We’re back with another podcast roundup – this time with a focus on performing arts. Whether you’re aspiring to write the next West Side Story or are thinking of auditioning for your local am-dram panto, there’ll be something of interest for you here.
Add these seven podcasts below to your audio library to hear interviews with leading experts and artists in theatre production (and showbiz) and get tips to help progress your performing arts career. Or just sit back and enjoy a little entertainment. Here they are in no particular order:
In The Frame
In The Frame features fascinating interviews with the West End’s biggest stars. Host Andrew Tomlins has a candid conversation with a different theatrical name every week. You’ll hear from actors, producers, choreographers and more. Recent guests include Owain Arthur, who’s just taken over as Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls, and Kevin Clifton, the star of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer.
Off Book: The Improvised Musical
Each week, via the Off Book podcast series, you’ll witness a new musical being scripted on the spot by hosts Jess and Zach, plus a special guest. It’s a fun and unique podcast with rave reviews from people who love musicals – and others who just listen in for pure entertainment! You’ll be wowed by the improv, the catchy songs and the sheer talent.
That Black Theatre Podcast
Hosted by Nadine Deller, That Black Theatre Podcast celebrates Black creativity and Black theatre in Britain, celebrating leaders in the industry through historical stories, interviews and discussions. Discover how socio-political events, such as mass immigration, civil rights and the time of Thatcher’s Tory government, have influenced the work of Black theatre practitioners.
Talk for Two
Billed as the #1 showbiz podcast, Talk for Two features in-depth conversations between host Matt Bailey and a range of well-known actors, writers, comedians and musicians. Recent episodes include an interview with Ray Romano, best known for Everybody Loves Raymond and Yakov Smirnoff, an acting and comedy legend.
The Moth is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the art of storytelling. Each year, The Moth delivers a range of live events worldwide where extraordinary storytellers present their true stories to packed crowds. The podcast is a curation of stories told over the last two decades and is updated each Tuesday. Around 100 million podcast episodes of The Moth are downloaded each year – so this is well worth a listen!
If you’re after a behind-the-scenes look at theatre, movies and TV, add Performer Talks to your playlist. You’ll hear insights and tips from performing arts professionals on topics like setting your own rates as an actor, what to do between slow and busy periods and what it’s like being on set.
Theatre: The Creative Process
The Creative Process podcast offers a fascinating peek into the world of theatre production and film, including conversations with writers, actors and directors about their lives, work and creative practices. Past episodes feature actress Catherine Curtain from Orange is the New Black and John Patrick Stanley, the writer and director of Doubt.
We’ve also just launched a new episode of Creative Entrepreneurs Conversations, where our founder, Carolyn Dailey, talks intimately with incredible visionaries and creative founders. Listen to Carolyn talk with Ed Vaizey, a current member of the House of Lords and the UK’s longest-serving UK Culture Minister.