A Chief Executive's Perspective: Ron McAllister

Ron McAllister is the Chief Executive of South Hill Park, the arts centre that helped develop From Up Here and from which the livestream of the musical was broadcast in 2012.

Ron explains his journey with the musical and why, for him, it was the appealing of a choice of shows to take into production.

Filmed by Perfect Pitch.

South Hill Park Chief Executive Ron McAllister
Interview
(2015)

A Director's Perspective: Luke Sheppard

Luke Sheppard was the Director of From Up Here, a new musical developed by Perfect Pitch.

Luke reflects on the challenge of lifting a new production from the page and into the third dimension. He shares his thoughts on having a performance filmed and explains why he considers it so important that new writing is supported across the industry.

Filmed by Perfect Pitch.

Director Luke Sheppard
Interview
(2015)

A Frantic Assembly Warm Up

Jonnie Riordan, Associate Director of Frantic Assembly's Things I Know To Be True, takes you through six warm-up exercises and provides detailed aims and instructions for use in the classroom. The exercises vary from a fun 'keepie uppie' introduction, through to more demanding cardio and circuit training sessions, all of which are geared towards developing teamwork, stamina, physical confidence and focus.
Frantic Assembly Warm Up
Workshop
(2016)

A Masterclass in Theatre Direction with Eugenio Barba

In this personal account, Eugenio Barba, Director of Odin Teatret and of the International School of Theatre Anthropology, shares his thoughts on the techniques and training that develop the art of direction.
Odin Teatret
(2007)
Masterclass

A Mighty Big If: David Coulter

David Coulter works throughout the world as a musician, director, curator, consultant and educator. He is a musical and artistic director of large-scale music and theatre events for Sydney Opera House, Artangel, Southbank Centre, The Barbican, The Sage, Gateshead, Melbourne Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Hall, Les Nuits de Fourviere in Lyon, and La Salle Pleyel in Paris. He composes for dance, theatre, cinema, television and radio. He is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost musical saw players. Here, he talks to Richard Strange as part of 'A Mighty Big If' and demonstrates his music with the saw. 

A Mighty Big If: David Coulter
HiBROW
Interview

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 Mighty Big If: Luca Silvestrini

Luca Silvestrini talks about his life and career to Richard Strange at A Mighty Big If at the Church of St Barnabas in Soho.
A Mighty Big If: Luca Silvestrini
HiBROW
Interview

A Mighty Big If: Mike Figgis

A lively and informed encounter between the groundbreaking filmmaker and artist Mike Figgis and the raconteur and musician Richard Strange at A Mighty Big If.
A Mighty Big If: Mike Figgis
HiBROW
Interview

A Mighty Big If: Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi talks in-depth to raconteur Richard Strange about his life and his work as part of A Mighty Big If.
HiBROW
Interview

A Mighty Big If: Robert Wilson

Designer Robert Wilson talks to Richard Strange at A Mighty Big If at the House of St Barnabas, offering a rare and personal insight to an exceptional life.
HiBROW
Interview

A Musical Director's Perspective: Tom Attwood

Tom Attwood was the Musical Director for From Up Here, developed by Perfect Pitch.

Tom explains how one can mine the composer's score for information and why it's a Musical Director's responsibility to ensure clarity of storytelling throughout a show's development and into production.

Filmed by Perfect Pitch.

Musical Director Tom Attwood
Interview
(2015)

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)

About the Production: Far from the Madding Crowd

How do you take a 40,000 word classic novel and transform it into a piece for the stage? Join the director, writer, composer and actors as they reveal how they took Thomas Hardy's classic Far from the Madding Crowd and made it work on the stage.

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Documentary
(2012)

About the Production: The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors - Shakespeare's most slapstick of plays - is a brilliant first time introduction to his work for younger students. Digital Theatre Plus goes behind-the-scenes revealing what happens in rehearsal and backstage talking to the director, designer, composer and actors about their work on the production.
Documentary, The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Documentary
(2012)

An Actor's Perspective: Leila Benn Harris

Leila Benn Harris played Emily in Aaron Lee Lambert's musical From Up Here, developed by Perfect Pitch.

Leila reflects on the experience of originating a role, being filmed in performance on stage, and what she considers to be her favourite moments of working on the production.

Filmed by Perfect Pitch.

Actress Leila Benn Harris
Interview
(2015)

An Interview with Kirsty Oswald

Kirsty Oswald discusses playing the youngest Price child, Rosie, in Frantic Assembly’s Things I Know To Be True. Kirsty talks about the family that developed through rehearsing the play, the physical and emotional exhaustion that the production provokes, and describes the movement of the piece as loving familial support made manifest.
An Interview with Kirsty Oswald
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with Matthew Barker

Matthew Barker plays Mark and Mia in Frantic Assembly’s production of Andrew Bovell’s Thing I Know To Be True. Matthew discusses the extensive research into, sincere approach towards and delicate examination of gender dysphoria that characterised the play’s and the company’s storytelling, from first read-through, to audience response.
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with Richard Mylan

Richard talks about playing ‘Mummy’s boy’ Ben Price in Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True. He discusses how an actor’s ‘track’ is as much physical as mental, why hitting peak energy can be easier in the throws of performance than rehearsal, and his conviction that experiencing the Frantic Assembly method would better any performer.
An Interview with Richard Mylan
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with Scott Graham

Scott Graham, Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly, explores the honest and collaborative process of developing the physical and textual language of Things I Know To Be True, alongside co-director Geordie Brookman, writer Andrew Bovell and a cast that grew into their characters as rehearsals progressed.
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with... David Crystal

In this interview, David Crystal, Honorary Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University, explores the origins and development of the English language from old English to the present day.
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with... Dominic Cooke

Director Dominic Cooke has a wealth of experience in staging both classic and contemporary theatre, having worked at the RSC before an eight-year tenure as Artistic Director of new writing playhouse the Royal Court.

Dominic talks of his surprise at being approached by Sam Mendes to bring four Shakespeares to the small screen in The Hollow Crown, why directing Shakespeare is a particular craft, and what a theatre director can bring to film.

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... 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)

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)