The Show People Podcast: Julie Atherton on becoming a director & empowering the next generation

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In this episode of The Show People Podcast, host Andrew Keates is joined by Julie Atherton, shortly after completing the West End run of The Grinning Man at Trafalgar Studios.

Julie shares her experiences of working with puppets in The Grinning Man and many other productions she has starred in, including, of course, the UK premiere of Avenue Q. She speaks passionately about her frustrations with the patriarchy in the performing arts industry and the reasons why she has decided to become a director to take control and make the work she wants to be a part of.

Episode features also include…
The Soapbox:
Julie shares the difficulties she has faced in her career thanks to a theatre industry that is still very much lead by white men. She explains why she doesn’t like female roles in older musicals and what she is doing in her work as a director to empower women and the preconceptions that many women face when it comes to comedy.

The Platform:
Today’s platform is a Show People Podcast exclusive! Actor and comedian Steve Furst has sent in a very special recording he made for the London cast of Matilda – The Musical just before he left the production playing Mr Wormwood. You won’t hear this anywhere else!

More on Julie Atherton… Julie suffered a terrible tragedy as a little girl and spent a great amount of her childhood being a very quiet child growing up in a grieving household in Preston. She explains how her life changed when she discovered the cast recording of Miss Saigon and her experiences struggling at school – later training at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and how her time at drama school was both the very best and the very worst time of her life – especially when she discovered performers who liked to sing in her face.

Julie covers her early career successes including Charlotte’s Webb, Just So and Mamma Mia and how she became an established industry name in the original London cast of Avenue Q and the gruelling media schedule she had to endure. Julie Atherton is synonymous with championing new Musical Theatre both in the West End and on the London Fringe and explains why she invests so much of her time in brave new pieces of theatre in tiny little theatres for very little money but with so many rewards.

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Andrew Keates
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
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.