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The Theatre Thoughts Podcast

The Theatre Thoughts Podcast

By Justin Clarke
The Theatre Thoughts Podcast is our accompaniment podcast to the Theatre Thoughts website and social media platforms where you can hear exclusive interviews with industry professionals about upcoming theatre productions, as well as round table discussions about all things theatre and live entertainment.

We'll share with you our own theatre reviews and dive into the theatre community at large. We will also have some hot giveaways along the journey that are only available by listening to the podcast!

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Episode 1: Come From Away Fanfest

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Episode 8 - Tiegan Denina - Heathers the Musical
It's a busy time for us here at Theatre Thoughts, and knowing that there are a few people in iso at the moment, we're gifting you with a NEW PODCAST. On this episode we have an amazing chat with the delightful Tiegan Denina about her upcoming role as Veronica in The Mitchell Old Company's production of HEATHERS THE MUSICAL coming to the ARA Darling Quartre from the 8th February 2022. Tiegan has undergone training  with the Australian Girls Choir, NIDA (Diploma of Musical Theatre) and VCA (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Music Theatre). Her most recent roles include Sarah – Our House – VCA (dir. Tyran Parke), Dance Captain/Ensemble – The Mystery of Edwin Drood – VCA (dir. Jason Langley), Featured Soloist – Morning Melodies VCA (dir. Jayde Kirchert)  and Ensemble – Chimerica – STC (dir. Kip Williams). Tiegan chats with us about why Heathers has such a cult following and is so well recieved by audiences. We also have a chat about some of our favourite screen to stage musicals and why musical moments stay in your memories. -------------------------------------------------------- The Mitchell Old Company presents, HEATHERS: The Musical, a high-energy immersive theatre experience. Based on the cult classic film of the same name, this heartfelt, hilarious and provocatively dark comedy will come to Sydney for a strictly limited season in February 2022. Featuring NEW SONGS straight from the West End production – come and join the 1989 class of Westerberg High School, for an explosive night of theatre! Brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, “Desperate Housewives”), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde) and Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, She’s the Man). HEATHERS: The Musical, is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass... but J.D. has another plan for that bullet. For more information, visit The Mitchell Old Company. Book, Music & Lyrics by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe. Based on the film written by Daniel Waters. By Arrangement with ORiGiNTM Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company. TICKETS CAN BE BOUGHT HERE
January 16, 2022
Episode 7 - Julian Garner - The Museum of Modern Love
On this episode we sit down with actor Julian Garner to discuss The Museum of Modern Love, Marina Abramović's The Artist is Present and what kept Julian busy throughout lockdown. Julian is a National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) graduate. His theatre credits include The Turquoise Elephant for Griffin Theatre Company; Inner Voices for Red Line Productions; Arcadiaand Storm Boy for Sydney Theatre Company; The Crucible, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and Cyrano de Bergerac for Sport for Jove; Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, As You Like It, The Wars of the Roses, Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night for Bell Shakespeare His television credits include Top of the Lake: China Girl, Reckoning, Pulse, Janet King, McLeod’s Daughters, Blackjack, Home and Away and more recently the Peter Duncan directed mini-series Operation Buffalo. His film credits include Top End Wedding, Killing Ground, Problem Play, Head On, The Children of the Corn and I Am Woman He is currently filming on Network Ten’s series 2 of The Secret She Keeps. "[A] rare treat… an astute meditation on art, bravery, friendship, love, how to live, and on dying." - Sydney Morning Herald novel review Following a successful series of development readings staged as part of Sydney Festival 2021, Seymour Centre is proud to present the world premiere production of The Museum of Modern Love at Sydney Festival 2022. Adapted from the Stella Prize-winning novel by Heather Rose, The Museum of Modern Love follows New York-based film composer, Arky Levin, a man struggling to live and work in the face of incredible loss. By chance, Arky finds his way to MoMA and sees Marina Abramović in The Artist is Present—a marathon and now-legendary feat of performance art that saw Abramović sitting silent and completely still opposite thousands of museum visitors in the spring of 2010. Arky returns to MoMA again and again, and encounters other viewers also drawn to the exhibit, each with their own reasons for spending hours in the presence of Abramović. As the performance unfolds, so does Arky, and with his life coming back into focus, he finally understands what he must do to move forward. Set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, and blurring the lines between spectator and artist, this transfixing new work explores dying and living, courage and commitment—and meditates on the power of art to unite and connect us, even in an increasingly disconnected world. As part of The Museum of Modern Love, 10 people per performance will have the opportunity to sit on stage and be part of the action. All on-stage ticket holders will need to meet backstage before the show for a briefing and ticket holders will need to stay on stage for the duration of the performance. Further details on the Seymour Centre Website. Below you can find all the links to things discussed in today's episode: TICKETS - Marina Abramović's The Artist is Present Marina meets former partner
January 09, 2022
Episode 6 - Leanne Cope - An American in Paris
We finish the year with something very special, our one on one with the talented Leanne Cope! Leanne Cope is currently in rehearsals for the Australian Premiere of An American in Paris which begins in National Tour in Brisbane of January 2022. Leanne Cope is a British Tony and Grammy Award-nominated dancer and actor and originated the role of Lise Dassin in the Broadway and West End productions of An American in Paris. She began her career at the Royal Ballet, where she was First Artist, after graduating from the Royal Ballet School. We sit down with Leanne to discuss the production, how she landed the role of Lise Dassin on Broadway, as well as what theatre fans should expect from this unique production. Be sure to follow us or subscribe to our podcast channels on either spotify, stitcher, googlepodcasts, or applepodcasts to listen.
December 26, 2021
Episode 5 - Rising Arts Productions - Puffs, Theatre 16 and Improv!
In this episode, we sit down with Jarrod Riesinger & Bradley Ward from Rising Arts Productions to discuss their production of Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic which is coming to the Flight Path Theatre in January, and the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre in April 2022. We’ll discuss how the production team kept rehearsals going throughout lockdown, why they believe new productions are essential for out-of-the-city theatres, and even perform a hilarious improvisation game! Be sure to listen to the end of the podcast for a massive new giveaway! The episode will be available to stream from spotify, apple podcasts, google podcasts and stitcher.
December 19, 2021
Episode 4: Andrew Threlfall - CDP Theatre Producers
On today's show, we chat exclusively with Andrew Threlfall from CDP Theatre Producers about their upcoming production, Guess How Much I Love You which is set to open at the Seymour Centre from the 15th December. Andrew talks through his role at CDP as well as what it means to be a producer in the theatre industry as well as what makes Guess How Much I Love You a must see production for all ages. We also throw Andrew our own Theatre Thoughts question on how he would bring a much loved classic to life on stage. Stay tuned to hear which show we choose! Be sure to leave us a review or follow us on our socials. Facebook Instagram Website
December 11, 2021
Episode 3: Stephen Sondheim Tribute - Ft. Charlotte Smee & Daniel Stefanovski
On a very special podcast, we sit down with Theatre Thoughts regular, Daniel Stefanovski, and our Editor, Charlotte Smee, to discuss the late, great Stephen Sondheim. Passing away just before the beginning of December, we pay tribute to what makes Sondheim such a force that will continue to resonate in the theatre world. We'll also share our own thoughts on some of his biggest shows and best songs, as well as some of our least favourites. You'll also hear the incomparable Lin Manuel Miranda reading a tribute in New York's Time Square. So stay tuned! Be sure to leave us a review or share our podcast around!
December 04, 2021
Episode 2: Natalie Bassingthwaighte & Emily Nkomo - Jagged Little Pill
On this episode, we chat with Sir Howard Panter, Joint CEO of Trafalgar Entertainment as well as Tim McFarlane, Executive Charimain-Asia Pacific, on the reopening of the Theatre Royal in Sydney. We go into what their plans are for the theatre moving forward, as well as what they envision for the Sydney theatre scene. We’ll also hear from Jagged Little Pill cast members Natalie Bassingthwaite and newcomer Emily Nkomo on why they’re excited for audiences to see the smash-hit musical, as well as what shows they’d love to see come to the new theatre. You can listen on Spotify, Applepodcasts, Google Podcasts or Stitcher from our Anchor Podcasts site. A massive thank you also has to go out to Life is Productions for the footage posted on our website and the audio for today’s podcast. Give them a follow on Instagram @lifeisproductions or on their Facebook page
December 04, 2021
Episode 1: Come From Away Fanfest
On our first ever podcast join me as I sit down with my friend, Daniel Stefanovski, to discuss one of our favourite shows, Come From Away. We'll share our exclusive review on the production as well as share some behind-the-scenes insights into the show we've found along our love fest with the show.
November 29, 2021
The Theatre Thoughts Podcast: Trailer
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November 21, 2021