Hear Me Out is a brand-new podcast from actor and producer Lucy Eaton, most recently seen on TV screens starring alongside David Tennant, Michael Sheen and her brother Simon Evans in BBC1’s Staged.
The first four episodes are now available to listen to with guests Mark Bonnar, Denise Gough, Adrian Lester and Claire Skinner. A new episode will then be released each Tuesday from 30 March onwards with future guests including Brendan Coyle, Freddie Fox, Patricia Hodge, Maddy Hill and Giles Terera.
Hear Me Out is available to listen to on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor.com and all major streaming platforms, full details can be found here.
Hear Me Out puts the audience back in the stalls or, closer still, the rehearsal room. Creeping further into 2021, many have endured twelve months without a curtain going up. This new podcast invites theatre-loving audiences to re-connect with theatre-makers in a unique celebration of language and performance.
Hosted by Lucy Eaton, Hear Me Out is the insider chat that audiences would love to have, with the stars of some of the country’s finest productions. The format is simple: Lucy asks ‘What is your favourite speech?’’ From the brilliance of the language to the personal anecdotes behind the choice, it’s part Desert Island Discs, part literary analysis and part post-show chat in the theatre bar. Behind the world’s most beautiful words are tales of fake-blood-in-the-eye, audience interruptions and corset-bruises.
Kicking off the first series hear Claire Skinner discuss Moonlight by Harold Pinter, Adrian Lester on Cost of Living by Martyna Majok, Denise Gough on People, Places and Things by Duncan Macmillan, and Mark Bonnar on Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
Lucy Eaton said: “It’s obviously been a tough year for everyone in the theatre industry. As any actor will tell you, our job is so much more than the sum of its (occasional) pay-checks. However, in late autumn of last year I made a surprising revelation: the thing I was really missing with every fibre of my body wasn’t actually being in a theatre, it was being in a rehearsal room. I missed coming together with fellow actors and creatives, sitting around a table and doing a deep-dive into a play; I missed bonding over tea and biscuits in the green room and talking of past shows, ones you were in and ones you saw; I missed watching and observing people I admired, as they figured out how to crack a tough role.
It occurred to me that this most treasured of times is something that most theatre lovers never get to experience and that, even if I couldn’t put us all in a rehearsal room yet, I could simulate the next best thing: I could rope in some pretty stupendous actors to talk about their processes and memories with reference to one particular speech, their favourite speech. And that’s how ‘Hear Me Out’ was born. Every single conversation has been thrilling and informative beyond my wildest expectations and I hope they prove the same for my listeners.”