FANGIRLS Deep Dive with Yve Blake! Co-Hosted by Charlotte Smee

The Theatre Thoughts Podcast

Jul 3 2022 • 40 mins


On today's episode, we sit down with the writer and creator of the smash-hit musical Fangirls, Yve Blake! We're also joined by Theatre Thoughts editor, Charlotte Smee, as part of our new co-hosting structure of the podcast.

Throughout this episode, Yve takes us through the beginnings of Fangirls, from its inception, through to her debuting the role of Edna, before passing it onto Karis Oka and now, Manali Datar who performs the role at the Sydney Opera House this July. Yve discusses why you don't need to know how to play an instrument to write a musical, the top tips for new artists out there, as well as who we should look out for in the up and coming Australian Theatre scene.

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About Yve Blake

Yve Blake is an award winning playwright, screenwriter, composer and performer.

She is best known for writing the Book, Music and Lyrics of FANGIRLS, a musical about the underestimated power of teenage girls. In 2019, FANGIRLS premiered in Australia to multiple five star reviews and sell-out crowds, before winning the 2019 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Mainstage Musical and the Matilda Award for Best Musical or Cabaret.

Yve is also known for her TEDx Sydney Talk “Why are Fangirls Scary”, which has been promoted to an official TED talk on Yve has previously developed and presented her work at Soho Theatre, Southbank Centre, Old Vic New Voices, the National Theatre Studio and The Barbican. She is an alumni of the Royal Court Writers’ Programme, and was the inaugural recipient of the ATYP Rebel Wilson Theatre-maker scholarship. She’s also been a visiting artist at Princeton University.

Her current projects include co-writing a feature film for Aquarius films, crafting a musical adaptation of a beloved children’s book, and a podcast musical about Mary Wollstonecraft.


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