This unique and exclusive documentary opens the door to life at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, west London, during summer and autumn 2017. DT+ goes behind the scenes to access all areas of the company, from their extensive young people’s programme to the key planning stages for their main house production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.
Jonnie Riordan, Associate Director of Frantic Assembly's Things I Know To Be True, takes you through six warm-up exercises and provides detailed aims and instructions for use in the classroom. The exercises vary from a fun 'keepie uppie' introduction, through to more demanding cardio and circuit training sessions, all of which are geared towards developing teamwork, stamina, physical confidence and focus.
Scott Graham, Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly, explores the honest and collaborative process of developing the physical and textual language of Things I Know To Be True, alongside co-director Geordie Brookman, writer Andrew Bovell and a cast that grew into their characters as rehearsals progressed.
Adrian Lester talks to Digital Theatre+'s Creative Producer about the roles and industry realities he has encountered in his career, from speaking without words to walking in women's shoes. Lester explains how drama school teaches aspiring actors about graft, how mastering Taekwondo helped focus him as a performer, how roots aren't necessarily geographical, and how he will always, ultimately, return to the stage.
Declan Donnellan is a co-founder and joint Artistic Director of british theatre company Cheek by Jowl, whose award-winning theatrical technique reimagines classic works to put actors firmly at the centre.
Jenny Sealey has lead Graeae Theatre Company for 19 years as its Artistic Director. Renowned for pioneering work with emerging and established deaf and disabled theatre makers, Graeae has been instrumental in improving accessibility across the industry.
Nancy Meckler was Shared Experience's second ever Artistic Director, after Mike Alfreds, and was instrumental in crystallising a distinctive performance style that celebrates the union of physical and text-based theatre.
Scott Graham, Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly, talks us through how crucial the concept of the ‘warm-up’ is to his company’s process. He explains why a tangible sense of self-improvement breeds a positive rehearsal space, and the need to create a warm-up that is engaging, inclusive and shows that it can be fun to get sweaty.
John Barton was a Co-Founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, with whom he was a director for over 40 years.
Regarded as one of the most influential directors of his time, John explains the value of being hands-on and practical in rehearsals and shares his thoughts on Henry V, a text which became the first play he brought to London.
Adam Kotz starred as Pastor Manders in Richard Eyre's award-winning revival of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts.
Adam discusses playing a character with a fractured sense of self and a strongly held dogma, and explains how, in giving Manders a complex inability to govern his emotions, Ibsen succeeds in fleshing out the familiar literary figure of 'the Pastor'.
Adrian Schiller played Reverend John Hale in Yaël Farber's acclaimed production of The Crucible at The Old Vic.
Adrian reflects on Hale's struggle with Deputy Governor Danforth and the challenge of fighting for the truth within a suspicious and paranoid community.
Scottish actor Alex Ferns played Lee in Phillip Breen's acclaimed production of Sam Shepard's True West.
Ferns shares how his childhood experiences helped him identify with Lee’s wild behaviour and why observing coyotes enabled him to access the character's physicality on stage.
Contains strong language.
Amanda Drew plays Joy, a character whose lacklustre life pushes her to the edge of social and moral boundaries. Amanda gives a frank and detailed account of her work on the part in the acclaimed production of Parlour Song.
Contains references to sex.
Anna Chancellor shares her feelings about the character of Amanda in Private Lives and what she does to prepare to bring her to life in all her glory on stage.
Anna Madeley played Elizabeth Proctor in Yaël Farber's acclaimed production of The Crucible at The Old Vic.
Anna describes how integrity is essential to her character, the role Mary Warren plays in her secluded life, and the rehearsal exercises used to build intimacy between John and Elizabeth in performance.
Sibil's honeymoon happiness is short-lived in Private Lives as she's thrust into the chaos of Amanda and Elyot's tempestuous relationship. Anna-Louise Plowman talks about love, hair and heartache.
Victor Prynne is a thoroughly decent man and Anthony Calf presents his case and discusses the character's role in Private Lives.
Damian Humbley plays Charley Kringas, the let-down best friend and creative collaborator of Frank Shepard and Sondheim gives his character one of the best and most difficult songs in Merrily We Roll Along. Damian chats about creating Charley’s look and how he prepares for his performance on stage.
David Suchet is one of the UK’s most acclaimed actors on stage and screen. He is a brilliant character actor who transforms himself from person to person. He has played many of the greatest characters ever written and here he discusses the mammoth task of bringing James Tyrone to life in rehearsal and through performance.
Dominic Rowan played Torvald Helmer in Carrie Cracknell’s acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll’s House.
Rowan reveals how extensive research and improvisation methods played a pivotal role in the development of his character, and provides an in-depth analysis of the relationship between Nora and Torvald.
Dudley Sutton chats about playing the young and old Billy in Billy the Kid and how his own life experience helped bring the character to life on stage.
Eugene O’Hare played aspiring screenwriter Austin in Phillip Breen’s revival production of Sam Shepard's True West.
O’Hare explores the complicated relationship between brothers Austin and Lee, explains how silences are an integral part of dialogue, and how the play’s themes, set and audience impact and inspire his performance.
Forbes Masson who plays the melancholic anti-hero Jacques gives us insight into what makes Jacques so depressed. He identifies parallels between people in the play and provides in-depth analysis to characters and contextualisation.
Hattie Morahan played the iconic Nora Helmer in Carrie Cracknell’s critically-acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.
Morahan explains how improvisation can help create and develop relationships between characters, and delves into the processes and challenges of bringing Nora to life.
Jack Ellis played Deputy Governor Danforth in Yaël Farber's acclaimed production of The Crucible at The Old Vic.
Jack describes his approach to character and performance, exploring the emotional history of the character and how his interpretation darkened as rehearsals progressed.