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Physical and Visual theatre

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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.

Told By An Idiot co-founders celebrate their 21st birthday

INTERVIEW: PAUL HUNTER AND HAYLEY CARMICHAEL The artistic directors and co-founders of Told By An Idiot tell Matt Trueman about the company’s beginnings in 1993 and how they’ve shaped their own brand of intelligent clowning as they’ve gone along. The pair also discuss Told By An Idiot’s next show, Never Try This At Home, which looks at Saturday morning children’s television.

Director Peter Glanville talks puppets and puppetry

INTERVIEW: PETER GLANVILLE The artistic director of the Little Angel Theatre talks to Carole Woddis about his current production of Macbeth, the vogue for adult puppetry and about his plans for the Polka Children’s Theatre, Wimbledon, where he begins work as artistic director in November.

Brilliant: David Harradine discusses Fevered Sleep’s new show for children

INTERVIEW: DAVID HARRADINE The Artistic Director of multi-disciplinary company Fevered Sleep tells Sophie Reynolds about the company’s aesthetic and processes, with particular reference to its new children’s show Brilliant (Young Vic).

NoFit State circus illuminate Bianco

INTERVIEW: NOFIT STATE CIRCUS Ella Parry-Davies meets pioneering contemporary circus company No Fit State to discuss their latest production Bianco. The show’s Creative Producer Tom Rack, head rigger Lyndall Merry and performer Sage Cushman describe themselves as ‘ordinary people doing extraordinary things,’ and fill us in on the importance of expression, purity and accessibility to the artform, as well as the problematics of gender in performance roles. With music from the show by Fireproof Giant.

Dramaturg Zoe Svendsen discusses the Young Vic production of The Changeling

INTERVIEW: ZOE SVENDSEN The dramaturg of Joe Hill-Gibbins’s exciting production of Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s The Changeling (which returns to the Young Vic after opening in February this year) talks to Heather Neill about this vivid theatre event.

Shôn Dale-Jones introduces his alter-ego Hugh Hughes

INTERVIEW: SHÔN DALE-JONES The artistic director of Hoipolloi Theatre tells Matt Trueman about his alter-ego Hugh Hughes, an emerging artist from Wales, as his latest show Stories From an Invisible Town comes to the end of its UK tour. Just how does one give a fictional persona a fully-fledged off-stage life?

Panel discussion about Anthony Burgess and A Clockwork Orange (1/2)

THE GENIUS OF ANTHONY BURGESS (1/2) Panel discussion about A Clockwork Orange (Soho Theatre), chaired by Soho’s artistic director Steve Marmion, with Alexandra Spencer-Jones, the director of the production, plus Andrew Biswell (author of The Real life of Anthony Burgess) and John Sutherland (Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English Literature at University College London). With an extract from Burgess’s reissued Napoleon Symphony (Serpent’s Tail) read by Martin McCreadie, the actor who plays Alex.

Panel discussion about Anthony Burgess and A Clockwork Orange (2/2)

THE GENIUS OF ANTHONY BURGESS (2/2) Panel discussion about A Clockwork Orange (Soho Theatre), chaired by Soho’s artistic director Steve Marmion, with Alexandra Spencer-Jones, the director of the production, plus Andrew Biswell (author of The Real life of Anthony Burgess) and John Sutherland (Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English Literature at University College London). With an extract from Burgess’s reissued Napoleon Symphony (Serpent’s Tail) read by Martin McCreadie, the actor who plays Alex.

A Christmas Carol adapted by Dominic Gerrard and directed by Tim Carroll

INTERVIEW: TIM CARROLL and DOMINIC GERRARD The director and actor talk to Heather Neill about their bicentennial one-man production of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, which will be performed at the Waterloo East Theatre (3-15 December), with other London performances at the Dickens Museum and at the V&A Museum.

The Place Prize: celebrating the best in contemporary dance

INTERVIEW: RICCARDO BUSCARINI and BROOKE ROBERTS The choreographer and the former radiologist and knitwear designer, who are Place Prize semi-finalists, talk to Diana Damian about their piece Athletes, which explores the relationship between the human body and the machine. The piece draws inspiration from both athleticism and from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film masterpiece 2001 Space Odyssey. First part of our series about The Place Prize for dance Semi-Finals, which is at The Place, Robin Howard Dance Theatre, from 6–22 September 2012.

Forced Entertainment’s Tim Etchells forecasts The Coming Storm

INTERVIEW: TIM ETCHELLS The artistic director of Sheffield-based performance collective Forced Entertainment talks to Matt Trueman about their latest work The Coming Storm (BAC) and the company’s in-built suspicion of straightforward narrative. With the company in its 27th year, he also talks about self-referentiality, being on the syllabus and keeping the band going.

Actor Cesar Sarachu plunges into Complicite’s latest

INTERVIEW: CESAR SARACHU The Spanish actor and performer chats to Ziortza Fernandez about his role in Complicite’s The Master and Margarita (Barbican), a stage version of the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov directed by Simon McBurney, and about his career.

Cartoon de Salvo celebrates 15 years of experiment

INTERVIEW: BRIAN LOGAN, ALEX MURDOCH and NEIL HAIGH Three members of Cartoon de Salvo speak to Diana Damian about the two shows marking their 15th birthday, Made Up at Soho Theatre, a show improvised from scratch, and The Irish Giant at Southwark Playhouse, based on the true story of Charles Byrne, as well as recollecting the company’s cultural history and commitment to rural touring.

West End Review: new work

WEST END REVIEW: MARCH 2012 Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) convene to assess The Master and Margarita, the Complicite/Simon McBurney adaptation of Bulgakov (Barbican), Farewell to the Theatre by Richard Nelson (Hampstead), Can We Talk About This? by Lloyd Newson/DV8 (National); Zach Braff’s All New People (Duke of York’s) and David Eldridge’s In Basildon (Royal Court).

Volcano Theatre on their explosive A Clockwork Orange

INTERVIEW: PAUL DAVIES The Artistic Director and founder member of Swansea’s Volcano theatre company talks to Aleks Sierz about their latest show, an adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel, A Clockwork Orange, which is visiting the Arcola Theatre in London. He also muses on the company’s history and some of its most memorable shows.

Made in China theatre company explore empathy and happiness

INTERVIEW: JESSICA LATOWICKI and TIM COWBURY Jessica Latowicki and Tim Cowbury aka Made in China talk to Diana Damian about repetition, distance and exploring empathy in their upcoming show We Hope You Are Happy (Why Would We Lie)? at the Battersea Arts Centre (BAC).

A new season of adventurous events at the Camden People’s Theatre

INTERVIEW: BRIAN LOGAN and JENNY PATON The new co-directors of the Camden People’s Theatre introduce Aleks Sierz to the wonderful world of experimental theatre which goes beyond boundaries with news of the venue’s annual Sprint Festival, and details of some other upcoming productions.

Little Angel Theatre celebrates 50 years of puppetry

INTERVIEW: LYNETTE SHANBURY The General Manager of the Little Angel Theatre in north London takes Aleks Sierz by the hand and leads him through the history and work of the home of British puppetry, introducing him to the venue’s current show, Red Riding Hood, a visit from Norwich Puppet Theatre.

International Mime Festival: Sugar Beast Circus

MIME FEST SPECIAL Postshow discussion with Geneva Foster Gluck, Jean-Christophe Nicolas, Aurelie Bernard, Nathalie Bertholio, Sara Lundstedt and Natalie Reckert of Sugar Beast Circus hosted by Donald Hutera, about their show, {Event (Dimension):}, performed as part of the 2012 London International Mime Festival, at Jacksons Lane.

Improbable Theatre’s Julian Crouch discusses Punch and puppetry

INTERVIEW: JULIAN CROUCH The director, designer and writer talks to Diana Damian about his Improbable show The Devil and Mr Punch, currently at the Barbican Pit, and about sending Punch to hell, plays within plays, preciousness in puppetry and Brooklyn.

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