Kate Tempest is a writer of rhymes, lyrics, poems, prose and plays. Here, Kate talks about her work to Richard Strange and performs some of her electric poetry.
Aaron Lee Lambert is the writer of From Up Here, a new musical developed by Perfect Pitch.
Aaron shares his experience of writing a new production and suggests that his acting background helped him to achieve a deep understanding of his characters during the writing process.
Filmed by Perfect Pitch.
In this interview, Imtiaz Dharker provides an invaluable perspective on life as a poet. From the creation of images to the influence of other writers, Dharker explores the meaning of poetry and the inspiration for her writing.
Meera Syal is one of the UK's best-known performing arts polymaths, having turned her hand to acting, writing, singing and producing across both stage and screen. She is currently playing the role of Nurse in Kenneth Branagh's all-star Romeo and Juliet at The Garrick Theatre.
In this interview, Meera explores the origins of her stage-adapted novel Anita and Me and reflects upon the joy of collaborative work and why it's important for a writer to invest in the small characters.
Playwright and practitioner Timberlake Wertenbaker has penned work for renowned production houses including the Royal Court and the RSC over a career spanning half a century.
Timberlake discusses writing internationally celebrated set text Our Country's Good, explores the craft of translation, and reveals the challenges of adapting Tolstoy's War and Peace.
Filmed in 1987, this exclusive interview sees BBC Omnibus talk to the great American playwright at his Connecticut home about the political and poetic nature of his plays, about being a writer in the US during the late twentieth century, and about his marriage to Marilyn Monroe.
Emily Blacksell is both the Producer and Script Editor of WillShake's Henry V.
Emily explains how distilling Shakespeare's original text in an accessible way can unlock a lively and exciting world for young audiences, enabling them to develop their own passion for Shakespeare's 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.
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.
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This unique and exclusive documentary opens the door to life at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, west London, during summer and autumn 2017. DT+ goes behind the scenes to access all areas of the company, from their extensive young people’s programme to the key planning stages for their main house production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.
Renowned stage actor Michael Ball made his name when he originated the character of Marius in the West End sensation Les Misérables.
Now a patron of musical theatre company Perfect Pitch, Michael shares his thoughts on the value of new writing and supporting musical theatre.
Filmed by Perfect Pitch.
With so much of Shakespeare's language in everyday speech and consumption of storytelling becoming increasingly immediate, Screenwriter Sally Rosser shares why she feels a responsibility to find new ways for children to engage with the world's most famous writer.
Sally describes the challenge of adapting such an epic play and why Henry V is the perfect first text for WillShake to share.
Jewish playwright Jeff Cohen tells how his relationship with The Soap Myth all began with a magazine article.
From working with renowned scholars and historians to having Holocaust survivors in the audience, Cohen offers an exclusive insight into the daunting nature of doing justice to what is such an important story to so many people.
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James Graham explores how his own life has inspired and influenced his writing and explains how he uses curious events from history to shed new light on the world in which we live today.
In intimate detail, Michael Frayn describes how his research process unfolds when writing a new piece work, with particular reference to his historical plays Copenhagen, Democracy and Afterlife.
Through the prism of four key plays - Dealer’s Choice, Closer, Howard Katz and The Red Lion - Patrick Marber gives intimate insight into his life and career, from his early days experimenting with comedy at Oxford to becoming an Olivier Award-winning playwright.
Willy Russell shares what he has learnt about what it takes to write a play with fascinating insight into his own life and career. He explores several of his key works in vivid detail, including Educating Rita, and gives a reading from Shirley Valentine.
Playwright and novelist Barney Norris, whose recent work includes Nightfall at Nicholas Hytner’s Bridge Theatre, gives an honest depiction of his experience as a young writer, from studying English Literature at university to working with British theatre company Out of Joint.
John Godber, one of the most performed playwrights in the UK, delves into his process for creating work that focuses on the plight of individuals who suffer judgement and misfortune as a result of class prejudice.
Writer Andrew Davies, best-known for adapting some of literature’s greatest novels for television, such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, discusses the cinematic potential of language and the process of bringing words to life on screen.
British writer Lee Hall discusses the processes for creating some of his most popular works, such as the ground-breaking radio drama Spoonface Steinberg, the play of The Pitmen Painters based on the Ashington Group, and the film and musical adaptation of Billy Elliot.
Dominic Hill, artistic director of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, commissioned five staged readings; HiBROW captured the entire rehearsal process of all five plays, including this, T5, by Simon Stephens.
Explaining the process from commission through to opening night, Mike Poulton, award-winning playwright and translator, shares his daily working practice, his experiences revisiting the same text for different productions, and how luck has been on his side throughout his career.
Talking About Plays
Playwright Tanika Gupta discusses her writing process, inspiration and passion for adapting Meera Syal’s semi-autobiographical novel, Anita and Me, as well as exploring her career progression from radio dramas to stage plays.
Writer and director Polly Teale discusses her experience of dramatising the lives of the Brontë sisters, elaborating on the challenges they faced as women in the 19th century and examining the representation of their inner worlds through their work.