Recently, we’ve kicked off the Cast Iron Theatre Podcast, which talks to all manner of creative people in Brighton – actors, writers, directors, producers, improvisers … you get the idea.
It’s a very varied hour (or slightly less/slightly more). In the first episode, we spoke to Sarah Johnson and Guy Wah about the HoveGrown Festival, while in episode two we chatted to Rob Cohen about his three solo shows (with the umbrella title Men Without Friends), and in episode three we had a group chat with four of the Fannytasticals (pictured above). We’ve just uploaded the episode where we chat to Yvette May about her show, 10 Steps To Happiness, and we’re in the middle of editing our fifth episode, with Sam Chittenden.
So far, we’ve been mainly chatting to people that we already know (it’s a very busy town for creatives, is Brighton), and it’s gratifying how many of them we have worked with on Cast Iron itself.
That deserves some unpicking: by no means everyone on the podcast has been involved with a Cast Iron production – and we should emphasise that the pod won’t limit itself to just chatting with those inside the company: as we say on the episodes, if you’re a creative who works, lives, or simply has a single tour date in Brighton, then we’re sure to be talking to you. But still, it’s lovely that we’ve had the chance to work with these talented people on a Cast Iron production. Sometimes (although, admittedly, not in the case of the people mentioned above, I don’t think), Cast Iron – and also Iron Clad Improv – has provided a performer with their first opportunity on stage. We’ve often said that one of the most delightful and gratifying things about Cast Iron is that at some point we will lose our treasured actors / writers / directors: in other words, they will move on – often geographically, to London, for instance – and begin to form their own work. On occasion, we have received an email from a writer whose play we have particularly enjoyed – and has been very well received by audiences – who tells us that the play was the first thing they’ve written for public consumption, that they’ve wanted to write for years – and Cast Iron gave them that opportunity. That’s a lot of what Cast Iron is about.
Is that enough blowing of trumpets for now? I think so. Here’s the link for the podcast itself, and if you subscribe, a new episode will be in your ears every Thursday. If you don’t have iTunes, then you can listen on SoundCloud. Here, for instance, is episode three. We’d love to have your feedback and responses, so do get in touch.
Hope you have a good Easter!