Category Archives: Theatre

Idiot Child in Shoreditch

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Nervous? Stressed? Petrified? Try some theatre therapy! The London Podcast heads to Shoreditch Town Hall to meet Susie Riddell, Emma Keaveny-Roys and Adam Fuller from Idiot Child theatre company. Adrian Lacey catches up with the troupe as they take their latest play What If the Plane Falls Out of the Sky? to East London.

Hear some clips from this dynamic show put in context by Susie, co-director of the company. You may know her as Tracy Horrobin in BBC Radio’s soap opera The Archers!

Adrian gives a bit of background, too, to this part of the capital, from the steps of the venue.

Thanks to Anna Harpin, Idiot Child’s other co-director and to What If..? producer Charlie Parker.

Thanks also to audience members Debbie, Phil, Nicky and Jacob.

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Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Adam, Susie & Emma from Idiot Child
Photos (at Londonpodcast.net): Adam, Susie & Emma from Idiot Child
Shoreditch Town Hall
Shoreditch Town Hall

Mrs Pepys Feels a Bit Funny

Elisabeth Pepys, wife of 17th-century London blogger Samuel, reads out another diary entry here. In The London Podcast Mr Pepys has hurtled into the 21st-century while Lizzie is left in 1669.

This time she’s inspired by actresses such as Nell Gwyn to take to the London stage for a spot of performing. But will her act stand up or fall down?

Listen closely to decode some possible modern-day messages. Your full ‘detective’ skills may be required!

Mrs Pepys is played by the talented Sarah Kempton who often performs in London (and elsewhere) as part of ad lib troupe Crime Scene Improvisation (crimesceneimpro.com).

Guitar by Gavin Alexander (gavinalexandermusic.co.uk)

Hammond organ by James Taylor (jtq.co.uk)

Written, directed, produced and introduced by Adrian Lacey

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Sarah Kempton stars as Elisabeth Pepys
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Sarah Kempton stars as Elisabeth Pepys (portrait by Clare Newman-Williams)

Comedy Extra: Stage Rage & the Expert Witness

Imagine you’re at a comedy gig and the comedian stops performing mid-sentence to take a phone from a member of the audience… and it all ends in court. Well that happened to this show’s guest, Garry Green as a member of the audience where top TV comic Lee Hurst was starring. Garry is cross-questioned by Adrian Lacey about that shocking incident.

This edition is a footnote to the Comedy in the Capital London Podcast special starring Kevin Day.

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Music by James Taylor of jazz legends the James Taylor Quartet (jtq.co.uk)

Produced by Adrian Lacey © 2017

Lee Hurst was approached to appear in the show but didn’t get back. The door to the studio’s always open, though, Lee..!

Guest Garry Green
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Saint Garry at the Crown & Sceptre, Fitzrovia, London W1W. Halo model’s own

Rational Anthems? A Song for London

What makes a good national anthem? Are they more head or heart? And what would make a great song for London? Alex Marshall, London journalist and author of Republic or Death! Travels in Search of National Anthems, joins Adrian, as well as visiting his roots in the ‘burbs. The people of London get their say, too!

The show is linked from the oldest theatre site in the UK capital to still be in theatrical use, the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. This links to two national anthems with the same tune – those of the UK and Lichtenstein.

Writer and journalist Alex Marshall
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Alex Marshall anthem singing in Nashville

Shakespeare in London

London made Shakespeare.  This edition celebrates the great Bard of Avon, who died 400 years ago on April 23rd, 1616.

Join Adrian on a tour of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre at Bankside by the River Thames with actress Janet Walker. Hear captivating passages from Richard II and As You Like It performed by Shakespearean actor Keith Dunphy and Sarah Kempton respectively.

Plus, reborn London ‘blogger’ Samuel Pepys meets a mystery manic man with app-itude (played by Russell Thomas) in a ‘most excellent coffee house’ by the Globe.

Shakespeare's Globe, London

Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside, London, April 2016