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In this six-part series released in the fall of 2023, we thought it would be interesting to discuss The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in more detail to not only deepen and enrich yours and our understanding of this favourite story, but for the sheer pleasure of it. We also thought you’d enjoy getting an insider’s look at many of the artistic and production decisions that 9th Hour makes in putting together this spectacular show. So, grab a drink and a favourite snack (maybe some Turkish Delight), and settle in for a stimulating ride into the wardrobe and into the world of theatre magic.
This podcast series is recorded at Bare Bones Studio.
EPISODE 1: INTO THE WARDROBE
We are joined by guests George Dutch (Associate Artistic Director & 2023 directing team), Erica O'Reilly (Artistic Associate & 2023 directing team), and Ian McMullen (2018 & 2023 Ensemble Cast). We discuss the story and context, and address the questions: What is the plot line? Who is the author? What is his background? Why did he write it? What is 9th Hour’s history with the story?
EPISODE 2: WAR & PEACE IN NARNIA
We are joined by returning guests George Dutch and Ian McMullen (Episode 1), as well as Dr. Richard Feist (Faculty of Philosophy, Saint Paul University). We discuss the ethics of war, the relationship between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings authour), why war figures so prominently in The Chronicles of Narnia, and what the war in this story is really about.
EPISODE 3: THE DEEP MAGIC OF NARNIA
We are joined by returning guests George Dutch and Erica O'Reilly (Episode 1), as well as Todd Anderson (Augustine College and Carleton University PhD candidate). We discuss some of C.S. Lewis's other books, the mystery and beauty of the Deep Magic of Narnia and what it could represent, what it's role is in the story, and the even deeper magic that only Aslan the Great Lion seems to know.
EPISODE 4: WINTER BUT NEVER CHRISTMAS
We are joined by returning guest George Dutch (Associate Artistic Director and 2023 directing team), as well as John Robson (National Post columnist, professor at Augustine College) and Melodi Uygur (The White Witch in the 2023 ensemble cast). We discuss hope and faith, C.S. Lewis and some other stories from The Chronicles of Narnia, the tyranny of the White Witch's rule in Narnia and how other characters in the story respond, and the contrast of governing by love vs fear.
EPISODE 5: TURKISH DELIGHT
We are joined by returning guests George Dutch (Associate Artistic Director and 2023 directing team) and Todd Anderson (Augustine College and Carleton University PhD candidate), as well as new guest Jacob Segreto (Edmund Pevensie in the 2018 ensemble cast). We discuss the roots of Edmund's character, the nature of his temptation by the White Witch, the complexity of the betrayal of his siblings in Narnia, his forgiveness by them, and his ultimate redemption by Aslan.
EPISODE 6: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
We are joined by returning guest George Dutch (Associate Artistic Director and 2023 directing team) and new guest Shauna Akkermans (2023 Stage Manager and directing team). We discuss The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis, puppetry in our production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, examples of sacrifice in art and history, love as a creative force in the world for good, the sacrificial love of Aslan, and the bravery of the Pevensie children in the story.