Overture, light the lights, this week’s podcast takes you behind the curtain of Adelaide’s theatre world with publicist extraordinaire, Neil Ward.

Since the 80s, Neil has been involved in publicity for theatre, opera and film, first with the Festival Theatre and then out on his own from 1994.

He has worked closely with all the names in Australia’s entertainment industry and shares his stories of working with them.

He also gives us insight into the challenges and changes of working with our media outlets and reviewers, whom he needs to court so they share their impressions of shows with you and me.

In IS IT NEWS, Nigel tests us on the theme, Entertainment.

George Inglis reflects on the near death of a cyclist friend in Melbourne on the weekend.

Our SA Drink of the week is from Penley Estate Wines, with a bonus from DiGiorgio Wines, both from the Coonawarra and supplied by Neil Ward.

In the Adelaide Visa Council, we have one defendant.

And music is from the band that our musical curator belongs to, Plan B..

NOTE: David Washington from In Daily is on leave this week.

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00:00:00 Outtake
Neil’s warning 🙂
Theme and introduction. Our original theme song in full is here, Adelaidey-hoo.
00:00:00 Talk Of The Town
***David is on leave this week*** David Washington, editor of In Daily, gives us a midweek wrap of the news we’ve been talking about in South Australia this week.
00:02:17 SA Drink Of The Week
We taste a 2012 Penley Estate Hyland Coonawarra Shiraz. Tasting notes. Bonus wine: DiGiorgio Lucindale 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.
00:00:00 Made To Move Minute

Max Martin and/or Dr Nathan Harten from iNform Health and Fitness Solutions, Norwood, present a thoughtful minute for pondering more ways and reasons to get moving and improve your health.

This week: Max Martin is on leave.

00:10:41 Neil Ward Publicity

Most of the big shows, the interesting shows, the spectacular shows, the musical shows, etc, that you’ve seen in Adelaide over the past few decades, would have been touched by Neil Ward at some stage through his practice, Neil Ward Publicity.

Tonight, he takes us backstage into the world of the publicist with stories and opinions on all things entertainment, media and the arts.

Time To Think
George Inglis reflects on life, usually while riding public transport around Adelaide.
01:16:02 Is It News?
The news history quiz with Nigel Dobson-Keeffe.
01:46:05 Adelaide Visa Council
Allan Brownlow (@allan_brownlow) WATCHLIST
26/10/2015, 3:12 PM
Hmmmm boring day today in sunny adelaide,
01:51:16 Musical Pilgrimage
And our song this week, Psycho Happy by Plan B, recommended by our musical curator, Adrian Miller, from Radio Adelaide’s Monday night program, Songcatcher.
02:03:52 Outtake
Now you tell me?!

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SFX: Throughout the podcast we use free sfx from freesfx.co.uk for the harp, the visa stamp, the silent movie music, the stylus, the radio signal sfx, the wine pouring and cork pulling sfx, and the swooshes around Siri.