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
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Documentary

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
Digital Theatre
(2015)
Interview

An Interview with Kirsty Oswald

Actor Kirsty Oswald explores the symbiotic responsibility of opening Things I Know To Be True to an audience in soliloquy, inviting them as friends on a shared journey, while coming to terms with and conveying the emotional singularity of her own story.
An Interview with Kirsty Oswald
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

An Interview with Matthew Barker

Actor Matthew Barker outlines his process of learning to play a son, a daughter, a brother and a sister - all within the precincts of the same character in Things I Know To Be True. He discusses the edifying journey through language, science and autobiographical illustration, which enabled an understanding that there are as many stories about transition as there are people who experience it.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

An Interview with Richard Mylan

Actor Richard Mylan reads Things I Know To Be True as a continuous crisis point for Ben, an impending train wreck, hurtling towards a catastrophic act of envy and selfishness. He describes developing Ben’s character by learning his extremes and explains that every moment of the production is intensely physical, even in its stillness.
An Interview with Richard Mylan
Digital Theatre
(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.

Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

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.
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Interview

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.

Digital Theatre
(2015)
Interview

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
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

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.
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Documentary

Malabar Masque: A Study of Kathakali

This exclusive documentary provides a unique introduction to the South Indian dance-drama, Kathakali. Detailing the history and practice of this traditional form, David Bolland explains the importance of make-up and costume, and provides insight into the various stages of actor training.
David Bolland
(1975)
Documentary

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
Digital Theatre
(2015)
Interview

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
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

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
Digital Theatre
(2015)
Interview

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.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

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
Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

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.
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

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
Digital Theatre
(2015)
Interview

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.
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview