Interval Drinks
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).

Hal Chambers and Justin Audibert

Hal Chambers and Justin Audibert

April 15, 2021

Hal Chambers (Assistant Director for the RSC's The Comedy of Errors) interviews Unicorn Theatre Artistic Director Justin Audibert. They talk about theatre for young people, how they would change UK theatre for the better and which of Shakespeare's characters Justin would like to meet for an interval drink.

Justin has directed plays for the RSC and the National Theatre, including The Taming of the Shrew which played at the RSC and the Barbican in 2019 and 2020. His previous RSC shows include Snow in Midsummer and The Jew of Malta and he co-wrote and co-presented the BBC Live Lessons on Shakespeare for the RSC.

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).

Bea Webster and Charlotte Arrowsmith

Bea Webster and Charlotte Arrowsmith

April 8, 2021

Actor Bea Webster interviews actor Charlotte Arrowsmith in the RSC's first vodcast. Charlotte became the first Deaf actor to understudy for a principal hearing actor in 2019, stepping in as ‘Vincentia’ in The Taming of the Shrew. She is also an RSC Associate Artist.

In the RSC's first vodcast, Bea interviews Charlotte in British Sign Language, with voiceover by interpreters and captions.

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).


Greg Haiste and Paul Chahidi

Greg Haiste and Paul Chahidi

April 1, 2021

Actor Greg Haiste meets Olivier-nominated British Iranian actor Paul Chahidi. On screen, Paul has a recurring role as a vicar in BBC comedy series This Country. He also played defence minister Nikolai Bulganin in Armando Ianucci’s historical comedy The Death of Stalin. Paul has played numerous roles at the RSC and is a Royal Shakespeare Company Associate Artist.

Paul and Greg talk about starting out as an actor, the play that best suits our times, and whether Shakespeare is funny. 

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).

Mogali Masuku and John Kani

Mogali Masuku and John Kani

March 25, 2021

Actor Mogali Masuku meets actor, playwright, and political activist Dr John Kani, who wrote and performed in Kunene and the King in 2019, and co-wrote Tony Award-winning plays Sizwe Banzi is Dead and The Island. John talks about growing up in South Africa, translating Shakespeare into Xhosa language and the moment he knew that acting is what he was born to do. 

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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