Five Minute Call

Five Minute Call

Five Minute Call is a podcast that takes a deep dive into the stories of the people that make theatre happen. Hosted by Claire Underwood and Oren Boder, we pull back the curtain to explore their truths, life lessons, inspiring narratives, and hard-earned wisdom from our guests. Enjoy a unique peek behind the glitz and glamour of the stage, screen, and studio as we sit down with some of the most influential figures in the arts world - from groundbreaking performers and visionary directors, to astute casting agents, crew, and everyone in between. read less
ArtsArts

Episodes

Ellen Jackson: From Motherhood to 12,000 Performances of Phantom of the Opera
13-05-2024
Ellen Jackson: From Motherhood to 12,000 Performances of Phantom of the Opera
This is Ellen Jackson. 00:00:00 - Opening Trailer 00:00:56 - Introduction 00:01:27 - Ellen's Story 00:03:15 - Early Singing Experiences 00:06:25 - Pursuing a Career in Singing 00:11:00 - Royal Scottish Academy of Music 00:14:23 - Early Career with Scottish Opera 00:17:55 - Transition to Musical Theatre 00:22:24 - Motherhood and Les Misérables 00:26:25 - Born Again at Chichester Festival Theatre 00:29:30 - The Phantom of the Opera 00:37:40 - Maintaining Voice and Performance Over a Long Run 00:44:40 - Leaving Phantom and Adapting to Vocal Changes 00:51:25 - Closing Reflections 00:51:30 - Five Minute Call 00:52:50 - Greatest Growth and Learning Experiences 00:56:58 - Closing ---- FOLLOW ► https://www.instagram.com/fmcpod Oren: https://www.instagram.com/OrenBoder https://www.linkedin.com/in/orenboder Claire: https://www.instagram.com/showminds LISTEN ► Amazon Podcasts: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/8fb3a694-7799-4062-8607-16a120d5db12/five-minute-call Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2xNC5y4sno1FSsTp8bjyd3 ---- If you have been or are currently affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, here are some resources you might find useful. In the first instance, helplines: Samaritans - 116 123 (24/7 phone service) Shout - 85258 (all ages 24/7 texting service) Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 585858 (5pm - midnight) Papyrus HOPELINEUK - 0800 068 4141 (for under 35 year olds) If you work in the theatre industry here are some organisations who can help you to find the right help: BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) 020 7404 5888 Music Minds Matter UK 0808 802 8008 https://www.applauseforthought.com https://www.industryminds.co.uk https://www.bapam.org https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk https://www.artsandminds.org.uk https://www.artsminds.co.uk https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk https://www.mind.org.uk --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fiveminutecall/message
Johnny Bishop: "Michael Jackson inspired my journey from Trinidad to the West End"
10-04-2024
Johnny Bishop: "Michael Jackson inspired my journey from Trinidad to the West End"
This is Johnny's story. 00:00:00 - Opening Trailer 00:01:14 - Introduction00:01:38 - In The Beginning 00:04:50 - Joining Carnival Messiah 00:06:58 - Auditioning for The Lion King 00:09:29 - Moving to London 00:11:05 - Life at Sylvia Young Theatre School 00:17:32 - Advice for Young Performers 00:22:25 - Perfectionism and Sustainability 00:29:25 - Teaching Dance vs Singing 00:34:34 - The Impact of Strict Training 00:40:38 - Life After Sylvia Young 00:44:36 - The Importance of Craft Over Audience 00:49:39 - Producing His Own Work 00:53:00 - The Realities of the Industry 00:58:15 - Closing ---- FOLLOW ► https://www.instagram.com/fmcpod Oren: https://www.instagram.com/OrenBoder https://www.linkedin.com/in/orenboder Claire: https://www.instagram.com/showminds Johnny: https://www.instagram.com/johnny_bishop1 LISTEN ► Amazon Podcasts: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/8fb3a694-7799-4062-8607-16a120d5db12/five-minute-call Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2xNC5y4sno1FSsTp8bjyd3 ---- If you have been or are currently affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, here are some resources you might find useful. In the first instance, helplines: Samaritans - 116 123 (24/7 phone service) Shout - 85258 (all ages 24/7 texting service) Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 585858 (5pm - midnight) Papyrus HOPELINEUK - 0800 068 4141 (for under 35 year olds) If you work in the theatre industry here are some organisations who can help you to find the right help: BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) 020 7404 5888 Music Minds Matter UK 0808 802 8008 https://www.applauseforthought.com https://www.industryminds.co.uk https://www.bapam.org https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk https://www.artsandminds.org.uk https://www.artsminds.co.uk https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk https://www.mind.org.uk --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fiveminutecall/message
Lorna Cobbold: Company & Stage Manager (Cabaret, Les Miserable, Lion King, Mary Poppins)
25-03-2024
Lorna Cobbold: Company & Stage Manager (Cabaret, Les Miserable, Lion King, Mary Poppins)
This is Lorna's story. 00:00:00 - Opening Trailer 00:01:08 - Introduction 00:01:20 - Lorna's Journey into Theatre 00:09:43 - What is Stage Management? 00:17:29 - Differences Between Deputy Stage Manager and Company Manager 00:19:53 - Lorna's Move from Plays to Musicals 00:27:15 - What Happens When Something Goes Wrong During a Show 00:32:38 - The Magic of a Sitzprobe 00:36:05 - Differences Between Plays and Musicals for Stage Management 00:39:42 - Lorna's Personal Stage Management Style 00:44:53 - What's Next for Lorna 00:51:00 - Lorna's Five Minute Call Routine 00:54:59 - Audience Question: Why Musical Theatre and Was it a Good Choice? 00:58:24 - Closing ---- FOLLOW ► https://www.instagram.com/fmcpod Oren: https://www.instagram.com/OrenBoder https://www.linkedin.com/in/orenboder Claire: https://www.instagram.com/showminds LISTEN ► Amazon Podcasts: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/8fb3a694-7799-4062-8607-16a120d5db12/five-minute-call Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2xNC5y4sno1FSsTp8bjyd3 ---- If you have been or are currently affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, here are some resources you might find useful. In the first instance, helplines: Samaritans - 116 123 (24/7 phone service) Shout - 85258 (all ages 24/7 texting service) Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 585858 (5pm - midnight) Papyrus HOPELINEUK - 0800 068 4141 (for under 35 year olds) If you work in the theatre industry here are some organisations who can help you to find the right help: BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) 020 7404 5888 Music Minds Matter UK 0808 802 8008 https://www.applauseforthought.com https://www.industryminds.co.uk https://www.bapam.org https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk https://www.artsandminds.org.uk https://www.artsminds.co.uk https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk https://www.mind.org.uk --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fiveminutecall/message
Jennifer Whyte: West End Musical Director (Les Mis, Avenue Q, Sunset Boulevard, Phantom, Cabaret)
13-03-2024
Jennifer Whyte: West End Musical Director (Les Mis, Avenue Q, Sunset Boulevard, Phantom, Cabaret)
This is Jen's story. 00:00:00 - Trailer 00:01:02 - Introduction 00:01:29 - Jennifer White's Early Life and Musical Background 00:02:23 - The Importance of Breadth in Musical Knowledge 00:04:10 - Developing Musical Accompaniment Skills 00:05:16 - Working Men's Club Band Experience 00:06:26 - Musical Theatre Beginnings at Age 17 00:08:55 - Auditioning for Music Schools and University 00:12:05 - First Musical Theatre Project: Calamity Jane 00:13:21 - Family Musical Connections 00:15:11 - Difficulty Connecting with Classical Music Interpretation 00:18:30 - Connecting Storytelling with Music 00:20:16 - The Origins of Jennifer's Storytelling Through Music 00:22:29 - Underworld Musical Project 00:28:39 - Blurring the Lines Between Audience and Performance 00:30:03 - Underworld's Challenges and Inspirations 00:35:55 - Developing Emotional Intelligence in Music 00:38:19 - The Importance of Reconstituting Written Music 00:39:12 - Feeling Authentic in Different Musical Styles 00:41:15 - Recreating Musical Styles Authentically 00:44:03 - Imposter Syndrome and Self-Doubt 00:48:00 - The Advantages of a Multifaceted Skillset 00:51:33 - Accepting One's Unique Strengths 00:54:20 - Aspirations Beyond Musical Theatre 00:55:32 - The Origin Story: Getting to London 01:02:07 - Addressing Snobbery Towards Musical Theatre 01:04:00 - Closing Thoughts ---- FOLLOW ► https://www.instagram.com/fmcpod Oren: https://www.instagram.com/OrenBoder https://www.linkedin.com/in/orenboder Claire: https://www.instagram.com/showminds Jennifer: https://www.instagram.com/msjenwhyte https://www.jenniferwhyte.co.uk LISTEN ► Amazon Podcasts: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/8fb3a694-7799-4062-8607-16a120d5db12/five-minute-call Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2xNC5y4sno1FSsTp8bjyd3 ---- If you have been or are currently affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, here are some resources you might find useful. In the first instance, helplines: Samaritans - 116 123 (24/7 phone service) Shout - 85258 (all ages 24/7 texting service) Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 585858 (5pm - midnight) Papyrus HOPELINEUK - 0800 068 4141 (for under 35 year olds) If you work in the theatre industry here are some organisations who can help you to find the right help: BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) 020 7404 5888 Music Minds Matter UK 0808 802 8008 https://www.applauseforthought.com https://www.industryminds.co.uk https://www.bapam.org https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk https://www.artsandminds.org.uk https://www.artsminds.co.uk https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk https://www.mind.org.uk --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fiveminutecall/message
Kris Hedges-Manuel - Embracing the Ensemble / Starting a successful school during lockdown
28-02-2024
Kris Hedges-Manuel - Embracing the Ensemble / Starting a successful school during lockdown
This is Kris' story. 00:00:00 - Introduction 00:01:09 - Early Influences and Discovering Musical Theatre 00:02:07 - Family Background in Performing Arts 00:03:16 - First Steps and Education in Musical Theatere 00:06:14 - Professional Development and Transitioning Roles 00:10:04 - Ensemble Importance and Recognition 00:12:05 - First Professional Gig and Transition to Teaching 00:16:35 - Reflecting on Career and Advice to Younger Self 00:23:05 - Teaching Philosophy and Approach 00:30:39 - Founding West End Prep and Adapting to Online Teaching 00:36:14 - Evolving Ethos of West End Prep 00:40:36 - Personal Growth and Overcoming Perfectionism 00:48:27 - Preferences: Working in Town vs. Touring 00:49:01 - Personal Life and Relationships in Theatre ---- FOLLOW ► https://www.instagram.com/fmcpod Oren: https://www.instagram.com/OrenBoder https://www.linkedin.com/in/orenboder Claire: https://www.instagram.com/showminds Kris: https://www.instagram.com/krismanuel LISTEN ► Amazon Podcasts: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/8fb3a694-7799-4062-8607-16a120d5db12/five-minute-call Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2xNC5y4sno1FSsTp8bjyd3 ---- If you have been or are currently affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, here are some resources you might find useful. In the first instance, helplines: Samaritans - 116 123 (24/7 phone service) Shout - 85258 (all ages 24/7 texting service) Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 585858 (5pm - midnight) Papyrus HOPELINEUK - 0800 068 4141 (for under 35 year olds) If you work in the theatre industry here are some organisations who can help you to find the right help: BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) 020 7404 5888 Music Minds Matter UK 0808 802 8008 https://www.applauseforthought.com https://www.industryminds.co.uk https://www.bapam.org https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk https://www.artsandminds.org.uk https://www.artsminds.co.uk https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk https://www.mind.org.uk --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fiveminutecall/message
Alexia Khadime - Grammy Nominated Actress | Prince of Egypt / Les Miserable / Wicked / Lion King
12-02-2024
Alexia Khadime - Grammy Nominated Actress | Prince of Egypt / Les Miserable / Wicked / Lion King
This is Alexia's story. --- 00:00:00 - Introduction 00:00:38 - Early Musical Influences and Experiences 00:04:18 - First Steps into Professional Theater 00:07:13 - Transition to a Career in Musical Theater 00:15:01 - The Craft of Performance and Authenticity 00:23:01 - Vocal Health and Mindfulness 00:32:48 - Facing Challenges and Learning from Them 00:40:52 - Character Building and Authenticity in Roles 00:50:20 - Pre-Performance Routine and Mindset ---- FOLLOW ► https://www.instagram.com/fmcpod Oren: https://www.instagram.com/OrenBoder https://www.linkedin.com/in/orenboder Claire: https://www.instagram.com/showminds Alexia Khadime: https://www.instagram.com/alexiakhadime LISTEN ► Amazon Podcasts: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/8fb3a694-7799-4062-8607-16a120d5db12/five-minute-call Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2xNC5y4sno1FSsTp8bjyd3 ---- If you have been or are currently affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, here are some resources you might find useful. In the first instance, helplines: Samaritans - 116 123 (24/7 phone service) Shout - 85258 (all ages 24/7 texting service) Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 585858 (5pm - midnight) Papyrus HOPELINEUK - 0800 068 4141 (for under 35 year olds) If you work in the theatre industry here are some organisations who can help you to find the right help: BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) 020 7404 5888 Music Minds Matter UK 0808 802 8008 https://www.applauseforthought.com https://www.industryminds.co.uk https://www.bapam.org https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk https://www.artsandminds.org.uk https://www.artsminds.co.uk https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk https://www.mind.org.uk --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fiveminutecall/message
Jon Robyns: "There is nothing worse than walking on stage thinking I can't do this"
29-01-2024
Jon Robyns: "There is nothing worse than walking on stage thinking I can't do this"
This is Jon's story. ---- 00:00:00 - Introduction 00:00:22 - Jon Robyns: The Person Behind the Performer 00:04:35 - Exploring Identity and Performance 00:10:59 - The Journey through College and Finding Fitness 00:16:12 - The Importance of Preparation and Hard Work 00:22:05 - Developing Character: Valjean, Phantom, and Beyond 00:28:47 - Balancing Family Life with a Theatre Career 00:36:08 - Transitioning from Actor to Writer 00:45:11 - The Creative Process and Inspiration Behind New Works 00:50:44 - Reflecting on Career Choices and Future Paths 00:56:04 - The Role of Vocal Evolution in Jon's Career 01:02:34 - Closing ---- FOLLOW ► https://www.instagram.com/fmcpod Oren: https://www.instagram.com/OrenBoder https://www.linkedin.com/in/orenboder Claire: https://www.instagram.com/showminds Jon: https://www.instagram.com/j_robyns ---- If you have been or are currently affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, here are some resources you might find useful. In the first instance, helplines: Samaritans - 116 123 (24/7 phone service) Shout - 85258 (all ages 24/7 texting service) Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 585858 (5pm - midnight) Papyrus HOPELINEUK - 0800 068 4141 (for under 35 year olds) If you work in the theatre industry here are some organisations who can help you to find the right help: BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) 020 7404 5888 Music Minds Matter UK 0808 802 8008 https://www.applauseforthought.com https://www.industryminds.co.uk https://www.bapam.org https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk https://www.artsandminds.org.uk https://www.artsminds.co.uk https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk https://www.mind.org.uk --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fiveminutecall/message