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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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.
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(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.
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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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Talking About Plays... Woyzeck: An Interview with Daniel Kramer

Daniel Kramer, director and Artistic Director of English National Opera, considers how the unfinished fragments of the text allow for multiple interpretations, explaining the choices made for his own 2004 production. In addition, he analyses how the male gaze informed the lead female's animalistic characterisation, discusses the value of sound in translation, and encourages those studying the text to interrogate their own situations in order to understand the work.
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(2016)
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An Interview with... Dominic Cooke

Director Dominic Cooke has a wealth of experience in staging both classic and contemporary theatre, having worked at the RSC before an eight-year tenure as Artistic Director of new writing playhouse the Royal Court.

Dominic talks of his surprise at being approached by Sam Mendes to bring four Shakespeares to the small screen in The Hollow Crown, why directing Shakespeare is a particular craft, and what a theatre director can bring to film.

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An Interview with... Meera Syal

Meera Syal is one of the UK's best-known performing arts polymaths, having turned her hand to acting, writing, singing and producing across both stage and screen. She is currently playing the role of Nurse in Kenneth Branagh's all-star Romeo and Juliet at The Garrick Theatre.

In this interview, Meera explores the origins of her stage-adapted novel Anita and Me and reflects upon the joy of collaborative work and why it's important for a writer to invest in the small characters.

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(2016)

An Interview with... Tamara Harvey

Theatr Clwyd's Artistic Director, Tamara Harvey has directed award-winning work in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad; she has tackled the classics, new writing, musical theatre and film.


Tamara speaks to us about a director's sense of responsibility, how smaller venues engender a valuable intimacy between audience and performance, and why Theatr Clwyd is a place where the imagination can run riot.

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(2016)

An Interview with... Timberlake Wertenbaker

Playwright and practitioner Timberlake Wertenbaker has penned work for renowned production houses including the Royal Court and the RSC over a career spanning half a century.

Timberlake discusses writing internationally celebrated set text Our Country's Good, explores the craft of translation, and reveals the challenges of adapting Tolstoy's War and Peace.

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(2016)

Practitioners on Practice: Paul Arditti on Sound Design

Sound Designer Paul Arditti talks through his entire practice from inception, through rehearsals to the performance itself. He discusses the differences between designing for musicals and for plays, why the creative and technical facets of his role are really two jobs in one, and how technological advances allow sound designers to artistically react much faster as the production process develops.
Practitioners on Practice:  Paul Arditti on Sound Design
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(2016)