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Director David Mercatali explores the thrilling work of playwright Philip Ridley

INTERVIEW: DAVID MERCATALI The director talks to Aleks Sierz about his current production of Philip Ridley’s superb new play, Dark Vanilla Jungle, which is at the Soho Theatre and is a monologue featuring a stunning performance by Gemma Whelan. He also explores other plays by Ridley, especially Moonfleece and Tender Napalm.

Romany gypsy playwright Dan Allum travels across Our Big Land

INTERVIEW: DAN ALLUM The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about his new play, Our Big Land (Oval House/Romany Theatre Company), a powerful and intensely physical piece, directed by Amy Hodge, that explores the history of Romany gypsies through the story of one family.

Paines Plough new writing company celebrates 40 years of nationwide touring (1/2)

INTERVIEW: JAMES GRIEVE and GEORGE PERRIN (1/2) The two artistic directors of Paines Plough talk to Carole Woddis about the 40th anniversary of the touring company, what they look for in a new writer, the effects of the digital age, and how four decades of writer-led work is a symbolic map of the constant reinvention of British playwriting.

Paines Plough new writing company celebrates 40 years of nationwide touring (2/2)

INTERVIEW: JAMES GRIEVE and GEORGE PERRIN (2/2) The two artistic directors of Paines Plough talk to Carole Woddis about the 40th anniversary of the touring company, what they look for in a new writer, the effects of the digital age, and how four decades of writer-led work is a symbolic map of the constant reinvention of British playwriting.

Caroline Bird reveals her Secret Theatre play, Chamber Piece

INTERVIEW: CAROLINE BIRD Continuing TheatreVOICE’s examination of the Lyric Hammersmith’s Secret Theatre, poet and playwright Caroline Bird tells Matt Trueman about her play Chamber Piece, which is the third show of the season. A deranged, Ortonesque farce around an imagined system of capital punishment in a futuristic capitalist state, Chamber Piece has since been shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize.

Out of Joint’s Max Stafford-Clark tackles arts funding cuts

DIRECTOR’S TALK: MAX STAFFORD-CLARK Out of Joint’s Artistic Director talks to Chris Campbell, the Royal Court’s Literary Manager, about his new book Journal of the Plague Year; part personal memoir, part “howl of rage” over Arts Council England’s round of funding cuts announced in March 2011. The conversation is prefaced by a reading from the book by actor Danny Webb and is followed by questions from the floor.

Playwright Howard Brenton on his new political play about Partition: Drawing the Line

INTERVIEW: HOWARD BRENTON The political playwright talks to Judi Herman about his latest, Drawing the Line (Hampstead), which tells the turbulent story of the 1947 Partition of India by placing centre stage the figure of Cyril Radcliffe, the man who had to draw the border between India and Pakistan. He also talks about his other recent successes that have brought history to vibrant dramatic life.

The National Theatre Story: author Daniel Rosenthal’s epic history (1/2)

INTERVIEW: DANIEL ROSENTHAL (1/2) The author of the critically acclaimed The National Theatre Story, published by Oberon Books, talks to Aleks Sierz about his massively comprehensive and very readable account of this flagship, its prehistory, its Old Vic years and its move to the South Bank, where it now celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The National Theatre Story: author Daniel Rosenthal’s epic history (2/2)

INTERVIEW: DANIEL ROSENTHAL (2/2) The author of the critically acclaimed The National Theatre Story, published by Oberon Books, talks to Aleks Sierz about his massively comprehensive and very readable account of this flagship, its prehistory, its Old Vic years and its move to the South Bank, where it now celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The Last Word festival: spoken word in context

INTERVIEW: SPOKEN WORD Diana Damian speaks to Roundhouse producer Lucy Atkinson, Poejazzi-curator Joshua Idehen and performer and member of A Cloud of Foxes Tobi DeAngeli about spoken word, its poetics, politics and influences, and their involvement with London’s first spoken word festival, The Last Word. The festival is at the Roundhouse until 1 December.

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.

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”.

TheatreVOICE special: full-length programme about Philip Ridley’s The Fastest Clock in the Universe

THEATREVOICE SPECIAL: THE FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE Special in-depth programme about polymath Philip Ridley’s 1992 classic, The Fastest Clock in the Universe (Hampstead Theatre). Aleks Sierz talks to the legendary playwright, and to the directors of two revivals of the play: Edward Dick, who directed a 2009 production at Hampstead, and Tom O’Brien, whose Old Red Lion version opens this week.

Asian Voices: playwright Abhishek Majumdar on The Djinns of Eidgah

ASIAN VOICES: ABHISHEK MAJUMDAR The playwright talks to Suman Bhuchar about his new play, The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court), a story about the Kashmir insurgency, and also about his career in Indian theatre.

Clean Break: playwright Katie Hims discusses her new play Billy the Girl

INTERVIEW: KATIE HIMS The playwright discusses her new play, Billy the Girl (Soho Theatre), which was commissioned by the Clean Break Theatre Company, with Carole Woddis. She talks about the workshop process and about Clean Break’s work in women’s prisons, and the differences between stage and radio plays.

Asian voices: actor Vincent Ebrahim on The Djinns of Eidgah

ASIAN VOICES: VINCENT EBRAHIM The actor talks to Suman Bhuchar about his role as Dr Baig in Abhishek Majumdar’s The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court), a play about Kashmir, and also about his career in the theatre and on television.

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.

ATC’s Ramin Gray dissects David Greig’s controversial play, The Events

21 October 2013

in Directors, New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: RAMIN GRAY Actors Touring Company’s Artistic Director, who directed The Events, David Greig’s shattering new play about the fallout from a mass shooting similar to that perpetrated in Norway by Anders Breivik, speaks to Judi Herman about the play, which takes place in a hall where a choir rehearses, faithfully represented by Chloe Lamford’s spare set, and tours in the UK and Europe till the end of the year.

fanSHEN theatre company, and friends, discuss how theatre changed the world

DEBATE: HOW THEATRE CHANGED THE WORLD — OR DID IT? — A DISCUSSION AROUND ART AND BEHAVIOUR CHANGE Dramaturg Carissa Hope Lynch chairs the discussion, with guests Dan Barnard and Rachel Briscoe (artistic directors, fanSHEN), Stella Duffy (novelist and theatre maker), Lucy Neal (co-founder of LIFT) and Aleks Sierz (critic), during the run of Nikki Schreiber’s Cheese at 29-31 Oxford Street, in a production powered by renewable energy.

Chris Thorpe discusses his Edinburgh hit There Has Possibly Been an Incident

INTERVIEW: CHRIS THORPE Writer-performer Chris Thorpe tells Matt Trueman about his first play for multiple voices, the complex and involving There Has Possibly Been An Incident (Edinburgh, and tour). Juxtaposing four stories about different forms of heroic acts, the play asks what it means to stand up and change the world, whether for the better or for the worse. Expletives undeleted.

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.

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