THE NEW ERA PODCAST

EPISODE 0:

The New ERA Teaser Trailer

Here’s a teaser- a taster you might say- for what’s in store and what you can expect us to be talking about in the coming episodes…

ERA5050

Equal Representation for Actresses, for Audiences, for All. 

 
From the grass roots organisation that has been leading the conversation about gender imbalance on our stages and screens since 2015, The New ERA, hosted by Rose Riley & Elly Yates, examines female leadership on and offstage, in front of and behind the camera. Getting upfront and personal with the women and men of the moment who are supporting the campaign and the vital and positive effect this will have on the society we know and live in.
 

EPISODE 1:

ERA 5050 founders, Harlots creator Alison Newman, and Emilia!
The New ERA. Episode one. 
 
Here we have it, the new podcast from the grassroots organisation ERA 5050 who have been leading the conversation about gender imbalance on our stages and screens since 2015. This week we will be introducing you to the founders of the organisation, Polly Kemp, Karin Paynter and Deirdre Mullins with the full interview to come in 2 weeks time- so stay tuned for that. We also discuss making your own, female-led work with Actress and co-creator of hit TV show Harlots, Alison Newman, as well as hearing the fiery, impassioned audience responses to the hugely popular, show-of-the-moment Emilia, showing at the Vaudeville Theatre, West End until 1st June there’s only a week left of the show so find a link below to tickets as it really is NOT TO BE MISSED!
 
A huge thank you to all the individuals involved in making this podcast happen; Suzanne Diakun, Charlotte Bevan and the National Theatre for their help and use of the studio where we record the podcast, to Spotlight for their ongoing support of ERA 5050, to Imogen Greenberg for her pearls of wisdom early on in the development of the show, our podcast Producer extraordinaire George Jennings, Oliver Hoare for composing our music, Polly Kemp, Karin Paynter, Deirdre Mullins, Lizzie Berrington, Tom Bevan and all the ERA 5050 warriors, Alison Newman, all our interviewees from the Emilia audience and to Morgan Lloyd Malcom and Eleanor Lloyd from the Emilia creative team, Kate Kennelly, Peter Whelan, Alexandra Cooper, Nimax Theatres and all of the FOH team at the Vaudeville Theatre- we are hugely grateful for all the support in making the podcast happen.
 
 
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ERA 5050
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Link to BAFTA launch event info (ref. in interview with Alison Newman) : https://www.era5050.co.uk/launch-event-2018/
 
Link to ERA 5050 campaign statistics: https://www.era5050.co.uk/our-campaign/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Imogen Greenberg, Podcast Producer:

EPISODE 2:

Becoming ‘The Messenger’, building the ERA 5050 campaign, and The Sweet Science of Bruising
The New ERA. Episode Two.
 
Thanks for joining us two weeks on from our FIRST EVER podcast episode. Here we are, a fortnight later with yet another line up of kickass women (and we mean literally…if you listen to the end…) who are out there fighting for women to be represented on our stages and screens in equal numbers to men. 
 
This week, as promised, we have the full interview with ERA 5050 founders Polly Kemp, Karin Paynter and Deirdre Mullins who explain in more detail how they created a grassroots campaign from the ground up, the reasons why they started it and what ERA 5050 are actively doing to find the solutions to shift gender disparity in the industry. It’s a fascinating, informative, galvanising listen and we hope it will light some fires in your bellies to get out there and start campaigning yourselves- whatever the cause! We also hear from the beautifully articulate actress Nicola Kavanagh who is the inspiration behind ‘The Messenger’- a 7 metre tall, 9 metre wide and 9.5 tonne bronze sculpture that stands outside the Theatre Royal Plymouth- a formidable example of female representation in the most literal sense. And to round it all off in the ring we hear audience responses from The Sweet Science of Bruising– an electric new play by Joy Wilkinson (Doctor Who Season 11, Nick Nickleby, BBC 1), directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward (The Comedy about a Bank Robbery, Groan Ups, Chef) about the lives of female boxers in 19th Century London. It’s showing at Wilton’s Music Hall from 5th – 29th June and MUST NOT TO BE MISSED! Link to tickets & info below.
 

A huge thank you to all the individuals involved in making this podcast happen; Suzanne Diakun, Charlotte Bevan and the National Theatre for their help and use of the studio where we record the podcast, to Spotlight for their ongoing support of ERA 5050, to our podcast Producer extraordinaire George Jennings, Oliver Hoare for composing our music, Polly Kemp, Karin Paynter, Deirdre Mullins, Lizzie Berrington, Tom Bevan and all the ERA 5050 warriors, Nicola Kavanagh, all our interviewees from The Sweet Science of Bruising audience and to Joy Wilkinson, Kirsty Patrick Ward and Ashley Cook from The Sweet Science of Bruising creative team; Corinne Beaver, Grace Lewis and the FOH staff at The Southwark Playhouse and to all of you listening, sharing, subscribing, rating and buying badges, we are hugely grateful for all the support in making the podcast happen. 

**PLEASE NOTE: ERA 5050’s contact email is hello@era5050.co.uk and is not the ‘info@’ one mentioned in the Founders interview…

 
 
The New ERA Podcast 
Twitter: @era50_50
Instagram: thenewera5050
 
 
ERA 5050 
Website: era5050.co.uk
Twitter: @era50_50
Instagram: era50_50
 
 
 
Theatre Royal Plymouth- About ‘The Messenger’: https://www.theatreroyal.com/about-us/messenger/
 
 
ERA 5050 BAFTA launch event info : https://www.era5050.co.uk/launch-event-2018/
 
ERA 5050 campaign statistics: https://www.era5050.co.uk/our-campaign/ 
 
 
 

EPISODE 3:

The Movers & Shakers & Solution-Makers: The British Blacklist, Primetime, ProFile and Booksmart responses
The New ERA. Episode Three.
 
3 is indeed a magic number- and here we are already with Episode Three of The New ERA podcast. It’s a special one this week focusing on the solution makers who are out there walking the walk as well as talking the talk, the people who are creating opportunities for under represented groups within the entertainment industry and providing practical answers to the age old and- let’s be honest- infuriating questions; Where are all the women? Where are all the people of colour? And where are all the D/deaf and disabled artists? 
We’ll be hearing from masterminds and Times Up UK members Akua Gyamfi, Founder of The British Blacklist, and Victoria Emslie, Founder of Primetime, as well as current news from the industry including Benedict Cumberbatch demanding equal pay for his female counterparts, Hadestown Director Rachel Chavkin’s Tony award acceptance speech and audience responses to Olivia Wilde’s cackle-inducing, riotous, make-you-want-to-call-up-your-best-mate-and-tell-them-you-love-them movie Booksmart– and much much more! 
 
A huge thank you to all the individuals involved in making this podcast happen; to Emmanuel De Lange and Equity where we recorded the podcast this week, Suzanne Diakun, Charlotte Bevan and the National Theatre for their continued support, to Spotlight for their ongoing support of the ERA 5050 campaign, to our podcast Producer extraordinaire George Jennings, Oliver Hoare for composing our music, Tom Bevan for his social media expertise and to the entire ERA 5050 kickass team, Akua Gyamfi and Victoria Emslie for taking time to share their incredible work, to all the interviewees from the Booksmart audience, Olivia Wilde and the team behind Booksmart for making such a ruddy fantastic film, to the FOH staff at the Rio Cinema Dalston and to all of you listening, sharing, subscribing, rating and buying badges, we are hugely grateful for all your support in making the podcast happen.
 
 
The New ERA Podcast 
Twitter: @era50_50
Instagram: thenewera5050
 
 
ERA 5050 
Website: era5050.co.uk
Twitter: @era50_50
Instagram: era50_50
 
 
Benedict Cumberbatch RadioTimes interview 
 
Rachel Chavkin acceptance speech and article in The Hollywood Reporter
 
From Charlotte Bevan on ProFile:
 
ProFile is the NT’s online video database for d/Deaf and disabled performers, it is used by thousands of casting directors in film, theatre and TV across the UK and has over 200 members and counting. Its aim is to increase the representation of d/Deaf and disabled actors in our industries, and loads of actors have been cast in all sorts of roles through the site, so if you aren’t aware of it please check it out at www.profileperformers.com
 
 
From Victoria Emslie on Primetime
We’ve currently got around 1000 members worldwide including multi-BAFTA and Emmy winners and our first Oscar-nominated Director. Every day new agencies and Guilds are endorsing us and encouraging their members to sign up. Primetime is a simple tool to help the industry look at its hiring practices so we will no longer hear the excuse of: “where are all the women?”
 
 
 
From Akua Gyamfi on The British Blacklist:
 
The British Blacklist is an online media platform which showcases British Black Talent in the arts across Screen, Stage, Sound and Literature. It also has a database of British Black talent which serves as a visibility platform for the arts industry to find diverse talent to work with.
 
 
 
Trailer to Olivia Wilde’s film Booksmartshowing at cinemas near you now- DO NOT MISS IT!

EPISODE 4:

Ita O'Brien, David Thackeray & Intimacy On Set- making the industry safer one sex scene at a time
The New ERA. Episode Four.  **EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL SPECIAL**
 
That’s right folks, if you’re listening from The Burgh itself today, Friday 23rd August 2019 then THE END IS IN SIGHT. Hold it together, pull your socks up, buckle in and ride those last few shows home! Before you know it you’ll be on that night coach/train/plane/car journey home to your own bed where you can sleep that long ‘ol month off…
 
And for those of you that missed the fun of the Fringe then we have a special episode of the podcast this week revealing the ins and outs of gender at the Fringe, audience responses to a couple of shows we caught whilst on our whistle stop tour and some handy links below to the companies that are out there making changes through Fringe theatre and who will hopefully be paving the way for a fairer, more equal, better paid, open and inclusive Fringe for next year.
 
Rose headed up to Edinburgh at the end of week three to speak with Polly Compton and Roberto Valdo Cortese of PowerPlay Theatre- the innovators in activism and theatre at the Fringe- to discuss their recently published research ‘A Study of Gender Inequality at the Edinburgh Fringe’ and where we go from here. We also hear audience response to two shows; Anguis by Olivier award winning actress Sheila Atim, Directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson and Who Cares a verbatim play Directed by Matthew Woodhead and produced by Lung Theatre. There was a mind-blowing amount of brilliant work that adhered to ERA 5050’s ethos and simply not enough time to even scratch the surface so we wanted to say a massive CONGRATULATIONS to you all for making it up there and powering through. You’re superstars the lot of you!
 
A huge thank you to all the individuals involved in making this podcast happen; to Louise Oliver, Elaine Stirrat & Misha McCullagh of Persistent & Nasty for being the BEST Edinburgh hosts a person could ask for, to The Assembly Rooms Club Bar for lending us some space to record at the festival. To the teams behind ‘Who Cares?’ and ‘Anguis’ for sharing their fantastic work and allowing us to record audience interviews, to the Edinburgh audiences for their thoughts and to the wonderful city of Edinburgh itself for putting on such a great show. Suzanne Diakun, Charlotte Bevan and the National Theatre for their continued support, to Spotlight for their ongoing support of the ERA 5050 campaign, to our podcast Producer extraordinaire George Jennings, Oliver Hoare for composing our music, Tom Bevan for his social media expertise and to the entire ERA 5050 kickass team and to all of you listening, sharing, subscribing, rating and buying badges, we are hugely grateful for all your support in making the podcast happen.
 
Useful links:
 
The New ERA Podcast 
Twitter: @era50_50
Instagram: thenewera5050
 
 
ERA 5050 
Website: era5050.co.uk
Twitter: @era50_50
Instagram: era50_50
 
 
 
 
 
 

EPISODE 5:

Gemma Arterton and getting women in, on & behind the films of the future
Summer is coming to an end (don’t deny it, you had to put on a jumper the other day) and, with a tear in our eye, so is the first season of our podcast. So here we are, bringing Episode Five- the PENULTIMATE episode of The New ERA Podcast- to your ears. And it’s an absolute winner.
 
This week we hear from the outrageously talented (and incredibly lovely) award winning actress Gemma Arterton, who you have most probably seen on screen in films such as Tamara Drewe, St Trinian’s and James Bond: Quantum of Solace as well as on stage in Nell Gwynn in the West End, The Duchess of Malfi at The Globe and St Joan at the Donmar Warehouse, to name but a very few of the projects she has been involved in. Gemma is also an active member of Time’s Up UK, a long standing supporter of ERA 5050 and is a self professed feminist and activist (our kind of gal) . In this episode, she talks to us about her experience as a women within the entertainment industry and how her role as a creator and producer of new work is her way of bringing gender parity to the table.
 
We also took a trip to the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square to see the brilliant new self-help-horror film (indeed a new genre) A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life, directed by Staten Cousins Roe, Produced by Poppy Roe and Charity Wakefield, for its World Premiere at the Arrow Video FrightFest, where we recorded the audiences responses to this funny, female-lead, watch-your-back-if-you’re-a-therapist horror- it’s due for release in early 2020 and is one you do NOT want to miss!
 
And finally, on the topic of scary women, we’d like to shout about a FANTASTIC new show Call Me Fury, by Sasha Wilson, dir. by Hannah Hauer-King that will be opening at The Hope Theatre, Islington on Tuesday 17th September. You can expect Salem Witch trials, actor-musicians and a whole ensemble of kickass women, there is a link to tickets and more information below.
 
A huge thank you to all the individuals involved in making this podcast happen; to Gemma Arterton for being our wonderful guest this week, to the creative team behind A serial killer’s guide to life, Poppy Roe, Staten Cousins Roe and Charity Wakefield and to the audience members for their responses to the film. Suzanne Diakun, Charlotte Bevan and the National Theatre for their continued support, to Spotlight for their ongoing support of the ERA 5050 campaign, to our podcast Producer extraordinaire George Jennings, Oliver Hoare for composing our music, Tom Bevan for his social media expertise and to the entire ERA 5050 kickass team and to all of you listening, sharing, subscribing, rating and buying badges, we are hugely grateful for all your support in making the podcast happen. x
 
Useful links:
 
The New ERA Podcast
Twitter: @era50_50
Instagram: thenewera5050
 
 
ERA 5050
Website: era5050.co.uk
Twitter: @era50_50
Instagram: era50_50
 
Gemma Arterton 
@rebelparkprod
 
 
A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life
 
 
 
Call Me Fury at The Hope Theatre, 17th September- 5th October
 
 
@OutOfThe_Forest
#CallMeFury

www.outoftheforesttheatre.com

Primetime Network– for all your female film crew needs!
www.primetime.network.
@PrimetimeNetwrk

EPISODE 6:

Ita O'Brien, David Thackeray & Intimacy On Set- making the industry safer one sex scene at a time
 
It’s here. Episode 6. The final episode of our very first series of The New ERA Podcast.
 
This week we spoke with Intimacy Coordinators Ita O’Brien and David Thackeray about their relatively new and vitally important role in rehearsals and on set, dealing with intimacy, sexual content and nudity. Regardless of the fact that, as an actor, any intimate scene is always fraught with nerves and embarrassment but with the added context of a post-Weinstein- casting- couch, #MeToo world, issues of consent and safety in the work place are highly sensitive. You’ll hear, after our illuminating discussion with Ita and David, that it is a wonder why their roles have not been a demand before now!
 
We also hear audience responses to the feminist, folk-music phenomenon that is Call Me Fury, showing at The Hope Theatre, Islington until 5th October, find a link to tickets below.
 
Over the past few months we’ve been lucky enough to chew the ears off actors, activists, theatre and film makers, co-creators, change-makers and inspired audience members to hear their thoughts on how equalling the playing field for women- and specifically women in the entertainment industries- will have a positive effect on the society we live in today. With only a matter of months until 2020, off the back of a week of Emmy wins for ERA 5050 supporter Pheobe Waller Bridge and Michelle Williams speech about equal pay, we’re very aware that the industry is still miles away from where it should be for women and in particular women of colour. So for The New ERA Series 2 we have bigger and better and bolder plans to highlight the change that is happening and we want to bring those change makers straight to your ears. So keep an ear out for us in the very near future and continue to spread the word about us!
 
If you would like to get involved in the podcast, have any suggestions for guests or topics you’d like to hear discussed or if you are able to support in any way then please do get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!
 
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The New ERA Podcast
Twitter: @era50_50
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