A Frantic Assembly Warm Up

Jonnie Riordan, Associate Director of Frantic Assembly's Things I Know To Be True, takes you through six warm-up exercises and provides detailed aims and instructions for use in the classroom. The exercises vary from a fun 'keepie uppie' introduction, through to more demanding cardio and circuit training sessions, all of which are geared towards developing teamwork, stamina, physical confidence and focus.
Frantic Assembly Warm Up
Workshop
(2016)

An Interview with Ewan Stewart & Imogen Stubbs

The actors who bring to life Mrs and Mr Price in Things I Know To Be True discuss the complexities of portraying the laughter and fault lines, mapped out over the course of a 30 year marriage, in a single production. They discuss the similarities between themselves and their characters, the unique experience of crafting a show with Frantic Assembly and the particularities of the on and off stage family that developed through that process.
An Interview with Ewan Stewart & Imogen Stubbs
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with Matthew Barker

Matthew Barker plays Mark and Mia in Frantic Assembly’s production of Andrew Bovell’s Thing I Know To Be True. Matthew discusses the extensive research into, sincere approach towards and delicate examination of gender dysphoria that characterised the play’s and the company’s storytelling, from first read-through, to audience response.
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with Natalie Casey

Natalie Casey discusses playing the eldest female Price sibling, Pip, in Frantic Assembly’s acclaimed production of Things I Know To Be True. She discusses the collaborative development of character, the gravitas of the subject matter, and the metaphors of familial trust being played out through the physicality of the piece.
An Interview with Natalie Casey
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with Scott Graham

Scott Graham, Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly, explores the honest and collaborative process of developing the physical and textual language of Things I Know To Be True, alongside co-director Geordie Brookman, writer Andrew Bovell and a cast that grew into their characters as rehearsals progressed.
Interview
(2016)

Theatre Lives: Adrian Lester

Adrian Lester talks to Digital Theatre+'s Creative Producer about the roles and industry realities he has encountered in his career, from speaking without words to walking in women's shoes. Adrain explains how drama school teaches aspiring actors about graft, how mastering Taekwondo helped focus him as a performer, how roots aren't necessarily geographical, and how he will always, ultimately, return to the stage.
Theatre Lives
(2016)
Interview

Theatre Lives: Imelda Staunton

“The writer is the thing. Sometimes I feel that I haven’t really earned the accolades – I didn’t write it, I’m only saying it out loud really. But when those big parts come along you do have a huge responsibility, and I will rise to that because I am my worst critic... So it's exhausting doing theatre, but wonderful.”
Imelda Staunton
Theatre Lives
(2016)
Interview

Theatre Lives: Julie Walters

"We're attracted to the weaker and darker sides of ourselves, because that's what we are trying to solve all the time, I think - our vulnerabilities and our fears. That's why it's great to play them, to share them. You're sharing your own puzzles and people are watching because they want to solve the conundrum."
Julie Walters in conversation with Fiona Lindsay
Theatre Lives
(2016)
Interview

Theatre Lives: Juliet Stevenson

"I think everything I have experienced in my life is both things. When you give birth to your first child, it's the most extraordinary event you will ever have encountered; but of course giving birth is the most ordinary thing. The same is true of death, presumably. All the great events in our lives are both ordinary and extraordinary."
Theatre Lives
(2016)
Interview

Theatre Lives: Michael Grandage

Michael Grandage explains, to Digital Theatre+’s Fiona Lindsay, why he dislikes the term ‘revival’, how an old play must become new for a company to ‘crack’ it, and talks of bringing current work into perspective through the past.
Theatre Lives
(2016)
Interview

Contemporary Performance Practice | Alison Hodge on Actor Training

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 | 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 | 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 | Tim Crouch on the Role of the Audience

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 Ted 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: 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: Paul Allain on Directing

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: Paul Allain on Jerzy Grotowski

Paul Allain discusses in detail the various phases of Jerzy Grotowski’s work, from traditional director, through researcher and theorist, and the constant principles underpinning the vicissitudes. He reconnoitres 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)

Talking About Plays: A Day in the Death of Joe Egg 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 with Tim Supple

Tim Supple, theatre director, explores Carlo Goldini's 1746 comedy 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 Goldini mastered an art form so successful with a bourgeois theatrical audience.

Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays: Adaptation 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 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 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 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 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 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