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)

Practitioners on Practice: Katrina Lindsay and Costume Design

Having trained at Central Saint Martin's, Katrina has created work for some of the most successful theatrical productions of the last decade, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Wonder.land, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
Interview
(2016)

Practitioners on Practice: Mic Pool on Sound and Video Design

Having trained at Mountview and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Mic specialised in sound and has been creating theatrical sonic spaces for over 30 years. His sound design for The 39 Steps won the discipline's first ever Tony Award in 2009. 

Mic walks us through his first steps in the industry, explains how a designer develops an aural palette during rehearsals, and opines sound as the primary design discipline within theatre.

Interview
(2016)

On Costume Cutting: Michal Shyne

Having worked in Theatre Clwyd's costume department for 25 years, Michal understands the importance of developing a cross-departmental raport and 'evolving' with a building and its inhabitants. 

Here, she discusses what initially drew her into the world of theatre costume and how a cutter negotiates between period, design, fabric, performance requirements and actors' tastes.

Interview
(2016)

On Design: Colin Richmond

Designer Colin Richmond discusses his work on set and costumes for Nikolai Foster's 2013 production of Jonathan Harvey's seminal play Beautiful Thing.

Working with a different director on each job and creatively resolving how to use a small space are just some of the challenges Colin describes as key to the multifaceted and hugely varied life of a theatre designer.

Set and Costume Designer Colin Richmond discusses his work on Beautiful Thing
Interview
(2014)

On Design: Francis O'Connor

Francis O’Connor was set and costume designer for Gemma Bodinetz’s futuristic reimagining of Macbeth. Giving in-depth insights into his creative process, O’Connor reflects on the importance of imagery, and considers the role of collaboration with the director, as well as the acting company.
Francis O'Connor On Design, Macbeth
Interview
(2012)

On Design: Ian MacNeil

Designer Ian MacNeil discusses his role on Carrie Cracknell’s critically-acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll’s House. MacNeil focuses on the practical craft of theatre design, and considers his contribution to dictating the rhythm of the story performed on stage.
Ian MacNeil, Set design A Doll's House, Ibsen
Interview
(2012)

On Design: Merle Hensel

Merle Hensel chats about the collaborative nature of the creative design process and how she developed her ideas that shaped the visual landscape for Lovesong.

Merle Hensel On Design, Lovesong by Abi Morgan
Interview
(2012)

On Design: Michael Vale

Designer Michael Vale illuminates the theatre design process and discusses the creative challenges he faced working on The Comedy of Errors with the RSC.
Interview
(2012)

On Design: Tom Piper

Tom Piper, Associate Designer of the RSC, talks to us about his role in creating a production. He speaks in depth about the research that goes into creating a world on stage and the training, skills and experience required to design a stage production. We learn of the importance of the design role to the storytelling process and his intention to allow the tale to unfold over time.

Tom Piper On Design, As You Like It, by William Shakespeare
Interview
(2012)

On Design: Tom Scutt

Tom Scutt takes us through the creative challenges of designing a play as epic as King Lear in the intimate space of the Almeida Theatre. 

Interview
(2013)

On Directing: Carrie Cracknell

Carrie Cracknell discusses her role as Director in the critically-acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. In this interview, Cracknell provides an invaluable insight into the processes of rehearsing a play, and considers how extensive research allowed her to gain further context and inspiration for the production.
Interview
(2013)

On Directing: Gemma Bodinetz

Artistic Director of the Liverpool Everyman, Gemma Bodinetz, directed David Morrissey and Julia Ford in a futuristic reimagining of Macbeth. Bodinetz explores the multi-dimensional nature of the central couple, and reflects on the inherent challenges – as well as the inevitable joys – of producing Shakespeare.
Interview
(2012)

On Directing: Kate Saxon

Far from the Madding Crowd director, Kate Saxon, discusses her work in rehearsal and the creative challenges involved in bringing Thomas Hardy’s classic novel to the stage.

Kate Saxon On Directing, Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Interview
(2012)

On Directing: Michael Attenborough

The artistic director speaks to us about his approach to King Lear, his vision to strip down the play, focussing closely on Shakespeare's text and the innermost wants and desires of the characters caught up in this domestic and political struggle for power. 

Interview
(2013)

On Directing: Michael Boyd

Sir Michael Boyd was at the helm of the RSC for 10 years and as Artistic DIrector established an ensemble of actors that made work with him over that time. One of his final productions was As You Like It. He discusses its fascination.

Michael Boyd sits in a brown armchair in library
Interview
(2014)

On Directing: Paul Hunter

Paul Hunter is the artistic director of the acclaimed theatre company Told By An Idiot. He chats about the collaboration with the RSC and his work on The Comedy of Errors.

Paul Hunter On Directing, The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Interview
(2012)

On Directing: Ramin Gray

Actors Touring Company Artistic Director Ramin Gray discusses his experience directing Mark Ravenhill's visceral play Over There.
 
From his Brechtian background to discovering new playwrights and the thrill of making a mess on stage, Ramin illuminates the complexities and quirks of life as a theatre director and his focus on new writing.
Director Ramin Gray discusses Over There
Interview
(2014)

On Directing: Tony Graham

Director and writer Tony Graham talks about making his production of Billy the Kid for the Unicorn Theatre and adapting the original novel by Michael Morpurgo.

Full head shot of Tony Graham on the Billy the Kid set - brick wall behind him
Interview
(2012)

On Theatre Design: Max Jones

Max Jones was the set and costume designer on Phillip Breen's revival production of Sam Shepard's True West. Jones shares his experience of having a multifaceted creative role and details how the American road movie genre inspired him to produce a filmic aesthetic within a theatre space.
Interview
(2016)

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

The Salon: Director & Designer

The Salon Project : a new music theatre event inspired by the rituals of the 19th century salon.
The Salon: Director & Designer
HiBROW
Interview