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Our podcasts are a mix of conversations with a wide range of subject matter experts and enthusiasts, interspersed with the occasional audio drama. Each episode focuses on one person, a group of people or a genre from the world of entertainment that we wish to bring back to the spotlight and who has been lost to history or is in danger of being so.The Arts industries are currently in peril but this is nothing new. The Entertainment industry in all its guises has seen it all before. Political ...
 
Welcome to the Brief Biographies of Famous People podcast hosted by Ajay. Our show discusses the lives of famous people at the top of their respective professions, whether it be acting, architecture, or everything else. You are invited biweekly on the weekends to join us and enlighten yourself. Release Schedule Ray Kroc on 4/17/21 Doc Holliday on 5/1/21 Martin Scorsese on 5/15/21 Jack Nicholson on 5/29/21 Disclaimer: This podcast will take a break after May 2021, and will return in September ...
 
Matt, Jon, Chris and Chris embark on epic quests... blah blah, you know how DnD podcasts work. We're not voice actors and we're new to this, but appreciate all of your support! We'd love to name NPCs in future episodes after you or characters from your campaigns. If that gets you excited, just tweet or post to Instagram using #rollforpodcast or leave us a review wherever you're listening. We're using a short clip taken from Interplanetary Forest by Meydän as our theme song, a wonderful track ...
 
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The British Music Hall Society's annual online celebration of "Music Hall and Variety Day" is on 16th May. It's an annual online event now in its third year where all sorts of videos, audio recordings, pictures, posters and anecdotes are shared. It's great fun and a really good excuse to sort out the archives and take a look to see what's hidden at…
 
Who was Fred Karno? and what was his army? We talk to David Crump whose biography of today's subject reveals all - and some! Karno was a giant personality who had a giant effect on theatre and cinema as we know it. The man who gave Stan Laurel, Charlie Chaplin and the Crazy Gang their first break and almost single handedly invented the type of slap…
 
Back in the dark days of Lockdown number 2 at the end of 2020 Lottie and Linda were enjoying the TV series Harlots. Whilst chatting about it Lottie remembered seeing the blue plaque that is dedicated to Priss Fotheringham, the "second best whore in London". And the idea for a podcast episode was born! For reasons many and varied it's taken us a who…
 
Amanda Ira Aldridge, one of the most important female composers of the 20th century has been all but forgotten. Daughter of the groundbreaking actor Ira Aldridge, Amanda, was also a singer and in her latter years a voice teacher. One of her pupils was Paul Robeson who approached her when he cane to the UK to play Othello. He was only the second bla…
 
For this special episode we've moved away from talking about our long forgotten heroes of history to talk to our very much up to date award winning theatre-maker - and hero - Christopher Green. Christopher is a huge advocate of theatre as an experience and of the "all the world's a stage" ethos. In this conversation we talk about experiential theat…
 
Fred Barnes was a huge star in his time, but his fame, fortune and undeniable glamour hid a tragic story and self-destructive nature. Christopher Green and John Orchard talk to Lottie about Fred Barnes' tragic life and death, how he has been almost written out of history and their own projects to bring him back into popular culture. A blue plaque t…
 
Vesta Tilley was possibly the most famous male impersonator of all time and a huge star of the Victorian Music Hall. The girl from Worcester, who was treading the boards from the age of 3 was also the wife of an MP and "Britain's best recruiting sergeant" during WW1. In this episode Ann-Lindsey Wickens tells us what it's like to portray this iconic…
 
"The Diary of a Nobody" has long been a favourite book of both Tim Shaw and Andy Smith. They've seen it on stage, listened to it on the radio and, of course, read it. So one rainy August day in Edinburgh after seeing Rodney Bewes in his on man version of 3 Men in a Boat and over a small sherry or two they hit upon the idea of adapting Charles Poote…
 
This season's audio drama is : The Diary of a Nobody, by George & Weedon Grossmith, said by Evelyn Waugh to be the "funniest book ever written". The book has never been out of print and is available at all good bookshops. This adaptation is by Tim Shaw. It is directed by Steve Taylor Charles Pooter - Andy Smith Carrie - Lottie Walker Lupin - Steve …
 
George Grossmith created many of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic baritone roles and was known for his delivery of the famous patter songs. He was also a writer and composer who entertained royalty in the parlours of palaces and a journalist who spent time as a Bow Street Court reporter. And, together with his brother Weedon he was responsible for prod…
 
The original "greatest showman" was not P.T. Barnum, it was a chap from Newcastle Under Lyme in Staffordshire, who went by the name Philip Astley. Astley was a soldier and talented equestrian who went on to invent what we now recognise as the modern day circus. His story is one of the many that prove that truth is stranger (certainly more remarkabl…
 
Welcome to the last episode of Brief Biographies of Famous People! This is your host, Ajay. For episode 11 of this podcast, we will be discussing the life of Jack Nicholson: Acclaimed Actor and Academy Award winner. Before we start, I encourage all our listeners, to subscribe, share with friends and family, and leave a review as it immensely helps …
 
Margaret Monod talks about her blog, "Into the Limelight" and her fabulous collection of Music Hall postcards . Today's Podcast: Host: Lottie Guest: Margaret Monod Edited By: Jacob Taylor Music: James Hall This is a special bonus episode broadcast specially for the British Music Hall Society's Music Hall & Variety Day Follow Margaret on Twitter: @m…
 
In our last episode, we discussed a man who was a walking contradiction: Doc Holliday. This contradiction quote was first used in the 1970’s, appearing famously in Martin Scorcese’s 1976 film Taxi Driver. Welcome to Brief Biographies of Famous People! This is your host, Ajay. For episode 8 of this podcast, we will be discussing the life of Martin S…
 
Ever met a man who is a walking contradiction? Doc Holliday, a murderous gangster who was friends with the best in law enforcement, is one of those people. Welcome to Brief Biographies of Famous People! This is your host, Ajay. For episode 10 of this podcast, we will be discussing the life of Doc Holliday. Before we start, I encourage all our liste…
 
Welcome back to "Famous People You've Never Heard Of"! We've some fabulous guests talking about some truly fabulous people and hope that you enjoy finding out about them all. Some of our contributors this season are: Stephen Bourne Lyn Brown MP Moira Buffini Christopher Green John Orchard Andrew van Buren And some of our wonderful subjects are: Ves…
 
A short message to reassure our listeners that you're not abandoned! We've had a slight delay but Series Two will be up and running soon. In the meantime, check out the show notes for all of Series One , which have been updated and do use this downtime to catch up on any episodes you've missed. If you want to revisit Episodes 3 and 4 (the ones that…
 
Alison Young is the Secretary of the British Music Hall Society. She ran away from the law to research and write about her family connections with the Music Hall and has uncovered many little gems that she shares with us today. "Dainty Daisy Dormer" was a Music Hall star. She was also Alison's great great aunt. She and her sisters toured around the…
 
When you were young, did you ever idolize a famous people? Someone who represented all your values? Unfortunately, as you got older, you realized that they were horrible people. Welcome to Brief Biographies of Famous People! This is your host, Ajay. For episode 8 of this podcast, we will be discussing the life of Phil Spector. Before we start, I en…
 
Today's episode features writer and actor Paterson Joseph, author of the play "Sancho, An Act of Remembrance", which he has been performing for some 10 years and brings back to the theatre next year. He has also recently completed a book about Sancho, this incredible man who was born on a slave ship in the Atlantic and died a businessman in London.…
 
Have you ever met someone who reaches greatness and popularity, to the point that they reach their murderous downfall? Phil Spector is one of those people. Welcome to Brief Biographies of Famous People! This is your host, Ajay. For episode 7 of this podcast, we will be discussing the life of Phil Spector. Before we start, I encourage all our listen…
 
Welcome to Brief Biographies of Famous People! This is your host, Ajay. For episode 6 of this podcast, we will be discussing the life of Dorothy Arzner the first major female director in Hollywood. Before we start, I encourage all our listeners, to subscribe, share with friends and family, and leave a review as it immensely helps in the growth of o…
 
Welcome to Brief Biographies of Famous People! This is your host, Ajay. For episode 6 of this podcast, we will be discussing the life of Ted Kaczynski, one of the most prolific serial killers in American history. Before we start, I encourage all our listeners, to subscribe, share with friends and family, and leave a review as it immensely helps in …
 
Welcome to Brief Biographies of Famous People! This is your host, Ajay. For episode 4 of this podcast, we will be discussing the life of Malcolm X: Civil Rights Leader, Islamic Minister, and Controversial Figure. Before we start, I encourage all our listeners, to subscribe, share with friends and family, and leave a review. Source of Information: h…
 
Nelly Power was a huge star of music hall who is now pretty much forgotten. In 2017/18 Blue Fire's Lottie Walker was researching the life of Marie Lloyd when she discovered Nelly, who was in fact the first person to sing the famous song "The Boy I Love Is Up in the Gallery". And made it her mission to get Ms Power the recognition she deserves. By 2…
 
Marie Lloyd, Queen of the Music Hall was a force of nature with a larger than life personality. At one time the highest paid act in the country, she sang a string of hit songs including "Oh, Mr Porter" and "Don't Dilly Dally on the Way". Finding fame at the age of 15 she spent the next 40 years entertaining on the music halls and vaudeville theatre…
 
Welcome to Brief Biographies of Famous People! This is your host, Ajay. For episode 3 of this podcast, we will be discussing the life of Daniel Day-Lewis: Acclaimed method actor. Before we start, I encourage all our listeners, to subscribe, share with friends and family, and leave a review. Source of Information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danie…
 
Welcome to Brief Biographies of Famous People! This is your host, Ajay. For episode 2 of this podcast, we will be discussing the life of Kurt Vonnegut: Acclaimed author, war veteran, and Cornell graduate. Before we start, I encourage all our listeners, to subscribe, share with friends and family, and leave a review. Source: All the information disc…
 
Alice Thornton was an ordinary, if somewhat well to do woman of the 17th century. She lived through the time of Plague, the Great Fire of London, the English Civil War and the Restoration. But as the old saying says "there are no troubles as big as your own" and Alice's troubles (indeed tragedies), which were many are what she recorded in her diary…
 
Just before Christmas 2020 we had a jolly conversation with Kate Griffin, author of the "Kitty Peck" novels about her interest in music hall. Kate tells us about her love of theatre, how she fell in love with music hall and Jenny Hall, the real artiste that Kitty Peck is based on. We also talk about principal boys, theatre ghosts and what pantomime…
 
In this episode we will be discussing the life of Michael Jordan. From varsity basketball reject in high school to 6 time Finals MVP, Jordan has been through it all. Additionally, he was a gambler for some time, losing millions. He also is a part time owner of one of the most unpopular NBA teams, the Charlotte Hornets. However, this all payed off i…
 
Renata Kobetts Miller is Professor of English and Deputy Dean of Humanities and the Arts at the City College of New York. Her book, "The Victorian Actress in the Novel and on the Stage" begins in the 1830s and ends in the 1910s. It looks at how Victorian novels and plays used the actress, who was a significant figure for the relationship between wo…
 
Alison Young is the Secretary of the British Music Hall Society. She ran away from the law to research and write about her family connections with the Music Hall and has uncovered many little gems that she shares with us today. "Dainty Daisy Dormer" was a Music Hall star. She was also Alison's great great aunt. She and her sisters toured around the…
 
Today's episode features writer and actor Paterson Joseph, author of the play "Sancho, An Act of Remembrance", which he has been performing for some 10 years and brings back to the theatre next year. He has also recently completed a book about Sancho, this incredible man who was born on a slave ship in the Atlantic and died a businessman in London.…
 
Author and playwright David Slattery Christy, talks to us about his grandfather, Reg Pratley. Reg's story shines a light on the social history of the early 20th Century. From growing up in a sleepy Oxfordshire village via a short spell in the Royal Navy, Reg Pratley ended up managing one of the largest and most prestigious travelling fairgrounds in…
 
Here's what to expect in our first series of "Famous People You've Never Heard Of" Amongst others our special guests this season include actor and writer Dr Debbie Cannon, author David Slattery Christy and actor and writer Paterson Joseph. Join us as they take us on journeys into the past to discover tales of fame, fortune and failure in the worlds…
 
Moise's not-so-sneaky reconnaissance gets the squad dragged into a fight they didn't anticipate. We'd love to name NPCs in future episodes after you or characters from your campaigns. If that gets you excited, just tweet or post to Instagram tagging @RollForTeam or leave us a review wherever you're listening. Jon plays Moise Pim, a Goliath Rogue wh…
 
Harmen recovers from an unexpected transformation, Moise does rogue-ish things and the plot progresses from there. Pretty solid preview if I do say so myself. We'd love to name NPCs in future episodes after you or characters from your campaigns. If that gets you excited, just tweet or post to Instagram tagging @RollForTeam or leave us a review wher…
 
Now safe in White Rose, the group uses some down time to gather information about Harmen's condition. We'd love to name NPCs in future episodes after you or characters from your campaigns. If that gets you excited, just tweet or post to Instagram tagging @RollForTeam or leave us a review wherever you're listening. Jon plays Moise Pim, a Goliath Rog…
 
Hot on the trail of the creature they were sent to investigate in Cat's Eye Falls, the team stumbles onto something rather peculiar. We'd love to name NPCs in future episodes after you or characters from your campaigns. If that gets you excited, just tweet or post to Instagram tagging @RollForTeam or leave us a review wherever you're listening. Jon…
 
With their trusty steeds outfitted in rakes and old leather, the party sets out to investigate a strange creature causing a disturbance at Cat's Eye Falls. We'd love to name NPCs in future episodes after you or characters from your campaigns. If that gets you excited, just tweet or post to Instagram tagging @RollForTeam or leave us a review whereve…
 
After getting battered by a ridiculous storm, the crew arrives at and explores the Pine Bluffs Outpost before heading out on a reconnaissance mission to Cat's Eye Falls. We'd love to name NPCs in future episodes after you or characters from your campaigns. If that gets you excited, just tweet or post to Instagram tagging @RollForTeam or leave us a …
 
After a rough night, the group gets their bearings and departs from their trading post in Oxtin, heading for the Pine Bluffs Outpost. We'd love to name NPCs in future episodes after you or characters from your campaigns. If that gets you excited, just tweet or post to Instagram tagging @RollForTeam or leave us a review wherever you're listening. Jo…
 
A shorter version of our full Episode 0 where we recap what we've setup in the exciting new world that our Dungeon Master, Matt, has created for us. We'd love to name NPCs in future episodes after you or characters from your campaigns. If that gets you excited, just tweet or post to Instagram tagging @RollForTeam or leave us a review wherever you'r…
 
The group's Dungeon Master, Matt, walks Jon, Chris and Chris (confusing, I know) through the house rules and provides an overview of the home-brew world where their first adventure will take place. We'd love to name NPCs in future episodes after you or characters from your campaigns. If that gets you excited, just tweet or post to Instagram tagging…
 
Episode #9 - Edison Diamond Discs Recorded off mic at home from my C19 Chippendale Edison Diamond Disc Phonograph. 01. Waikiki Hawaiian Orchestra / J.A. MacMeekin, Edison Diamond Disc 1918, Hawaiian Breezes Waltz 02. Sherwood, Vandersloot, Edison Diamond Disc 1920, Hawaiian Twilight 03. Zez Confrey, Edison Diamond Disc 1921, Kitten on the Keys 04. …
 
Famous for 15 People episode 6 features 1 awesome interview with Mark Maynard of Monkey Power Trio! also, I add a segment of a caller I had on Exquisite Corpse Radio, my show from CiTR Vancouver that will blow yer mind.โดย Kerry Swinney
 
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