A Mighty Big If: Kate Tempest

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.
A Mighty Big If: Kate Tempest
HiBROW
Interview

A Writer's Perspective: Aaron Lee Lambert

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.

Writer Aaron Lee Lambert
Interview
(2015)

An Interview with... Imtiaz Dharker

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.
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with... Meera Syal

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.

Interview
(2016)

An Interview with... Timberlake Wertenbaker

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.

Interview
(2016)

Arthur Miller

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.
BBC Studios
(1987)
Documentary

Emily Blacksell: Producer and Script Editor

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.

Producer and Script Editor Emily Blacksell
Interview
(2015)

Eric Bentley at 100: on Brecht, theatre, politics and writing

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.
Bentley & Brecht
Interview
(2015)

Interviews with Augusto Boal: From 1971 to 2009

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.
Augusto Boal
Instituto Augusto Boal
(1971)
Interview

Lyric 360

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.
Documentary
(2017)

Michael Ball on Musical Theatre

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.

Actor and Perfect Pitch patron Michael Ball
Interview
(2015)

On Screen Writing: Sally Rosser

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.

Screen Writer Sally Rosser
Interview
(2015)

On Writing: Jeff Cohen

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.

Playwright Jeff Cohen discusses his play The Soap Myth
National Jewish Theater
(2014)
Interview

Play Writers: James Graham with Daniel Rosenthal

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.
Interview
(2017)

Play Writers: Michael Frayn with Daniel Rosenthal

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.
Interview
(2017)

Play Writers: Patrick Marber with Daniel Rosenthal

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.
Interview
(2017)

Play Writers: Willy Russell with Daniel Rosenthal

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.
Interview
(2017)

Practitioners on Practice... On Playwriting: An interview with Barney Norris

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.
Practitioners on Practice... On Playwriting: An interview with Barney Norris
Interview
(2017)

Practitioners on Practice... On Playwriting: An interview with John Godber

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.
An Interview with John Godber (2017)
Interview
(2017)

Practitioners on Practice... On Screenwriting: An interview with Andrew Davies

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.
Andrew Davies - Digital Theatre+ (2017)
Interview
(2017)

Practitioners on Practice... On Writing: An interview with Lee Hall

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.
Lee Hall - Digital Theatre+ (2017)
Interview
(2017)

T5: Rehearsal Process

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.
T5: Rehearsal Process
HiBROW
Documentary

Talking About Plays... Adaptation: An Interview with Mike Poulton

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
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... Anita and Me: An Interview with Tanika Gupta

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.
Interview
(2017)

Talking About Plays... Brontë: An Interview with Polly Teale

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.
Talking About Plays... Brontë: An Interview with Polly Teale
Interview
(2017)