Dischord : Figuring Out Musical Theatre

Dischord : Figuring Out Musical Theatre

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A podcast about the intersection between music and theatre. A way of figuring out what musical theatre could be. Hosted by Adam Lenson. Recorded in London.


#20 - Time and Tide (Jethro Compton and Darren Clark)
Jul 26 • 42 min
This episode I talk to Jethro Compton and Darren Clark, the writers of ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ and track the creation of a this new British musical adapted from the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story. We discuss topics including adaptation,…
#19 All Musicals Stink, Part 2 (Stuart Heritage And Alex Young)
Jan 30, 2018 • 37 min
Part two of a conversation with Guardian journalist Stuart Heritage and Actor/Writer Alex Young. Following a January 2018 article where Stuart Heritage said he hated musicals, we debate whether you can really hate a whole artform and discuss how speaking…
#18 - All Musicals Stink, Part 1 (Stuart Heritage and Alex Young)
Jan 23, 2018 • 52 min
Kicking off series two, this week is the first part of a conversation with Guardian journalist Stuart Heritage and Actor/Writer Alex Young. Following a January 2018 article where Stuart Heritage said he hated musicals, we debate whether you can really…
- Soapbox #3 (Cheese)
Jul 27, 2017 • 23 min
On this episode we investigate the word cheese, ask some people what it means and wonder about why it is so regularly applied to musical theatre.
#17 - Breaking the Mold (Andrew Whyment)
Jun 2, 2017 • 65 min
This week I talk to director Andy Whyment about resistance, politics, active engagement and labels. Andy is the artistic director of Squint and we met in 2016 when we both won Kevin Spacey Foundation awards. But his was for theatre and mine musical…
#16 - Awakening (Duncan Sheik)
May 17, 2017 • 50 min
We speak to Tony and Grammy award winning composer-lyricist Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening, American Psycho, Whisper House) about putting pop and rock music onstage, the boundary between scenes and songs, seeing the world through headphones and…
Soapbox #2 (Danger, High Voltage)
Dec 8, 2016 • 49 min
This week I talk about why pop songs and musical theatre songs feel different. I devise a scale of how to describe the informational content of songs and hopefully begin to draw some conclusions about the gap between music and musicals.
#15 - Money Money Money (Dougal Irvine)
Nov 17, 2016 • 50 min
We speak to the relentlessly busy british musical theatre writer Dougal Irvine about just how difficult it can be to sustain a career in new musical theatre. We also cover innovation, loving what you do and why giving up isn’t an option.
Soapbox #1 (Comic Books And Musicals)
Sep 21, 2016 • 19 min
This week I’m trying something new. Instead of an interview, I chat about something that has been on my mind. With the help of some extracts from other podcasts, I suggest that comic books and musicals have a lot in common.
#14 - Say Something (Sevan Greene)
Sep 15, 2016 • 53 min
This week I speak to playwright, actor and musical theatre writer Sevan Greene about his unconventional background, working on both sides of the atlantic and how there may not be a formula for writing musicals but there are tiny equations.
#13 - Omnivore (Michael Bruce)
Sep 8, 2016 • 53 min
In this episode, I talk to acclaimed composer and songwriter Michael Bruce about the many facets of his background and learning. He has spent the past few years writing music for plays and we discuss what this has taught him about musical theatre.
#12 - The Map And The Territory (James Hadley)
Aug 25, 2016 • 65 min
In this episode we zoom out to look at the map and the territory of the British musical theatre scene. We talk with James Hadley, head of the Musical Theatre Network to ask where we are, where we’ve been and where we might be headed.
#11 - It Isn’t A Musical (Matt Regan)
Aug 18, 2016 • 16 min
This week I discuss the piece Greater Belfast with its writer Matt Regan. He doesn’t think the piece is a musical, but I think it might be. Our conversation covers, moving from scenes into songs, combining music and text, gig theatre and hating musicals.
#10 - Text And Music (Adriaan Van Aken)
Aug 10, 2016 • 32 min
We speak to Adriaan Van Aken, the artistic director of Belgian company Het Nieuwstedelijk who give text and music equal emphasis in their work. We discuss their most recent show ‘Last Call; which is currently playing at the Edinburgh Fringe. We discuss…
#9 - Sing More, Act More (Molly Lynch)
Aug 4, 2016 • 37 min
In this episode we talk to singer and actor Molly Lynch about the way music can be looked down upon in musical theatre and how to make sure it can be treated properly and what that can teach us.
#8 - Rooms And Corridors (Tim Gilvin)
Jul 27, 2016 • 35 min
This week, we chat to writer Tim Gilvin about the way pop music has a lot to teach us about musical theatre. Tim started out as a pop song writer and still looks to merge that contemporary sound and relevant themes with the musicals he writes.
#7 - Miss Revolutionary (Toco Nikaido)
Jul 13, 2016 • 38 min
This week I discuss Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker, a new Japanese show seen as part of the Lift Festival at the Barbican Theatre. This loud, bright, assault on the senses may have lessons to teach us about why we go to the theatre, how it makes us…
#6 - The Boundary (Rebecca Brewer)
Jul 6, 2016 • 41 min
I speak to actress Rebecca Brewer about her ability to cross over the boundary that separates musicals and plays and I ask why there is a boundary at all and how we can start to make it disappear.
#5 - Writing Songs (Luke Bateman & Michael Conley)
Jun 29, 2016 • 40 min
In the first part of this episode we deconstruct our theme music with its composer Luke Bateman to see what it can teach us about innovation in Musical Theatre. Then we chat with Luke and his collaborator Michael Conley about the creation of one of their…
#4 - I Hate Musicals (David Ralfe)
Jun 21, 2016 • 44 min
This week I spoke to theatremaker David Ralfe to ask him why he felt able to use the words ‘I hate musicals’. David primarily makes devised theatre and through our discussion we try to figure out what bothers him about musical theatre and how we might…
#3 - The Trip (Nick Holder)
Jun 14, 2016 • 44 min
This week I go on a road trip with actor Nick Holder. He is a performer who has worked in both commercial and subsidised theatre with credits ranging from Les Miserables to London Road. In this frank discussion, we try and unpick what we expect from…
#0 - Opening Number
May 24, 2016 • 3 min
A podcast about the intersection between music and theatre. A way of figuring out what musical theatre could be. Hosted by Adam Lenson.