Artistic Director, Scott Graham, describes the typical elements and intentions that make up a Frantic Assembly warm-up, considering why movement is invaluable in playing subtext and drawing an audience into a piece.
Filmed in 1987, this exclusive interview sees BBC Omnibus talk to the great American playwright at his Connecticut home about the political and poetic nature of his plays, about being a writer in the US during the late twentieth century, and about his marriage to Marilyn Monroe.
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.
Acclaimed theatre maker and performance artist Bobby Baker gives fascinating insight into the origins of her humane, humorous and gently radical work. Baker discusses her work and career in detail, explaining why the mundanity of daily life has such a significant part to play.
Charlotte Vincent is widely considered to be one of the most important female artists in the UK today. In this stimulating exchange with Professor Anna Furse, she reflects upon the experience of founding her own company, Vincent Dance Theatre, and considers how collaborating with others can reveal crucial issues in today’s society.
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’.
Guggenheim-winning artist and theatre-maker Lois Weaver gives intimate insight into her life and work as a performance artist, exploring themes of class, gender politics and sexuality. Weaver discusses her process, explaining why the layering of aesthetics and narratives is so integral to her work.
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.
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