Theatre Lives: Adrian Lester

Adrian Lester talks to Digital Theatre+'s Creative Producer about the roles and industry realities he has encountered in his career, from speaking without words to walking in women's shoes. Lester explains how drama school teaches aspiring actors about graft, how mastering Taekwondo helped focus him as a performer, how roots aren't necessarily geographical, and how he will always, ultimately, return to the stage.
Theatre Lives
(2016)
Interview

Taming Kate: Lisa Dillon

Lisa Dillon has played a number of Shakespeare's women in her career to date, but none more physically than Kate from The Taming of the Shrew. Lisa explains why she has historically been turned off Shakespeare, how interrogating the idea of a modern-day shrew lead her to create Kate as an outrageous mess of a woman, and why she rejects the scholarship around the character.

Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

Practitioners on Practice... Eclipse Theatre Company: An interview with Dawn Walton

Dawn Walton is the Founder and Artistic Director of Black-led theatre company, Eclipse. Renowned for their delivery of diverse programming to regional theatres, Eclipse strives to disrupt and enrich the contemporary theatrical landscape.
Practitioners on Practice... Eclipse Theatre Company: An interview with Dawn Walton
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

Playing Romeo: Nicholas Shaw

Nicholas Shaw played Romeo in Timothy Sheader's first production at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 2008.

Nicholas explores the importance of Romeo's relationships and suggests that Romeo is so well-drawn because Shakespeare constantly develops him as a person throughout.

Actor Nicholas Shaw
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

Playing Romeo: Daniel Boyd

Daniel Boyd played Romeo in Robert Icke's Headlong production, which toured the UK in 2012. Daniel describes how Romeo's language makes clear his earth-shattering connection to Juliet and argues that the moment of Tybalt's murder holds great significance for Romeo as a character.
Actor Daniel Boyd discusses taking on one of Shakespeare's most famous male leads, Romeo Montague
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

Playing Juliet: Alex Gilbreath

Alex Gilbreath played Juliet opposite David Tennant's Romeo in Michael Boyd's RSC production in 2000.

Alex suggests that Juliet's "Gallop apace" speech is an honest portrait of sexual awakening and identifies how disruption to the text's iambic pentameter implies a play about chaos.

Actor Alex Gilbreath
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Sound Design: Andrea J. Cox

Andrea J. Cox was responsible for creating the aural landscape in Phillip Breen's revival of Sam Shepard's True West. Cox explains why the play's geographical setting is important to research, and reflects on the difficulties in translating abstract noise to a physical space.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

On Playing Shakespeare's Clowns: Pearce Quigley

Actor Pearce Quigley is one of the UK's most renowned Shakespearean funny men, having played a number of the Bard's greatest clowns on stage.

Pearce shares how his route into the industry began in childhood, his experiences in finding humour in unexpected places, and the problem with playing serious.

Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

On Playing Female Parts: Simon Scardifield

Cross-dressing and gender fluidity are classic tropes of Shakespearean drama that have stood the test of time and performance.

Reflecting on his starring role as Kate in Propeller Theatre's all-male production of The Taming of the Shrew, Simon Scardifield explores the challenges of tackling one of theatre's most iconic female characters, as one of the boys.
 

Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

On Performing: Desmond Barrit

Desmond Barrit has a long history with Shakespeare. Having tackled numerous roles including Bottom, Trinculo, Malvolio, and both Antipholi in a the same production, Desmond shares his experience treading the boards as some of the Bard's most renowned characters and explains his criteria for choosing the parts he plays.

Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

On Directing: Timothy Sheader

Director Timothy Sheader discusses his work on the award-winning production of Into the Woods at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Sheader explains why his choices were led by music more than words, as well as exploring the characterisation of these iconic fairy-tale legends.
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Directing: Phillip Breen

Phillip Breen took on the rewarding and challenging role of director in the revival of Sam Shepard’s modern classic True West. In this interview Breen explains why the visual and aural elements of a production must work in union and how asking the simplest questions of the text can reveal new meanings.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

On Directing: Nikolai Foster

Beautiful Thing director Nikolai Foster discusses his 2013 revival of Jonathan Harvey's bold 1993 play.

Nikolai discusses how his time in drama school shaped his interest in becoming a director, working under celebrated director Michael Grandage, and living up to the expectations of an audience for whom Beautiful Thing was an important part of their adolescence.

Director Nikolai Foster discusses reviving Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Directing: Gemma Bodinetz

Artistic Director of the Liverpool Everyman, Gemma Bodinetz, directed David Morrissey and Julia Ford in a futuristic reimagining of Macbeth. Bodinetz explores the multi-dimensional nature of the central couple, and reflects on the inherent challenges – as well as the inevitable joys – of producing Shakespeare.
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Directing: Bruce Guthrie

Bruce Guthrie speaks to us about the day-to-day tasks of being an associate director, the relationship between associate director and artistic director and takes us through his role in the rehearsal process and live performance. From Bruce’s insights we learn of the risks and excitement of working in a live artistic medium.

Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Design: Francis O'Connor

Francis O’Connor was set and costume designer for Gemma Bodinetz’s futuristic reimagining of Macbeth. Giving in-depth insights into his creative process, O’Connor reflects on the importance of imagery, and considers the role of collaboration with the director, as well as the acting company.
Francis O'Connor On Design, Macbeth
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Acting: Zoë Waites

Zoë Waites gives a detailed personal and realistic insight into developing and sustaining a life in performance and the choices behind her portrayal of Goneril in King Lear.

Actress Zoë Waites sits in a library whilst discussing her role as Goneril in King Lear
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Trevor White

We speak to Trevor about his approaches to playing the eldest Tyrone son, Jamie. He discusses the challenges of playing a character battling his demons.

Trevor White talks about Long Day's Journey into Night
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Trevor Fox

Trevor Fox describes his deeply personal response to King Lear and the ways in which he used his experience to inspire his performance. 

Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Acting: Toby Stephens

Elyot Chase is an impulsive, funny, erratic, passionate man. Toby Stephens reveals how he gets under his skin in performance.

Toby Stephens smiles in front of horizontal striped wall paper a black lamp and a small plant.
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Sam Donovan

Sam Donovan chats about playing eight different characters in the stage version of Billy the Kid and jumping from playing in the past to the present.

Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Acting: Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage played John Proctor in Yaël Farber's acclaimed production of The Crucible at The Old Vic.

Richard details the physical process he went through and the practical research he undertook in order to fully understand John Proctor.

Actor Richard Armitage discusses playing John Proctor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Digital Theatre
(2015)
Interview

On Acting: Rebecca O'Mara

Bathsheba Everdene is one of literature's greatest female characters. Actress Rebecca O'Mara talks about how she got under her skin and brought Bathsheba's energy and passion to life on stage.

Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Acting: Phoebe Fox

Phoebe Fox takes us through the acting processes she employed to unlock Cordelia. She looks at why Cordelia may not be as innocent as she seems and closely analyses Shakespeare's text to better understand the character she plays. 

Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Acting: Nick Fletcher

Actor Nick Fletcher played 'bad penny' Nils Krogstad in Carrie Cracknell's acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. Fletcher reveals the hidden depths of his character, providing an analysis for his motivations, and explains how building a backstory can improve a performance.
Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview