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.
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.
Eliose Thyne, Production Assistant at The Lyric Theatre in West London, discusses making the youth theatre leap from on to off offstage work. She explains the various career avenues available in the world of production and the challenges of being the sole administrative body in a practical team.
Nicholai La Barrie is the Director of Young People and Emerging Artists at the biggest arts centre in west London. Nicholai discusses the different strands of work he runs with young people, from school programs to working with young offenders, to developing the Lyric’s brand new young acting company, and explains how everything he does as an arts manager is to facilitate being in a room with young creatives, ready to make theatre.
Sherice Pitter, Development Officer at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, talks about how being involved in and supported by the theatre’s youth initiatives has inspired her to pursue a career in arts development, particularly focusing on projects that directly engage the local youth community.
On Producing: David Babani
David Babani is the Artistic Director of London's Menier Chocolate Factory. Here he talks about creatively and administratively running a theatre, the risks and joys of producing shows and how crucial collaboration is to his role.
Producer Debra Hauer discusses some of the complicated choices that staging The Container presented and the decisions she took on behalf of the production.
Producers Joseph Smith and Becky Barber discuss their work on Private Lives and offer a detailed insight into the business side of bringing a show to the stage.
Entrepreneur and theatre producer Kim Poster gives Digital Theatre Plus her insight into how to bring plays to the stage and the practicalities and problems involved in producing a West End show.
Tom O'Connell, one of the West End's youngest producers, discusses how he began to put plays on for audiences and his work behind the 20th anniversary revival of Beautiful Thing.