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The Cultural Coven

Coming Saturday 13 March

The Cultural Coven

Ricky Ross, Elaine C. Smith, Ian Rankin and Joyce McMillan among first guests of new podcast series “The Cultural Coven” – launching 13th March.

The weekly podcast series, featuring some of Scotland’s leading art and cultural figures, will connect public with artist and delve into the creative and life journeys of the guests, reveal green-room gossip and also have the guests taking part in a fun creative challenge.

Hosted by Nicola Roy


Hosted by actress Nicola Roy and produced by In Motion Theatre Company in Association with The Lyceum Theatre and the Stephen Dunn Theatre Fund, the series will be freely available on our podcast channel via iTunes, Spotify, Anchor, Google and other major podcasting services, as well as directly from this web page.

The Podcasts

Each week a new podcast will be recorded and then released up until the 1st of May. All episodes will continue to be available to listen to after their release.

Introduction - Nicola Roy

Our host Nicola Roy gives us an idea of what to expect in the coming episodes.

00:00 / 01:01

Episode 1 - Ricky Ross

Lead singer of Deacon Blue, Ricky Ross is our first ever guest.

Episode 2 - Elaine C Smith

Actress and comedienne Elaine C. Smith joins us for episode two.

Coming Saturday 20 March

Episode 3 - Ian Rankin

Renowned crime fiction writer Ian Rankin is next to enter the coven.

Coming Saturday 27 March

Episode 4 - Joyce McMillan

Scotsman Theatre reviewer Joyce McMillan is our next illustrious visitor.

Coming Saturday 3 April

Guests for Saturday 10th April until Saturday 1st May will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Inspiration

The Cultural Coven was inspired by Lyceum Board member Stephen Dunn who approached Nicola Roy with the idea of interviewing guests who she had worked with previously at The Lyceum . The actress has often been quoted as a ‘favourite’ amongst the Lyceum Theatre audiences where she has appeared in many award winning plays and has also been quoted as being one of Scotland’s leading comic actresses by the press.

All of the guests have worked with Nicola at various times in her career, mainly at The Lyceum Theatre. Lisa Nicoll, our Creative Director, has also worked with the majority of guests through her time at The Tron Theatre and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Both are delighted to bring the creative community together and allow the public into their ‘coven’ of chat.

Recording During Lockdown

Originally the podcasts were to be recorded in the Lyceum, but with much adapting and solution finding they will be recorded remotely until the time is safe to do otherwise.


Thanks to a contribution from The Stephen Dunn Theatre Fund and the support of the Lyceum Theatre, along with the enthusiasm and determination of Nicola and Lisa, In Motion are proud to produce this series as part of our Virtual Programme.



Music: "When I'm Home" - Cameron Barnes.

Photography: Nicola Roy - Stephen W. Dunn; Ricky Ross - Nick Sayers; Elaine C Smith - Martin McCready (Upfront Photography); Ian Rankin - Hamish Brown.


I’m always interested to know more about the person behind the name - and I’m sure the public do too. So just as well I’m cheeky enough to ask the questions!

Nicola Roy

Host of The Cultural Coven

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