Immersive Worlds: Designing Katie Mitchell's Theatre | Ben Fowler in conversation with Alex Eales

Scholar Ben Fowler and designer Alex Eales discuss Eales’ collaborations with Katie Mitchell, including his work on Cleansed, Happy Days and Night Train. Eales gives insight into the process of working on a production, including the designer’s role in working with a text and the detailed naturalism of his set and lighting design.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Interview

Katie Mitchell and the Politics of Naturalist Theatre | Dan Rebellato and Kim Solga in conversation

Dan Rebellato and Kim Solga explore the ethics and aesthetics within Katie Mitchell’s oeuvre. Solga considers the inherent feminist politics of Mitchell’s work, and Rebellato places it within the historical context of naturalism, leading to a detailed discussion of Sarah Kane’s radical naturalism and Mitchell’s production of Cleansed.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Interview

Stages and Screens: Katie Mitchell’s Theatre Aesthetics | Janis Jefferies in conversation with Leo Warner

Janis Jefferies and designer Leo Warner explore Katie Mitchell’s experiments with ‘live cinema’ and work with non-linear narratives. Warner gives detailed insight into his work with Mitchell on Waves, including how the company moved from rehearsal room to stage and used cameras to bridge the divide between text and dramatic experience.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Interview

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

On Much Ado About Nothing: Carol Chillington Rutter

Shakespeare expert Professor Carol Chillington Rutter deconstructs the layers of plot and meaning in Much Ado About Nothing.

From the influence of Shakespeare's grammar school education to broader themes such as masculinity, Carol sheds light on a play complex with subplots, deception, and misunderstandings.

Professor Carol Chillington Rutter
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Shakespeare: Carol Chillington Rutter

Professor of English and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, Carol sheds light on England's most renowned playwright.

With so little physical evidence to unravel Shakespeare's life, Carol argues that his Latin grammar school education lies at the heart of his work.

Professor Carol Chillington Rutter
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Themes in Romeo and Juliet: Carol Chillington Rutter

Professor Carol Chillington Rutter interrogates Shakespeare's renowned tragedy, focusing on the themes of the play. Sex, language, time and humour are all explored in this in-depth interview that identifies key access points to this classic text.
Professor Carol Chillington Rutter
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

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)
Interview

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.

Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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)
Interview

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)
Interview

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.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview