012: Bill Deamer breeds Dalmatians

Bill Deamer joins host Andrew Keates to discuss his time choreographing Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre, growing up in North London and Hertfordshire, his passion and expertise for period choreography (he is regarded as an expert in the works of Fred Astaire) and his early days going to dance classes, training at the Guildford School of Acting and how he discovered he wanted to be a choreographer. Bill talks frankly and honestly about his many achievements, including his nominations and winning an Olivier Award for Top Hat, as well as his processes and experience as a Movement Director and Choreographer nurturing productions such as The Boyfriend, Evita, Love Never Dies, La Cage Aux Folles, Cats and so many others.

Episode features include:

The Soapbox:

Bill and Andrew discuss the importance of performers, choreographers and shows from the 1920s – 1950s and how much their style and technique influence all musicals that have come since as well as the prejudice and lack of respect for dancers in our industry today.

Theatrical Tips:

Andrew’s tips include The Grinning Man, Austentatious and some advice for 2018.

The Platform:

In today’s platform we play a new song called Linger, performed by and composed by Rosalyn Miller from her new musical Casual Fling, co-written with German Munoz. If you would like to find out more about Casual Fling and Rosalyn Miller, please just visit www.rosalynmusic.com

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