Podcast #30: Rose Drew

Rose Drew (@rosebonecrone) is a poet, anthropologist, book publisher and events manager. Along with her partner Alan she runs Stairwell Books, and has co-hosted York Spoken Word Poetry & Prose Open Mic since January 2006.

In this episode we cover the creative process of bringing a poem to life, how to prepare for public speaking, we touch on politics and soaring house prices as Rose reads a poem about Grenfell Tower, as well as the importance of the arts in developing self-confidence.

 

The Poetry Show podcast – http://www.poetry.show

Stairwell Books – http://www.stairwellbooks.co.uk/

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Podcast #29: Tom Higham

Tom Higham (@tomhigham) is a creative director and producer who works with artists, developers, designers, arts organisations and policy makers all over the world to produce ambitious artworks and creative projects.

He is currently creative director of York Mediale, a brand new biennial arts festival which will bring world premiere commissions from leading artists to the city.

In this episode we discuss how Tom approached building the festival from the ground up, his advice to aspiring artists and producers, and about the challenges facing York and its future.

https://tomhigham.net

Festival discount code to follow, keep an eye out on social media.

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Podcast #28: Gemma Curry

Gemma Curry is an actress, storyteller & theatre maker. After over 15 years experience in theatre she started her own professional touring theatre company, Hedgepig Theatre. As her family own grew so did her company, as Hedgepig added a children’s company, Hoglets – Theatre fun for little folks.

Over the last 5years Hoglets has been running storytelling and theatre workshops for babies, toddlers and primary age children, and this year saw the production of their first children’s play The Sleep Pirates.

In this episode we discuss how to tell better stories, about diving in and having an open approach to learning new skills, and about whether children get enough exposure to the arts.

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Podcast #22: Drew Wintie-Hawkins

Drew Wintie-Hawkins is the Co-Director of York Dance Space, an arts organisation set up to develop dance across York and North Yorkshire. With a background as a performer he takes a hands on approach to developing learning programmes in dance, supporting the development of professional artists across the region.

In this episode we chat about the risks he and his wife Hannah took in setting up their own place, how skills learnt in dance can be used both in education and in wider life, and how getting out of your bubble and collaborating with other organisations will improve your art, as well the community as a whole.

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Podcast #20: Jamie McKeller

Jamie McKeller is a film writer, director and editor, with a background in theatre acting. Over the last six years he has created three award winning web series, as well as a heap of short films, under his company RedShirt Films.

In this episode we chat about the his first feature film Chestersberg, including the focus needed to stay on track during long projects, why he loves the horror comedy genre and the creativity it brings, and his practical tips for making films on a budget.

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Podcast #19: Hannah Davies

Hannah Davies (@DaviesHC) is a muti-slam winning spoken word artist, writer and theatre maker. She is the director of Common Ground Theatre and an associate artist at SAY OWT.

In this episode we chat about the importance of repetition in creative work, the importance of remaining curious, and how she approaches the periods in between project work.

Catch the Common Ground theatre scratch night for free at the Great Yorkshire Fringe on Monday 23rd July.

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Podcast #18: Tom Straszewski

Tom ‘Strasz’ Straszewski is a theatre director and writer, and is the pageant master for this years York Mystery Plays.

We discuss what that role involves, the importance of guilds in our city and the community benefits they bring, his theatre company Bronzehead Theatre and how they explore site sensitive pieces, and the huge variety of tasks artistic directors take on to bring projects to life.

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The Mystery Plays take place on 9th, 12th and 16th September.

 

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