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.
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.
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.
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 lively and informed encounter between the groundbreaking filmmaker and artist Mike Figgis and the raconteur and musician Richard Strange at A Mighty Big If.
Peter Capaldi talks in-depth to raconteur Richard Strange about his life and his work as part of A Mighty Big If.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Luke Rittner in conversation with Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Jewish Theater
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.
Instituto Augusto Boal
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.
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.