Interval Drinks
Thom Petty and Prasanna Puwanarajah

Thom Petty and Prasanna Puwanarajah

June 2, 2022

Actor Thom Petty talks to actor, writer and director Prasanna Puwanarajah. Both Thom and Prasanna came to acting after a career in the NHS (National Health Service) as doctors. They talk about playing doctors onstage and portraying the reality of life in the medical world, about going from medical school to drama school and beyond, and about using lasers on stage.

Aaron Parsons and Tinuke Craig

Aaron Parsons and Tinuke Craig

May 26, 2022

Theatre director Tinuke Craig meets RSC director Aaron Parsons to explain what is similar about directing a Sarah Kane play about trauma and a pantomime. Tinuke talks about what drives her as a director, how she decides which are the stories she wants to tell and some of the barriers she faced on her way to becoming a director.

Each week we bring together current Royal Shakespeare Company actors with RSC artists who have inspired them.

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

Claire Windsor and Femi Temowo

Claire Windsor and Femi Temowo

May 19, 2022

Sound designer Claire Windsor chats to to MOBO Award nominated musician and composer Femi Temowo about his musical journey, from first picking up a guitar at age 19. Femi composed the music for the RSC's 2022 production of Much Ado About Nothing which you can watch on BBC iPlayer. He explains why theatre is like Power Rangers and shares his guilty pleasure in music.

Each week we bring together current Royal Shakespeare Company actors with RSC artists who have inspired them.

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

Mark Quartley and David Tennant

Mark Quartley and David Tennant

May 12, 2022

Mark Quartley, who is currently playing Henry VI in the RSC’s productions of Henry VI: Rebellion and Wars of the Roses, speaks to stage and screen star David Tennant about auditioning for drama school as a 16-year-old from Paisley, how it feels when you forget the lines on stage and imposter syndrome. They cover why David likes playing characters by Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies and Shakespeare. And there's a quiz. 

Each week we bring together current Royal Shakespeare Company actors with RSC artists who have inspired them.

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

Renu Arora and Sophie Woolley

Renu Arora and Sophie Woolley

January 6, 2022

Listen to Renu Arora, who plays Madame LeVaughn in The Magician’s Elephant, in conversation with Deaf writer and performer Sophie Woolley. Both Renu and Sophie are artists who have needed to adapt their practices following acquiring disabilities. They touch on Sophie’s past work, their experiences of the theatre industry, how their work has changed over time and what advice they would give to other disabled artists wanting to advance their career in the arts. 

Each episode brings together current Royal Shakespeare Company actors with artists who have inspired them.

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

Zoe Lambert and David Threlfall

Zoe Lambert and David Threlfall

January 6, 2022

“I just like pretending at dressing up.”

RSC Associate Artist David Threlfall speaks to Zoe Lambert, who can also currently be seen in The Comedy of Errors at the Barbican. They talk about David’s theatre career, from starting out at the RSC, to playing Tommy Cooper and Frank Gallagher in ShamelessZoe asks David where the character of Frank came from, and David explains why he loves working and how he approaches the characters he plays. He also tells us who he would most like to share an interval drink with, in what would be the busiest interval we’ve had so far in the series.

Each episode brings together current Royal Shakespeare Company actors with artists who have inspired them.

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

Nancy Harris and Kate DiCamillo

Nancy Harris and Kate DiCamillo

January 5, 2022

“I always feel like a book is never done until it is in the hands of a reader that I do not know. And then and then we make a community of two.

Children’s author Kate DiCamillo talks to playwright Nancy Harris about her inspiration – the “divine spark” that grew into The Magician’s Elephant and how gifting a notebook to a friend led her to create the unique cast of characters. The two writers talk about their writing processes, and Kate shares exactly how many rejection letters she received.

Each episode brings together current Royal Shakespeare Company actors with artists who have inspired them.

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

Alfred Clay and Lucian Msamati

Alfred Clay and Lucian Msamati

December 9, 2021

We are artists, we are mischief makers, we are magic makers.

Actor Alfred Clay, currently performing in The Comedy of Errors at the Barbican, talks to stage and screen actor Lucian Msamati. Lucian describes how it felt to see live theatre for the first time, growing up in Zimbabwe and founding the first professional multi-racial theatre company in the country. He talks about playing Iago at the RSC, and the hardships of forging an acting career. And he explains his irrational fear of camels.

Each episode brings together current Royal Shakespeare Company actors with artists who have inspired them.

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

Avita Jay and Adjoa Andoh

Avita Jay and Adjoa Andoh

April 29, 2021

In the last episode of the series, Avita Jay talks to fellow actor Adjoa Andoh. They talk about Shakespeare, casting, fairness and why theatre and creativity matter. Adjoa is currently best known for her role as Lady Danbury in Netflix’s original series Bridgerton, but has appeared in multiple TV series, including Silent Witness, Death in Paradise, Line of Duty, New Tricks, River, Doctor Who, Casualty and Broadchurch.

Each week we bring together current Royal Shakespeare Company actors with RSC artists who have inspired them.

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

Kemi-Bo Jacobs and Juliet Gilkes Romero

Kemi-Bo Jacobs and Juliet Gilkes Romero

April 22, 2021

Actor Kemi-Bo Jacobs meets Juliet Gilkes Romero, who won the prestigious Alfred Fagon Best Play Award for The Whip in 2020. Over a glass of her favourite red wine, Juliet talks about slavery, storytelling and knowing her characters.

Each week we bring together current Royal Shakespeare Company actors with RSC artists who have inspired them.

Interval Drinks is sponsored by Darwin Escapes.

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

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