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Early Work with Rhys James

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For many performers, their biggest fears is that people will find the creative writing they produced when they were younger. Early poetry, short stories, song lyrics, scripts and more shouldn't stay hidden in shoe boxes in our parents' house or in password protected folders on our laptops. It’sRead more

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EP30: Nick Mohammed

Dec 21 • 56:55
Christmas is a magical time of year, which is why our Christmas episode is with certified childhood member of the Bradford magic circle, Nick Mohammed, here to talk us through some of the tricks of his youth. These include starting every word with R, dazzling at 50th birthday parties and a choice gag about a cheese grater. We also hear the outline and one song from a previ...

EP29: Catherine Bohart

Dec 14 • 54:40
When Solange wrote A Seat At The Table, Catherine Bohart related to it, because she was picturing the grown-ups table. Precocious x 1 billion, bard-chat and petition based revenge is how Catherine spent her youth when she wasn’t busy dominating debate club. It’s all very impressive, but the early work is baffling, cryptic madness, frankly. A lot better than Rhys’s though w...

EP28: Katy Wix

Dec 7 • 50:43
Katy Wix had a very weird red nose day one year as a child and this is your chance to hear about it. Honestly, it's wild. She didn't just swing by the EW Zoom for that though, she also brought poems in a plethora of styles, from the jaunty to the dark to the sexually naive. Plus some choice criticism for Rhys's poetry which it's hard to believe hasn't already been said, an...

EP27: Sara Pascoe

Nov 30 • 01:01:42
Fizzing creative genius Sara Pascoe proves it was sort of always like this, as she pops into Early Work mansions to discuss a childhood of Doing Things™, like setting up a bullying line and making everyone sing in assembly or remixing Oliver Twist with her sister. Work-wise we get into some very surprising parody songs, a hard-drive of dread-inducing poetry with some drama...

Introducing That’s a First! Season 2!

Nov 23 • 01:43
Hi Early Work fans!

Radio X are releasing Season 2 of a podcast we think you’ll enjoy. That’s A First! is hosted by comedians Maisie Adam and Tom Lucy and in each episode they’re joined by a guest who reveals some interesting firsts from their life… and then gets ripped to shreds. In series 1 we heard about the first time Romesh Ranganathan soiled himself just before he was...

EP26: Jordan Brookes

Nov 23 • 57:27
Riskiest comic in the biz Jordan Brookes swings by to chat being an obnoxious prankster at school, embracing his stagecoach family roots, and tales passed down from generation to generation to find their way onto this podcast. Spooky ghost stories (and boy are they spooky), some poems (and boy are there some fo them) and a funny joke (ok). Plus there's a wooden head in his...

EP25: David Baddiel

Nov 16 • 59:31
The only person evert to cast Rhys off the back of an audition, David Baddiel zooms into Early Work with the hefty anecdote collection you’d expect. School revues that turn you cool and inspire the writing process for one of the most famous songs in British history, plagiarising famous poets and getting away with it, misinterpreting flirtatious guitar lessons for an actual...

EP24:Amelia Dimoldenberg

Nov 9 • 49:25
Some players dedicate their entire careers to just one club. John Terry, Ledley King, Paolo Maldini. But some Playaz (see 'Don't Hate The Playaz' [ITV2]) spread themselves across 8, 9, even 10 clubs - that goes with the Playa territory. This playa, Amelia Dimoldenberg, was in every club you can imagine existing, and if you can't imagine it existing, she founded it. With pr...

EP23: Ivo Graham

Nov 2 • 01:03:56
What could a self-proclaimed uncreative boarding school attendee like Ivo Graham have to offer the Early Work archive? Well, very on brand tales of finally putting himself out there creatively and getting roundly humiliated, of course. Ivo reads some short stories about monsters killing his friends, a book that's dangerously thrilling, a storm which turns out to be largely...

EP22: O. T. Fagbenle

Oct 26 • 52:34
Performance levels go up a notch as accidental graduate of RADA and soon to be Hollywood superstar, O.T. Fagbenle, Skypes into Early Work from, you guessed it, Tanzania. From Frank Sinatra style songs for his girlfriend to a one-man-show based on a real exchange with a homeless lady and a barbershop in San Francisco (with professionally trained accents obv), all the way to...

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