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Verbatim Drama

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The Two Worlds of Charlie F: from tour of duty to tour de force

INTERVIEW: BRAVO 22 COMPANY Three members of Bravo 22 Company, Cassidy Little, Dan Shaw and Darren Swift join director Stephen Rayne to talk to Dominic Cavendish about the stage phenomenon, The Two Worlds of Charlie F, which tells stories of life in combat, and post-combat, using a specially recruited troupe of servicemen and women, augmented by professional actors. The show, first seen in 2012, is back on tour this spring, visiting towns across the UK.

Director Yael Farber talks about Nirbhaya, a searing work about rape and redemption

INTERVIEW: YAEL FARBER The South African playwright and director talks to Suman Bhuchar about Nirbhaya, a hit at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, which tells the true story of the 2012 incident in which a 23-year-old Indian student and her male friend were attacked on a bus in Delhi. The play visits London as part of the Women of the World Festival, and will also tour India.

The Riots – discussed by Nicolas Kent and Gillian Slovo

INTERVIEW: NICOLAS KENT and GILLIAN SLOVO The artistic director of the Tricycle Theatre and writer talk to Dominic Cavendish about The Riots, an attempt to create a rapid-reaction verbatim drama in response to the riots that swept across England in August 2011.

West End Review: June 2011 (2/2)

West End Review (II): London Road, by Alecky Blythe and others (National Theatre), One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, after Goldoni (National Theatre) & Acid Test by Anya Reiss (Royal Court Theatre) reviewed by David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph), Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune), with Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) hosting.

Alecky Blythe talks about London Road

INTERVIEW: ALECKY BLYTHE (1/2) The creator (with composer Adam Cork, and director Rufus Norris) of the “documentary musical” London Road, dealing with the lives of those caught up in the notorious Ipswich prostitute murders of 2006, talks to Dominic Cavendish about this hit National Theatre show.

Alecky Blythe talks about Do We Look Like Refugees?!

14 May 2011

in International, Verbatim Drama

INTERVIEW: ALECKY BLYTHE (2/2) The verbatim theatre-maker talks about Do We Look Like Refugees?!, a verbatim play created from interviews recorded in a Georgian refugee settlement with people who lost their homes after the 2008 August War. It was produced in collaboration with the National Theatre Studio, the Rustaveli Theatre in Tbilisi and the British Council Georgia.

Verbatim drama: Jean Charles de Menezes (2/2)

STOCKWELL SHOOTING (2/2) Playwrights Paul Unwin and Sarah Beck, authors of This Much Is True (Theatre 503), an imaginative verbatim account of the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station in 2005, talk to Aleks Sierz about the incident and its repercussions.

Verbatim drama: Jean Charles de Menezes (1/2)

STOCKWELL SHOOTING (1/2) Playwrights Paul Unwin and Sarah Beck, authors of This Much Is True (Theatre 503), an imaginative verbatim account of the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station in 2005, talk to Aleks Sierz about the incident and its repercussions.

Mixed Up North: director Max Stafford-Clark

12 September 2009

in Directors, Verbatim Drama

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INTERVIEW: MAX STAFFORD-CLARK The artistic director of Out of Joint theatre company talks to Suman Bhuchar about his latest project, Mixed Up North, which explores the difficulties of uniting divided racial communities in the Lancashire mill town of Burnley. Recorded at the Bolton Octagon.

Alecky Blythe on her unique verbatim plays

25 September 2008

in Playwrights, Verbatim Drama

INTERVIEW: ALECKY BLYTHE The theatre-maker talks to Aleks Sierz about her current verbatim piece, The Girlfriend Experience (Royal Court), which is set in a seaside brothel, and about how her company, Recorded Delivery, developed its unique techniques.

Robin Soans discusses celebrity casualties and verbatim drama

19 September 2007

in Playwrights, Verbatim Drama

INTERVIEW: ROBIN SOANS The actor and writer talks to Philip Fisher about his verbatim theatre piece, Life after Scandal, at the Hampstead Theatre. Celebrities discussed include Neil and Christine Hamilton, Charles and Diana Ingram, Jonathan Aitken and Edwina Currie. Plus: Soans’ acting career and the birth of ‘in-yer-face’ theatre…

Jessica Blank, co-writer of The Exonerated, criticises capital punishment

25 February 2006

in American Drama, Verbatim Drama

INTERVIEW: JESSICA BLANK The co-writer of The Exonerated, the verbatim drama about six innocent survivors of death row, talks to Philip Fisher in London.

Review of The Permanent Way

THE PERMANENT WAY David Hare’s state-of-the-railways piece, produced by Out of Joint, is reviewed by David Benedict, Jane Edwardes, Patrick Marmion and Carole Woddis. Rachel Halliburton hosts.

Interview with Out of Joint’s Max Stafford-Clark

INTERVIEW: MAX STAFFORD-CLARK The artistic director of Out of Joint talks to David Benedict about The Permanent Way by David Hare and the genre of documentary theatre.

Justifying War: verdict of the critics

JUSTIFYING WAR The verdict on the Tricycle’s recreation of the Hutton Inquiry. Host Rachel Halliburton quizzes Dominic Cavendish, Jane Edwardes and Carole Woddis.

Justifying War: Alan Rusbridger

4 November 2003

in Verbatim Drama, Vox Pop

FIRST NIGHT: JUSTIFYING WAR Alan Rusbridger, the editor of the Guardian, shares his views with Rachel Halliburton. Plus: David Michaels on playing Alastair Campbell.

Director Nicolas Kent dissects the Hutton Inquiry

30 October 2003

in Directors, Transcripts, Verbatim Drama

INTERVIEW: NICOLAS KENT The artistic director of the Tricycle Theatre talks to Rachel Hallibuton about Justifying War, a staging of the Hutton Inquiry transcripts.