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Not True, But Useful... A Cheek by Jowl Podcast

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Join Cheek by Jowl's Artistic Directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod in 'Not True, But Useful…' a podcast series all about theatre, acting, directing, and life. Produced, hosted and edited by Lucie Dawkins, with additional support from Cheek by Jowl.Series theme music by Pavel Akimkin (Series 1) and Paddy Cunneen (Series 2, 3 and Bonus Episodes). Read the Edited Transcripts of Series 1 here:


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Latest Episodes

Time is never the character’s friend - but this makes it useful to the actor. In this episode, Declan chats to Lucie about time in Shakespeare’s texts, and how there is never enough of it. He emphasises the importance of liveness in theatre, and the ... more

23 days ago

Declan talks to Lucie about a question he can’t stand: can he share the exercises he uses in the rehearsal room? He urges directors to ask not for a technique, but for what they’re trying to achieve, and talks about how he himself is constantly obser... more

a month ago

Lucie talks to Declan about his favourite word in the rehearsal room: Flow. Flow is like love, like a football match, like a good evening spent with friends. For actors, flow is being a part of the living thing on the stage, and focusing what’s outsi... more

a month ago


4.9 out of 5 stars from 39 ratings
  • Amazing

    Conversations that deserve more time attention and space. Thank you for making this and please keep it up!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Unique perspective

    I love Declan’s fascinating interpretations of the plays, especially Shakespeare - insightful and thought provoking. Not true, but useful indeed. One of my faves.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States5 months ago
  • Brilliant

    Declan’s insights are amazing. Complete joy to listen to

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma year ago
  • Inspired

    This is such a rich resource for theatre practitioners, particularly for those curious about cheek by Jowl’s work.

    Apple Podcasts
    Sean the Silent
    United Statesa year ago
  • This is gorgeous

    I can’t believe what a wealth of information is just sitting here in the Podcast App. People would be fighting for a ticket to see these shows or to listen to these two give a lecture and I truly hope people do take advantage of these episodes. Please keep making them.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago

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