The Cultural Coven

The Cultural Coven is a fortnightly podcast series that explores the lives of some of Scotland‘s leading arts and cultural figures through conversation (and a bit of banter) with podcast host, actress of stage and screen Nicola Roy. The Cultural Coven delves into the creative and life journeys of guests from backgrounds in music, theatre, TV and literature- with fun green-room gossip and creative challenges along the way. Presented in association with the Stephen Dunn Theatre Fund and the Lyceum Theatre.

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About Nicola Roy

Born in Edinburgh, trained in London, Nicola Roy is considered "One of Scotlands leading comic actresses" (Joyce McMillan 2020).

Whilst this may be true Roy has shown her versatility in serious television roles for the BBC and Shed Productions. Her theatre work has taken her across the main stages of Scotland and further including the National, recently scoring an international success winning the critics' circle award in Liz Lochhead's Tartuffe which took her to Australia.

If you like podcasts, I highly recommend @CulturalCoven - brilliant interviews of really interesting people by @NicolaMRoy

- Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon)

My new favourite podcast is the #culturalcoven - hats off to @NicolaMRoy for launching it & persuading me to check it out!

- Brian Ferguson (@brianjaffa)

Episodes

Wednesday Mar 30, 2022

Joining Nicola Roy for the final episode of season 2 of The Cultural Coven, is none other than the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. In this insightful and warm conversation Nicola sits down with the First Minister to discuss the importance of Scottish arts and culture, her entryway into politics, her style, safety as a politician, her love of books, if she would ever consider an acting role, and much more.   

Wednesday Feb 02, 2022

The brilliant, award-winning poet, and Scots language and mental health advocate, Len Pennie, joins Nicola Roy in the Coven this week.  In this lively and compelling chat, Len speaks about the Scots language, her poetry and influences, online trolling and using her platform for advocacy, misogyny, climate change, and shares openly and honestly about her own mental health struggles. Plus, Len smashes her creative challenge!   *Please note this episode contains references to mental ill health and a few instances of bad language.

Wednesday Jan 19, 2022

Joining Nicola Roy in The Cultural Coven this week is the award-winning poet, novelist, playwright, and former Scottish Makar, the brilliant Jackie Kay. In this fun and expansive conversation, Jackie speaks about her poetry and creative process, her role as Scottish Makar, adoption, being politically active from a young age, and the racism she experienced growing up as a young black woman in Bishopbriggs. Plus many hilarious anecdotes and a fantastic creative challenge too!

Wednesday Jan 05, 2022

The brilliant and hilarious actor, writer and comedian Sanjeev Kohli (Still Game, Fags, Mags and Bags, and River City) joins us in The Cultural Coven this week. In this wideranging chat with Nicola, Sanjeev talks about playing Navid in Still Game and performing at the Glasgow Hydro, growing up in 1970s Glasgow, his loves of puns, and shares openly about his own mental health struggles.   *Please note this episode contains references to mental ill health

Wednesday Dec 22, 2021

Much loved Scottish comedian and actress Karen Dunbar joins Nicola Roy in conversation this week, chatting about Karen's start in the business as a karaoke host, how she began working with the Comedy Unit and on Chewin' The Fat, her new BBC documentary on how comedy navigates taste and offence, and her newfound love of rapping!  *Please note this episode contains a few instances of bad language.  

Wednesday Dec 08, 2021

Joining Nicola Roy in The Cultural Coven this week, we have broadcaster, DJ, tv presenter and actor Grant Stott. Listen in as Grant discusses his career path into the arts, his love for being a Panto villain, and being on River City and Outlander, with lots of laughs in between!  

Wednesday Nov 24, 2021

Joining Nicola Roy in The Cultural Coven this week is star of stage and screen Maureen Beattie, discussing her expansive career, body image, her Dad Johnny Beattie and being President of Equity.  

Wednesday Nov 10, 2021

Join Nicola Roy in conversation with Scottish Hollywood legend, Alan Cumming, for the launch of season two of The Cultural Coven discussing his new book Baggage, kilts, politics, The High Life and Hello Kitty!  

Tuesday Sep 28, 2021

Join Nicola as she chats to world-renowned crime writer Ian Rankin about growing up in Fife, Rebus, the Oxford Bar and his writing process!   

Tuesday Sep 28, 2021

Join Nicola as she chats to the fabulous and hilarious actress and comedian Elaine C. Smith - it's a belter!   --------------   The Cultural Coven is a fortnightly podcast series that explores the lives of some of Scotland's leading arts and cultural figures through conversation (and a bit of banter) with podcast host, actress of stage and screen Nicola Roy. Presented in association with the Stephen Dunn Theatre Fund and the Lyceum Theatre. The first season of The Cultural Coven was produced by In Motion Theatre.  

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