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The Adlib Podcast

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Adlib is a theatre and arts podcast for creatives in or entering the industry - or anyone else who’s interested! We talk to professionals in various roles across the industry about career paths, tips and tricks, and anecdotes. Launched at York Theatre Royal in 2019, Adlib is now produced independently by Henry Longstaff and Jessy Roberts.
29 Episodes
Joe Willis | Writer

Joe Willis | Writer


Joe Willis joins Henry and Jessy this week to have an open and honest conversation about life as an emerging writer across stage and screen. 
Arts Council England

Arts Council England


Ever wondered what the Arts Council actually does? Wonder no more! We chat to director of theatre, Neil Darlison about the history of ACE, its relationship with the UK government as well as its response to the global pandemic. There are also some tips for those looking to apply for ACE funding.
Beth joins Henry and Jessy on the podcast to talk about life as a freelance theatre producer and the role she played in the freelance Taskforce during the first COVID-19 lockdown in the UK. She also tells the story of how her drag king persona came about.
Matt and Siân, of the theatre publisher Nick Hern Books join Henry and Jessy to chat about how plays become printed books, as well as the world of amateur play rights and tips for aspiring playwrights. 
Launching the newly independent Adlib Podcast, we have the wonderful Oscar Conlon-Morrey, star of Only Fools and Horses, The Toxic Avenger and Nativity the Musical!  Oscar discusses drama school, social media and how he is sharing positivity in the face of the global pandemic.
With theatres still closed Henry and Jessy chat to Annie Kirkman, Jessica Duffield and Alice Palmer of East Yorkshire based She Productions. Hear how they created their female led company which puts on work by women, about women and for everybody. For more information about their work and their festival SheFest follow their social media @ProductionsShe (twitter) or go to their website
Award-winning director and writer Emma Rice chats with Henry and Jessy about her career and her company, Wise Children. Though the current worldwide situation is tough, Emma shares how her work is always led by hope.
We are back again to try and create something positive during this difficult time. Henry and Jessy are this time joined on Skype, because of social distancing of course, by Nancy Zamit from Mischief Theatre known for The Play That Goes Wrong and their hit BBC show The Goes Wrong Show. Hear what it was like creating their hilarious shows, being part of the cast and what flavour ice cream we all like. Serious content. 
Here at Adlib we decided that we didn’t want to spend the next few weeks and months waiting for theatre to resume, so instead we will be recording and sharing episodes to help understand how the Covid-19 outbreak is affecting the arts industry. First off we are joined by Bea Udale-Smith of environmental Theatre Company Pigfoot.
Harriet Watson, current alternate in the touring cast of the hit-musical Six, shares what it is like to be a Queen on the road, being part of the Queendom as well as highlighting the importance of swings, understudies and alternates in the theatre industry. 
Britney Comedy was born from two best friends and a brain tumour called Britney. Hear the story from Charly Clive, one half of the comedy duo, from its initial conception at the Edinburgh Fringe to it now being transformed into a television series. This really is such a fascinating story and has allowed both Charly and Ellen to forge a career for themselves in the creative industry. Find out more at
SLAP Festival is back for another year at York Theatre Royal, so Jessy and Henry went to speak to Co-Director of the festival Lydia Cottrell and upcoming artist Aisling Lally whose play Messy Eaters is being performed at the festival. Have a listen to what you can expect at SLAP this year and what it takes to put together. 
Recorded in the dressing rooms of the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Jessy and Henry are joined by Mike and Chris from the cast of Reasons to Stay Alive, a play based on the renowned, bestselling book by Matt Haig. Hear how the play came together and how it was led by the contents of the book from the very beginning.
Fat Rascal are the guests on this week's episode. Known for their quick witty, laugh out loud musicals, Henry speaks to them in between their hectic two show a day fringe run. Hear how they create their work, have grown their fanbase and the challenges with having a blue glitter beard everyday for a month!
In this episode from the Edinburgh Fringe, Henry is joined by writer and performer Nicola Wren, discussing her show Superstar. Now have you ever felt overshadowed or constantly competing with your siblings? Well, Nicola has. Not surprising if your brother is the lead singer in a world famous band, and that's what Superstar is all about. Hear how the show came about and what it is like being yourself on stage.
Up and coming musical theatre group Colla Voce join Henry on the show to talk about their latest piece, You and I, a brand new musical. Hear how the musical was developed and maybe why rehearsing in an Airbnb in Chesterfield is not the best idea... Colla Voce are bringing their show to York as part of the TakeOver Festival on the 28th of October and tickets are available now from the York Theatre Royal box office.
In this episode recorded once again at the Edinburgh Fringe, Henry and Jessy are joined by Middle Child members Daniel Ward and Nigel Taylor who performed The Canary and The Crow in Edinburgh and are now currently touring the show around the UK. Hear how the show came about, what gig theatre is and what this piece means to those involved and to audiences that have been lucky enough to see it. 
For this week's episode Henry joined two members of the cast of Fringe favourite Sh!t-Faced Showtime to hear about how they manage the complexities of their production. With one member of the cast getting for each performance, welfare is naturally a key issue, but this is a company that knows how to enjoy what they do and you can't help but laugh watching them perform. 
In our second episode from the Edinburgh Fringe we talk to the Roaring Girls about their new show Beach Body Ready. We discuss how their show came about and the message of body positivity they are spreading. This is a company that is refreshingly open and honest in their conversations so keep an eye out their future performances.
In the first of a series of episodes recorded at the Edinburgh Fringe, we talk to Richard Lounds and Em Watkins about bringing Roger Hargreaves's beloved characters to life.
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