The Show People podcast: Mark Shenton is a theatre addict

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This first episode on MyTheatreMates of The Show People Podcast, hosted by director and producer Andrew Keates, is with Mates’ own Mark Shenton – so a great one to start with!

In addition to originally co-founding MyTheatreMates with Terri Paddock, Mark is Associate Editor and New York Theatre Critic for The Stage, London Theatre Critic for LondonTheatre.co.uk and Chair of the drama section of the Critics Circle Awards. He was the Theatre Critic for the Sunday Express for eleven and a half years, however, he was laid off due to a highly controversial legal battle after ‘inappropriate’ images of him were leaked to his employers. He’s just launched a brand new theatre podcast called Commit No Nuisance with fellow critic Carl Woodward and can often be found amidst a Twitter fiasco under the handle @ShentonStage.

Mark talks openly and honestly about his life growing up in Johannesburg and its thriving theatre scene, studying at Cambridge with various famous alumni, coming out and his early relationships, the genesis of his career including working for companies such as Dewynters and the Press Association and ultimately his journey to becoming an internationally recognised theatre critic. 

Episode features include
The Soapbox:
Andrew talks to Mark about his historic championing of work on the fringe and whether his decision may lead to him losing out on discovering new and upcoming talent, whether producers and directors really are getting rich on the fringe and the consequences both Mark and the industry may face thanks to his decision. Mark talks about his own concerns and the difficulties that now lie ahead of him as well as clarifies where he stands not only on his stance, but also about a lot of the injustices that are occurring on the fringe, the Twitter battles he’s faced because of his announcement and his own experiences and mistakes he made when producing a production at the Cock Tavern.

Dramatic News:
Andrew covers the latest dramatic news, including stories about David Haig’s new play Pressure transferring to the West End, Bat Out Of Hell, the return of Arion Productions’ Steve Furst In Character coming to the Underbelly Festival in June 2018 and news about the 10th anniversary product of Green Day’s American Idiot – The Musical.

 

 

 

 

The Platform:
Todays platform is given to The Hidden Theatre Company and a song called So Many Different Windows from their new musical Island Song. With words by Sam Carner, Music by Derek Gregor and Story by Sam Carner, Derek Gregor and Marlo Hunter. The recording comes straight from their rehearsal room and features the full company; Abby Restall, Drou Constantinou, Joshua Wills, Jack Anthony Smart & Stephanie Lyse.

Social Media:
Andrew Keates: @AndrewKeates, Mark Shenton: @ShentonStage, The Hidden Theatre Company: @HiddenTheatreCo, The Show People Podcast: @ShowPeopleUK, Arion Productions: @ArionProds, Theataccounts: @Theataccounts and use #ShowPeoplePodcast.

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Links:
Show People Photography by Scott Rylander: www.scottrylander.com
Arion Productions Donate Link: www.arion-productions.com/donate
Andrew Keates’ Website: www.andrewkeates.co.uk
Mark Shenton’s Website: www.shentonstage.co.uk
Mark Shenton’s Blog at the Stage: https://www.thestage.co.uk/author/mark-shenton/
Commit No Nuisance Podcast at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/commit-no-nuisance/id1338378185?mt=2
The Hidden Theatre Company: https://www.thehiddentheatrecompany.com
Theataccounts Accountants: www.theataccounts.co.uk
Steve Furst – In Character @ Underbelly Festival: http://www.underbellyfestival.com/whats-on/steve-furst-in-character

Contact:
Do you want to get in touch with the Show People Podcast? You can contact us at info@arion-productions.com

Support:
All profits from the Show People Podcast go toward supporting Arion Productions Ltd to create opportunities and resources for theatre-makers. If you enjoy the podcast and can support this independent theatre company, please make a donation by visiting www.arion-productions.com/donate 

Shop:
Head on over to our new shop to purchase your very own Show People Podcast merchandise, including mugs and pens. All profits go toward Arion Productions Ltd and covering the costs of the Show People Podcast. If you do buy a mug, don’t forget to post a picture on social media to #ShowUsYourMug. http://www.arion-productions.com/shop

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Next Episode:
The Show People Podcast is a biweekly podcast. The next episode will be released Monday 23rd April 2018. Please hit subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes or whichever platform you listen to us on. Thank you.

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Andrew Keates is a multi award-winning director. His West End credits include: As Is (Trafalgar Studios), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Charing Cross Theatre), Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios). Other credits include: Chinglish (Park Theatre), Steve Furst: In Character, Rooms: a rock romance (Finborough Theatre), A Winter’s Tale, The Thing About Men and The Hired Man (Landor Theatre), Bent, Just So (Tabard Theatre).

Andrew was the theatre manager and artistic consultant of the Landor Theatre for over three years. He is the current artistic director of Arion Productions, through which he launched the Show People Podcast in 2017. The free bi-weekly podcast shines a spotlight on the UK performing arts industry and to those dedicated to their craft within it. It's on Twitter at @ShowPeopleUK. In addition, Andrew tweets at @andrewkeates and his personal website is www.andrewkeates.co.uk.
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Andrew Keates is a multi award-winning director. His West End credits include: As Is (Trafalgar Studios), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Charing Cross Theatre), Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios). Other credits include: Chinglish (Park Theatre), Steve Furst: In Character, Rooms: a rock romance (Finborough Theatre), A Winter’s Tale, The Thing About Men and The Hired Man (Landor Theatre), Bent, Just So (Tabard Theatre).

Andrew was the theatre manager and artistic consultant of the Landor Theatre for over three years. He is the current artistic director of Arion Productions, through which he launched the Show People Podcast in 2017. The free bi-weekly podcast shines a spotlight on the UK performing arts industry and to those dedicated to their craft within it. It's on Twitter at @ShowPeopleUK. In addition, Andrew tweets at @andrewkeates and his personal website is www.andrewkeates.co.uk.

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