollo), Guys and Dolls starring Rebel Wilson (Phoenix, Savoy, UK tour and Tel Aviv), Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre) and The Railway Children (King’s Cross Theatre). She began her career working with Jamie Hendry Productions as Production Assistant on Impossible (Noel Coward) and Production Intern on Let It Be (Garrick). For more information on Stage One visit For more information on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival visit
October 14, 2020
6 - From English student to theatre producer (with Hannah Elsy)
Hannah studied English at King's College London before deciding not to finish her degree and to pursue a career as a theatre producer. She now produces, manages and develops theatre across the subsidized and commercial sector through her company Hannah Elsy Productions. For more information on Stage One visit For more information on opportunities for young theatre makers at the National Theatre visit
October 7, 2020
5 - From students to directors via very different routes
Co-Artistic directors Marcus Bazley and Will Holyhead discuss their very different journeys from being students to running a theatre company together. For more information on the JMK Trust visit
September 30, 2020
4 - From drama student to theatre director (with Cat Robey)
Cat studied Drama & Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths before training as a theatre director at Birkbeck, where she now teaches and sits on the interview panel. She is currently Deputy Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre and Associate Director of Ransack Theatre and Metamorph Theatre. Her work has been seen at venues including Live Theatre Newcastle, The King' Head, Vault Festival, Pleasance, Assembly, The Arts Theatre & The Park. For more information on Jermyn Street Theatre visit For more information on the Young Vic Directors Program visit
September 23, 2020
3 - From student playwrighting to the Royal Court (with Katherine Soper)
Katherine studied English at Cambridge before training as a playwright at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her first play, WISH LIST, won the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting,  The Stage Debut Award for Best New Play, and caused Katherine to be nominated as Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards. It was performed at the Manchester Royal Exchange & Royal Court, directed by Matthew Xia. Her latest play is THE SMALL HOURS, written for National Theatre Connections. For more information on the Bruntwood Prize visit
September 16, 2020
2 - From student theatre to award winning actor (with Akshay Sharan)
We talk to Akshay Sharan about the challenges that students wanting to pursue a career as an actor face and his own journey from university student to award winning actor. Akshay studied English at King's College London before training with the National Youth Theatre and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He was the recipient of the 2018 Stage Debut Award for 'Best Actor in a Play' for THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST at the Yard Theatre. His other credits include JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN (National Theatre), THREE SISTERS (Almeida Theatre), GRANCHESTER (ITV). For more information on the National Youth Theatre visit
September 9, 2020
1 - Bridging the gap between student and professional theatre (with James Phillips, Director of NSDF)
We talk to James Phillips about the challenges that students wanting to pursue a career in professional theatre face, how he's trying to help through his work with the National Student Drama Festival and his own journey from university student to award winning playwright and theatre director. James Phillips is a playwright, director and photographer. After studying at St Catherine's College Oxford. His first play, The Rubenstein Kiss (which he also directed) won both the TMA Award for Best Play of the Year and the John Whiting Award. His play City Stories had a Residency at St James Theatre, London from 2014-17 and also transferred to 59East59 Theater in New York. His play McQueen: or Lee and Beauty, about Alexander McQueen, broke box office records at St James Theatre in London and then transferred to the West End. His recent play Camelot: The Shining City - which was produced with a cast of 150 - was named as one of the top 5 UK Theatre Shows of 2015 by The Guardian Newspaper. He is currently Director of NSDF, Associate Artist of the Oxford Playhouse and an Associate of Wilton’s Music Hall. For more information about the National Student Drama Festival visit: You can also get involved in a couple their fantastic and free online events this week as part of The Bigger Room Project: WEDNESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER | 18:00-19:00 BST KWAME KWEI-ARMAH IN CONVERSATION WITH NIMA TALEGHANI FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER | 18:00-19:00 EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL PANEL DISCUSSION
September 2, 2020
Introduction to the Cyphers Theatre Podcast
Co-Artistic Directors Marcus Bazley and Will Holyhead discuss why they're making the Cyphers Theatre Podcast. Lots of university students and graduates want to try and work in theatre, but just don't know how to make a start. Once upon a time Marcus and Will were both that person and hopefully this podcast will help you to make a start at forging a career in theatre. 
August 21, 2020