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Amateur of Life and Death

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The Amateur of Life and Death podcast brings together amateur theatre makers to talk about their theatrical lives, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve died on stage. We take you behind the scenes at The Crescent Theatre to discover more about what goes into making a production, shining a spotlight on the stars behind the scenes, as well as those on stage.Theatre is our passion; amateur from the Latin ‘amare’, meaning ‘to love’. This is a podcast for anyone with an interest in watching or making amateur theatre.

Location:

United Kingdom

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The Amateur of Life and Death podcast brings together amateur theatre makers to talk about their theatrical lives, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve died on stage. We take you behind the scenes at The Crescent Theatre to discover more about what goes into making a production, shining a spotlight on the stars behind the scenes, as well as those on stage.Theatre is our passion; amateur from the Latin ‘amare’, meaning ‘to love’. This is a podcast for anyone with an interest in watching or making amateur theatre.

Language:

English

Contact:

01216435858


Episodes
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The Great American Musical

5/3/2024
Send us a Text Message. This month we're focussing on two great American musicals of the 20th century. We speak to actor, singer and dancer Jo Brookes about her role as Louise in the Crescent Theatre's production of Gypsy. We also go backstage with Tinker's Farm Opera and speak to director and choreographer Emma Harley to find out more about the history of society and its forthcoming production of Guys and Dolls, which Emma is directing.

Duration:00:49:40

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Love From a Stranger

4/12/2024
Send us a Text Message. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre, and features an amateur theatre-maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve ‘died’ on stage. This month’s episode focuses on the upcoming production of the play ‘Love From a Stranger’ by Agatha Christie and Frank Vosper, a “psychological thriller”, which the Crescent Theatre Birmingham are performing in April 2024 as part of the Crescent’s Centenary Season. Laura speaks to Andrew Crocker, the Production Assistant for the show, and a long-serving member of the Crescent Theatre. Luke Plimmer is this month’s Backstage Pass holder and he’ll be talking to set designer Poppy Chalmers, who’ll explain more about creating 1930s Britain inside the black box venue that is the Ron Barber Studio space.

Duration:00:47:32

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Educating Rita

2/25/2024
Send us a Text Message. This episode delves into the world of Willy Russell's modern classic, Educating Rita. We talk to actress Vicky Youster about her theatrical life, theatrical loves and the times when she's 'died' on stage. Vicky is playing Rita in the Crescent Theatre Birmingham's production of Educating Rita and she also tells us all about rehearsals, the challenges of taking on such an iconic role, and how to master the Liverpool accent. Laura takes a delve into the Crescent Theatre's archives to find out more about previous productions of the show.

Duration:00:38:07

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House and Garden

2/2/2024
Send us a Text Message. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre, and features an amateur theatre-maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve ‘died’ on stage. This episode focuses on the Crescent’s upcoming pair of productions, 'House' and 'Garden', both by Alan Ayckbourn. Luke Plimmer is borrowing our backstage pass this month to learn more. He’ll be talking to the Stage Manager for 'Garden', Suzie King, and to Jordan Starks-Browning, who is working on Props for both 'House' and 'Garden'. Our studio guest is Naomi Jacobs, who is the Production Assistant on 'Garden'. Naomi also tells us about her life and loves in amateur theatre.

Duration:00:43:44

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Looking Forward, Thinking Back

12/15/2023
Send us a Text Message. This episode we’re celebrating the past, exploring the present, and looking ahead to the future of amateur theatre. Chairman of the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, Kevin Middleton tells us about his theatrical life and theatrical loves, as well as discussing the governance of an amateur theatre, and the role of the board. We also chat to one of the Crescent Theatre’s longest-standing members, set-builder and former stage manager, Phil Parsons, about his memories and experiences over more than 50 years with the company.

Duration:00:59:22

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Othello

11/10/2023
Send us a Text Message. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre, and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve ‘died’ on stage. This episode focuses on the Crescent’s upcoming production of Othello. Our backstage pass holder, John O'Neill, will be exploring the iconic Props department with the Production Assistants for Othello, Steve Davis and Jess Shannon.

Duration:00:58:20

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Pinteresque

10/13/2023
Send us a Text Message. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre, and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve ‘died’ on stage. This episode focuses on the work of a giant of modern British theatre, Harold Pinter. We will be talking to Graeme Braidwood, who is directing the Crescent Theatre Birmingham’s upcoming production of two one act Pinter plays, A Kind of Alaska and Ashes to Ashes, about his life and loves in theatre. And we’ll be delving into the archives to find out a bit more about the Crescent Theatre’s history of producing Pinter’s work.

Duration:00:40:49

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Now We Are 100

9/15/2023
Send us a Text Message. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre, and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve ‘died’ on stage. This episode focuses on the history of the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, which is celebrating a big birthday this season. We’ve been talking to Clare Crosland, the Crescent’s Head of Archives, about the rewards and challenges of archiving a hundred years of amateur theatre history. And we delve into the archives to find out a bit more about the history of the Crescent Theatre Company and about past productions of the two classic shows that open its centenary season this month; Blithe Spirit and Pride and Prejudice.

Duration:00:58:21

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My Night With Reg

7/7/2023
Send us a Text Message. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve ‘died’ on stage. This episode focuses on Kevin Elyot’s 1990s masterpiece, My Night with Reg. Liz talks to David Baldwin about his life and loves in amateur theatre, and about My Night with Reg, which David is appearing in.

Duration:00:47:06

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The Taming of the Shrew

6/23/2023
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Duration:00:52:31

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Losing Leaves

5/26/2023
Send us a Text Message. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve died on stage. Our Backstage Pass feature takes us behind the scenes at The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham to discover more about what goes into making a great amateur production. This episode explores Florian Zeller’s modern masterpiece The Father. Our studio guest is director and actor Mark Thompson, who is directing the Crescent Theatre’s forthcoming production of The Father. Mark tells us about his life and loves in amateur theatre and about how he has approached directing The Father. Our Backstage Pass Holder, John O’Neill, has been behind the scenes of the Box Office, a crucial department of any theatre, to find out more about how the box office supports and enhances the work of a busy amateur theatre venue.

Duration:00:45:29

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Into the Woods

4/28/2023
Send us a Text Message. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve died on stage. Our Backstage Pass Feature takes us behind the scenes at The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham to discover more about what goes into making a great amateur production. This episode is all about the work of the late composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and we will be talking to Musical Director and long-standing member of the Crescent Theatre, Gary Spruce, about his life and loves in amateur theatre.

Duration:00:46:10

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Sylvia

3/17/2023
Send us a Text Message. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve ‘died’ on stage. This episode focusses on A.R. Gurney's charming 1995 romantic comedy "Sylvia." We'll be talking to actor, author and director Jaz Davison about her life and loves in amateur theatre. Jaz is directing The Crescent Theatre's forthcoming production of "Sylvia," which will run in the Crescent Theatre's Ron Barber Studio from 1st - 8th April 2023. "Sylvia" explores the impact of an unexpected pet on the relationship between two empty-nesters who have just moved into New York City after child rearing in the suburbs. Luke will be going backstage with two of the actors in the show to find out how you bring a dog to life on stage.

Duration:00:46:57

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A Taste of Honey

2/10/2023
Send us a Text Message. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve ‘died’ on stage. This episode focuses on Shelagh Delaney’s ground-breaking 1950s drama A Taste of Honey. We’ll be talking to designer and director Colin Judges about his life and loves in amateur theatre. Colin is directing the Crescent Theatre’s forthcoming production of A Taste of Honey. And because it’s February, the month of Valentines, we’re doing something a little bit different this episode and celebrating stories of those who have found love, be it romantic or platonic, through amateur theatre. We asked our listeners to send us in their amateur theatre love stories and we’ll be sharing them with you, in celebration of the power that amateur theatre has to bring people together.

Duration:00:54:09

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The Mercy Seat

1/20/2023
Send us a Text Message. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve died on stage. Our Backstage Pass feature will also take us behind the scenes at The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham to discover more about what goes into making a great amateur production. This episode focusses on Neil LaBute's 9/11 relationship drama "The Mercy Seat." We'll talk to director, Robyn Dickinson about her life and loves in amateur theatre. Robyn is directing The Crescent Theatre's upcoming production of the play. Liz has been behind the scenes of a photo shoot of a poster, for the Crescent's 2023 touring production of The Taming of the Shrew, to find out more about what goes into getting the perfect picture to sell a show. Book Tickets for The Mercy Seat Book Tickets for The Taming of the Shrew The Crescent Theatre Website

Duration:00:44:53

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Christmas at The Crescent

12/16/2022
Send us a Text Message. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve ‘died’ on stage. This episode is a celebration of Christmas at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham, and particularly the Christmas Wassail, a Crescent tradition dating back almost 40 years. In fact, the Crescent's very beginning was a Christmas show.

Duration:00:12:14

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Ambition, Blood and Lust

11/11/2022
Send us a Text Message. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve ‘died’ on stage. Our Backstage Pass feature takes us behind the scenes at The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham to discover more about what goes into making a great amateur production. This episode focuses on John Webster’s Jacobean tragedy The Duchess of Malfi. We’ll be talking to actor, director and writer Andrew Cowie about his life and loves in amateur theatre, his approach to directing The Duchess of Malfi, and finding out about the unique and bloodthirsty genre that is Jacobean revenge tragedy. Meanwhile Liz has been behind the scenes of The Duchess of Malfi to talk to Lighting Designer Charlotte Robinson about the challenges and rewards of lighting this darkest of plays.

Duration:00:47:38

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There Are No Beginnings

10/7/2022
Send us a Text Message. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve ‘died’ on stage. Our Backstage Pass feature takes us behind the scenes at The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham to discover more about what goes into making a great amateur production. This episode focuses on a powerful play called There Are No Beginnings by Charley Miles. We'll be speaking to Director Alex Arksen about the play and our Backstage Pass holder, John O'Neill will be talking to Sound Designer Kevin Middleton about the important role of sound in this play.

Duration:00:42:46

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Love is in the Air

9/16/2022
Send us a Text Message. We’re delighted to be back for a second season of the podcast. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve ‘died’ on stage. Our Backstage Pass feature takes us behind the scenes at The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham to discover more about what goes into making a great amateur production. This month’s episode is a little bit different as we lift the lid on some of backstage business that goes on in not one, but two, forthcoming productions at the Crescent. John O’Neill will be talking to actor and musician Hugh Blackwood about his life and loves in amateur theatre. Meanwhile Luke and Liz will be taking a look behind the scenes of the catchily titled musical ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ and the Tudor romcom ‘Shakespeare in Love’, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall from the 1998 film of the same name.

Duration:00:53:21

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Outtakes, Mistakes and Discarded Diamonds

8/5/2022
Send us a Text Message. Each episode takes a look at a different aspect of the wonderful world of amateur theatre and features an amateur theatre maker talking about their theatrical life, theatrical loves, and the times when they’ve died on stage. For this episode, the last in our current season, we’ve pulled together some clips that we didn’t have time for the first time around. We’ve also thrown in a few bloopers that made us laugh while we were editing.

Duration:00:24:12