Podcast: Making It with Temi Wilkey

Bush Theatre, Temi Wilkey, London Playwrights’ Workshop and One Fine Play present Making It with Temi Wilkey, a podcast about making theatre and making it as an artist in the dynamic landscape of UK theatre.

Released weekly, expect to hear from emerging playwrights, theatre makers and theatre companies about how they make theatre, why they make theatre and what they do to survive. If you’re looking for a practical insight into how people write and make plays, then subscribe to our new podcast.

You can subscribe via iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn.

Podcast credits: Host: Temi Wilkey/ Producer: Jane Ryan/ Editor: Kasra Firouzyar, part of the OneFinePlay network.

Listen to Making It with Temi Wilkey

Episode 1: Richard Gadd Talks Anti-Comedy & Solo Shows

Temi sits down with Richard Gadd to talk about his journey into being a writer, actor and comedian. He won the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2016 for his show, Monkey See Monkey Do, and has been awarded The Stage award for outstanding performance in his play, Baby Reindeer, that was staged at the Bush Theatre in Winter 2019 and is soon heading to the West End and New York.

In this episode, Richard reveals what made him start to write and how he continues to be an obsessively driven playwright, from repeatedly editing drafts to performing his own work. Richard discusses structure, themes and his relationship to theatre. This is an open conversation that gets into the mindset of an exciting talent.

Episode 2: Jasmine Lee Jones Talks About Playing With Form

Temi sits down with Jasmine Lee Jones, to talk about her journey as a 21-year-old playwright. Fresh from theatre school, Jasmine recently had her play, seven acts of killing kylie jenner, staged at the Royal Court upstairs.

In this episode, Jasmine reveals her process as a playwright and what her journey has been like so far. From releasing an artist’s creativity to being open about what her working day looks like, this is a raw and honest depiction of what it is like being a young playwright in London today.

Episode 3: RashDash Talk About Devising Physical Theatre

Temi sits down with Abbi Greenland, Becky Wilkie and Helen Goalen from the prolific and highly respected company, RashDash.  In this episode, Abbi, Becky and Helen talk about how RashDash formed and what they consider a RashDash show. From working physically and utilising live music, RashDash explore how they tackle a play and work together as a company.

In 2018 RashDash staged a highly original adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters – at the Yard Theatre in London – in collaboration with the Royal Exchange Theatre. Their acclaimed back catalogue includes The Darkest Corners, Two Man Show, Snow White and Rose Red, We Want You to Watch and Oh, I Can’t Be Bothered.

Episode 4: Yasmin Joseph Talks Authenticity and Self-Belief

Temi sits down with Yasmin Joseph to talk about her journey to becoming a playwright. An alumna of the Soho Theatre Young Writers Lab and one of The 503Five resident playwrights at Theatre503; Yasmin recently staged her play, J’Ouvert, at Theatre503 this year.

In this episode, Yasmin explores what inspires her and explains how her process is dictated by her writing.  From studying at WAC Arts to university, she reveals her journey of finding her own voice as a playwright and the difficulties she has faced along the way.

Episode 5: Ben Weatherill Talks Genre and Audience Expectations
Temi sits down with Ben Weatherill who talks about his journey from being the Literary Manager at the Old Red Lion Theatre, all the way to having his play, Jellyfish, transferred to the National Theatre. Ben’s plays have also been shown at the Curve Theatre, and the Finborough Theatre.

In this episode, Ben talks candidly about writing characters that are real and how he tackles topics that make audiences’ change their minds. The discussion also ranges from what Ben did as a day job to what he does to tackle the blank page.