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

The Land of Yes and The Land of No Rehearsals 2

A brief glimpse of rehearsals for Raf Bonachela’s stage production of The Land of Yes and the Land of No
The Land of Yes and The Land of No Rehearsals 2
HiBROW
Documentary

The Land of Yes and The Land of No Rehearsals 1

A brief glimpse of rehearsals for Raf Bonachela’s stage production of The Land of Yes and the Land of No.
The Land of Yes and The Land of No Rehearsals 1
HiBROW
Documentary

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... Shared Experience: An interview with Nancy Meckler

Nancy Meckler was Shared Experience's second ever Artistic Director, after Mike Alfreds, and was instrumental in crystallising a distinctive performance style that celebrates the union of physical and text-based theatre.
Practitioners on Practice... Shared Experience: An interview with Nancy Meckler
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

Practitioners on Practice... On Movement: An interview with Ayse Tashkiran

Renowned movement expert and director of CSSD’s Movement MA, Ayse Tashkiran, has worked with a vast range of high profile productions and theatre companies. Ayse discusses the two main strands of her work, as both movement director and teacher, from training under Jaques Lecoq in Paris, to developing a formidable practice of her own.
Practitioners on Practice: Ayse Tashkiran on Movement
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

Practitioners on Practice... Cheek by Jowl: An interview with Declan Donnellan

Declan Donnellan is a co-founder and joint Artistic Director of british theatre company Cheek by Jowl, whose award-winning theatrical technique reimagines classic works to put actors firmly at the centre.
Practitioners on Practice... Cheek by Jowl: An interview with Declan Donnellan
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 Writing: Mark Healy

Writer Mark Healy adapted Far from the Madding Crowd for the English Touring Theatre's stage production. Watch him discuss working with Thomas Hardy's classic novel and how he found solutions to the challenges in reducing a 40,000 word novel into a two hour stage show.

Mark Healy On Writing, Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Digital Theatre
(2012)
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 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 Movement-based Theatre: Struan Leslie

Struan Leslie created the movement in the RSC's 2010 production of As You Like It.

Struan explains how body language operates as text in performance, how important contextual concerns such as era and etiquette inform movement decisions, and why working with the physical self throughout rehearsal achieves the best results.

Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Fight Directing: Terry King

Terry King, a veteran in stage combat, discusses the complexity of creating violence onstage. As fight director on King Lear he unearths the tasks and responsibilities that his role demands. 

Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Fight Directing: Renny Krupinski

Renny Krupinski worked as the Fight Director on Phillip Breen's acclaimed revival production of Sam Shepard's True West. Krupinski shares his perspective on the collaborative process that enables a team to produce an authentic combat sequence, and how audience reactions influence his work.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

On Directing: Yaël Farber

Yaël Farber directed The Old Vic's multi award-winning production The Crucible in 2014.

Yaël explains how she drew on South African theatre practice to introduce physicality to the production, and why she felt it was important to challenge the cast's understanding of the body in performance.

Yaël Farber reflects on directing The Crucible for The Old Vic
Digital Theatre
(2015)
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: Scott Graham

Frantic Assembly work in a very particular fashion and Scott Graham, the company’s Artistic Director, discusses how he and his collaborators think about making theatre and the influences they draw upon when creating a piece for performance.

Scott Graham On Directing, Lovesong by Abi Morgan
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Directing: Paul Hunter

Paul Hunter is the artistic director of the acclaimed theatre company Told By An Idiot. He chats about the collaboration with the RSC and his work on The Comedy of Errors.

Paul Hunter On Directing, The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Directing: Kate Saxon

Far from the Madding Crowd director, Kate Saxon, discusses her work in rehearsal and the creative challenges involved in bringing Thomas Hardy’s classic novel to the stage.

Kate Saxon On Directing, Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Directing: Carrie Cracknell

Carrie Cracknell discusses her role as Director in the critically-acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. In this interview, Cracknell provides an invaluable insight into the processes of rehearsing a play, and considers how extensive research allowed her to gain further context and inspiration for the production.
Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Design: Michael Vale

Designer Michael Vale illuminates the theatre design process and discusses the creative challenges he faced working on The Comedy of Errors with the RSC.
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Design: Merle Hensel

Hensel chats about the collaborative nature of the creative design process and how she developed the ideas that ultimately shaped the visual landscape for Lovesong.
Merle Hensel On Design, Lovesong by Abi Morgan
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Design: Ian MacNeil

Designer Ian MacNeil discusses his role on Carrie Cracknell’s critically-acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll’s House. MacNeil focuses on the practical craft of theatre design, and considers his contribution to dictating the rhythm of the story performed on stage.
Ian MacNeil, Set design A Doll's House, Ibsen
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview