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)

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

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

Talking About Plays: Metamorphosis 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Talking About Plays: The Works of Noël Coward with Alan Brodie and Geoffrey Johnson

Alan Brodie, agent for the Noël Coward Estate, and Geoffrey Johnson, a personal friend of Coward's, discuss the life and work of one of Britain's most renowned entertainers.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays: Thérèse Raquin with Dan Rebellato

Dan Rebellato, playwright and academic, discusses the narrative changes required for the story's consumption by a theatre audience, Zola's controversial position as a member of the emergent class of intellectual critics, and what the play's key moments tell us about 19th-century French society.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays: Woyzeck with Daniel Kramer

Daniel Kramer, director and Artistic Director of English National Opera, considers how the unfinished fragments of the text allow for multiple interpretations, explaining the choices made for his own 2004 production. In addition, he analyses how the male gaze informed the lead female's animalistic characterisation, discusses the value of sound in translation, and encourages those studying the text to interrogate their own situations in order to understand the work.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview