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This episode, we’re headed back to the Opera with Shane Placentino! Shane sits down with us to discuss his role as Revival Director on Opera Australia’s production of Madama Butterfly. 

Shane’s extensive history in dance and working behind the scenes with Opera Australia has given him a mountain of knowledge to discuss the many facets of working in a director’s role. Shane talks about the incident that led him away from the world of dance, what it’s like working with one of the most in-demand tenor’s in the business and the random circumstances that led him into the theatre industry itself.

Justin sits down with two of the Queens of SIX the Musical, Vidya Makan and Kala Gare to talk all things SIX. We discuss the score written by TONY AWARD WINNERS Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, as well as the real HERstory behind the Queens portrayed on stage.

Vidya and Kala regail us with some hilarious on stage mishaps, inspire us with what makes SIX so special and so loved, and educate us about how women and performers in the entertainment industry can find their voice and inspiration through performing.  

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Joining us for an in-depth discussion on Independent Theatre are theatre makers Carly Fisher, Sonya Kerr and Dino Dimitriadis. 

Content Warning – please be advised that this episode contains references to violence,prostitution, mental health and suicide.

On this episode, we sit down in a special two part discussion, to focus on the many facets of Indpendent Theatre through two new productions, The Sweet Science of Bruising and Cleansed by Sarah Kane.


We have our first COLLABORATIVE podcast to treat your ears with. I reached out to the podcasting community and sought answers to the question – “What’s your favourite theatre moment?” From this, we recieved answers from four brilliant podcasters, A Musical Theatre Podcast, Stage Door Podcast, Don’t Be So Dramatic Podcast and The Theatre Podcast.

In this episode, we’re off script and speaking straight from the heart, what are our favourite theatre moments? What makes theatre special to us? You’ll be able to hear all of our communities answers and follow any of the podcasters you resonate with.


On today’s episode, we sit down with rising stars, Zoe Ioannou and Luke Leong-Tay to discuss the new Australian musical Dubbo Championship Wrestling which premieres at the Hayes Theatre in May 2022. Zoe and Luke run us through the massive learning curves they’ve learned to undertake real wrestling moves on stage, whilst still presenting a rocking Aussie score. We also feature one of our first games on the podcast! See how many wrestler names you can guess correctly. Who will win? Zoe or Luke?  


In this episode we sit down with the wonderful Paul Ettore Tabone to discuss Handa Opera’s Phantom of the Opera. Having completed over 1600 performances of Phantom in the role of Ubaldo Piangi, Aussie tenor, Paul Tabone comes back to Australia to reprise the role in the first ever outdoor production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic. Paul talks to us about how a small-town Queensland boy became one of the most sought after opera performers in theatre. He shares with us his love for Pavarotti, performing for Pavarotti’s wife at the Verona Colisseum and his journey in Phantom of the Opera, including this new outdoor extravaganza and what he thinks of Andrew Lloyd Webber!


In this episode, we sit down with the hilarious Damien Warren-Smith about the art of Clown and his character, Garry Starr. Damien is currently touring his latest production, Garry Starr: Greece Lightning which is coming to Darwin, the International Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Sydney Comedy Festival over the next two months. Damien shares the ins and outs of this unique form of theatre, his training at the École Philippe Gaulier, the creation of a Plague of Idiots, and how performers find their ‘clown’.


On this episode we sit down with actor and writer Kirsty Marillier to discuss the question: How do you become a playwright?

Kirsty joins us to discuss how she made the journey from acting into writing, eventually creating one of the hottest shows in Sydney at the moment, Orange Thrower. We’ll discuss the ins and outs of crafting a script from the beginning and what challenges lay in the way. Kirsty fills us in on the behind the scenes thoughts she has about her own work, and also where it fits in with the changing landscape of Australian theatre.


What is the longest running American Musical? Easy, Chicago! This is one for your trivia nights folks. 

I sit down with my friend Amy Copeland to discuss the history of Chicago the Musical, from its inception right up to the restaging of So Popera Productions 2017 sold out performance. 

We’ll discuss where Chicago the Musical came from, journey through its reiterations including the smash hit restaging on Broadway which one it a multitude of Tonys, and of course we’ll share our thoughts on the famous movie version. Amy shares her insight into the foundations of the show and how it has become the longest running American Musical.


What exactly is an immersive experience and how can it elevate a classic text? That’s the question we put to Beth Daly on today’s podcast!

Beth has been a part of the theatrical scene for years and crossed multiple mediums of performing, including street performance, television , stage and musical theatre. Now, Beth is directing a new Immersive Experience of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby which is set to inhabit the Wonderland Bar in Potts Point. We go through the history of The Great Gatsby from its humble origins, through to its literary acclaim and its many adaptations up to Viral Ventures newest immersive take on the text.


We recently sat down the creators of Scarlet the Musical and their release of their Concept Recording Album (@scarletmusical). 

Jess Newman and Richard Lindenfelzer met when studying a masters of music theatre writing at NYU. Richard is an American writer and performer based in NY. Jess is Australian and currently based in Melbourne, who boasts a great experience in the local industry and community. Throughout the podcast, we discuss how their inception of Scarlet became a developing musical and how it deals with climate change. 


It’s a busy time for us here at Theatre Thoughts, and knowing that there are a few people in iso at the moment, we’re gifting you with a NEW PODCAST.

On this episode we have an amazing chat with the delightful Tiegan Denina about her upcoming role as Veronica in The Mitchell Old Company’s production of HEATHERS THE MUSICAL coming to the ARA Darling Quartre from the 8th February 2022. 


On this episode we sit down with actor Julian Garner to discuss The Museum of Modern Love, Marina Abramović’s The Artist is Present and what kept Julian busy throughout lockdown. Julian is a National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) graduate.

His theatre credits include The Turquoise Elephant for Griffin Theatre Company; Inner Voices for Red Line Productions; Arcadiaand Storm Boy for Sydney Theatre Company; The Crucible, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and Cyrano de Bergerac for Sport for Jove; Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, As You Like It, The Wars of the Roses, Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night for Bell Shakespeare


We finish the year with something very special, our one on one with the talented Leanne Cope! Leanne Cope is currently in rehearsals for the Australian Premiere of An American in Paris which begins in National Tour in Brisbane of January 2022.

Leanne Cope is a British Tony and Grammy Award-nominated dancer and actor and originated the role of Lise Dassin in the Broadway and West End productions of An American in Paris. She began her career at the Royal Ballet, where she was First Artist, after graduating from the Royal Ballet School. We sit down with Leanne to discuss the production, how she landed the role of Lise Dassin on Broadway, as well as what theatre fans should expect from this unique production.


In this episode, we sit down with Jarrod Riesinger & Bradley Ward from Rising Arts Productions to discuss their production of Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic which is coming to the Flight Path Theatre in January, and the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre in April 2022.

We’ll discuss how the production team kept rehearsals going throughout lockdown, why they believe new productions are essential for out-of-the-city theatres, and even perform a hilarious improvisation game! 


On today’s show, we chat exclusively with Andrew Threlfall from CDP Theatre Producers about their upcoming production, Guess How Much I Love You which is set to open at the Seymour Centre from the 15th December. Andrew talks through his role at CDP as well as what it means to be a producer in the theatre industry as well as what makes Guess How Much I Love You a must see production for all ages.

We also throw Andrew our own Theatre Thoughts question on how he would bring a much loved classic to life on stage. Stay tuned to hear which show we choose! Be sure to leave us a review or follow us on our socials. Facebook Instagram Website


On a very special podcast, we sit down with Theatre Thoughts regular, Daniel Stefanovski, and our Editor, Charlotte Smee, to discuss the late, great Stephen Sondheim. Passing away just before the beginning of December, we pay tribute to what makes Sondheim such a force that will continue to resonate in the theatre world. We’ll also share our own thoughts on some of his biggest shows and best songs, as well as some of our least favourites.

You’ll also hear the incomparable Lin Manuel Miranda reading a tribute in New York’s Time Square. So stay tuned! Be sure to leave us a review or share our podcast around!


On this episode, we chat with Sir Howard Panter, Joint CEO of Trafalgar Entertainment as well as Tim McFarlane, Executive Charimain-Asia Pacific, on the reopening of the Theatre Royal in Sydney. We go into what their plans are for the theatre moving forward, as well as what they envision for the Sydney theatre scene.

We’ll also hear from Jagged Little Pill cast members Natalie Bassingthwaite and newcomer Emily Nkomo on why they’re excited for audiences to see the smash-hit musical, as well as what shows they’d love to see come to the new theatre. 


On our first ever podcast join me as I sit down with my friend, Daniel Stefanovski, to discuss one of our favourite shows, Come From Away. We’ll share our exclusive review on the production as well as share some behind-the-scenes insights into the show we’ve found along our love fest with the show.