Interval Drinks podcast

Join us for the third series of the Interval Drinks podcast as current RSC artists talk to the people who inspire them.

When the interval comes around to you discuss the show over a gin and tonic? A cup of tea? A glass of cool white wine? Or do you stick to water? How do the people who make theatre spend their intervals? And have they ever left halfway through a show? 

New episodes for autumn 2023 include actor Anyebe Godwin meeting film, stage and TV actor Cleo Sylvestre about breaking down boundaries by becoming the first black actress with a permanent role on a British TV soap in Crossroads, collaborating with The Rolling Stones in the ‘60s and the time that Laurence Olivier knocked on her dressing-room door.

Fresh from her role as a witch in Macbeth, actor Amber Sylvia Edwards chats to RSC Associate Artist Greg Hicks about his 50-year career in theatre. Greg shares memories of his mentor Peter Hall, divulges which global superstar is one of the biggest backstage pranksters and admits the embarrassing story that led to him missing his debut with the RSC.

Just as rehearsals were getting underway for our 2024 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, its director Eleanor Rhode and illusion director John Bulleid caught up to whisper about all the magic going on both on and offstage.

Playwright and director Isobel McArthur takes a break from rehearsals for The Fair Maid of the West to meet up with fellow Scottish playwright Gary McNair for a chat about breaking into the industry and dealing with unexpected success.

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You can still listen to writer Maggie O’Farrell talking to director Erica Whyman; director and environmental activist Elizabeth Freestone talking to Chief Executive of The Royal Meteorological Society Dr Liz Bentley; actor Ibraheem Toure chatting to director Philip J Morris; writer and director Charlie Josephine in conversation with Artistic Director Chris Sonnex (Artistic Director and joint CEO of Cardboard Citizens); and actor Alexandra Gilbreath talking to Wellbeing in the Arts founder, Adam Bambrough.

Grab your interval drink and get the chance to find out more about some of theatre's leading lights. Listen below or on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and other major podcast platforms. Search 'Interval Drinks RSC' to find us.

All past episodes from the first and second series of Interval Drinks are still available.

The music for Interval Drinks is ‘Oberon’s Theme – King of Shadows’, originally composed by Sam Kenyon for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016).

The RSC Acting Companies are generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Kovner Foundation

New Work at the RSC is generously supported by Hawthornden Foundation and The Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust

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