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.
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.
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.
Luke Rittner in conversation with Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Luke Rittner in conversation with Darcey Bussell, CBE, Prima Ballerina.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Jewish Theater
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.
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.
Instituto Augusto Boal
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.