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

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 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

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

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 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

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