The Backstage with Robert Emery Podcast

You don’t strive to push your Gran down the stairs just to get that part
— Jodie Prenger

Robert Emery talks to Jodie Prenger, actress and singer best known for winning the ‘I’d Do Anything’ TV programme in 2008, giving her the opportunity to play Nancy in the West End revival of ‘Oliver!’ at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Jodie talks about her work on stage, and the influence the National Theatre had on her. She of course also answers a quick-fire round of questions culminating in the big question; Oliver or Annie?

Jodie has gone on to forge an incredible career in theatre whilst keeping her chickens, cows, dogs, a cat, tortoises and fish happy at home! This is a fun conversation with someone who successfully proves it is possible to make a strong career when discovered by a TV talent show.

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  • Jodie growing up [01:30]

  • The Biggest Loser [05.40]

  • I’d Do Anything TV Programme [09:32]

  • Animals [16:00]

  • How to cope with touring [22:50]

  • National Theatre [25.00]

  • A Taste of Honey [25.30]

  • Mike Dixon [27:50]

  • Tips and tricks to be ultra-productive [33:21]

  • Predictions of the business in 20 years [35:00]

  • Quick fire questions [36:00]

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About RDCE

RDCE (Robert D.C. Emery) is a conductor, pianist and serial entrepreneur.

He is lucky enough to travel the world; ranging from performances in London's Royal Albert Hall, through to the Sydney Opera House, RDCE has seen them all.

Besides music, RDCE is the Founder & Director of The Arts Group; one of the most diverse entertainment companies in the UK. Within the portfolio is a national music tuition agency, symphony orchestra, choir, artist agency, record label and production company.

Aside from that, he lives in London and Cambridge, has a wife (Mrs E), a toddler (Master T) and 4 cats.



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