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Queen Lear: Ursula Mohan discusses a new production with a woman in the title role

SHAKESPEARE: LEAR Ursula Mohan tells Sophie Reynolds about the challenges and rewards of playing Shakespeare’s troubled sovereign. Mohan is currently playing Lear in the Union Theatre production of the play, directed by Phil Willmott.

Mark Leipacher and David Byrne lay bare the Faction at the New Diorama

INTERVIEW: MARK LEIPACHER AND DAVID BYRNE With the Faction’s third rep season at the New Diorama now underway, Matt Trueman talks to artistic director Mark Leipacher and the New Diorama’s chief David Byrne about their rep model and hitting the company’s fifth birthday.

Writer and director Phil Willmott follows Peter Pan with his musical sequel Lost Boy

INTERVIEW: PHIL WILLMOTT The writer and director of a new musical, Lost Boy (Finborough), a dark sequel to Peter Pan, talks to Judi Herman about revisiting the characters of Barrie’s Edwardian classic in the trenches of the First World War. This is the first theatrical response to the Great War in its centenary year and is destined for London and Liverpool.

Director Alex Thorpe discusses Michael Hastings’ play Lee Harvey Oswald

INTERVIEW: ALEX THORPE The director talks to Judi Herman about his revival of the late Michael Hastings’ play, Lee Harvey Oswald, currently at the Finborough Theatre on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. Told through the eyes of Oswald’s wife and mother, coupled with extracts from the Warren Commission’s report, and based on Oswald’s own diary notes and interviews, this rediscovery is the first London production in more than 40 years.

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.

Patrick Marmion talks about his Terms and Conditions

5 November 2013

in London Fringe, New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: PATRICK MARMION The journalist, critic and lecturer talks to David Cottis, literary associate at the White Bear fringe theatre in Kennington, about his new play there, Terms and Conditions, billed as “an unnerving comedy about the stuff you don’t want to know, but you ultimately have to accept”.

Playwright Sarah Rutherford on her play Adult Supervision

22 October 2013

in London Fringe, New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: SARAH RUTHERFORD The playwright talks to Heather Neill about her new drama, Adult Supervision, a story about race which is currently playing at the Park Theatre in London’s Finsbury Park in Jez Bond’s production.

Playwright Wajahat Ali gives voice to American Muslims in The Domestic Crusaders

ASIAN VOICES: WAJAHAT ALI The writer, attorney, commentator and co-host of Al Jazeera America’s The Stream — a daily social media news show — talks to Suman Bhuchar about his play, The Domestic Crusaders, which is currently being staged by Tara Arts, directed by artistic director Jatinder Verma.

OperaUpClose perform a radical new version of Puccini’s Tosca

INTERVIEW: ADAM SPREADBURY-MAHER and DEMELZA STAFFORD The co-founder of OperaUpClose, and director and librettist of the company’s production of Puccini’s Tosca, and one of the two sopranos sharing the title role talk to Judi Herman about setting the opera in East Berlin in 1989, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. They also discuss OperaUpClose’s intimate production style, how it works especially well for Puccini and about why they chose this setting.

Shakespeare’s First Acts: Julius Caesar

SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST ACTS: JULIUS CAESAR Daniel Winder, Director of Iris Theatre, tells Sophie Reynolds about the first act of Shakespeare’s political tragedy, with reference to Iris Theatre’s current promenade production of the play at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. This interview is part of theatreVOICE’s series for 2012-2014, looking at the beginning of each of Shakespeare’s plays.

Veteran playwright Doug Lucie enjoys a revival of his Hard Feelings

INTERVIEW: DOUG LUCIE The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about the current revival of his 1982 play, Hard Feelings (Finborough Theatre), a flatshare drama which examines the lives of a group of Oxford University graduates living in Brixton, south London, at the time of the first Brixton Riots.

Julia Pascal and Ailin Conant: war crimes, guilt and trauma in Nineveh

INTERVIEW: JULIA PASCAL and AILIN CONANT The writer and director of Nineveh (Riverside Studios) talk to Judi Herman about Theatre Témoin’s powerful play, born of Conant’s year speaking to ex soldiers about the trauma of guilt, explored by Pascal through the Biblical story of Jonah, the prophet swallowed by a whale in punishment for not taking God’s word to Nineveh.

Fourth Monkey’s Steve Green discusses Project Colony

INTERVIEW: STEVE GREEN Ella Parry-Davies meets the artistic director of theatre company and training institution Fourth Monkey, along with performers Lauren Young, Abbey Gorton and Euan Forsyth. The company’s latest production, Project Colony, is an immersive, site-sensitive response to Franz Kafka’s In the Penal Colony in London’s Docklands, devised by a 45-strong cast. The group discuss their devising process and the rewards of working in a site that can become a character in its own right.

Chris Haydon of London’s Gate Theatre tackles Bruce Norris’s Purple Heart

INTERVIEW: CHRIS HAYDON The artistic director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill chats to Ella Parry-Davies about directing the first revival of Bruce Norris’ 2002 play Purple Heart, which is currently at this venue. Part of the Aftermath season, the play focuses on the impact of the Vietnam War on a suburban family in America’s Mid West, and the invasion of horror into the domestic in the first of the USA’s “TV wars”.

Canadian playwright Arthur Milner discusses his controversial Facts

INTERVIEW: ARTHUR MILNER The Canadian Jewish playwright and theatre practitioner talks to Judi Herman about his play Facts (Finborough Theatre). Set in the West Bank in Palestine and inspired by a true story, two detectives — one Israeli, one Palestinian — put aside their differences to find the killer of an American archaeologist and discover what he was excavating that cost him his life. Milner also reads from the play and speaks about its tour to the West Bank and Israel in an Arabic translation and about his career.

The Orange Tree’s Sam Walters discovers a forgotten 1920s feminist play

INTERVIEW: SAM WALTERS The artistic director of the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond takes Aleks Sierz on a journey of discovery to explore the world of Githa Sowerby’s 1924 play, The Stepmother (currently playing at this venue), and its themes of male domination, female independence and bankruptcy. Best known for Rutherford and Son (1912), Sowerby failed to get a full production of the later play in her lifetime.

Justin Audibert surveys his Gruesome Playground Injuries

INTERVIEW: JUSTIN AUDIBERT The Leverhulme Bursary-winning director tells Matt Trueman about the intricate relationship at the heart of Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries (2009), which he directs for the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, and why the play’s greatest asset is its theatricality.

Philip Ridley’s new one is an epic fairy tale that spans 500 years

INTERVIEW: PHILIP RIDLEY The polymath playwright bewitches Aleks Sierz with his description of his amazing new play, Feathers in the Snow (the last show to be staged at the Southwark Playhouse’s current location), and explains the story behind the piece’s creation.

Shunt Associate Tom Lyall discusses his solo show DEFRAG_

INTERVIEW: TOM LYALL The Shunt Associate Artist tells Matt Trueman about his debut solo show DEFRAG_, part of Camden People’s Theatre’s Futureshock Festival, and the possibility that supercomputers could one day rule over and even replace us.

The importance of play: HalfCut discuss Shelf-Life

INTERVIEW: HALFCUT Dan Ball and Joe Iredale, two-thirds (with Astor Agustsson) of experimental theatre company HalfCut, tell Sophie Reynolds about Shelf-Life, their immersive, interactive, promenade piece which takes over all five storeys of Theatre Delicatessen, Marylebone Gardens, and fills the building with sand, balloons, pop-up show homes and unexpected deaths.

Jermyn Street Theatre’s Gene David Kirk and Anthony Biggs on fringe success

INTERVIEW: GENE DAVID KIRK and ANTHONY BIGGS Jermyn Street Theatre’s out-going artistic director talks about how he turned this tiny central London venue into a theatrical powerhouse, the venue’s latest coup – Trevor Nunn’s production of Beckett’s All That Fall – and the programme for the coming six months while associate director Anthony Biggs, appointed his successor, shares the experience of working alongside Nunn and outlines his vision for the theatre’s future too.

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