Teachers [Desert Island Discs Revisited]

Episodes

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Anna Scher2014090720190915 (BBC7)

Kirsty Young's castaway is the drama teacher Anna Scher.

It's more than forty years since she set up her theatre school and it has launched the careers of Kathy Burke, Martin Kemp, Pauline Quirke and Patsy Palmer to name just a few. It started out as a lunchtime drama club - and very quickly grew. Anna Scher says: "There were enormous classes - about seventy in a class - and a lot of those pupils were non-readers and so I fell into improvisation by chance. I found that it was a very effective way of character training."

Producer: Leanne Buckle

Anna Scher is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

Baroness Haleh Afshar2014092120190901 (BBC7)

The feminist, professor of politics and life peer shares her castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

Dame Fanny Waterman2014091420190922 (BBC7)

Kirsty Young's castaway is Dame Fanny Waterman.

It was during a sleepless night, more than forty years ago, that she came up with the idea of launching a piano competition in Leeds. Since then it's become a world renowned event and been a springboard for many of our most celebrated pianists including Radu Lupu and Murray Perahia.

Although she is now 90 years old, she still teaches masterclasses and continues to be involved with every detail of the competition. "They call me Field Marshal Fanny" she says, "I am a busy breeches."

Record: Radu Lupu- Piano Concerto No.3
Book: The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
Luxury: A grand piano and a stool

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

Seamus Heaney20190908

From Beethoven to John McCormack, poet Seamus Heaney makes his castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.