An Interview with... David Crystal

In this interview, David Crystal, Honorary Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University, explores the origins and development of the English language from old English to the present day.
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with... Imtiaz Dharker

In this interview, Imtiaz Dharker provides an invaluable perspective on life as a poet. From the creation of images to the influence of other writers, Dharker explores the meaning of poetry and the inspiration for her writing.
Interview
(2016)

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

Theatre of the Oppressed

This remarkable archival footage of early games and workshops run by Augusto Boal around the world shows the transformative, liberating nature of his work. Exploring three of his main methods – Invisible Theatre, Forum Theatre and Legislative Theatre – this documentary by Jeanne Dosse explains how each of these methods work in practice.
Augusto Boal
Instituto Augusto Boal
(1971)
Documentary

Thomas Richards on Working with Jerzy Grotowski

In this personal account of his life and work, Thomas Richards talks about art, identity, his time as a student at Yale University, his apprenticeship with Jerzy Grotowski, and his eventual inheritance of the Workcenter in Pontedera, Italy.
Interview
(2016)

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 Kirsty Oswald

Kirsty Oswald discusses playing the youngest Price child, Rosie, in Frantic Assembly’s Things I Know To Be True. Kirsty talks about the family that developed through rehearsing the play, the physical and emotional exhaustion that the production provokes, and describes the movement of the piece as loving familial support made manifest.
An Interview with Kirsty Oswald
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 Richard Mylan

Richard talks about playing ‘Mummy’s boy’ Ben Price in Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True. He discusses how an actor’s ‘track’ is as much physical as mental, why hitting peak energy can be easier in the throws of performance than rehearsal, and his conviction that experiencing the Frantic Assembly method would better any performer.
An Interview with Richard Mylan
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 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: 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

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)

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