Ed Miliband
Ed Miliband
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The National Theatre has launched a new ten-part podcast series which features the Labour MP and previous leader of the opposition Ed Miliband.

The series focuses on current social and cultural questions, using theatre as a springboard for debate. The inaugural podcast asks How can theatre respond to Brexit? and looks in depth at the development of Rufus Norris' latest production My Country: a work in progress. Miliband shares his thoughts on the piece and discusses divisions in the country following the referendum vote.

The NT's second in the series will be released on 2 June and looks at the work of the Synergy Theatre project, which uses theatre to rehabilitate prisoners and ex-offenders.

Harriet Walter will feature in a podcast about reinventing traditional male roles as women and one will explore the history of LGBTQ+ on stage.

To hear the episodes click here. The series can also be accessed via iTunes.

Future episodes will look at public art and performance, theatre for young people, the relationship between actor and audience, and how productions recover from the unexpected live on stage.