A Director's Perspective: Luke Sheppard

Luke Sheppard was the Director of From Up Here, a new musical developed by Perfect Pitch.

Luke reflects on the challenge of lifting a new production from the page and into the third dimension. He shares his thoughts on having a performance filmed and explains why he considers it so important that new writing is supported across the industry.

Filmed by Perfect Pitch.

Director Luke Sheppard
Interview
(2015)

A Frantic Assembly Warm Up

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.
Frantic Assembly Warm Up
Workshop
(2016)

A Masterclass in Theatre Direction with Eugenio Barba

In this personal account, Eugenio Barba, Director of Odin Teatret and of the International School of Theatre Anthropology, shares his thoughts on the techniques and training that develop the art of direction.
Odin Teatret
(2007)
Masterclass

A Mighty Big If: Luca Silvestrini

Luca Silvestrini talks about his life and career to Richard Strange at A Mighty Big If at the Church of St Barnabas in Soho.
A Mighty Big If: Luca Silvestrini
HiBROW
Interview

A Mighty Big If: Mike Figgis

A lively and informed encounter between the groundbreaking filmmaker and artist Mike Figgis and the raconteur and musician Richard Strange at A Mighty Big If.
A Mighty Big If: Mike Figgis
HiBROW
Interview

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

A Musical Director's Perspective: Tom Attwood

Tom Attwood was the Musical Director for From Up Here, developed by Perfect Pitch.

Tom explains how one can mine the composer's score for information and why it's a Musical Director's responsibility to ensure clarity of storytelling throughout a show's development and into production.

Filmed by Perfect Pitch.

Musical Director Tom Attwood
Interview
(2015)

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 Interview with Scott Graham

Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly, Scott Graham, discusses the collaborative process of working with writer Andrew Bovell on Things I Know To Be True, and how he came to incorporate a physical language into the production.
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with... Dominic Cooke

Director Dominic Cooke has a wealth of experience in staging both classic and contemporary theatre, having worked at the RSC before an eight-year tenure as Artistic Director of new writing playhouse the Royal Court.

Dominic talks of his surprise at being approached by Sam Mendes to bring four Shakespeares to the small screen in The Hollow Crown, why directing Shakespeare is a particular craft, and what a theatre director can bring to film.

Interview
(2015)

An Interview with... Tamara Harvey

Theatr Clwyd's Artistic Director, Tamara Harvey has directed award-winning work in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad; she has tackled the classics, new writing, musical theatre and film.


Tamara speaks to us about a director's sense of responsibility, how smaller venues engender a valuable intimacy between audience and performance, and why Theatr Clwyd is a place where the imagination can run riot.

Interview
(2016)

An Introduction to Physical Theatre with Scott Graham

Artistic Director, Scott Graham, describes the typical elements and intentions that make up a Frantic Assembly warm-up, considering why movement is invaluable in playing subtext and drawing an audience into a piece.
Interview
(2016)

Christopher Hampson

Luke Rittner in conversation with Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet.
Christopher Hampson
HiBROW
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.
Interview
(2017)

Contemporary Performance Practice... Blast Theory: Matt Adams interviewed by Andy Lavender

Matt Adams is a co-founder of Blast Theory with Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj. This interview by Professor Andy Lavender, author of Performance in the Twenty-First Century, is a fascinating discussion of the company’s inception; its unique experiments with interactive media, theatre and location-based games; and its working processes and creative practices.
Interview
(2016)

Contemporary Performance Practice... Forced Entertainment: Tim Etchells interviewed by Matt Trueman

Tim Etchells, founding collaborator of Forced Entertainment, talks to theatre critic and journalist Matt Trueman about a 30-year process of trying to reinvent the theatrical experience in a way that can get past an audience’s defences, implicate them, involve them and allow them to form their own imaginative connections, beyond the ‘tyrannous architecture of narrative’.
Contemporary Performance Practice: Forced Entertainment - Tim Etchells interviewed by Matt Trueman
Interview
(2016)

Contemporary Performance Practice... Lois Weaver in Conversation with Jen Harvie

Guggenheim-winning artist and theatre-maker Lois Weaver gives intimate insight into her life and work as a performance artist, exploring themes of class, gender politics and sexuality. Weaver discusses her process, explaining why the layering of aesthetics and narratives is so integral to her work.
Interview
(2017)

Contemporary Performance Practice... On Scenography: Pamela Howard interviewed by Rachel Hann

Celebrated director and scenographer Pamela Howard gives a history of scenography in practice, including insights into the early days of the Prague Quadrennial. She explores the political and artistic importance of international collaboration and discusses in detail her seminal book, What is Scenography.
Interview
(2017)

Contemporary Performance Practice... On the Role of the Audience: An Interview with Tim Crouch

Tim Crouch is a theatre artist: an experimental theatre-maker who acts, writes and directs plays. In this fascinating interview, he talks about early influences (his teacher Edward Braun, as well as Beckett, Brecht and Churchill), about story-telling, transformation, and the importance of the audience’s process in the theatre.
Tim Crouch on the Role of the Audience
Interview
(2016)

Contemporary Performance Practice... Shakespeare for Inclusive Audiences: Kelly Hunter interviewed by Michael Dobson

Kelly Hunter was for many years a renowned actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company and is now Artistic Director of Flute Theatre. Hunter, author of Shakespeare’s Heartbeat and Cracking Shakespeare talks here with Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute, about her work developing games for children on the autism spectrum using Shakespeare’s texts.
Shakespeare for Inclusive Audiences - Kelly Hunter interviewed by Michael Dobson
Interview
(2016)

Contemporary Performance Practice... Tara Arts: Jatinder Verma interviewed by Dominic Hingorani

In this fascinating discussion, Artistic Director of Tara Arts Jatinder Verma covers everything from ethnicity and migration to pantomime and verbatim theatre. Verma considers how classic texts can be reworked for contemporary audiences and concludes by explaining how Black Theatre Live enables and empowers artists to find a space for their work.
Interview
(2017)

Eric Bentley at 100: on Brecht, theatre, politics and writing

This extensive and exclusive interview with Eric Bentley, conducted by Professor Anna Furse in 2015, is a unique insight into the life and work of one of Bertolt Brecht’s closest collaborators, shedding significant light on the enduring power of the work, the ideas and the politics of a remarkable moment in history.
Bentley & Brecht
Interview
(2015)

I Will Refuse to Bubble: History and Theater as Defiance

I Will Refuse to Bubble - History and Theater as Defiance is a documentary film by Ron Kopp highlighting the importance of theatre in understanding the world's most incomprehensible events. Its title comes from a quote from Survivor and Director of the Holocaust Resource Center, Temple Judea of Manhasset, Irving Roth.

Greg Mullavey as 'Milton' and Andi Potemkin as 'Annie' face each other, smiling, with Andi's hand on Greg's on her cheek
National Jewish Theater
(2012)
Interview

Interviews with Augusto Boal: From 1971 to 2009

This exclusive collection of interview footage charts Augusto Boal’s entire career and influence around the world, giving unique insights into the development of his thought and work. Compiling extracts from interviews he gave in France, the Netherlands, the US, Spain and his native Brazil, this montage by Jeanne Dosse is a superb introduction to his politics and aesthetics.
Augusto Boal
Instituto Augusto Boal
(1971)
Interview

Joe Talbot: Director and Producer

Joe Talbot is the Co-Founder of Short Form Film Company and the Director and Producer of WillShake's Henry V.

Joe explains how his own difficulties with Shakespeare growing up prompted him to create WillShake: a vivid, exciting opportunity to break down the barriers that stop young audiences from engaging with the work of our greatest playwright.

WillShake Director and Producer Joe Talbot
Interview
(2015)