Wise Children

Wise Children is the touring theatre company conceived, created and led by Emma Rice.

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Sunday May 12, 2024

Buddha of Suburbia at the RSC Stratford is now up and running and truly delighting audiences. We recorded this just before the first-ever dress rehearsal - so as Emma Rice talks to the creative team about the process you can hear hoovers, resets, and a fight call.  It's going on in this crazy half hour. 
You'll hear all about the process of bringing Hanif Kureishi's iconic novel to the stage from
Rachana Jadhav - Set Designer
Vicki Mortimer - Costume Designer
Helen Johnson - Associate Costume Designer
Jai Morjaria - Lighting Designer
Etta Murfit - Choreographer & Intimacy Co-ordinator
Surenne Somchit - Deputy Stage Manager
Simon Baker - Sound Designer
Steve Tanner - Production Photographer
We've also some music from Niraj Chag
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Thursday Apr 18, 2024

On the eve of the final rehearsal room for Buddha Of Suburbia Emma takes the company on a trip to see our other production - Blue Beard.  This one was recorded entirely on the coach journey from Stratford Upon Avon to Birmingham.  The ultimate school trip!  

Tuesday Mar 26, 2024

We're back in rehearsals with Emma's new production - The Buddha of Suburbia - adapted from (and with) the book by Hanif Kureishi.  This time we're at the RSC in Stratford Upon Avon.   In this episode, Emma talks about the acting company and the process of cutting work early.  We've also got some sneak peeks at the music by Niraj Chag.  

Monday Feb 12, 2024

We recorded this on Sunday afternoon after a week of final previews, a press night and a load out. The show is now in several trailers heading to Home Manchester. 
In today's episode, Emma reveals that she had a speech planned... and we get to hear it.
(This is the full edit. We managed to cut a whole section of material in the edit). 

The Music Of Blue Beard

Monday Jan 29, 2024

Monday Jan 29, 2024

It's the final week in the rehearsal room for Blue Beard!   Our own rehearsal space - TLC - is a little flooded at the moment, so we started the week by moving down the road to The Silk Mill. Despite the challenges, the show is on course for technical rehearsals at Bath Theatre Royal next week. This week, Emma (Rice) talks with the music team of Stu Barker, Ian Ross and Stephanie Hockley about making the show - with some exclusive audio clips from rehearsals and our new recording, Three Little Rings.   WARNING - Contains some explicit language

Monday Jan 15, 2024

This week Emma (Rice) talks through the first few weeks of rehearsal for her new production - Blue Beard. 
She talks about the plot (it's not about Pirates!). She also talks about the rehearsal process and why making this show is so important to her. 
The countdown to preview one is on.
WARNING - Contains some explicit language 

2023 Review

Sunday Dec 31, 2023

Sunday Dec 31, 2023

It's New Year's Eve and our first chance to sit down and record a new podcast!  It's been quite the month and, to be honest, year.
Join Emma (Rice) on this extended podcast edition as she reviews (and reminds Simon) what happened this year.
This edition features all the highs and lows of Wise Children’s tour of Wuthering Heights, not to mention The Little Matchgirl at The Lucky Chance. It includes many backstage interviews with the Little Match Girl company and some clips of the final show - rough and ready as always. 

Friday Dec 08, 2023

Recorded late in the evening on Emma's sofa (much to Simons's surprise) they talk about the final week of rehearsal before Tech and Dress Rehearsals start. 
There's an interview with Ian Ross and a sneak preview of a new Christmas song Ian and Emma have written - recorded mid-rehearsal at TLC. 

End Of Week One

Wednesday Nov 22, 2023

Wednesday Nov 22, 2023

It's Sunday at the end of week one of rehearsals for the Little Matchgirl at The Lucky Chance.
Emma (Rice) has taken her fluffy mic to catch up with actors and also talks to Simon Baker about the goings on at TLC.

The Day Before Rehearsals

Wednesday Nov 15, 2023

Wednesday Nov 15, 2023

🎭 The Wise Children Podcast 🎙️
Join us for an exclusive behind-the-scenes episode!
The Little Matchgirl: A Morning with Artistic Director Emma Rice
It's the morning before rehearsals kick-off for the enchanting production of 'The Little Matchgirl' at Wise Children's new home - The Lucky Chance. Artistic Director Emma Rice sits down on this cold Sunday morning with Technical Director Simon Baker to share her insights, inspirations, and excitement about this magical project. 
🌟 Get ready to immerse yourself in the creative world of Wise Children as Emma Rice discusses the unique energy surrounding this production and the significance of The Lucky Chance as their new theatrical haven.
🎧 Tune in to this special episode to hear firsthand about the anticipation, the creative process, and the magic that goes into bringing 'The Little Matchgirl' to life on stage.
Grab your coffee, find a cosy spot, and join us for an insightful journey!

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