Listen again: 18th November 2014

'Sheila Simmonds: Christmas Cracker' at Leicester Square Theatre

‘Sheila Simmonds: Christmas Cracker’ at Leicester Square Theatre

Baylen Leonard sits in for Rosie and chats to Supreme Fabulettes star Sheila Simmonds. Sheila presents her solo show ‘Sheila Simmonds: Christmas Cracker’, which includes original songs. She describes that the show is ‘how it would be if Sheila invited you to her house for Christmas’. In the show she interacts with the audience and has special guests. Hailing from Australia, she remembers her first Christmas in the UK in 1970s and reveals that she moved here four years ago because of its vibrant cabaret scene. ‘Sheila Simmonds: Christmas Cracker’ runs from 1st December to 3rd January at Leicester Square Theatre.

We hear Clayton Littlewood in conversation with Andrew Hodges, author of ‘Alan Turing: The Enigma’ and LGBT activist. Andrew’s 1983 biography led to portrayals of Alan Turing’s life on stage and screen: In the 1980s ‘Breaking the Code’ with Derek Jacobi as Alan Turing and most recently ‘The Imitation Game’ with Benedict Cumberbatch. Andrew tells us what prompted him to write Alan Turing’s biography and reveals what kind of man Turing was, who is best known for breaking the Enigma code during the Second World War. He also shares that in the wake of ‘The Imitation Game’, his book ‘Alan Turing: The Enigma’ has just been republished in a new edition. (That day’s show only aired an extract of Clayton’s interview with Andrew Hodges, the whole interview will be available on a separate post.)

Singer Alexander Geist is back in town and talks about his new single ‘When You’re Not on Drugs’, which is due out in February. Alexander explains that, despite the perhaps misleading title, the song is about love. He says that his performances are inspired by late 1970s rock theatre and that he very much appreciates David Hoyles‘ work, with whom he has worked before and on whose show ‘Illustration’ at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern he is a guest on 20th November. At the moment Alex is also busy preparing a world tour for 2015.

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

1) Sheila Simmonds: ‘Sheila Simmonds’ Christmas in D Major’ from the album “Hashtags & Handbags”

2) Pet Shop Boys: ‘Odd Man Out’ B-side from the single “Thursday”

3) Alexander Geist: ‘A Woman’s Right to Choose’

4) Fascinating Aida: ‘Prisoner of Gender’ from the album “Charm Offensive”

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