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Standing On The Shoulders

12 EpisodesProduced by PearsonWebsite

Standing on the Shoulders is a podcast about giants. Not the kind you run into in fairytales...but the more metaphorical, inspirational kind - whose symbolic shoulders you can stand on to reach greater heights. Across each episode Aleks Krotoski chats to innovators and visionaries about what they’ve… read more


Jude Kelly

Theatre director and producer Jude Kelly talked to Aleks about growing up in ‘50s Liverpool, finding and fostering revolutionary theatre, and about a woman many refer to as ‘The Mother of Modern Theatre’. 

Jude Kelly is a British theatre director and producer. She has directed more than a hundred plays and her work has appeared at the Royal Theatre Company, London’s West End, and the Châtelet in Paris. She was 26 years old when she took on the role of Artistic Director at the Battersea Arts Centre, and then 12 years at Britain’s biggest cultural institution, the Southbank Centre in central London. In 2010, Jude took a side step, and started her own thing, the Women of the World Festival. 

To find out more about Jude Kelly and possibly how to attend one of her WOW fests… go to

You can find more on Joan Littlewood on the British Library’s website, under the title, ‘An introduction to Joan Littlewood’s theatre practice’.

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