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ON NATURALISM
What is naturalism? How did it develop? And is it still a viable way to make theatre? Journalist Andrew Haydon, academic Dan Rebellato and playwright David Eldridge discuss the characteristics of the 19th-century movement in European theatre, whether EastEnders fits the category, and the challenges of staging “round plays in square rooms.” Recorded on 18 December 2015 at the Almeida Theatre.
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ON BEING AN ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold talks with with Sir Richard Eyre about the joys and challenges of artistic leadership; about balancing directing shows with directing an artistic programme; and about how theatre has evolved since Richard's legendary time at the National Theatre. Recorded on 24 November 2015 at the Almeida Theatre
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FROM ARISTOTLE TO ALBERT SQUARE
What is tragedy, and what, in theory and in life, does it have to say to us now? On 22 October 2015, Charlotte Higgins (Guardian chief culture writer and author of It's All Greek to Me), was joined by Edith Hall (Professor in the Department of Classics and Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London), Giles Fraser (broadcaster, Guardian columnist and priest) and Fiona Shaw (acclaimed actor, theatre and opera director) to discuss this most contested of words.
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FROM MEDEA TO MUMSNET
What does Medea's story ask of contemporary feminism? Following Rachel Cusk's reimagined Medea for the Almeida stage, she was joined by interviewer, broadcaster and author of Hot Feminist, Polly Vernon and the editor of Mumsnet, Sarah Crown for a discussion on 15 October 2015 chaired by the Almeida's Director of Participation, Dani Parr.
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FROM ATREUS TO PISTORIUS
Is it ever acceptable to kill? Do the ends ever justify the means?
On 2 July 2015, the Almeida Theatre hosted a panel discussion as part of the Almeida Greeks season, inspired by our production of Oresteia, to explore the challenges of making moral decisions. Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke was joined by A. C. Grayling (The God Argument) and Dr Jennifer Wallace, English Lecturer, University of Cambridge.
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FROM DIONYSOS TO DAWKINS
What if a god were alive and among us now? How would we know? What would it mean and how might we act?
On 20 August 2015, the Almeida Theatre hosted a panel discussion as part of the Almeida Greeks season, inspired by our production of Bakkahi, to take a closer look at the Athenian understanding of the divine and its relation to the human, and ask how it has shaped subsequent art, society and religion. Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold was joined by broadcaster and journalist Joan Bakewell and Dr Joan Taylor, Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at King’s College London.
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OEDIPUS EXPLORED
On 6 September 2015, Director Bijan Sheibani curated a day to unpack the infamous Greek complex, exploring where art and psychoanalysis meet. Bijan was joined by Professor Edith Hall, Professor in the Department of Classics and Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s College London, and psychoanalyst Dr David Bell, Past President of the British Psychoanalytic Society.
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CARMEN DISRUPTION: BEHIND THE MUSIC
Edward Seckerson talks with Composer and Musical Director Simon Slater about creating the musical soundscape for Simon Stephens' strange and beautiful play.
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CARMEN DISRUPTION: SOUNDTRACK
Studio recording of the soundtrack to the 2015 Almeida Theatre production of Carmen Disruption by Simon Stephens, directed by Michael Longhurst. Composer: Simon Slater | Vocals: Viktoria Vizin | Musicians: Jamie Cameron and Harry Napier.
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THE MERCHANT OF VENICE: IN ASSOCIATION
This series of podcasts looks at the role of creative Associates in the making of our production of The Merchant of Venice: What does it mean to be an Associate? What does an Associate do? And how do Associates contribute to the creative process? Boris Witzenfeld, the Almeida’s Community and Participation Manager, spoke with Associate Director Lisa Blair, Associate Musical Director Jim Hustwit and Associate Designer Holly Piggott to find out.

The Merchant of Venice: In Association with Lisa Blair
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The Merchant of Venice: In Association with Jim Hustwit
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The Merchant of Venice: In Association with Holly Piggott
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LITTLE REVOLUTION: FROM STREETS TO STAGE
Under the guidance of Chris Lawson, members of the Little Revolution Community Chorus members were professionally guided through the process of taking a play from rehearsals to the stage. Below are several interviews with members of the creative team created to help them get to grips with what it takes to put on a play, and what goes on outside of the rehearsal room as well as inside it. Listen to the interviews as podcasts here:

Week 1: Interview with Playwright Alecky Blythe
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Week 2: Interview with Sound Operator Peter Eltringham
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Week 3: Interview with Movement Director Imogen Knight
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Week 4: Interview with Set Designer Ian MacNeil
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Week 5: Interview with Community Chorus member Stephen
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LITTLE REVOLUTION: TALKING STATUES
A number of Community Chorus members from Little Revolution took take part in the Talking Statues project, selecting a statue within Islington and writing a monologue from the perspective of their selected character. Recordings of the performed monologues are available to listen to or download below. The project was created in partnership with Secret-London.

Talking Statues: Boer War Memorial
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Talking Statues: Dick Whittington's Cat
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Talking Statues: Francis Bacon
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