An Introduction to Physical Theatre with Scott Graham

Scott Graham, Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly, talks us through how crucial the concept of the ‘warm-up’ is to his company’s process. He explains why a tangible sense of self-improvement breeds a positive rehearsal space, and the need to create a warm-up that is engaging, inclusive and shows that it can be fun to get sweaty.
Interview
(2016)

Arthur Miller

In an exclusive interview with the great American writer, BBC Omnibus talks to playwright Arthur Miller at his Connecticut home about the political and poetic nature of his plays, about being a writer in the US today, and about his marriage to Marilyn Monroe. Fimed in 1987.

BBC Studios
(1987)
Documentary

Backstage: The Comedy of Errors

In this unique insight into the secret world of backstage, Digital Theatre go behind the scenes at the Clapham Community Project during the RSC and Told by an Idiot’s young people’s production of The Comedy of Errors.
Interview
(2012)

Christopher Hampson

Luke Rittner in conversation with Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet.
Christopher Hampson
HiBROW
Interview

Complicité’s ‘A Disappearing Number’: Annabel Arden and Catherine Alexander in Conversation

Complicité Co-Founder Annabel Arden talks to Associate Director Catherine Alexander about the history of the company and its classic production of A Disappearing Number.
Interview
(2017)

Contemporary Performance Practice... Blast Theory: Matt Adams interviewed by Andy Lavender

Matt Adams is a co-founder of Blast Theory with Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj. This interview by Professor Andy Lavender, author of Performance in the Twenty-First Century, is a fascinating discussion of the company’s inception; its unique experiments with interactive media, theatre and location-based games; and its working processes and creative practices.
Interview
(2016)

Contemporary Performance Practice... Forced Entertainment: Tim Etchells interviewed by Matt Trueman

Tim Etchells, founding collaborator of Forced Entertainment, talks to theatre critic and journalist Matt Trueman about a 30-year process of trying to reinvent the theatrical experience in a way that can get past an audience’s defences, implicate them, involve them and allow them to form their own imaginative connections, beyond the ‘tyrannous architecture of narrative’.
Contemporary Performance Practice: Forced Entertainment - Tim Etchells interviewed by Matt Trueman
Interview
(2016)

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
Interview
(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 Scenography: Pamela Howard interviewed by Rachel Hann

Celebrated director and scenographer Pamela Howard gives a history of scenography in practice, including insights into the early days of the Prague Quadrennial. She explores the political and artistic importance of international collaboration and discusses in detail her seminal book, What is Scenography.
Interview
(2017)

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)

Contemporary Performance Practice... Tara Arts: Jatinder Verma interviewed by Dominic Hingorani

In this fascinating discussion, Artistic Director of Tara Arts Jatinder Verma covers everything from ethnicity and migration to pantomime and verbatim theatre. Verma considers how classic texts can be reworked for contemporary audiences and concludes by explaining how Black Theatre Live enables and empowers artists to find a space for their work.
Interview
(2017)

CPD Resource: A Midsummer Night's Dream

This interactive workshop, created in association with the Lyric theatre, explores ways to access and engage with Shakespeare in the classroom using a series of practical-based exercises that focus on overcoming the linguistic and thematic challenges presented in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Workshop
(2018)

Darcey Bussell

Luke Rittner in conversation with Darcey Bussell, CBE, Prima Ballerina.
Darcey Bussell
HiBROW
Interview

Emily Blacksell: Producer and Script Editor

Emily Blacksell is both the Producer and Script Editor of WillShake's Henry V.

Emily explains how distilling Shakespeare's original text in an accessible way can unlock a lively and exciting world for young audiences, enabling them to develop their own passion for Shakespeare's work.

Producer and Script Editor Emily Blacksell
Interview
(2015)

Eric Bentley at 100: on Brecht, theatre, politics and writing

This extensive and exclusive interview with Eric Bentley, conducted by Professor Anna Furse in 2015, is a unique insight into the life and work of one of Bertolt Brecht’s closest collaborators, shedding significant light on the enduring power of the work, the ideas and the politics of a remarkable moment in history.
Bentley & Brecht
Interview
(2015)

First Steps with the Audition Doctor

In this powerful and transformative session, acting coach and founder of the Audition Doctor, Tilly Blackwood, helps two aspiring actors bring their chosen speeches from Nick Payne’s Constellations and William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure to life.
Workshop
(2017)

Hamlet

Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.

When Old Hamlet, King of Denmark, suffers an untimely death and is succeeded by his brother - who in turn marries his widow - his son, the Prince Hamlet, is already highly distressed. When the ghost of the father appears, then, to reveal to Hamlet that he was murdered by his own usurping brother, the prince vows vengence.

Production
(1980)

How to Read, Watch and Write About Plays: The Tempest

Writer Daniel Rosenthal discusses the various ways to analyse and engage with Shakespeare’s The Tempest in three different stages: reading, watching and writing about the play.
Interview
(2017)

I Will Refuse to Bubble: History and Theater as Defiance

I Will Refuse to Bubble - History and Theater as Defiance is a documentary film by Ron Kopp highlighting the importance of theatre in understanding the world's most incomprehensible events. Its title comes from a quote from Survivor and Director of the Holocaust Resource Center, Temple Judea of Manhasset, Irving Roth.

Greg Mullavey as 'Milton' and Andi Potemkin as 'Annie' face each other, smiling, with Andi's hand on Greg's on her cheek
National Jewish Theater
(2012)
Interview

In the Rehearsal Room: LIFT

This short film explores the development of Craig Adams and Ian Watson's new musical LIFT, as it happened.

From the first morning meet and greet to devising movement sequences, join the cast and creative team in the rehearsal room.

Created by Perfect Pitch. Filmed and edited by Wayne Eagles.

Interview
(2015)

Interviews with Augusto Boal: From 1971 to 2009

This exclusive collection of interview footage charts Augusto Boal’s entire career and influence around the world, giving unique insights into the development of his thought and work. Compiling extracts from interviews he gave in France, the Netherlands, the US, Spain and his native Brazil, this montage by Jeanne Dosse is a superb introduction to his politics and aesthetics.
Augusto Boal
Instituto Augusto Boal
(1971)
Interview

Joe Talbot: Director and Producer

Joe Talbot is the Co-Founder of Short Form Film Company and the Director and Producer of WillShake's Henry V.

Joe explains how his own difficulties with Shakespeare growing up prompted him to create WillShake: a vivid, exciting opportunity to break down the barriers that stop young audiences from engaging with the work of our greatest playwright.

WillShake Director and Producer Joe Talbot
Interview
(2015)