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)

Contemporary Performance Practice... On Actor Training: An interview with Alison Hodge

Alison Hodge is a director, actor-trainer, author and lecturer, and the Artistic Director of ’The Quick and the Dead’, an international performance ensemble. In this wide-ranging interview she describes the fundamental principles of her work in actor training, and the myriad benefits that work on the breath or the spine can bring to the performer.
Alison Hodge on Actor Training
Interview
(2016)

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Actor Conversation

In this perceptive conversation, a group of seven actors discuss their experiences of working with the Michael Chekhov technique.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Atmosphere

In the eleventh of 12 masterclasses, Ragnar Freidank – a former student of Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan – demonstrates how to work with space, images and crossing the threshold.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Expanding and Contracting

In the third of 12 masterclasses, Lenard Petit – founding member of the Michael Chekhov Association, MICHA – demonstrates how to work with inner movement, inner gesture and action, as well as exploring methods of preparation.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Ghost Exercise

In the last of 12 masterclasses, Joanna Merlin and Ragnar Freidank demonstrate how to work with imaginary scene partners.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Imaginary Body

In the tenth of 12 masterclasses, Ted Pugh – co-founder of the Michael Chekhov School – demonstrates how to work with straight and curved lines, as well as application to characters in Three Sisters.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Imaginary Centres

In the eighth of 12 masterclasses, Lenard Petit – founding member of the Michael Chekhov Association, MICHA – demonstrates how to work with the three centres, the ideal centre and the imaginary centre.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Introduction and Teacher Conversation

Five of the world’s leading teachers of the Michael Chekhov technique – Joanna Merlin, Lenard Petit, Ted Pugh, Fern Sloan and Ragnar Freidank – give an insightful introduction to the series.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Psychological Gesture

In the seventh of 12 masterclasses, Joanna Merlin – the last student of Michael Chekhov still actively teaching – demonstrates how to work with contraction, expansion, and gesture, as well as exploring archetypes in Three Sisters.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Qualities of Movement I

In the fourth of 12 masterclasses, Fern Sloan – co-founder of the Michael Chekhov School – demonstrates how to work with molding, floating, flying and radiating.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Qualities of Movement II

In the fifth of 12 masterclasses, Ted Pugh – co-founder of the Michael Chekhov School – demonstrates how to work with inner activity and inner event, as well as exploring stage business and application to scenes.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Radiating and Receiving

In the sixth of 12 masterclasses, Ragnar Freidank – a former student of Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan – demonstrates how to work with throwing balls, giving attention, the audience and the text.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Remembering Chekhov

In this panel discussion, Mala Powers, Joanna Merlin and Jack Colvin – all former students of Michael Chekhov – discuss their experiences of working with him in Hollywood, California.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Sensations

In the ninth of 12 masterclasses, Lenard Petit – founding member of the Michael Chekhov Association, MICHA – demonstrates how to work with falling, floating and balancing.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: The Four Brothers

In the second of 12 masterclasses, Fern Sloan – co-founder of the Michael Chekhov School – demonstrates how to work with ease, form, beauty and a sense of the whole.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

On Acting: Adam Kotz

Adam Kotz starred as Pastor Manders in Richard Eyre's award-winning revival of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts.

Adam discusses playing a character with a fractured sense of self and a strongly held dogma, and explains how, in giving Manders a complex inability to govern his emotions, Ibsen succeeds in fleshing out the familiar literary figure of 'the Pastor'.

Adam Kotz talks about playing Pastor Manders in Richard Eyre's production of Ibsen's Ghosts
Interview
(2014)

On Acting: Adrian Schiller

Adrian Schiller played Reverend John Hale in Yaël Farber's acclaimed production of The Crucible at The Old Vic.

Adrian reflects on Hale's struggle with Deputy Governor Danforth and the challenge of fighting for the truth within a suspicious and paranoid community.

Actor Adrian Schiller discusses playing Reverend John Hale in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Interview
(2015)

On Acting: Alex Ferns

Scottish actor Alex Ferns played Lee in Phillip Breen's acclaimed production of Sam Shepard's True West. Ferns shares how his childhood experiences helped him identify with Lee’s wild behaviour and why observing coyotes enabled him to access the character's physicality on stage. Contains strong language.
Interview
(2016)

On Acting: Amanda Drew

Amanda Drew plays Joy, a character whose lacklustre life pushes her to the edge of social and moral boundaries. Amanda gives a frank and detailed account of her work on the part in the acclaimed production of Parlour Song.

Contains references to sex.

Amanda Drew talks in front of a soft focus bookshelf
Interview
(2013)

On Acting: Andi Potamkin

Andi Potamkin played young investigative journalist Annie Blumberg in Jeff Cohen's moving Holocaust drama The Soap Myth.

On stage in every scene, Andi discusses the parallels between her character and real life in trying to find the truth about an event that time is consigning ever further into the past.

Actress Andi Potamkin, who payed the role of Annie in The Soap Myth
National Jewish Theater
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Anna Chancellor

Anna Chancellor shares her feelings about the character of Amanda in Private Lives and what she does to prepare to bring her to life in all her glory on stage.

Anna Chancellor smiles in front of horizontal striped wall paper a black lamp and a small plant.
Interview
(2014)

On Acting: Anna Madeley

Anna Madeley played Elizabeth Proctor in Yaël Farber's acclaimed production of The Crucible at The Old Vic.

Anna describes how integrity is essential to her character, the role Mary Warren plays in her secluded life, and the rehearsal exercises used to build intimacy between John and Elizabeth in performance.

Actor Anna Madeley discusses playing the role of Elizabeth Proctor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Interview
(2015)

On Acting: Anna-Louise Plowman

Sibil's honeymoon happiness is short-lived in Private Lives as she's thrust into the chaos of Amanda and Elyot's tempestuous relationship. Anna-Louise Plowman talks about love, hair and heartache.

Anna-Louise Plowman smiles in front of horizontal striped wall paper a black lamp and a small plant.
Interview
(2014)

On Acting: Anthony Calf

Victor Prynne is a thoroughly decent man and Anthony Calf presents his case and discusses the character's role in Private Lives.

Anthony Calf looks quizzical in front of horizontal striped wallpaper.
Interview
(2014)