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Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. In each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. In each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

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United Kingdom

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Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. In each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

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@theplaypod

Language:

English


Episodes

The Play Podcast - 026 - A Servant to Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni (& One Man Two Guvnors by Richard Bean)

5/6/2021
Episode 026: A Servant to Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni (& One Man Two Guvnors by Richard Bean) Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Justin Greene Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. One Podcast Two Plays! Carlo Goldoni's Commedia dell'Arte classic A Servant to...

Duration:01:31:12

The Play Podcast - 025 - Medea by Euripides

4/22/2021
Episode 025: Medea by Euripides Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Professor Edith Hall Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. The dramatic tragedy of a wife who murders her own two sons in a desperate act of grief and revenge remains as disturbing and deeply...

Duration:01:11:11

The Play Podcast - 024 - Consent by Nina Raine

4/8/2021
Episode 024: Consent by Nina Raine Host: Douglas Schatz Guests: Nina Raine and Adam James Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. The main characters in Nina Raine’s play Consent are barristers contesting a brutal rape case. As the case unfolds the lawyers’...

Duration:00:58:53

The Play Podcast - 023 - Footnotes Volume 2

3/25/2021
Episode 023: Footnotes Volume 2 Host: Douglas Schatz Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. Footnotes Volume 2 is a selection of facts and observations culled from the library of information that we’ve compiled to accompany each of the plays in the past ten...

Duration:01:45:19

The Play Podcast - 022 - Shook by Samuel Bailey

3/11/2021
Episode 022: Shook by Samuel Bailey Host: Douglas Schatz Guests: Samuel Bailey and George Turvey Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. Samuel Bailey’s play Shook is set in a young offenders institution, where three young men are taking an unlikely...

Duration:01:51:06

The Play Podcast - 021 - The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

2/25/2021
Episode 021: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: John Tiffany Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. Tennessee Williams breakthrough play The Glass Menagerie is a very personal portrait of Williams’ own flawed family. It...

Duration:01:37:39

The Play Podcast - 020 Bonus: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf - A short addendum on the film

2/14/2021
Episode 020- Bonus: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee - A short addendum on the film Host: Douglas Schatz Guests: John Mitchinson and Andy Miller Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. This is a short addendum extracted from our conversation in...

Duration:00:16:48

The Play Podcast - 020 - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf - by Edward Albee

2/12/2021
Episode 020: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee Host: Douglas Schatz Guests: John Mitchinson and Andy Miller Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. It is 2:00 am, and George and Martha have invited a young couple for after-party drinks to their...

Duration:01:46:54

The Play Podcast - 019 - The Welkin - by Lucy Kirkwood

1/28/2021
Episode 019: The Welkin by Lucy Kirkwood Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Lucy Kirkwood Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. It is 1759 in East Anglia. A child has been murdered and a young woman has been convicted to hang for the crime. She ‘pleads her belly’...

Duration:01:15:42

The Play Podcast - 018 - Copenhagen - by Michael Frayn

1/7/2021
Episode 018: Copenhagen by Michael Frayn Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Michael Frayn Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth without expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. It is September 1941. German physicist Werner Heisenberg is visiting his friend and former colleague, Danish physicist Niels Bohr at his...

Duration:01:19:33

The Play Podcast - 017 - The Duchess of Malfi - by John Webster

12/17/2020
Episode 017: The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Professor Emma Smith Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. John Webster's 400-year-old play The Duchess of Malfi is a potboiler of courtly love, intrigue and murder. It has...

Duration:01:16:08

The Play Podcast - 016 - Oleanna - by David Mamet

12/3/2020
Episode 016: Oleanna by David Mamet Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Lucy Bailey Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. David Mamet's play Oleanna about the abuse of patriarchal power caused intense controversy and divided audiences when it was first produced in...

Duration:01:39:32

The Play Podcast - 015 - The Father - by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton

11/12/2020
Episode 015: The Father by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Sir Christopher Hampton Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. Florian Zeller’s disturbing and moving play The Father presents a piercing portrait of a...

Duration:01:25:37

The Play Podcast - 014 - Rockets and Blue Lights - by Winsome Pinnock

10/22/2020
Episode 014: Rockets and Blue Lights by Winsome Pinnock Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Winsome Pinnock Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. Winsome Pinnock's powerful new play Rockets and Blue Lights explores...

Duration:01:19:24

The Play Podcast - 013 - Death of a Salesman - by Arthur Miller

10/8/2020
Episode 013: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Dr Stephen Marino Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. Arthur Miller’s portrait of an ordinary American family in post-war...

Duration:01:16:24

The Play Podcast - 012 - Footnotes 1

9/3/2020
Episode 012: Footnotes 1 Host: Douglas Schatz Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. This episode is a recorded ragbag of selected extra Footnotes that we've compiled during the research and conversations from...

Duration:00:56:04

The Play Podcast - 011 - Beginning - by David Eldridge

8/20/2020
Episode 011: Beginning by David Eldridge Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: David Eldridge Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. In David Eldridge’s wonderful two-hander, Beginning, we eavesdrop on a funny,...

Duration:01:21:51

The Play Podcast - 010 - Albion - by Mike Bartlett

8/6/2020
Episode 010: Albion by Mike Bartlett Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Victoria Hamilton and Nicholas Rowe Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. Mike Bartlett's major new play Albion is a funny and moving portrait...

Duration:01:00:54

The Play Podcast - 009 - Nigel Slater's Toast - Henry Filloux-Bennett

7/23/2020
Episode 009: Nigel Slater's Toast by Henry Filloux-Bennett Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Henry Filloux-Bennett and Nigel Slater Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing. Nigel Slater’s Toast is an innovative...

Duration:01:00:39

The Play Podcast - 008 - The Deep Blue Sea - Terrence Rattigan

7/9/2020
Episode 008: The Deep Blue Sea by Terrence Rattigan Host: Douglas Schatz Guest: Dan Rebellato, playwright, journalist and Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. Each episode we choose a single play, which we talk about it in more depth than you will find in the reviews of any one production. We’ll discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For...

Duration:01:00:50