Dischord : Figuring Out Musical Theatre

22 EpisodesProduced by adam lensonWebsite

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.

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Dischord #20 - Time and Tide (Jethro Compton and Darren Clark)

July 26th, 2019


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 …

Dischord #19 All Musicals Stink, Part 2 (Stuart Heritage And Alex Young)

January 31st, 2018


Part two of a conversation with Guardian journalist Stuart Heritage and Actor/Writer Alex Young. Following a January 2018 article where Stuart …

Dischord #18 - All Musicals Stink, Part 1 (Stuart Heritage and Alex Young)

January 24th, 2018


Kicking off series two, this week is the first part of a conversation with Guardian journalist Stuart Heritage and Actor/Writer Alex Young. Following …

Dischord - Soapbox #3 (Cheese)

July 27th, 2017


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.

Dischord #17 - Breaking the Mold (Andrew Whyment)

June 2nd, 2017


This week I talk to director Andy Whyment about resistance, politics, active engagement and labels. Andy is the artistic director of Squint and we …

Dischord #16 - Awakening (Duncan Sheik)

May 17th, 2017


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 …

Soapbox #2 (Danger, High Voltage)

December 8th, 2016


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 …

Dischord #15 - Money Money Money (Dougal Irvine)

November 17th, 2016


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 …

Soapbox #1 (Comic Books And Musicals)

September 21st, 2016


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 …

Dischord #14 - Say Something (Sevan Greene)

September 15th, 2016


This week I speak to playwright, actor and musical theatre writer Sevan Greene about his unconventional background, working on both sides of the …

Dischord #13 - Omnivore (Michael Bruce)

September 8th, 2016


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 …

Dischord #12 - The Map And The Territory (James Hadley)

August 25th, 2016


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 …

Dischord #11 - It Isn't A Musical (Matt Regan)

August 18th, 2016


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 …

Dischord #10 - Text And Music (Adriaan Van Aken)

August 10th, 2016


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 …

Dischord #9 - Sing More, Act More (Molly Lynch)

August 4th, 2016


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 …

Dischord #8 - Rooms And Corridors (Tim Gilvin)

July 27th, 2016


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 …

Dischord #7 - Miss Revolutionary (Toco Nikaido)

July 13th, 2016


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, …

Dischord #6 - The Boundary (Rebecca Brewer)

July 6th, 2016


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.

Dischord #5 - Writing Songs (Luke Bateman & Michael Conley)

June 29th, 2016


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 …

Dischord #4 - I Hate Musicals (David Ralfe)

June 22nd, 2016


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 …

Dischord #3 - The Trip (Nick Holder)

June 14th, 2016


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 …

Dischord #0 - Opening Number

May 24th, 2016


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

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