Bankside Arts Collective

Based in Alton, Illinois, Bankside Arts Collective is the home of Bankside Repertory Theatre ( Our podcast features audio drama and other artistic explorations and discussions.

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Tuesday Jun 04, 2024

In this third installment of our 5 part series talking with the founding members of Bankside Repertory Theatre, John O'Hagan sits down with Chrissy Calkins-Steele and we find out how early childhood experiences continue to inform Chrissy's artistic path as well as what's behind Chrissy's deep and abiding love of the process.
Keep an eye on our website for information on our upcoming fall production and as always we welcome any and all thoughts, comments and ideas for future episodes. 
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(This podcast is a production of Bankside Arts Collective, based in Alton, IL. This episode was produced by John O'Hagan.
Music by Yurii Semchyshyn from Pixabay)

Thursday Apr 18, 2024

The second in our 5 part series chatting with the founding members of Bankside Repertory Theatre - today actor, director, production manager extraordinaire! - Caleb King.
And host John O'Hagan recommends another podcast series: Hear Me Out with Lucy Eaton  - An amazing journey into some incredible speeches from amazing plays with fantastically talented actors.
If there is a topic you'd like to suggest, a guest you'd like to recommend, please drop a note in the comments  and, as always, if you like what you're hearing, please take a quick moment to rate and review us!

Thursday Apr 04, 2024

We're excited to launch this new series of discussions with the founding members of Bankside Repertory Theatre and Bankside Arts Collective.
Today we're sitting down with playwright, actor, director, and teacher Geoff Callaway who has written, directed and performed for Bankside Rep as well as many other companies.
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(Music credit: Yurii Semchyshyn from Pixabay)

Saturday Dec 23, 2023

Happy Christmas from all of us at Bankside Arts Collective. Gather some loved ones this evening and listen to the full, uninteruppted version of Geoff Calloway's "A Dickens of a Tale". A warm and witty retelling of the holiday classic.

A Dickens of a Tale (Stave 3)

Thursday Dec 21, 2023

Thursday Dec 21, 2023

Our memorial service concludes with reminecses from Mrs. Dilber, Scrooge's former cleaning lady, and the most unlikely of champion Prize fighters. The final part of this warm and witty retelling of the holiday classic. (Look for a special episode coming Christmas Eve!) 

A Dickens of a Tale (Stave 2)

Tuesday Dec 19, 2023

Tuesday Dec 19, 2023

Our memorial for Ebeneezer Scrooge continues as we hear from Mrs. Fezziwig, Ebeneezer's lost love Belle, and the "Turkey Boy". Part two of this warm and witty retelling of the holiday classic. (Episode 3 drops Friday 12.22.23)

Sunday Dec 17, 2023

Ten years after his life changing Christmas, Ebeneezer Scrooge has passed on. A host of familiar faces gather to share their thoughts on his passing. A warm and witty retelling of the holiday classic. (Episode 2 drops Wednesday 12.20.23)

Dickens of A Tale Teaser.1

Tuesday Dec 12, 2023

Tuesday Dec 12, 2023

Bankside Repertory Theatre proudly presents Geoff Calloway’s A Dickens of a Tale. A warm and funny contemporary reflection on Charles Dickens’ classic novella and the real meaning of Christmas. Join this memorial service for Ebeneezer Scrooge, 10 years after his miraculous conversion.” Coming soon from Bankside Arts Collective


Welcome to Bankside Arts Collective

Specialising in unique audio drama presentations, interviews with a wide array of artists, and discussions of how the arts enrich every facet of our lives, the Bankside Arts Collective podcast provides our audience with a way to connect to works of art (and makers of art) that call this particular and amazing stretch of the Mississippi River home. Wherever you are in the world, Welcome to Alton and the Bankside Arts Collective.

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