“The writer is the thing. Sometimes I feel that I haven’t really earned the accolades – I didn’t write it, I’m only saying it out loud really. But when those big parts come along you do have a huge responsibility, and I will rise to that because I am my worst critic... So it's exhausting doing theatre, but wonderful.”
"We're attracted to the weaker and darker sides of ourselves, because that's what we are trying to solve all the time, I think - our vulnerabilities and our fears. That's why it's great to play them, to share them. You're sharing your own puzzles and people are watching because they want to solve the conundrum."
"I think everything I have experienced in my life is both things. When you give birth to your first child, it's the most extraordinary event you will ever have encountered; but of course giving birth is the most ordinary thing. The same is true of death, presumably. All the great events in our lives are both ordinary and extraordinary."
Liverpool Everyman Youth Theatre alumnus David Morrissey returned to the iconic venue to take on the title role in Macbeth. Morrissey considers Macbeth’s psychological decline, the character’s relationship with the audience and explains why, in times of political turmoil, Shakespeare remains as relevant as ever.
Jono Kenyon is part of the electrics team that make real the work of the lighting designer. He talks about his passion for the job and how he began working in theatre.
Peter Mumford was the Lighting Designer on Richard Eyre's award-winning revival of Ibsen's Ghosts.
Peter sheds light on how a Lighting Designer works in collaboration with the rest of a theatre company, describes how technological advances have changed the industry, and discusses his thoughts on establishing a career in a field that wasn't formally recognised until the 1950s.
Shakespeare expert Professor Carol Chillington Rutter deconstructs the layers of plot and meaning in Much Ado About Nothing.
From the influence of Shakespeare's grammar school education to broader themes such as masculinity, Carol sheds light on a play complex with subplots, deception, and misunderstandings.
Lindah has spent her career in theatre working behind-the-scenes on the stage management team. She has covered every role from props supervisor and deputy stage manager through to company stage manager. She chats about her love of the job and what it involves.
Professor of English and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, Carol sheds light on England's most renowned playwright.
With so little physical evidence to unravel Shakespeare's life, Carol argues that his Latin grammar school education lies at the heart of his work.
Technical Stage Manager, Angel Hasted has over 18 years of experience under his belt, Angel tells us how he got his start in "show business" and shares his advice for young people aspiring to a theatrical career.
Jonathan Harvey is a prolific writer and his work spans the theatre, television and literary worlds. He is an artist who brilliantly expressed the sensibility of a time. He talks to us about his early years as a writer and the creation of his iconic hit play Beautiful Thing.
I Will Refuse to Bubble - History and Theater as Defiance is a documentary film by Ron Kopp highlighting the importance of theatre in understanding the world's most incomprehensible events. Its title comes from a quote from Survivor and Director of the Holocaust Resource Center, Temple Judea of Manhasset, Irving Roth.
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In an exclusive interview with the great American writer, BBC Omnibus talks to playwright Arthur Miller at his Connecticut home about the political and poetic nature of his plays, about being a writer in the US today, and about his marriage to Marilyn Monroe. Fimed in 1987.
Liverpool Everyman Youth Theatre alumnus David Morrissey returned to the iconic venue to take on the title role in Macbeth. Morrissey considers some of the play’s biggest speeches and explains why time and tempo are so important in Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy.