Jo Clifford


Jo Clifford was at one time something of a lone wolf; the only openly trans playwright in the UK theatre scene. Now, thankfully, she is a leading figure in a vibrant and growing community and this season she revives her hugely successful one-woman play, The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven. We sat down at Jo’s Leith home to talk theatre, politics and just plain old being human.

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Douglas Maxwell


A “garret playwright”, Douglas Maxwell has written in his own unusual way (i.e. – mostly unsolicited) for over twenty years and boasts The Whip Hand, Fever Dream: Southside and Charlie Sonata among his many successes. We talk about being an artist, being a “success” and the ever-present imposter syndrome.

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Cristian Ortega


Star of the soon-to-be-released film “Beats”, Cristina Ortega is currently appearing in “Wendy and Peter Pan”, at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre and I managed to catch up with him to talk books, plays, not passing exams and the “corporate rave scene”. Big thanks to Cristian for taking the time to chat with me, and to you for listening!

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Carrie Taylor


My guest today has worked as a stage manager on shows big and small all around the world. I thought it was about time we heard what it looks like from behind the scenes. So here we are, chatting our way through what high school drama looks like for the tech-orientated people, how to learn from others’ successes and failures, and just how much responsibility rests on the shoulders of a production manager.

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