James Graham explores how his own life has inspired and influenced his writing and explains how he uses curious events from history to shed new light on the world in which we live today.
In intimate detail, Michael Frayn describes how his research process unfolds when writing a new piece work, with particular reference to his historical plays Copenhagen, Democracy and Afterlife.
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.
Through the prism of four key plays - Dealer’s Choice, Closer, Howard Katz and The Red Lion - Patrick Marber gives intimate insight into his life and career, from his early days experimenting with comedy at Oxford to becoming an Olivier Award-winning playwright.
Willy Russell shares what he has learnt about what it takes to write a play with fascinating insight into his own life and career. He explores several of his key works in vivid detail, including Educating Rita, and gives a reading from Shirley Valentine.
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.
Having been named one of the most influential people in British theatre, Vicky Featherstone discusses her path to success, from her role as Artistic Director of touring company Paines Plough to leading the National Theatre of Scotland and her current position with the Royal Court Theatre in London.
Playwright and novelist Barney Norris, whose recent work includes Nightfall at Nicholas Hytner’s Bridge Theatre, gives an honest depiction of his experience as a young writer, from studying English Literature at university to working with British theatre company Out of Joint.
John Godber, one of the most performed playwrights in the UK, delves into his process for creating work that focuses on the plight of individuals who suffer judgement and misfortune as a result of class prejudice.
Writer, actor and director Patrick Barlow provides a unique insight into his theatre-making process, from the creation of his comedic double-act The National Theatre of Brent to the physical and fast-paced adaptation of the Alfred Hitchcock film and John Buchan novel The 39 Steps.
Writer Andrew Davies, best-known for adapting some of literature’s greatest novels for television, such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, discusses the cinematic potential of language and the process of bringing words to life on screen.
British writer Lee Hall discusses the processes for creating some of his most popular works, such as the ground-breaking radio drama Spoonface Steinberg, the play of The Pitmen Painters based on the Ashington Group, and the film and musical adaptation of Billy Elliot.
Imogen Knight, West End choreographer and movement director, is known particularly for her work with celebrated directors and companies, including Yaël Farber, the National Theatre, and Frantic Assembly.
Having studied English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University, Ben has written extensively on Shakespearean language and recently staged the first reading of Macbeth in original pronunciation for four centuries, with his Shakespeare Ensemble.
Declan Donnellan is a co-founder and joint Artistic Director of british theatre company Cheek by Jowl, whose award-winning theatrical technique reimagines classic works to put actors firmly at the centre.
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.
Founded in 2001, Gecko is an artist-lead organisation, producing work which, whilst epic, speaks to audiences' personal experiences. Gecko strives to ensure that its collaborative process empowers cast, creative and technical team members alike, in contributing to a work's development.
Jenny Sealey has lead Graeae Theatre Company for 19 years as its Artistic Director. Renowned for pioneering work with emerging and established deaf and disabled theatre makers, Graeae has been instrumental in improving accessibility across the industry.
As a composer, librettist, lyricist and musical director, Orlando has collaborted with leading industry figures Siobhan Davies, Polly Findlay, and Rufus Norris. He is renowned for co-founding minimalist ensemble The Lost Jockey and for his Artistic Directorship of award-winning choir, The Shout.
Tarek Merchant discusses the technicalities of Musical Direction and explains how his role is a constant conversation with the composer, director, sound designer, musicians and cast. He expounds on the necessity to form a robust and shared musical vocabulary with the wider creative team, and explores the symbiotic relationship between the architecture of a production’s design and that of its music.
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.
Bob Crowley, scenic and costume designer and theatre director, has worked in the industry for 40 years and is particularly renowned for his extensive work with the RSC and the National 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.
Lesley Williams, Head of Finance at The Lyric Hammersmith, talks about marrying her love of numbers with a passion for theatre in a behind the scenes roll that keeps the business of performance running smoothly, and her constantly on her toes.