Royal Court Playwright's Podcast
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Every week for the next 12 weeks, Royal Court Associate Playwright Simon Stephens will be talking to some of the world’s leading playwrights about their lives and their work, their approaches and their careers, and their relationships with the Royal Court. Playwrights include April de Angelis, Rachel De-lahey, Tanika Gupta, David Hare, Robert Holman, Dennis Kelly, Alistair McDowall, Anthony Neilson, Joe Penhall, Lucy Prebble, Anya Reiss, Polly Stenham and Enda Walsh.
||ExplicitBONUS TRACK! S2 Ep16: Simon Stephens talks to Anoushka Warden and Emily Legg||I first met Simon Stephens in 2011. I was an intern here at the Court and was tanning in the garden in my lunchbreak. Simon was here with his play Wastwater and was taking a moment’s break from rehearsals. I had watched a preview the night before.||9 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Ep15: Timberlake Wertenbaker talks to Simon Stephens||The plays of Timberlake Wertenbaker have been a presence in British theatre since the turn of the 1980s. Since that time she has produced work that is as defined by its sense of poetry and linguistic precision as it is by her characters’ yearning for||2 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 Ep14: Chris Thorpe talks to Simon Stephens||There are very few writers I have interviewed or will interview in these podcasts whose curriculum vitae is longer than mine. And certainly none of those are some years younger than me.||23 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 Ep13: Alecky Blythe talks to Simon Stephens||Few playwrights can claim to have defined a theatrical form or process with quite the same conviction as Alecky Blythe.||9 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 Ep12: Leo Butler talks to Simon Stephens||I was the Writers Tutor here at the Royal Court Theatre in 2001 when Leo Butler, fresh from a beautiful elegiac theatre debut in the 2000 Young Writers Festival with his play Made of Stone, was given a three month residency and shared his office with me||2 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Ep11: Penelope Skinner talks to Simon Stephens||The experience of watching a play that seems in some way to speak directly or resonate in a way that feels disarmingly personal has lead many playwrights to write for the first time. So it was with Penelope Skinner.||26 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 Ep10: Roy Williams talks to Simon Stephens||When Roy Williams’ first play No Boys Cricket Club launched him into the London theatre world in 1996 it was celebrated for the audacity and range of its theatrical imagination. At a time when new playwrights were often being encouraged to write simpl||19 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 Ep9: EV Crowe talks to Simon Stephens||There is a steel and intelligence at the heart of the plays of EV Crowe that has defined her as one of the most arresting of the exciting group of writers to have emerged out of the Young Writers Programme at the Royal Court in the past decade.||12 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 Ep8: Nathaniel Martello-White talks to Simon Stephens||In some ways Nathaniel Martello-White is, of all the writers I’ve spoken to on these podcasts, the least experienced. He has only had two plays produced professionally. Both of them to massive critical acclaim. But in other ways he is far more experie||5 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 Ep7: Anupama Chandrasekhar talks to Simon Stephens||Anupama Chadrasekhar was born and raised in Chennai in India’s East Coat, in the heart of the Bay of Bengal. She started writing for theatre in the second half of the last decade when her early plays Closer Apart was produced in her hometown and her||29 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 Ep 6: Mike Bartlett talks to Simon Stephens||I’m not sure I remember the very first time I met Mike Bartlett. I know he was a participant in one of the Young Writers Groups that I ran at the Royal Court in the early years of the last decade.||22 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 Ep5: Abi Morgan talks to Simon Stephens||Abi Morgan is one of the most prolific and celebrated dramatists of her generation. While she has reached international acclaim for her startling television and film work she began her trade in the theatre and has, over the course of the past two decade||15 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 Ep4: Nick Payne talks to Simon Stephens||The playwright Nick Payne started his professional career in London theatre in one of the most vital and fertile hotbeds of theatrical creativity in the city. Working at the National Theatre bookshop.||8 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 Ep3: Bola Agbaje talks to Simon Stephens||The career of Bola Agbaje launched with one of the most confident and exciting debut swaggers in playwriting this century.||30 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 Ep2: Howard Brenton talks to Simon Stephens||I first encountered the plays of Howard Brenton right at the beginning of my life as a playwright. Before I’d properly written anything of my own I saw a student production of his 1984 play Bloody Poetry.||24 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 Ep1: Alice Birch talks to Simon Stephens||The play that lives with me most this year, as I talk in August 2017, is Alice Birch’s remarkable Anatomy of a Suicide.||17 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Ep12: Tanika Gupta talks to Simon Stephens||The plays of Tanika Gupta are as defined by a vitality and spirit of intelligent transgression as much as they are a piercing observation of the mores and tropes of the worlds that surround her.||24 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Ep11: Robert Holman talks to Simon Stephens||Robert Holmans compassion is matched only by his sense of formal boldness; his linguistic precision matched by his sense of stage imagery and honesty.||17 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Ep10: Anya Reiss talks to Simon Stephens||Anya Reiss’ debut play Spur of the Moment opened upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre in 2010 when she was 18 years old...A writer of vitality, wit and compassionate tenderness.||10 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Ep9: Anthony Neilson talks to Simon Stephens||It strikes me that, while it may be true that all artists are defined by their contradictions, few playwrights are defined by contradictions quite so thrilling as Anthony Neilson is. Over the last 25 years he has proved himself to be one of the most con||3 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Ep8: Lucy Prebble talks to Simon Stephens||One of the most enjoyable periods in my working career was the five years I spent between 2001 and 2006 working as the Writers’ Tutor at the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme…It is always fascinating to ask myself if I had noticed anyt||27 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Ep7: Alistair McDowall talks to Simon Stephens||Alistair McDowall made his Royal Court debut as part of the Open Court season in 2013 with Talk Show, a tender exploration of a teenage fantasist. His most recent play X enjoyed massive success in the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs last year.||20 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Ep6: Rachel De-lahay talks to Simon Stephens||The career of Rachel De-lahay might be described as the platonic form of a young Royal Court playwright’s career in the 21st century.||13 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Ep5: David Hare talks to Simon Stephens||The plays of David Hare have dramatised and counterpointed the political and moral landscape of Britain and its position in our world for nearly fifty years.||6 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Ep4: Polly Stenham talks to Simon Stephens||Few playwrights that arrived on British stages in the last ten years have provoked more fascination or excitement than Polly Stenham.||30 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Ep3: Dennis Kelly & Joe Penhall talk to Simon Stephens||This afternoon Simon won’t just be interviewing one of the world’s leading playwrights, but two of them together: Dennis Kelly & Joe Penhall.||23 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Ep2: April De Angelis talks to Simon Stephens||April De Angelis has been writing for the theatre since the mid –eighties. Starting her career as an actor for the significant feminist theatre company Monstrous Regiment, she wrote her first play Breathless in 1987.||16 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS1 Ep1: Enda Walsh talks to Simon Stephens||Since he exploded into the international theatrical consciousness with his full length debut play Disco Pigs in 1997 Enda Walsh has been a sparkling presence in European playwriting.||9 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Good content and quality!
The producer must know what they're doing. Great podcast, keep it up guys and gals!!
Brilliantly researched, presented and produced.
I am not affiliated with Simon Stephens in any way
I mainly like Andy McDowell