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Thirty Minute Call is a podcast presented by Canberra Theatre Centre featuring conversations with performers, creatives and arts workers. Listen along as we delve into what makes your favourite performers, shows and theatres tick!

Season 3

Episode 5 – May 25, 2021
David Williams – Augie March

Drummer from Augie March, David Williams talks to us ahead of the Sunset Studies Live 2021 performances. The call begins with David trying to work out if their Melbourne show tomorrow night will go ahead due to a COVID outbreak and turns into a really entertaining, humorous and honest yarn about the start of David’s musical life, the recording of Sunset Studies, the struggles of being a sports nut and a musician on the road and a thing called ‘Augie March Fight Club’.

Episode 4 – May 12, 2021
Jodie Farrugia

Jodie Farrugia is a choreographer and educator of theatre, dance and circus. She has choreographed part of REBEL, QL2 Dance’s major project for 2021 for their Quantum Leap ensemble. Jodie tells us more the show, her life in the arts and we reminisce about some of her early projects.

Episode 3 – April 21, 2021
Greg Fleet

Greg Fleet is an Australian comedian, actor and writer. In this episode we discuss people stealing his material, the impact of his book about his own heroin addiction 6 years on and his amazing new theatre production The Twins.

Episode 2 – February 16, 2021
Peter Combe

Peter Combe is a legend of the Children’s Music genre. He joins us before he heads out on another tour at the age of 72. We discuss his history, his love of politics and being a grandpa.

Episode 1 – February 3, 2021
Minister for the Arts Tara Cheyne

Meet our Minister for the Arts, Tara Cheyne! We spoke to Tara on the latest episode of our podcast, 30 Minute Call, about her perspective on Canberra, her love for the arts and her holiday from hell. Dive in with our host Joe Gleeson and learn more about Tara, her past and her plans for Canberra’s vibrant arts scene.

Season 2

Episode 14 – December 11, 2020
Jonathan Biggins

Jonathan Biggins is a writer actor and director who has been popping up at the Canberra Theatre Centre for at least 20 years.  In this episode we discuss the history of The Wharf Revue, political correctness and parenting.

Episode 13 – October 20, 2020
Jarrad West – Everyman Theatre
Jarrad West is one of the founders of the Canberra based theatre company Everyman Theatre and one of the regular faces around the Canberra arts scene.  In this chat we learn about his creative journey, growing up in Perth, his likes and dislikes when it comes to putting on a show and his worst audience member.
Episode 12 – October 8, 2020
Benny Eggmolesse

Benny Eggmolesse is a Canberra based comedian with some great stories to tell and some amazing projects on the go.  He gives us plenty of laughs as we discuss family, creative process, Mt. Isa, being a Christian and being a Dad

Episode 11 – September 17, 2020
Emma Pask

Emma Pask is an award winning Australian jazz vocalist and as we found out in this episode has some great stories to tell!  Join us for a discussion about jazz music, some of the famous people she’s performed for, live streams and nicknames.

Episode 10 – September 8, 2020
Frankie McNair

Comedian Frankie McNair has a picnic while talking worst gigs ever, being creative in COVID and overthinking!

Episode 9 – August 28, 2020
Nathan Harrison – Boho Interactive

Boho Interactive are bringing a theatrical game made specifically for Canberra into the theatre and Nathan is going to tell us all about it.

Episode 8 – July 21, 2020
The Beanies – Laura, Mim and Michael

The Beanies an Australian children’s entertainment trio are full of energy and passion and in this episode we discuss how all their different skillsets have them come together to make one great team.

Episode 7 – July 2, 2020
Melinda Schenider

Australian country music singer and songwriter, Melinda Schneider joins us to talk about her love for Doris Day, gigs from her loungeroom and being forced into taking a break!

Episode 6 – June 26, 2020
Luke Currie-Richardson

“We are walking in two worlds… It’s a lot more difficult than you think, having to juggle both traditional and modern responsibilities.” Luke Currie-Richardson discusses life in 2020 as a storyteller with a great pride for his Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and what brought him to where he is today.

Episode 5 – June 19, 2020
Chris Endrey

Chris Endrey is an artist of many stripes and also happens to be the former host of this podcast.  We invite him back on to talk about his latest project, nudity, self doubt, possibly the greatest time of his life and a very recent low point.

Episode 4 – May 29, 2020
Kathryn O’Keeffe from Circa

Kat has been a full time circus performer with Circa since 2012 and loves it! In this episode we find out how a hyperactive kid from Canberra got to be travelling the world performing for a living.

Episode 3 – May 14, 2020
The Umbilical Brothers – David & Shane

David and Shane have been performing as The Umbilical Brothers for almost 30 years so they have a few good stories to tell!  In this episode they tell us about getting robbed, hanging out with Robin Williams, their new show, discovering the silver lining of a pandemic, the difference between kids and adult comedy and their career low lights.

Episode 2 – May 5, 2020
Beth Stephen

Beth Stephen performs in kids band ‘Teeny Tiny Stevies’ alongside her Sister Byll.  Beth discusses the journey thus far of the band.

Episode 1 – April 30, 2020
Alex Budd – Director of Canberra Theatre Centre

Alex Budd is the new Director of Canberra Theatre Centre.  In this episode we discuss the effects the Covid 19 epidemic has had on the arts and explore Alex’s history in live performance.

Season 1

Episode 11 – December 19, 2019
Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is an Australian comedian. She shares her reflections from the comedy journey thus far ahead of her appearance at the 2020 Canberra Comedy Festival.

Episode 10 – December 16, 2019
David Suchet

David Suchet is the legendary British actor well loved for his portrayal of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. He opens up upon his approach to the role and the influence that this unique experience had on his life.

Episode 9 – December 12, 2019
Jennifer Morris – Head of Marketing, Canberra Theatre Centre

Jennifer Morris is the head of marketing at the Canberra Theatre Centre and chats with Chris about her perspective in the arts.

Episode 8 – November 19, 2019
Enya Daly

As a recent graduate of NIDA’s prestigious acting course, Enya Daly is stepping out into her career. The paradox of limitless potential careers and options constrained by a narrow market is a familiar story for artists, and Enya generously shares the thoughts and hopes from her perspective.

Episode 7 – November 7, 2019
Simon Burke

Chris Endrey speaks with Simon Burke on his beginnings as a child actor, his career since, advocacy, politics and his upcoming tour to Canberra as a member of The Wharf Revue.

Episode 6 – October 29, 2019
Paul Dempsey

Chris Endrey speaks to Paul Dempsey ahead of the release of Something for Kate’s new album and his new tour. Chris and Paul speak in-depth about their roles as musicians and the process of recording an album, from the ideation of songs to the mastering process.

Episode 5 – October 25, 2019
Arj Barker

Chris Endrey sits down with Arj Barker to discuss Arj’s life, his experiences with acting, comedy and his upcoming tour.

Episode 4 – September 27, 2019
Charles Firth

Charles Firth is a writer and comedian familiar to most Australians as a member of the Chaser crew. After years on the frontline of social commentary, he reflects on the evolving role and form of satire with host, Chris Endrey.

Episode 3 – September 19, 2019
Zoe Pepper

Chris sits down with Director Zoe Pepper to discuss her arts practice, the complexity of human behaviour, studying at the World’s most prestigious clown school and what comes next.

Episode 2 – September 3, 2019
Stephen Moore

Chris Endrey sat down with Stephen Moore who works as Company Director for the Melbourne Theatre Company. Stephen pulls the curtains back on what life is like in theatre-land during MTC’s run of Shakespeare In Love at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

Episode 1 – August 9, 2019
Emma Maye (aka Betty Grumble)

In our first episode Chris Endrey is joined by Sydney artist Emma Maye Gibson who is widely known for her stage persona, sex clown Betty Grumble. Her latest show Love & Anger is rightfully described as a ‘Flesh Riot’. A series of incredibly vibrant and raw rituals, Betty takes audiences across the entire emotional spectrum and has received countless five star reviews on her journey around the world from sellout runs at Edinburgh Fringe to MOMA.



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