Moira Buffini explores how she works with the past to write about the present, with particular reference to her World War II play Gabriel, which emerged out of a desire to write about the lives of women during the war.
Actor Ray Fearon brings the character of Othello to life by combining readings from Shakespeare’s text with intimate insights into his own experience of playing the Moor. He considers how Othello swings like a pendulum between love and hatred, and how the opposing use of verse and prose consolidates this effect.
In forensic detail, and by unpacking the layers of disguise embedded within the play, actor Zoe Waites analyses the language and rhythms of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and considers how these tools help bring the character of Viola to life.
Adrian Lester talks to Digital Theatre+'s Creative Producer about the roles and industry realities he has encountered in his career, from speaking without words to walking in women's shoes. Lester explains how drama school teaches aspiring actors about graft, how mastering Taekwondo helped focus him as a performer, how roots aren't necessarily geographical, and how he will always, ultimately, return to the stage.
In an ideal introduction to Jerzy Grotowski’s work, Paul Allain discusses in detail the various phases from traditional director, through researcher and theorist, and the constant principles with which it is always underpinned. He discusses Grotowski’s influences, practices and lifelong exploration of the ‘total’ act, on his journey towards the development of Poor Theatre.
Dawn Walton is the Founder and Artistic Director of Black-led theatre company, Eclipse. Renowned for their delivery of diverse programming to regional theatres, Eclipse strives to disrupt and enrich the contemporary theatrical landscape.
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.
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.
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.
Julia Ford took to the Liverpool Everyman to play opposite David Morrissey in Gemma Bodinetz’s post-apocalyptic Macbeth. Ford considers how Lady Macbeth was able to persuade her husband to commit murder, and explains how she, as an actor, interprets Shakespeare’s words – and silences.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Victor Prynne is a thoroughly decent man and Anthony Calf presents his case and discusses the character's role in Private Lives.
Damian Humbley plays Charley Kringas, the let-down best friend and creative collaborator of Frank Shepard and Sondheim gives his character one of the best and most difficult songs in Merrily We Roll Along. Damian chats about creating Charley’s look and how he prepares for his performance on stage.
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.
David Suchet is one of the UK’s most acclaimed actors on stage and screen. He is a brilliant character actor who transforms himself from person to person. He has played many of the greatest characters ever written and here he discusses the mammoth task of bringing James Tyrone to life in rehearsal and through performance.
Dominic Rowan played Torvald Helmer in Carrie Cracknell’s acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll’s House.
Rowan reveals how extensive research and improvisation methods played a pivotal role in the development of his character, and provides an in-depth analysis of the relationship between Nora and Torvald.
Dudley Sutton chats about playing the young and old Billy in Billy the Kid and how his own life experience helped bring the character to life on stage.
Bennett and Cox consider the difficulties of two actors sharing one role, explaining their approach to creating the character and revealing the processes they went through in order to get in sync.
Eugene O’Hare played aspiring screenwriter Austin in Phillip Breen’s revival production of Sam Shepard's True West.
O’Hare explores the complicated relationship between brothers Austin and Lee, explains how silences are an integral part of dialogue, and how the play’s themes, set and audience impact and inspire his performance.