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Director Adele Thomas on The Knight of the Burning Pestle, a Renaissance mash up

INTERVIEW: ADELE THOMAS The director chats to Heather Neill about her production of Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe), a Renaissance satire and screwball comedy which features two plays within a play.

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.

Royal Shakespeare Company special: Jeremy Herrin on Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

25 January 2014

in Books, Directors, Playwrights

DIRECTOR’S TALK: JEREMY HERRIN The director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, talks to RSC Events Coordinator Nicky Cox about them. The conversation includes breaking the ice with bad language, the challenge of putting on two plays at the same time, the set, the characters and expectations about what will come in Hilary Mantel’s next book.

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.

Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton discuss putting Wolf Hall on stage for the RSC

INTERVIEW: HILARY MANTEL AND MIKE POULTON The multi-award-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies joins the experienced theatre adapter to discuss the process of bringing 1,000-odd pages of detailed historical fiction, charting the rise of Thomas Cromwell and the fate of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, to the RSC stage.

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.

Mike Poulton talks about his career as an adaptor of neglected classics

INTERVIEW: MIKE POULTON The playwright responsible for the adaptation of Ivan Turgenev’s Fortune’s Fool currently impressing the critics at the Old Vic darts out of the final stages of rehearsals for his adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies at the RSC to give a quick resume of his increasingly fabulous career. Dominic Cavendish quizzes.

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.

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.

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.

Headlong’s Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan talk Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four

INTERVIEW: ROBERT ICKE and DUNCAN MACMILLAN The director and playwright talk to Dominic Cavendish about their much acclaimed adaptation of George Orwell’s classic Nineteen Eighty-Four for Headlong theatre. This co-production with the Nottingham Playhouse is currently touring.

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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