From the category archives:

1970s Drama

11 post(s)

Giving Voice to the Nation: the archives of the Arts Council of Great Britain now open

INTERVIEW: JOHN BULL, GRAHAM SAUNDERS and KATE DORNEY Three leading lights of Giving Voice to the Nation, a five-year research project into the archives of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1945 to 1995 (University of Reading and V&A Museum) inform Aleks Sierz of what they found when they delved into the records of the state funder of theatre and performance.

Unfinished Histories: Susan Croft introduces Re-Staging Revolutions

INTERVIEW: SUSAN CROFT The writer and historian talks to Aleks Sierz about Re-Staging Revolutions, an exhibition — with talks and other events — about alternative theatre in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Camden, which is now at Ovalhouse in south London and moves north of the river in the new year. She also updates him about Unfinished Histories.

Angus Jackson directs Edward Bond’s flinty study of the bard

INTERVIEW: ANGUS JACKSON The director talks to Aleks Sierz about his sellout revival of Edward Bond’s Bingo: Scenes of Money and Death (1973), which is currently at the Young Vic in a co-production with the Chichester Festival. The play, which stars Patrick Stewart, looks at Shakespeare’s last weeks of life.

Royal Court roundtable tribute to Ken Campbell

KEN CAMPBELL: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION Royal Court roundtable in honour of Ken Campbell (1941-2008): his daughter Daisy Campbell joins the ventriloquist-comedian Nina Conti, the actor Jim Broadbent, the actor-comedian John Sessions and the director Sir Richard Eyre to share their memories of the man with Ken’s biographer, the critic Michael Coveney.

Roundtable discussion of Gotcha by Barrie Keeffe

FOCUS ON GOTCHA Post-show discussion about enduring lessons to be learned from Barrie Keeffe’s school rebellion drama of 1976, Gotcha, in which an aggrieved comprehensive school pupil holds three teachers hostage. Participants: the writer Barrie Keeffe; the veteran actor Phil Davis; the newcomer Jake Roche, who plays the central role of Kid; the director Poppy Burton-Morgan; and the critic Dominic Cavendish. Excerpt. Recorded at the Riverside Studios. Sound level variable.

Director Polly Findlay explores Caryl Churchill

INTERVIEW: POLLY FINDLAY The director talks to Carole Woddis about her current revival of Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Arcola), her 1976 play about the radical ideas that surfaced during the English Revolution of the 1640s, as well as about the James Menzies-Kitchin Young Director Award, which she won in 2007. Recorded at the Young Vic.

Trevor Griffiths on Comedians

3 October 2009

in 1970s Drama, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: TREVOR GRIFFITHS (2/2) The political playwright tells Aleks Sierz about the revival of his 1975 play, Comedians (currently at the Lyric, Hammersmith), which is about an evening class of working lads who are learning to be comics. Recorded at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Tom Morris and Felix Barrett talk Stoppard

INTERVIEW: TOM MORRIS AND FELIX BARRETT The associate director of the National Theatre and the Punchdrunk director chat during rehearsals for Tom Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour about their co-directed National Theatre revival – and how they met. Dominic Cavendish quizzes. Excerpt.

Interview: Peter Gill (1/2)

INTERVIEW: PETER GILL (1/2) The veteran director and playwright speaks to Aleks Sierz about his own production of his 1976 play, Small Change (currently revived at the Donmar), and about his early career at the Royal Court in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Buddy Dalton: New End theatre

INTERVIEW: BUDDY DALTON The alternative theatre impresario, who set up the New End fringe theatre in an abandoned morgue in 1974, talks to her grand-daughter Polly Pearson about the shows, finances and audiences of the 1970s.

Review of Betrayal

BETRAYAL Peter Hall revisits Pinter’s play of adultery and deception, causing extreme division between David Benedict, Patrick Marmion and Mark Shenton.