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Harriet Walter and Ed Miliband to take part in National Theatre’s new social issues podcast

A scene from My Country: A Work in Progress at the National Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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The National Theatre has launched a new podcast series featuring actor Harriet Walter, NT director Rufus Norris and politician Ed Miliband.

The NT has launched the first episode in a 10-part series that seeks to use theatre as a springboard for discussion and debate on social and cultural issues.

Miliband and Norris will contribute to the first podcast, about theatre’s response to Brexit, using the NT’s My Country: A Work in Progress as a starting point.

In a later episode, Walter discusses playing men on stage and reinventing male roles as women. It will form the basis of an episode investigating the rise of gender-fluid casting in theatre.

Emma Keith, the NT’s head of broadcast, said the podcasts would be an opportunity to explore theatre through a platform that can be freely accessed by anyone.

“Our stages are filled with work that reflects today’s society, and the NT podcast series is an opportunity to deepen audiences’ relationship with that work and start a discussion that explores how the arts intersect with the issues that affect all of us, across the UK and around the world,” she said.

Further episodes include a podcast dedicated to the NT’s revival of Angels in America, actors discussing playing King Lear, LGBT stories on stage, and themes such as theatre for young people and the relationship between actor and audience.

Episodes will be released regularly and will be available via iTunes and the NT’s website.

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