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STAGES with Peter Eyers

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STAGES is an opportunity for me to talk to a variety of people whose professional life is about connecting with an audience. I’ll be chatting to a series of creative artists and practitioners about their career, their process and what matters – to them. Some have made the arts a lifetime pursuit, some explain how their career became a happy accident … but all describe the challenges and demands – and ultimately celebrate why there’s no business like show business! I’ll talk to people from front of house and backstage - directors, designers, drag queens and doormen … performers, producers and publicity. Whatever stages it takes to engage and affect an audience – or whatever it takes to carve out a career in the arts – we’ll examine it in STAGES. STAGES is the recipient of the Best New Podcaster Award at The Australian Podcast Awards in 2019.

STAGES is an opportunity for me to talk to a variety of people whose professional life is about connecting with an audience. I’ll be chatting to a series of creative artists and practitioners about their career, their process and what matters – to them. Some have made the arts a lifetime pursuit, some explain how their career became a happy accident … but all describe the challenges and demands – and ultimately celebrate why there’s no business like show business! I’ll talk to people from front of house and backstage - directors, designers, drag queens and doormen … performers, producers and publicity. Whatever stages it takes to engage and affect an audience – or whatever it takes to carve out a career in the arts – we’ll examine it in STAGES. STAGES is the recipient of the Best New Podcaster Award at The Australian Podcast Awards in 2019.

Location:

Australia

Description:

STAGES is an opportunity for me to talk to a variety of people whose professional life is about connecting with an audience. I’ll be chatting to a series of creative artists and practitioners about their career, their process and what matters – to them. Some have made the arts a lifetime pursuit, some explain how their career became a happy accident … but all describe the challenges and demands – and ultimately celebrate why there’s no business like show business! I’ll talk to people from front of house and backstage - directors, designers, drag queens and doormen … performers, producers and publicity. Whatever stages it takes to engage and affect an audience – or whatever it takes to carve out a career in the arts – we’ll examine it in STAGES. STAGES is the recipient of the Best New Podcaster Award at The Australian Podcast Awards in 2019.

Language:

English


Episodes

'Life is a Cabaret, Old Chum' - Practitioner, Commentator, Historian and Passionate Arts Consumer, Bill Stephens OAM

7/1/2020
The Canberra Times identified Bill Stephens as one of 75 people who had shaped the National Capitol. He is one of the region’s best known theatrical personalities, and although his career was in Hospital Administration, it has been through his passionate involvement in the performing arts nationally, that he has made his most important contribution. He has carved a lengthy career as a Theatre Director with theatre companies in Griffith and Canberra. For 15 years he was Cabaret Producer and...

Duration:00:56:40

'Science Fiction/Double Feature' - Teacher, Author, Founding and Creative Director at the Actors Centre Australia, Dean Carey

6/27/2020
Dean Carey began his professional career in Melbourne, acting in a series of television and stage productions. However it is the pedagogy of Acting that has consumed Dean for over 35 years, teaching the craft and associated performance skills. He has enormous passion and respect for the process of the actor and has subsequently become a stand for powerful and meaningful performance, nurturing actors to fully explore, grow and be their best. Dean has taught in the United Staes, the United...

Duration:01:08:11

'It's Time To Get Moving' - Dancer, Choreographer & Artistic Director, Shaun Parker

6/24/2020
Shaun Parker graduated with a science degree but it was dance that became his vocation. He is an award winning choreographer, dancer, actor and counter-tenor whose work has explored a vast range of performance platforms. He is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and a former member of Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre. In 2010, he founded Shaun Parker & Company, becoming Artistic Director and a dynamic advocate for dance. The company creates critically acclaimed dance...

Duration:01:04:19

'It's Only a Matter of Time' - Director, Producer & Writer, Neil Gooding

6/20/2020
Neil Gooding is an international theatre Director, Producer and Writer. He was the originating Chairman and one of the founding members of the Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney. He is the head of New Musicals Australia and in 2002 established his own company, Neil Gooding Productions (NGP). Directing highlights include the Australian premiere of Stalking The Bogeyman, the World Premiere concert version of Paris, the World Premiere of The Red Tree, Church And State, Passion, the World Premiere of...

Duration:01:04:23

'Golden Jubilee' - Actor, Belinda Giblin

6/17/2020
Belinda Giblin recently celebrated 50 years as an actor. Growing up in Tamworth, the daughter of parents who were prolific practitioners in community theatre, early exposure to the arts guaranteed her chosen vocation. Extensive ballet study through her childhood resulted in an offer of scholarship to the Australian Ballet School, but it was a life upon the stage, in another artistic expression that won. She has navigated a career that has allowed her a broad repertoire of performances. With...

Duration:00:59:10

'Life's Too Short To Be Anyone But Yourself' - Activist, Actor and Author - Harry Cook

6/10/2020
In a relatively young life, Harry Cook has demonstrated a dynamic and charismatic persona, achieving much. He has chartered a successful career as an actor, garnering impressive accolades in a number of feature films. He made his screen debut at 17, playing opposite Hollywood Star, Geena Davis, in the coming-of-age tale; Accidents Happen. Harry is also a passionate activist for LGBTIQ+ rights and visibility. He chronicled his own traumatic coming-out story in the engaging memoir, Pink Ink....

Duration:00:52:23

'The Great Fermata' - Conductor, Benjamin Northey

6/6/2020
Benjamin Northey is the Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Conductor in Residence of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has previously held the posts of Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Resident Guest Conductor of the Australian Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Born and raised in Ballarat, he embraced music as an expression from an early age. Flute, clarinet and...

Duration:00:53:12

'Renaissance Woman' - Musical Director and Composer, Carmel Dean

6/3/2020
Perth seems ‘a million miles away’ from New York City, but it frames the journey of Carmel Dean; a musical practitioner of intellectual and creative power. She has been applauded extensively in a variety of roles that include Composer, Musical Director, Arranger and Pianist. Early training in classical piano and study at The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, confirmed an ambition harboured by Carmel. She wanted to create, write and perform music, chiefly in the genre of musical...

Duration:01:39:53

'Togetherness' - Playwright, Actor, Director, Barry Creyton - Part 2

5/30/2020
Barry Creyton continues to provide fascinating insight and reflection of an extensive career, in this companion episode of the Stages podcast. He examines the craft of writing in regard to the many forms in which he has written - fiction, comedy and farce, film, theatre, revue and radio drama. A period working in London allowed him opportunities as a broadcaster with the BBC World Service and theatre gigs that included productions of David Williamson’s Don’s Party at The Royal Court and a...

Duration:01:11:28

'A Talent to Amuse' - Playwright, Actor, Director, Barry Creyton - Part 1

5/27/2020
Barry Creyton could quite easily be labelled a ‘Renaissance man’. He is indeed a consummate man of the theatre - accomplished in many roles. He is also a pioneer of revue and satirical comedy in Australia as one of the writer/performers of the iconic television series; The Mavis Bramston Show. His career has taken him around the world, working in a variety of guises in Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.A. He has written screenplays, novels and countless theatre fare; revues, plays...

Duration:00:59:14

'Absolutely Fastidious & Fabulous!' - Publicist, Di Rolle

5/23/2020
In a career that has never disappointed and regularly surprised, Di Rolle has experienced it all. She has been mistaken for Mrs Michael Jackson and she has worked in the golden years of television variety with the Steve Vizard, and Don Lane, Tonight shows. She’s mixed with rock stars, movie stars and royalty. Her contact book could be used as a platform to reach the top shelf – she knows everybody! Commencing her career in nursing, she soon moved to roles in the media, working in many...

Duration:00:59:16

'Getting To Know You' - Stage and Screen Actor, Lisa McCune

5/20/2020
Lisa McCune first performed on stage at the age of 15 playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. She is synonymous with the character of ‘Maggie Doyle’ in the popular television drama , Blue Heelers. The role rewarded her with a swag of awards, including four Gold Logies as the most popular personality on Australian TV. McCune is not an actor to be defined by one role however, and has continued to amass a vast repertoire of performances on television and in plays and musical theatre. She trained...

Duration:00:53:32

'Words, Words, Words' - Writer & Arts Commentator, Diana Simmonds

5/16/2020
Born in London and spending formative years in Kenya, Diana Simmonds has had a life-long love affair with words. Words spoken and on the page, as a writer, playwright, editor and critic. She has been cited as the most reliable and discerning theatre critic in Sydney. Her online blog stagenoise.com has amassed a large and loyal following of readers; punters and practitioners. She is immensely knowledgable and entertaining with her observations and appreciation of many art forms. Hers is an...

Duration:01:06:44

'And now ... here's Mark!' - Writer, Presenter and Satirist, Mark Humphries

5/13/2020
You may have caught Mark Humphries as the imposing presence delivering satire on the 7:30 Report. He serves it with boundless charm and an engaging twinkle of the eye. You might also have found him as the amiable and accomplished host on the local version of the UK quiz success, Pointless. The television platform seems the likely home for Humphries who grew up with an appetite for television variety and who is the son of a former ABC weatherman. Early forays into a television studio ignited...

Duration:00:58:22

Great Australian Voices - Conductor and Producer, Brian Castles-Onion

5/9/2020
Brian Castles-Onion is one of Australia’s most beloved and exciting opera conductors. His impish charm and infinite knowledge of the operatic repertoire, historical perspectives and vocal technique make him an engaging authority on our rich operatic past. It is no surprise then, to learn that his lifetime of collecting recordings of vocal artists, now sees him as a passionate preservationist for some of Australia’s supreme singers. Brian is the producer of the acclaimed CD series which...

Duration:01:19:15

'The Show Must Go On' - Journalist, Singer, Publisher and Community Theatre Advocate, David Spicer

5/6/2020
David Spicer’s enthusiasm for the arts in all its forms is palpable. His participation exists in several identities; producer, publisher, performer and patron. He is a regular at the theatre and relishes nurturing new work. It’s a broad portfolio. Spicer is a journalist and worked for the A.B.C. in metropolitan radio and television, delivering news and current affairs. He was acknowledged with the Walkley Award two years running, for Best Radio Current Affairs Story. Equally at home on the...

Duration:00:57:42

'Whip-Crack-Away!' - Writer, Producer and Director, Richard Carroll

5/2/2020
Prior to arriving in Australia, Richard Carroll had only tentatively contemplated a career in the theatre. His showbiz participation had consisted of school productions and writing questions for Quiz programs in the UK. Casting and production experiences in television followed, providing him with essential skills to navigate the creative roles of writer, producer and director. Carroll is one of Australia’s leading proponents of the Musical and is a founding member of The Hayes Theatre...

Duration:01:03:28

'What's the buzz?" - Publicist, Ian Phipps

4/29/2020
Oscar Wilde once said, “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” Though he was advising 'Dorian Gray', Wilde could quite easily have been instructing the pursuit of the Publicist. An essential tool in the promotion and marketing of events and entertainment is the publicity machine; making us aware, engaged and informed. For over 30 years, Ian Phipps has worked in a variety of capacities communicating a product. He has served...

Duration:01:02:38

'Something About Always' - Actor, Producer and Advocate, Simon Burke - Part 2

4/25/2020
Simon Burke dislikes waiting in the wings. His immense passion and energy would see him ideally leave the dressing room to arrive directly on stage and into the job of story-telling. It is a routine that can easily be applied to Simon off the stage. He moves with great enthusiasm towards each project and is eager to craft his own projects too; or provide support to colleagues and industry in advocacy roles. A vast array of performances in musical theatre have given us his Marius in the...

Duration:00:55:33

'Drag and Daddies and Bears, Oh My!' - Actor, Producer and Advocate, Simon Burke - Part 1

4/22/2020
Simon Burke was recently cast as Hugo, the drag mentor to the title character in the musical Everybody’s Talking About Jaimie. He has entered an age bracket that finds him playing a succession of paternal roles in The Sound of Music, Catch Me If You Can, La Cage Aux Folles and Tommy Murphy’s Strangers in Between. And for two decades he worked alongside a couple of the most famous bears in the business; Teds, Big and Little. Oh my! All of these are just some of the highlights of a career that...

Duration:00:59:23