A Mighty Big If: Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi talks in-depth to raconteur Richard Strange about his life and his work as part of A Mighty Big If.
HiBROW
Interview

About the Production: Far from the Madding Crowd

How do you take a 40,000 word classic novel and transform it into a piece for the stage? Join the director, writer, composer and actors as they reveal how they took Thomas Hardy's classic Far from the Madding Crowd and made it work on the stage.

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Documentary
(2012)

An Actor's Perspective: Leila Benn Harris

Leila Benn Harris played Emily in Aaron Lee Lambert's musical From Up Here, developed by Perfect Pitch.

Leila reflects on the experience of originating a role, being filmed in performance on stage, and what she considers to be her favourite moments of working on the production.

Filmed by Perfect Pitch.

Actress Leila Benn Harris
Interview
(2015)

An Interview with Kirsty Oswald

Kirsty Oswald discusses playing the youngest Price child, Rosie, in Frantic Assembly’s Things I Know To Be True. Kirsty talks about the family that developed through rehearsing the play, the physical and emotional exhaustion that the production provokes, and describes the movement of the piece as loving familial support made manifest.
An Interview with Kirsty Oswald
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with Matthew Barker

Matthew Barker plays Mark and Mia in Frantic Assembly’s production of Andrew Bovell’s Thing I Know To Be True. Matthew discusses the extensive research into, sincere approach towards and delicate examination of gender dysphoria that characterised the play’s and the company’s storytelling, from first read-through, to audience response.
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with Richard Mylan

Richard talks about playing ‘Mummy’s boy’ Ben Price in Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True. He discusses how an actor’s ‘track’ is as much physical as mental, why hitting peak energy can be easier in the throws of performance than rehearsal, and his conviction that experiencing the Frantic Assembly method would better any performer.
An Interview with Richard Mylan
Interview
(2016)

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)

Backstage: The Comedy of Errors

In this unique insight into the secret world of backstage, Digital Theatre go behind the scenes at the Clapham Community Project during the RSC and Told by an Idiot’s young people’s production of The Comedy of Errors.
Interview
(2012)

Complicité’s ‘A Disappearing Number’: Annabel Arden and Catherine Alexander in Conversation

Complicité Co-Founder Annabel Arden talks to Associate Director Catherine Alexander about the history of the company and its classic production of A Disappearing Number.
Interview
(2017)

In the Rehearsal Room: LIFT

This short film explores the development of Craig Adams and Ian Watson's new musical LIFT, as it happened.

From the first morning meet and greet to devising movement sequences, join the cast and creative team in the rehearsal room.

Created by Perfect Pitch. Filmed and edited by Wayne Eagles.

Interview
(2015)

Jonnie Kimmins: Playing WillShake

Jonnie Kimmins played the intriguing narrator WillShake in Henry V

Here, Jonnie reflects on his first professional acting role, the revelatory nature of finding himself behind the scenes on a film set and his new-found enjoyment of Shakespeare.

Actor Jonnie Kimmins
WillShake
(2015)
Interview

Key Analysis: David Morrissey

Liverpool Everyman Youth Theatre alumnus David Morrissey returned to the iconic venue to take on the title role in Macbeth. Morrissey considers some of the play’s biggest speeches and explains why time and tempo are so important in Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy.
David Morrissey gesticulates whilst sitting in a brown leather chair in front of several bookshelves filled with books
Interview
(2012)

Key Analysis: Julia Ford on Lady Macbeth

Julia Ford took to the Liverpool Everyman to play opposite David Morrissey in Gemma Bodinetz’s post-apocalyptic Macbeth. Ford considers how Lady Macbeth was able to persuade her husband to commit murder, and explains how she, as an actor, interprets Shakespeare’s words – and silences.
Interview
(2012)

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)

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)

Mike Leigh and Lesley Manville: On Screen Acting

This intimate and comprehensive exchange between Mike Leigh and actress Lesley Manville is a unique exploration of the art of screen acting.
Mike Leigh and Lesley Manville: On Screen Acting
HiBROW
Interview

On Acting: Adam Kotz

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'.

Adam Kotz talks about playing Pastor Manders in Richard Eyre's production of Ibsen's Ghosts
Interview
(2014)

On Acting: Adrian Schiller

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.

Actor Adrian Schiller discusses playing Reverend John Hale in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Interview
(2015)

On Acting: Alex Ferns

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.
Interview
(2016)

On Acting: Amanda Drew

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.

Amanda Drew talks in front of a soft focus bookshelf
Interview
(2013)

On Acting: Andi Potamkin

Andi Potamkin played young investigative journalist Annie Blumberg in Jeff Cohen's moving Holocaust drama The Soap Myth.

On stage in every scene, Andi discusses the parallels between her character and real life in trying to find the truth about an event that time is consigning ever further into the past.

Actress Andi Potamkin, who payed the role of Annie in The Soap Myth
National Jewish Theater
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Anna Chancellor

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 Chancellor smiles in front of horizontal striped wall paper a black lamp and a small plant.
Interview
(2014)

On Acting: Anna Madeley

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.

Actor Anna Madeley discusses playing the role of Elizabeth Proctor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Interview
(2015)

On Acting: Anna-Louise Plowman

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.

Anna-Louise Plowman smiles in front of horizontal striped wall paper a black lamp and a small plant.
Interview
(2014)

On Acting: Anthony Calf

Victor Prynne is a thoroughly decent man and Anthony Calf presents his case and discusses the character's role in Private Lives.

Anthony Calf looks quizzical in front of horizontal striped wallpaper.
Interview
(2014)