Listen again: 7th May 2013

webcoverRosie speaks to voice specialist Rebecca Root, who helps transgender people making their transition to male / female. Since she is a transsexual person herself, Rebecca has a unique insight into the process. Rebecca tells Rosie what motivated her to pick up the profession, the way she changed her own voice and a voice workshop she gave to the LGBT community in San Francisco.

Lucie Barât and Zoe Zammit from Little Episodes Publishing talk about “Queer Episodes”. It is an anthology of poetry and prose that celebrates identity as Little Episode’s mission is to de-stigmatise depression and see more equality for the LGBT community. They highlight the therapeutic effect of writing and art and how their workshops support its participants as they realise they are not alone with their problem. They also point out the importance of humour as a survival strategy.

Rosie is also on the phone to the American writer and performer Peter Michael Marino. His new show “Desperately Seeking the Exit” takes a comedic look at writing, staging and seeing the closing of “Desperately Seeking Susan”. Peter reveals how difficult it was coping with the failure of “Desperately Seeking Susan” and how grateful he was to turn this experience into something positive. He also tells us about the differences in working in America and in London and the way the new show reaches out to people who don’t work in theatre. He calls his performance Rock’n’Roll story telling. “Desperately Seeking the Exit” runs at the Leicester Square Theatre from 24th April to 20th May.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:

1)      Tegan and Sara: ‘Red Belt’ from the album “Sainthood”

2)      Douglas Hodge: ‘I Am What I Am’ from the Cast Recording of “La Cage Aux Folles”

3)      Hannah and Maggie: ‘Not the One’ from the album “Fine Being Here”

4)      Marquez Toliver: ‘Try Your Best’ from the album “Land of CanAan”

5)      Annabelle Chvostek: ‘End of the Road’ from the album “Rise”

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