Lyric 360

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.
Documentary
(2017)

Play Writers: Willy Russell with Daniel Rosenthal

Willy Russell shares what he has learnt about what it takes to write a play with fascinating insight into his own life and career. He explores several of his key works in vivd detail, including Educating Rita, and gives a reading from Shirley Valentine.
Interview
(2017)

Practitioners on Practice: an Interview with Screenwriter Andrew Davies

Writer Andrew Davies, best-known for adapting some of literature’s greatest novels for television, such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, discusses the cinematic potential of language and the process of bringing words to life on screen.
Andrew Davies - Digital Theatre+ (2017)
Interview
(2017)

Practitioners on Practice: An Interview with Writer Lee Hall

British writer Lee Hall discusses the processes for creating some of his most popular works, such as the ground-breaking radio drama Spoonface Steinberg, the play of The Pitmen Painters based on the Ashington Group, and the film and musical adaptation of Billy Elliot.
Lee Hall - Digital Theatre+ (2017)
Interview
(2017)

Talking About Plays... Anita and Me: An Interview with Tanika Gupta

Playwright Tanika Gupta discusses her writing process, inspiration and passion for adapting Meera Syal’s semi-autobiographical novel, Anita and Me, as well as exploring her career progression from radio dramas to stage plays.
Interview
(2017)

Talking About Plays... Adaptation: An Interview with Mike Poulton

Explaining the process from commission through to opening night, Mike Poulton, award-winning playwright and translator, shares his daily working practice, his experiences revisiting the same text for different productions, and how luck has been on his side throughout his career.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... London Road: An Interview with Alecky Blythe

Alecky Blythe, a playwright specialising in verbatim theatre, discusses how she had to be persuaded to look into the story to begin with, and explains the intricacies of honouring the narrative necessities of both truth and storytelling in creating verbatim theatre.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... One Man, Two Guv'nors: An Interview with Richard Bean

Richard Bean, playwright, shares how his stand-up comedy origins sharpened his ability to write concise comedy, explains why he feels the presence of the audience while writing, and tells of his desire to see the working man on stage.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... The Works of Noël Coward: An Interview with Alan Brodie and Geoffrey Johnson

Alan Brodie, agent for the Noël Coward Estate, and Geoffrey Johnson, a personal friend of Coward's, discuss the life and work of one of Britain's most renowned entertainers.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... Thérèse Raquin: An Interview with Dan Rebellato

Dan Rebellato, playwright and academic, discusses the narrative changes required for the story's consumption by a theatre audience, Zola's controversial position as a member of the emergent class of intellectual critics, and what the play's key moments tell us about 19th-century French society.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

An Interview with... Meera Syal

Meera Syal is one of the UK's best-known performing arts polymaths, having turned her hand to acting, writing, singing and producing across both stage and screen. She is currently playing the role of Nurse in Kenneth Branagh's all-star Romeo and Juliet at The Garrick Theatre.

In this interview, Meera explores the origins of her stage-adapted novel Anita and Me and reflects upon the joy of collaborative work and why it's important for a writer to invest in the small characters.

Interview
(2016)

An Interview with... Timberlake Wertenbaker

Playwright and practitioner Timberlake Wertenbaker has penned work for renowned production houses including the Royal Court and the RSC over a career spanning half a century.

Timberlake discusses writing internationally celebrated set text Our Country's Good, explores the craft of translation, and reveals the challenges of adapting Tolstoy's War and Peace.

Interview
(2016)

A Writer's Perspective: Aaron Lee Lambert

Aaron Lee Lambert is the writer of From Up Here, a new musical developed by Perfect Pitch.

Aaron shares his experience of writing a new production and suggests that his acting background helped him to achieve a deep understanding of his characters during the writing process.

Filmed by Perfect Pitch.

Writer Aaron Lee Lambert
Interview
(2015)

Emily Blacksell: Producer and Script Editor

Emily Blacksell is both the Producer and Script Editor of WillShake's Henry V.

Emily explains how distilling Shakespeare's original text in an accessible way can unlock a lively and exciting world for young audiences, enabling them to develop their own passion for Shakespeare's work.

Producer and Script Editor Emily Blacksell
Interview
(2015)

Michael Ball on Musical Theatre

Renowned stage actor Michael Ball made his name when he originated the character of Marius in the West End sensation Les Misérables.

Now a patron of musical theatre company Perfect Pitch, Michael shares his thoughts on the value of new writing and supporting musical theatre.

Filmed by Perfect Pitch.

Actor and Perfect Pitch patron Michael Ball
Interview
(2015)

On Screen Writing: Sally Rosser

With so much of Shakespeare's language in everyday speech and consumption of storytelling becoming increasingly immediate, Screenwriter Sally Rosser shares why she feels a responsibility to find new ways for children to engage with the world's most famous writer.

Sally describes the challenge of adapting such an epic play and why Henry V is the perfect first text for WillShake to share.

Screen Writer Sally Rosser
Interview
(2015)

On Writing: Jeff Cohen

Jewish playwright Jeff Cohen tells how his relationship with The Soap Myth all began with a magazine article.

From working with renowned scholars and historians to having Holocaust survivors in the audience, Cohen offers an exclusive insight into the daunting nature of doing justice to what is such an important story to so many people.

Playwright Jeff Cohen discusses his play The Soap Myth
National Jewish Theater
(2014)
Interview

Arthur Miller

In an exclusive interview with the great American writer, BBC Omnibus talks to playwright Arthur Miller at his Connecticut home about the political and poetic nature of his plays, about being a writer in the US today, and about his marriage to Marilyn Monroe. Fimed in 1987.

BBC Studios
(1987)
Documentary