Contemporary Performance Practice... On Actor Training: An interview with Alison Hodge

Alison Hodge is a director, actor-trainer, author and lecturer, and the Artistic Director of ’The Quick and the Dead’, an international performance ensemble. In this wide-ranging interview she describes the fundamental principles of her work in actor training, and the myriad benefits that work on the breath or the spine can bring to the performer.
Alison Hodge on Actor Training
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(2016)

Contemporary Performance Practice... On Directing: An Interview with Paul Allain

Paul Allain is Professor of Theatre and Performing Arts at the University of Kent, as well as a movement director and actor trainer. Paul talks about the benefits of multidisciplinarity and the increased need for a global generation of directors to be flexible, adaptable and collaborative. He discusses training directors, working with actors, the advantages of maturity and how all theory is necessarily born out of practice.
Contemporary Performance Practice: Paul Allain on Directing
Interview
(2016)

Contemporary Performance Practice... On Jerzy Grotowski: An Interview with Paul Allain

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.
Contemporary Performance Practice: Paul Allain on Jerzy Grotowski
Interview
(2016)

Contemporary Performance Practice... On the Role of the Audience: An Interview with Tim Crouch

Tim Crouch is a theatre artist: an experimental theatre-maker who acts, writes and directs plays. In this fascinating interview, he talks about early influences (his teacher Edward Braun, as well as Beckett, Brecht and Churchill), about story-telling, transformation, and the importance of the audience’s process in the theatre.
Tim Crouch on the Role of the Audience
Interview
(2016)

Contemporary Performance Practice... Shakespeare for Inclusive Audiences: Kelly Hunter interviewed by Michael Dobson

Kelly Hunter was for many years a renowned actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company and is now Artistic Director of Flute Theatre. Hunter, author of Shakespeare’s Heartbeat and Cracking Shakespeare talks here with Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute, about her work developing games for children on the autism spectrum using Shakespeare’s texts.
Shakespeare for Inclusive Audiences - Kelly Hunter interviewed by Michael Dobson
Interview
(2016)

Talking About Plays... A Day in the Death of Joe Egg: An Interview with Phillip Breen

Phillip Breen, theatre director, describes how the life of the play, which was originally expected to run for a fortnight, was unexpectedly extended, details the challenges of staging such sensitive subject matter in his 2011 production, and relives the playwright's response to seeing his life laid bare on stage.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
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Talking About Plays... A Servant of Two Masters: An Interview with Tim Supple

Tim Supple, theatre director, explores Carlo Goldoni's 1746 comedy A Servant of Two Masters.

Tim discusses the play's renowned character types, the work's modern-day equivalents - the most explicit of which is Richard Bean's celebrated adaptation One Man Two Guvnors - and how Goldoni mastered an art form so successful with a bourgeois theatrical audience.

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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... Adaptation: An Interview with Mike Poulton

Explaining the process from commission through to opening night, Mike Poulton, award-winning playwright and translator, shares his daily working practice, his experiences revisiting the same text for different productions, and how luck has been on his side throughout his career.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
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Talking About Plays... Earthquakes in London: An Interview with Sarah Esdaile

Sarah Esdaile, theatre director, discusses Mike Bartlett's 2010 environmental drama Earthquakes in London.
 
Esdaile considers the challenges of staging a play whose scenes tumble into one another, why one might look to Chekhov's Three Sisters, Shakespeare's King Lear, and Marber's Closer in the rehearsal room, and how Bartlett's work speaks to young audiences.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
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Talking About Plays... Girls: An Interview with Michael Buffong

Michael tells of Talawa's role in helping emerging playwright Ikoko develop the work, how a perfect cast is like an orchestra, and why the play's resonance won Ikoko both the Alfred Fagon (2015) award and George Devine (2016) awards. Most recently, Ikoko swooped the Channel 4 Playwrights' award for Girls itself, earning her a year-long placement with theatre company, HighTide.
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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... Jerusalem: An Interview with Ian Rickson

Ian Rickson, former Artistic Director of the Royal Court, tells of his collaborative relationship with Butterworth, being thankful to lead actor Mark Rylance, and how recces to the shires helped to inform the atmosphere of the play. He explains the challenges of translating such a richly spiritual text into physical performance and the essentiality of trust amongst a theatre company, particularly when staging new writing.
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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... Live Like Pigs: An Interview with Robert Leach

Robert Leach, director, investigates how Arden was influenced by an alternative tradition of writers including Ben Jonson and John Skelton and why the context of the Royal Court's 'kitchen sink' dramas caused the play to be misinterpreted.
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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... London Road: An Interview with Alecky Blythe

Alecky Blythe, a playwright specialising in verbatim theatre, discusses how she had to be persuaded to look into the story to begin with, and explains the intricacies of honouring the narrative necessities of both truth and storytelling in creating verbatim theatre.
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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... Metamorphosis: An Interview with George Dillon

George shares why he credits Berkoff with inventing physical theatre, the distance between the suspension of disbelief and belief itself, and the physics of playing a beetle.
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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... My Mother Said I Never Should: An Interview with Michael Attenborough

Michael Attenborough, theatre director, discusses staging his production at the Royal Court in 1989, where the truth might be found amongst deception spanning decades, and the significance of time in the text.
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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... One Man, Two Guv'nors: An Interview with Richard Bean

Richard Bean, playwright, shares how his stand-up comedy origins sharpened his ability to write concise comedy, explains why he feels the presence of the audience while writing, and tells of his desire to see the working man on stage.
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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... Red Velvet: An Interview with Lolita Chakrabarti and Indhu Rubasingham

Lolita Chakrabarti, playwright of Red Velvet, and Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, talk about how their long-term collaborative relationship enabled the story to finally make it to the stage.
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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... Shakespeare and Orientalism: An Interview with Abdulla Al-Dabbagh

Exploring the politics and portrayal of the Other, Abdulla Al-Dabbagh, a professor of English Literature, analyses texts throughout Shakespeare's canon, including Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet and King Lear.
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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... Sweeney Todd: An Interview with Michael Fentiman

Michael Fentiman, theatre director, explores the unlikely but pivotal partnership between Todd and local piemaker Mrs Lovett, reasons why such a melodramatic series of events could actually happen, and analyses the story's self-perpetuating momentum.
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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... The Accrington Pals: An Interview with Rebecca Gatward

Director Rebecca Gatward shares her experience of having twice-directed Peter Whelan's 1981 play. She explores the characters' origins in Whelan's own family history, the beauty of prose akin to working class poetry, and how the text lends itself so well to today's political landscape.
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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... The Entertainer: An Interview with Sean Holmes

Sean Holmes, Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith, explores the play's modern parallels and discusses why Osborne's bold, frank and 'kitchen sink realism' approach to playwriting has seen The Entertainer endure across the decades.
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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... The Government Inspector: An Interview with Roxana Silbert

Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre, discusses Gogol's personal eccentricities, Tsar Nicholas I's surprising support for the work, and the difficulties present in translating a text across both time and language.
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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... The House of Bernarda Alba: An Interview with Bijan Sheibani

Bijan Sheibani, theatre director, uncovers Lorca's passionate interest in natural forces, interrogates the role of off-stage love interest Pepe Romano, and explains why, for a play about women, the piece is surprisingly biographical.
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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... The Works of Noël Coward: An Interview with Alan Brodie and Geoffrey Johnson

Alan Brodie, agent for the Noël Coward Estate, and Geoffrey Johnson, a personal friend of Coward's, discuss the life and work of one of Britain's most renowned entertainers.
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(2016)
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Talking About Plays... Thérèse Raquin: An Interview with Dan Rebellato

Dan Rebellato, playwright and academic, discusses the narrative changes required for the story's consumption by a theatre audience, Zola's controversial position as a member of the emergent class of intellectual critics, and what the play's key moments tell us about 19th-century French society.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
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